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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

geniice Re:Please tell me why (191 comments)

Because the police are the ones out and about in the small hours of the morning. If you are outside for sustained periods it doesn't need to be below freezing to be unpleasent enough to reduce your effectiveness.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

geniice Re:Why does my tiny town in Iowa ... (191 comments)

Probably they wanted a larger vehicle able to hold a fair number of offices with some cross country ability. Getting something from the military is significantly cheaper than buying something built for that purpose. It may not be perfect but it is good value.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

geniice Re:The law is valid (446 comments)

You can't force any level of review. It can always be turned into people signing stuff without looking at it. What the UK is currently doing is getting a buch of lawyers to go through and dig out all the laws that don't do anything any more. Every few years they pass a big omnibus repeal bill removing them. 2013 version can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/...

about three weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

geniice Re:Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

Get rid of up or out and then actively recruit people who will put up with tedium in return for pretty solid job security.

about a month ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

geniice Re:Science fiction comes to life, again (176 comments)

The lids on the silo aren't that thick and disabling the lanchers is probably just a matter of throwing a few pounds of explosives at them. You can throw more it if makes you feel safer. Then you have a mildly radioactive mess but that can be delt with.

about a month ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

geniice Re:What difference will it make? (125 comments)

Eh quite a bit of industry where even small impovements in weather forecasting are extremely valuable.

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

geniice Re:Try Heathrow Terminal 2 (145 comments)

Heathrow is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings. Private sector. The tax disc website is by Government Digital Services. Public sector. The savings they have made by moving government functions online are in the billions.

about 3 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

geniice Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (171 comments)

Probably unrelated. In this case recent means after 1923 (yes there are a bunch of exceptions but they are all either very narrow or involve music you haven't heard of). If they were going for copyright expired stuff you would hear the likes of Ragtime, early jazz and blues.

about 3 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

geniice Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (171 comments)

"mp3". The six copyright purist nerds in existance who might take such an instruction to mean you should do it while respecting copyright would have insisted on ogg vorbis or FLAC.

about 3 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:interesting split developing (24 comments)

Part of that is budget. A lot of museums don't have the money to digitalise their content or maintain anything but the most straightforward of websites.

about 5 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:interesting split developing (24 comments)

I don't think photography policy is linked to dissemination approach. Historically they have been pretty random. A condition of a loan somewhere. some long gone director getting paranoid about theft. A curator who just didn't like photographers. A lot of the team people aren't even sure who is allowed to change the policy and there was little pressure to do so. Then came camera phones.

about 5 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:job killer! (24 comments)

Counterpoint. The number of people who visit the British museum to see the Rosetta stone

about 5 months ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

geniice Re:Bragging Rights (219 comments)

There was a largest collider competition towards the end of the cold war. Hard to say if CERN was part of it but the LHC did get some parts cheap due to the other projects being cancelled.

about 5 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

geniice Re:And I thought (120 comments)

Cleaning out old lab stores is always interesting. Open the wrong thing you end up up breathing hydrogen chloride. Mind you the worst I've ever found is sodium cyanide. Others have found human heads.

about 5 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

geniice Re:"Security" (120 comments)

Nukes are unlikely. However I'd bet there are a few physics labs with poorly documented collections of radioactives.

about 5 months ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

geniice Re:No they're not (95 comments)

Pretty typical for dead tree sources. Thats actualy slightly lower than the requirements the British library put in place when I wanted to look at a load of Amiga Action stuff. Also don't try and read a years worth of Amiga Action in one sitting.

about 5 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:And when the video feed dies... (468 comments)

Pilot salaries are fairly low these days. Still if you can get rid of them you gain room for more seats.

about 5 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:NO-NO-NO, a thousand times NO! (468 comments)

Rather fewer than the number that will die if you keep letting half evolved monkeys mess with the controls.

about 5 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:What could go wrong! (468 comments)

Doubtful. In the context of industry weight is rarely much of an issue. If you high pressure vessel already weighs 50 tonnes the weight of a viewing port is unlikely to be an issue. For things like cars cost is going to be more of an issue than weight savings. For optical aplication CaF2 is mature tech and likely a better option.

about 5 months ago

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