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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

frovingslosh Re:5% 0%. (454 comments)

Yea, the important thing isn't if it works or not. The important thing is that the US taxpayers keep paying millions for every rocket that might knock down a Hamas missal. That way Israel can comfortably keep practicing genocide in Gaza and building more "settlements".

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

frovingslosh see, we need more H-1b visas (282 comments)

See, we need to bring in more H-1B talent to take these American jobs, because we will not let the people that we fired even work for our vendors.

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

frovingslosh Re:Absolutely - it is filthy (156 comments)

The simple answer is that electrolysis is no secret, but hydrogen production isn't being done this way. For whatever reason suits them, the major commercial producers are all using filthy wasteful processes to produce hydrogen from fossil fuel, venting CO, CO2, other harmful gasses and heat into the atmosphere in the process. This is already happening on a major industrial scale in California, you can't pretend that some alternate clean and efficient supply is just going to magically pop up to replace it because that would be sweet. This is just another of many examples where ignorant but well meaning environmental nuts make awful choices because they are incapable of looking at the entire system.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

frovingslosh Absolutely - it is filthy (156 comments)

All commercial hydrogen production is filthy and wasteful. It would be far greener to just burn the natural gas in a car than turning a little of it into hydrogen while producing lots more carbon and wasting lots of energy. And it is still a fossil fuel. Fuel cells are for idiots who want to pretend that the hydrogen comes from someplace clean and green for free.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

frovingslosh yup, Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Consider the advice of the great philosophers Nelson and Mr. T.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

frovingslosh Re:Next up: (69 comments)

It is important to get in your comments before the former telecommunication lobbyists at the FCC go ahead and do what they have announced they intend to do, give the telecommunication companies the right to charge the Internet companies that you already pay a monthly fee to gain access to . That way they can pretend that they considered all sides of the issue before they let the telecommunication monopolies gouge the suppliers (and indirectly, you)

about two weeks ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

frovingslosh You have the faith of a small child (104 comments)

I sure don't suspect that. Putting up a GPS constellation is no small task. And here on earth there is a significant Earth bound support network that the GPS network interacts with to keep everything working.

Yes, it seems crazy that a space agency could overlook this. But less crazy than putting an entire GPS system in place. I actually think that this is more likely to be a manifestation of extremely poor journalism. But there is not going to be a GPS system in place over Mars before this gizmo ever attempts to make a landing, and if it really uses GPS in making a landing it isn't going to work.

about three weeks ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

frovingslosh Re:GPS on Mars (104 comments)

a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position .....

Yup, hate to break it to you rocket scientists at NASA, but there is a slight flaw in this design for use on Mars.

about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

frovingslosh Re:better than what we have now (249 comments)

If the person fighting for this has no connection to the child, then he has no connection to the child and should shut the f*** up. I don't get to take advantage of every child's death to promote my beliefs and desires at the expense of others intellectual property, I see no reason why he should. If he has any connection to the child then where was he while the kid was being starved.

about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

frovingslosh better than what we have now (249 comments)

The child was starved to death. Clearly this entitles him to use anyone else's Intellectual Property.

The child is never going to know that he didn't get to be considered a Superman for starving to death, and I really don't feel too bad for those who let him starve and now want a monument.

While I feel no compassion for those who want to hijack Superman in this case, I do agree completely with the idea that our copyright laws have been hijacked by big business (lead by Disney). The Constitution makes it clear that copyright protections are given for a limited time in exchange for the Intellectual Property passing into public domain. To let corporations like Disney buy politicians who openly admit that they never intend for some IP to pass into public domain is another case of American's right being completely disregarded by Washington.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

frovingslosh laws about that (139 comments)

The FAA has some very clear and very strict laws about that. A private pilot can not charge for transporting passengers. The on;y exception to this is that a passenger can pay for, at most, their share of the cost of expenses such as gas. That means if a private pilot transports two other people, each can pay for up to 1/3 of the costs for gas and such but the pilot must pay for his own share. And those costs absolutely can not include things like annual or hourly maintenance costs. If you luck out and find a pilot already making the same trip (I did once) you can get a great deal and help defer some of his costs. But you're not going to see private pilots legally offering their services on any wide spread basis.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

frovingslosh Re:What could possibly go wrong (468 comments)

Lets promote this as a way to avoid the problems of broken windshields from bird strikes. And lets completely ignore that a bird could still strike the camera and completely block the view rather than just partially compromising it.

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star

frovingslosh Madden-like generated play-by-play technology (29 comments)

So, any chance that Madden-like (video) generated play-by-play technology ......

No chance at all. The software is already too intelligent for that, and not nearly bloated enough.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

frovingslosh Almost? (112 comments)

It's almost microwave!

As far as I'm concerned "microwave" is 2.4 gig. (And maybe lower, but your microwave oven operates around 2.4 gig.) 5 Gig is over twice that. How do you justify the word almost? Where do you think microwave starts???

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

frovingslosh dead on (305 comments)

They are economists. Their "profession" is somewhat less respectable than astrologers. Anyone who puts any faith in anything that they say deserves to be a victim of their fraud. Sure, our whole economy might suffer, but since there is no real science to anything to do, it would suffer no matter if they used unaccepted research practices or not.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

frovingslosh ObamaNation (211 comments)

This country is an Obamanation.

about a month ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

frovingslosh This app is incompatible with all of your devices (82 comments)

Well, it is still considered Beta, but it has a big failure. I get the message "X This app is incompatible with all of your devices" when i go to download it, even though I have several Android devices it should be compatible with. I expect this is the same problem as I have seen with a few other apps, they are using a specific list of compatible devices and my Lenvo tablet just isn't in there. When are developers going to learn to be more inclusive in their supported devices, or at least let users download the apk file and trying installing it at their own risk?

about 1 month ago
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NASA's Horizons Spacecraft To Probe Pluto Moon For Underground Ocean

frovingslosh But .... (47 comments)

I thought Pluto was destroyed by Neil deGrasse Glactus.

about a month and a half ago
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Hack A Day Prize is a Trip To Space (Video)

frovingslosh This prize could financially ruin you (34 comments)

Generally, Birthday gifts are not taxable. But winning this "prize" could financially ruin you, at least if you live in the U.S.A., since you would have to pay taxes on it. Federal tax and, in most states, state and maybe even a local tax. We have already had someone who "won" a trip to space who had to decline it since there was no way that he could afford the taxes on it's supposed value. Even the cost of a sub-orbital trip is a lot more than I could afford to pay the taxes on, and I expect that many others feel the same way. So if you are going to offer a prize like this then you should either offer a cash equivalent (which you can pretty much expect most people would choose out of necessity, even though they might only get to keep about half of it) or sweeten it with the trip plus enough cash to cover all taxes (including the taxes on the extra cash).

about a month and a half ago

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AVG causing false web analytics

frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "A story at The Register is reporting that the new version of AVG anti-virus scanner is causing major problems for websites, it adds "a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free." This is throwing website statistics way off, as well as burning through bandwidth for small sites that happen to hit high on a Google search for a particular term. Also from the article: "If AVG does mask its user agent — and fails to provide another workaround — its ghost traffic looks exactly like real traffic. And then the web is in trouble. After all, 50 million AVG users have yet to upgrade." And no mention that the very popular AVG Free seems to be going away, to be replaced by a for pay only version."
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frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "AP is reporting that Radio Shack has laid off about 400 people by e-mail.

I personally see it as a good thing that no one in the company has any technical skills or knowledge of the Internet, otherwise some employee who took offence at the way this was done could easily send out e-mail with forged headers and lay off the rest of the company too. I'm not advocating that, of course, that would be wrong."

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