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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

gatkinso Prisons are now in your hand (401 comments)

Sold by Apple and Samsung.

Who cares where the body is if they have captured the mind?

2 days ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

gatkinso Spies are spying (228 comments)

You don't say.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

gatkinso Re:More feminist bullshit (715 comments)

>> Do you think the reactions 'round here would be different if it had been a woman harassing a guy?

Clearly you haven't been hanging around this site for very long.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

gatkinso Re:Ahh, but karma (715 comments)

Dying before being brought to justice only means you got away with it.

about two weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

gatkinso Re:follow the numbers (399 comments)

Windows 8.1 is actually quite decent.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

gatkinso Re:Humans won't be humans on mars (549 comments)

Like all viruses, we will mutate as we infect different hosts.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

gatkinso Why bother? (549 comments)

Well just F up that planet too.

The concept of treating planets as disposable vessels for humans to be sucked dry and then we move on basically makes us a cancer.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gatkinso Re:Feet and inches (942 comments)

It is simply so that they don't have to print two boxes, and they sell more TV's in the US.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gatkinso Re:The best quote from the article (942 comments)

Maybe it is just a supposition that closed minded persons generally don't come to the best/most appropriate conclusions.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso Re:After working missile defense for years... (470 comments)

Well, it is hard to say about that. Ship to ship combat in space would probably be carried out by drones. The fragile meat bags inside would never survive the acceleration.

I sat in a radar site in Hawaii at PMRF staring at a screen during the tests I supported. A target missile was launched from a pad a few miles away (you sure as hell could hear and feel THAT!) and the intercepting ship (as in a US Navy guided missile cruiser, not a space ship) was a couple of hundred miles away. The launches I witnessed... in under a second the target was through the clouds and five seconds later was gone leaving just a trail. The interceptor makes the target look like an old lady trying to out sprint Usain Bolt (I am told it would be supersonic before it leaves the launch tube on the ship... but I never saw a ship launch but every sailor I talked to who did said it was very impressive for the brief moment they got to experience it - from inside the ship.)

Other than that there was nothing to see. The intercept itself was over the horizon, so it had to be "viewed" from an aircraft.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso After working missile defense for years... (470 comments)

...I can tell you another thing about space battles: you don't see anything aside from a few tracks on a computer screen. If you have a telescope pointed in the right direction at the exact right time you see a very unimpressive and quick flash.

The ranges, timing, and velocities involved are far too great for human perception.

about three weeks ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Answers (174 comments)

What is the XBox 360 version written in?

about 1 month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Yep (174 comments)

Nobody ever called your parents realists.

about 1 month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gatkinso Re:Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

I thought that whole thing basically lost steam in the 1970's.

about 1 month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gatkinso A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

For the UK - they remain united.

For Scotland - they get greater autonomy without the pain of going it alone.

For the Scottish people - their heritage and nationality received much attention (hell I didn't know there WAS a Scottish flag before this). They proved them selves to be paragons of peaceful demonstration and democracy.

For the Britons - the Welsh and Irish nationalities in the UK benefit from greater recognition as well. The English too!

The UK is an amazing and interesting union - and all should be proud to be a part. And who knows... maybe the next generation will decide Yes.

Such is the take of this American anyway.

about 1 month ago

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