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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

demachina Re:Then (402 comments)

Until the Chinese actually try to live on the moon for any period. Horrible temperature profile, little to no water excepting maybe at the poles, some of the nastiest dust in existence getting in to everything, hard vacuum.

Mars is a paradise compared to the Moon which is why if you are talking about a colony it makes a lot more sense than the moon or just about anywhere else in our solar system Only problem is the transit time.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

demachina Re:Then (402 comments)

Chances of NASA sending an astronaut anywhere are approximately zero at this point so whether is ethical or not is kind of a moot point.

about two weeks ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

demachina Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

Uh. . . . . don't nuclear power plants GENERATE electricity? All you would need to do is cut them loose from the transmission lines and put in the control rods until the event is over.

Someone should probably generate contigency plans to safely cut transmission lines at as many key points as possible and they could mitigate the effects of this kind of disaster.

Also helps that a lot of our long distance communication infrastructure is fber optic now and immune to this kind of event.

about a month ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

demachina Re:The Beta should have a killswitch! (341 comments)

Either that or you are all just really good at doing ptich fork weilding mobs, an Internet tradition since 1999.

If you want to boycott it, then boycott it which means stop using it, not defacing it. What you are doing is a DDOS.

Its their website since Cmdr Taco sold out. If they wanna trash it then, tell them you don't like it, stop using it and let them wipe out their investment if they are that stupid. It would probably be better if someone with a heart and a sole started a new version anyway. Slashdot has been pretty much soulless since Taco sold out to VA Linux anyway.

If the people that run the site have are as malevolent and clueless as you say, this little mob isn't going to save it in the long run anyway.

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

demachina Re:The Beta should have a killswitch! (341 comments)

Uh yea, but if you continue actively wrecking the site for as long as you are proposing, if they do cave, there wont be anyone left here to use Classic anyway.

If you login in they aren'ty forcing anyone to New Coke anyway. I've never actually seen it. Its mostly only the anonymous cowards who are suffering with it.

It would be better if you declare a cease fire, you guys stop trashing comments, they leave the Classic mode switch in permanently. Then people vote with there feet for the one they prefer. If everyone votes for Classic and they can't fix New Coke then eventually they give up.

The comment section is what made this place great in the 1990's when I joined. Its already a pale shadow of what it once was with the insightful being swamped by a rising ride of pointless and stupid. With you guys completely trashing it with the boycott there is seriously almost no reason to bother coming here any more.

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

demachina Re:The Beta should have a killswitch! (341 comments)

Just curious, on the course this boycott is currently taking are you seeking to kill the beta or kill /. ?

I doubt there is going to be anything or anyone left here to come back to when its over, win or lose.

This coming from a 5 digit UID, not some recent arrival.

about 2 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

demachina Re:Already in use? (514 comments)

The problem with remotely piloted vehicles is the up and down links are the weak link. If you take out your opponents comm links with jamming or by shooting down their relays you take out their entire drone capability at least until you can restore the comm links.

If you are going to depend on drones the only solution is they have to be autonomous. The only other solution is they have to be manned and introducing pilots entails increased cost, lowers mission duration, increase risk of loss of life and capture.

I would think there probably are already autonomous offensive drones flying, they are probably just restricted to targetting predetermined GPS locations. They desperately need the ability to discern people or vehicles (cars, armor, ships, planes) which are the desired target without having to rely on a comm link or pilot.

It is nearly an inevitable technological evolution now that drones are out of Pandora's box. If the U.S. doesn't do it everyone else will.

about 3 months ago
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David Pogue and Yahoo's "Normals" Problem

demachina Re:Yahoo means... (213 comments)

Yea, but look at the pretty, well dressed, blond haired blue eyed CEO⦠as I wave in the general direction of Marissa Mayer and you are slowly hypnotized in to forgetting about everything else Yahoo does wrong.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

JP Morgan had been planning to acquire WaMu for a West coast expansion prior to the crisis and they were gifted with them during the crisis by the Republicans.

Your interpretation is the simplistic one, maybe its accurate, maybe its not. There are accusations it was an engineered crisis and gifting of WaMu's assets to JP Morgan for cents on the dollar.

The only thing that is clear is JP Morgan came out of the crisis much bigger and more powerful, with fewer competitors than when they went in so it was a win win. Same is true of B of A and Wells Fargo.

Yes they've been paying fines but the Fed has made it so easy for them to make massive amounts of money every quarter since the crisis all the fines are inconsequential to them.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

It is a market based solution, a bad one since participation is nearly mandatory and being compelled by punitive taxes.

The fact that multiple private insurers are running it and they compete on the exchanges makes it market based.

