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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

geniice Re:Bragging Rights (216 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.

3 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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)

Last time Airbus allowed an actual pilot to control one of their planes they crashed it into the south atlantic. Given the development cycle for planes if Airbus were to introduce such a feature it will be after the biologicals have been removed from anywhere they can cause problems.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

geniice Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

Thing is by the standards of the average housing project that's "tuesday".

about three weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

geniice Re:Beach Volleyball (221 comments)

Doubtful. Even hormonal young men are capable of focusing on other things. If they are watching a DOTA game they want to see the best non rat DOTA game possible and are prepared to stop thinking about sex long enough to so.

about three weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

geniice Re:simple fix (221 comments)

In most physical sorts women wouldn't make the male top 200. Getting hurt isn't the problem. Female competitions seem result in injuries at much the same rate as male ones. The problem is purely that men are on average bigger faster and stronger.

Why female sports mostly exist because of tradition they provide a useful purpose in providing structure to women to exercise within and provide more sport that can be watched for those who enjoy that.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

geniice Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

Eh its got more to do with nerds tending towards white and middle class and thus generaly being left alone by the system.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

geniice Re:I'm waiting for "bait" files to hit the news (115 comments)

Err quite a while. The reality is that with enough effort the police can probably get you convicted of something. There are a lot of laws and you don't know them all. The last thing you want to do is make them look more closely at you.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

geniice Re:Correction...That you know of... (115 comments)

No but I'm also going to be somewhat surprised if someone has a bunch of 1,024 MB blocks of /dev/random on their hard drive. Well I guess a few statisticians might.

In practice odds are I simply don't care. Most criminals leave far more evidence than the police actually need to get a conviction. If I can't open a file with one click I'm going to go back to looking at your bank statements for interesting payments.

about three weeks ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

geniice Re:Deleted (108 comments)

Enough third party reliable sources to write a neutral article. In fact TV triva isn't what it used to be. Astroidcruft on the other hand.....

about a month ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

geniice Re:Deleted (108 comments)

The problem is that untill very recently (at the end of the day Elliot Rodger had an impact) there was very little in the way of third party reliable sources covering the mens rights movement and related groups.

about a month ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

geniice Re:Deleted (108 comments)

I seem to recall this case. If its the one I think it is "multi-platinum recording artist" turned out to mean "had some minor roles on other people's albums that the reviewers generaly hadn't noticed". Think Clare Torry but without the same level of fan obsessiveness.

about a month ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

geniice Re:Next in pipeline: Honking Humugous Telescope (76 comments)

I think it is political. When you need a name that doesn't favour any member of the ESO references to its size are the best option. I guess ESO 39.3 meter telescope would be about the only other option.

about a month ago
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Thai Police: We'll Get You For Online Social Media Criticism

geniice Re:it was bound to happen (86 comments)

It was implied that alphas did from time to time and got sent off to various islands.

about a month and a half ago

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