If it were single payer funded entirely by taxes and government paying all the bills like Medicare it wouldn't be market based.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

Last I heard establishment politicians redistricted Kucinich out of Congress. Kucinich was an outlier and the establishment finally figured out a way to get rid of him because they didn't want to hear his inconvenient truths, or worse have Americans hear them.

If anything Kucinich is proof that in fact we do have a one party state posing as two. Establishment Democrats hated him as much as anyone.

The Tea Party is probably the only actual second party we have and its been coopted by a bunch of crazy, opportunist, demagogues like Palin, Beck and Bachman so its regrettably turned in to kind of a bizarro train wreck. It was completely despised by our establishment one party state, and if it hadn't been completely derailed it would have been the greatest threat to that one party state since the Progressive movement a hundred years ago.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

It was a MASSIVE economic intervention none-the-ess which is something the GP said Republican's didn't do. The Bush administration indulged in massive picking of winners and losers during the whole crisis.

Lehman, Bear Sterns, WaMu and Merril Lynch losers.

Citi, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo massive winners thanks to Republican help.

You notice that the Republican Treasury Secretary came from Goldman Sachs and was one of the people responsible for lobbying to allow banks to leverage up to 30-1 so they would be doomed the second a crisis hit? And when the crisis did he he funnelled billions in tax payer money through AIG to keep his old firm from collapsing?

If Republicans were the free marketeers they claim to be AIG, Citi and Goldman Sachs would be dead now.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

It was designed by a Republican Treasury Secretary. I think his first draft was give me $800 Billion dollars and trust me.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

Every third party in this country is aggressively suppressed by the two parties and the media. Its hard for third parties to get and stay on all the ballots in 50 states.

You see many candidates from third parties in debates? Perot and Anderson are the only two I can remember and Perot got there because he was filthy rich and made for good TV.

Only reason Ron and Rand Paul run as a Republicans is because they know they would be doomed to obscurity on a third party ticket and would never get elected if they didn't. That's the whole reason the Tea Party is infiltrating the Republican party because they can get elected running inside the two party system as parasites.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:The truth is, I do not know where to put DHS (539 comments)

"But what DHS deals with ? "

Anything and everything? It should be a source of concern that they have a massive budget and you don't actually now what their overarching mission is.

You should be worried about them at least as much as the NSA and DOJ. If there is another big excuse (i.e. Katrina, Occupy or 9/11) there is a fair chance their VIPR teams are going to be the ones frisking you if you try to travel.

One of the things you should be most concerned with is they are pumping large quantites of money in to local police departments all over the country in order to miltarize them (i.e SWAT teams, military grade weapons, armored vehicles, surveillance)

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

I hope you are being sarcastic. Its laughable to blame the mess this country is on voters when neither party ever fields candidates that are worth voting for.

When someone does comes along who has principals and might be worth voting for the parties and the media quickly dispose of them one way or another before they ever reach a point they can do any damage to the status quo.

More typically great people who would actually make a positive difference have enough sense to realize its a total waste of time, really dangerous and they will probably be destroyed by the system before they manage to make a difference.

I'm kind of hoping Elizabeth Warren might prove me wrong but the jury is still out. A senator can do more damage than just about anyone other than the President but still 1 Senator can't do much beyond slowing stuff down.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:It definitely *IS* a ruse ! (539 comments)

How did you make that list and leave DHS out? A few of those agencies are part of DHS but seriously DHS is THE homeland security agency since 9/11 and
"homeland" and "national" are synonymous.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

"It's why communism spread like wildfire in Europe but couldn't get so much as a toehold in the United States"

The U.S. was pretty left leaning during the progressive era and the Depression.

World War II and the permenent ascendence of the miltary industrial intelligence complex aided and abetted by J. Edgar Hoover, McCarthy, Reagan and friends who engaged in no holds barred witch hunt to kill communism, socialism, progressivism and unions. Back in those days "communists" played the scape goat role Muslim "terrorists" play today. In the World War I era it was "anarchists".

The problems with liberals and leftists in the U.S. were they were pretty much all pussies and they couldn't counterpunch with a master like Hoover. Hoover also had the power that comes from knowledge, and he had more knowledge than anyone thanks to all the files he had the FBI build on all of his enemies. If you think the NSA surveillence state isn't dangerous just look back at what Hoover did with a tiny fraction of the information the NSA has.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

demachina Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

Joe Nacchio was sent to Federal prison because he had the balls to tell the NSA he wasn't going to let them spy on Qwest's customers, while ATT, Verizon et al just rolled over and let them do, and back then it was completely illegal, it was years later when Congress retroactively made it legal.

Nacchio is an unsung hero for having the balls to stand up to the survellience state when it first started and he paid dearly for it.

about 3 months ago

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Too Big To Fail HSBC Walks after a Decade of Money Laundering

demachina demachina writes  |  about 4 months ago

demachina (71715) writes "Matt Taibi's latest rant on HSBC getting off with a fine amounting to 5 weeks of profits, for knowingly laundering at least 9 billion dollars over a decade for drug cartels and terrorist groups. Mexican cartels were walking in to HSBC branches with boxes designed to just slide through the teller windows filled with $100,000 in cash. Clinton partisan Lanny Breur decided HSBC was too big to fail, they couldn't risk criminal prosecution and big banks are officially above the law. Meanwhile ordinary drug offenders go directly to jail and have all their assets seized."
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The Volume Clock, Insights Into High Frequency Trading

demachina demachina writes  |  about 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Interesting paper on High Frequency Trading, speed isn't their only advantage, "HFT reacts to information leaked by LFT in order to anticipate their actions". HFT also uses a volume clock which offers advantages over time based trading. Toxic trading strategies they use include quote stuffers, quote danglers, liquidity squeezers, and pack hunters where algorithms gang up for kills. The paper also covers strategies low frequency traders(LFT) and humans can use to defend themselves"
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The Volume Clock, Insights into High Frequency Trading

demachina demachina writes  |  about 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Interesting paper on High Frequency Trading, speed isn't their only advantage, "HFT reacts to information leaked by LFT in order to anticipate their actions". HFT also uses a volume clock which offers advantages over time based trading. Toxic trading strategies they use include quote stuffers, quote danglers, liquidity squeezers, and pack hunters where algorithms gang up for kills. The paper also covers strategies low frequency traders(LFT) and humans can use to defend themselves."
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I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "A journalist took a job at a warehouse filling online orders where most workers are permanently temporary, working for minimum wage, no benefits with unreachable goals. Describes a new American subculture called "workampers", people living in RV's driving from one warehouse temp job to another. U.S. working conditions seem to be gaining on Foxconn's."
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Robert Boisjoly dies at 73, engineer who tried to stop Challenger launch

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Robert Boisjoly dies at 73. Boisjoly, Allan J. McDonald and three others argued through the night to stop the Challenger launch but Joseph Kilminster, their boss at Morton Thiokol overruled them and NASA managers didn't listen to the engineers. Both Boisjoly and McDonald were blackballed for speaking out. NASA's mismanagement "is not going to stop until somebody gets sent to hard rock hotel," Boisjoly said. "I don't care how many commissions you have. These guys have a way of numbing their brains. They have destroyed $5 billion worth of hardware and 14 lives because of their nonsense.""
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Goldman Sachs: Great American Bubble Machine

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 4 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Rolling Stone has a great exposé on the pivotal role Goldman Sachs has played in one economic crisis after another, including the recent bubbles in housing, oil, commodities and the Internet bubble. It also illuminates how Goldman Sachs alumni in powerful positions in the government under both Republican and Democratic administrations have enabled their activities, which in some cases border on securities fraud, and other cases are just manipulation of markets. This is a must read if you want to understand how this powerful bank has profited at the expense of all of us. Rolling Stone doesn't have an online version so this link is to a scan."
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Buzz Aldrin Speaks Out on NASA plans

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 4 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Buzz Aldrin writes in Popular Mechanics the U.S. should abandon Ares I, put the Orion capsule on Atlas V or Titan IV heavy, extend shuttle flights to 2015 with one a year to the ISS to eliminate dependence on Russia. He also backs Falcon 9/Dragon for commercial uses and a small shuttle like the X-37B. He calls the proposed return to the moon a "rehash" of what we did 40 years ago and proposes instead partnering which China, Japan, Russia, India and EU and letting them lead the return to the moon. He proposes the U.S. focus instead on resuming development of the ISS habitation module and renaming it XM, Exploration Module, and using it for long duration missions to comets and asteroids followed by a landing on the Martian moon Phobos. He supports something I've advocated for years, for expeditions to Mars to be our primary focus and for them to be one way trips for permanent colonists."
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New engine may double fuel efficiency

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "An Australian company, Revetec, has a new internal combustion engine design, the X4v2, which may double fuel efficiency. It is supposed to be "50% smaller, 50% lighter, has 50% lower emissions and is cheaper to manufacture" than a conventional engine with the same horsepower. It has four pistons in an X configuration pushing two counter rotating, multilobate cams. Though take this with a grain of salt and your mileage may vary :)"
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Gitmo and "The Hunting of the Snark"

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Details of a Federal Appeals court decision on Gitmo were released today. The 3 man court insists the Bush administration release a Chinese Uighur Muslim held in Gitmo for six years or make a real case for holding him. The decision ridicules the Bush administration's basis for holding the man by quoting Lewis Carrol's poem "The Hunting of the Snark": "I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.". The Bush administration claims that since three of their own classified reports say the man is a terrorist, he is one, without need for any supporting evidence. Following the administration reasoning they can hold anyone indefinitely if they just write three reports saying you are guilty."

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