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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

ihtoit Sounds like a BBT episode waiting to happen (333 comments)

...was my first thought reading the headline. Here's what I think happened:

Sheldon develops a raging allergy to a yucca that's been hanging around in the corner of the apartment for ages, he goes on a mission to remove every plant he sees from existence. Hilarity ensues.

5 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

ihtoit Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

Too fucking right it was deliberate.

The questions (two of) are:

1. Who disabled the safety lock, and on what authority?
2. Who fired the missile, and on what authority?

Neither of which will ever be answered.

Any punitive action taken over this will inevitably be aimed at the wrong party, will only serve to radicalise, and will only beget more death.

Welcome to 21st Century warfare.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

ihtoit Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

not that easy to hide either, given that the *missiles* are 18 to 23 feet long.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

ihtoit Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

FYI: the target acquisition radar systems on the Gadfly BUK missile systems are all equipped with built-in IFF decoders.

It takes a conscious effort and training in advanced operation of the Gadfly to disable the civilian IFF safety of a Gadfly system, which is there to prevent a missile being fired at a civilian aircraft.

Source: training.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ihtoit Re:BAD,Bad, Bad! (272 comments)

the obscene and growing number of spanking brand new cars taking up space, never to be sold, being added to every single day in a never-ending and accelerating cycle of build-and-stack kinda pisses all over that argument.

The only thing that is likely to happen if more people rode bikes is that Shimano make more money.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ihtoit Re:so long as the duration is... (272 comments)

this is the point that I think most commenters are missing - that we're talking less about a continuous sound, more a shock akin to an underwater bomb.

If you want to blow a safe without burning the contents, you drill a hole in it, fill it with water and insert a charge. Plug the hole, detonate the charge, what happens?

Water is practically incompressible. What happens is the overpressure from the detonation (and we're talking a BLASTING CAP here, nowhere near the power of a quarter stick!) is transmitted through the water until it meets the point of lowest resistance: the points where the door meets the superstructure - the lock and the hinges. Result? Door blown off hinges, safe contents slightly damp.

What do you suppose would happen to any creature inside that safe when the cap is detonated?

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ihtoit Re:Peak oil is not sudden (272 comments)

there are no plans to phase out ICE cars as long as there's iron to be extracted. There are vast graveyards of spanking brand new cars which will never be sold (don't ask me why, some weird fucking economic pressure I guess) and those graveyards are growing on a daily basis with no signs of the influx slowing down. Private motorised transport in the long term is the death knell for human civilisation as long as there is addiction to two things: fiat currency and petrochemicals.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ihtoit 100x louder than a jet engine (272 comments)

??

By any metric, that is a serious amount of acoustic pressure. It doesn't matter if you rely on sound to find your way around or locate prey, if you encounter that underwater you're getting turned into jelly.

(walk into a pet store and tap on the fish tanks. Go on, I'm giving you permission).

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

ihtoit Re:To me it's pretty clear. (503 comments)

think about this for a minute, you've just thrown a very important number out here: 30,000 feet. Six vertical MILES. A missile would not only have to cover that, it would also have to lock on and follow the target throughout the flight from the moment of launch. At Mach 3 (about average speed for a SAM), the missile has 26 miles (operational range) to track, lock, launch and terminate. From the moment of firing this can be anything up to 87 seconds. An airliner can move 15 miles in 87 seconds. Bring in the trig. Your long side (missile flat lead trajectory) is the root of 36+225=16.15 miles. You have shy of ten miles leeway, or one half minute (because that leeway is either side of closest approach assuming that the aircraft passes directly overhead), to decide if what you are tracking is an airliner with an international civilian IFF squawk or a transporter with a military code - something which a Gadfly TAR can accomplish instantly - then make the transaction between a fire order and firing the missile.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

ihtoit Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

according to RT, the Ukrainian military themselves have at least 27 Gadfly launch systems, which equates to just over a hundred missiles. It's likely that whatever fired the missile (if it is confirmed) was at some point in the hands of the legitimate Ukrainian Government, and COULD ONLY HAVE COME ORIGINALLY FROM ITS MANUFACTURING BASE IN RUSSIA.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

ihtoit Ob. ArmageddonParaphrase (710 comments)

Yo Greenpeace, how many Arabs died for the oil you used to computer-generate the LEGOs in that movie you're trying to get unbanned claiming that it's because you offended Shell in some way when in all likelihood it's more to do with the recent movie release featuring those plastic blocks which are made from... you guessed it, oil byproducts!

Fucking hypocrites!

about two weeks ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

ihtoit Re:DLC? (178 comments)

most of the DLC for KSP is community-driven. From parts to physics mods, I know of several people who play the game but not a single one who plays it with no mods. It's not unplayable with no mods, in fact everything you can do with mod parts you can do with stock parts (it's just more difficult), which is how it should be even for a game like KSP. For me mods add dimension to the game which in its essence is an electronic Lego.

Anywho, back to my classic Doctor Who with a still-in-shortpants Martin Clunes (omfg, I even remember the story!)

about a month ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

ihtoit no jet lag for me (163 comments)

I don't fly. You can keep your sardine-tin planes, your TSA-Approved Gropamatic, your overpriced "premium" airlines, your rush-for-seating "budget" crampacking airlines. I'll take the quiet car on the train where the sign above the door says "TURN MOBILE PHONES OFF" and I can walk on and off without being patted down and subjected to Twenty fucking Questions about where I'm going, who I'm meeting, what's in the fucking gun case, or why I'm wearing an oak ghillie.

about a month ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

ihtoit Re:DLC? (178 comments)

pisses me off when they do that. It's why I don't buy games-on-disc anymore, you don't get what you already paid for. If it's not a standalone like KSP or a free persistent MMO like Battlestar Galactica, fucking keep it.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

ihtoit No Punishment Without Crime (276 comments)

...seems pretty open-and-shut to me.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ihtoit Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

what a load of bollocks.

I carry air rifles through major cities. They're in cases, but it's fairly obvious what's in the cases. I also carry a sidehandle baton - openly. TOTALLY illegal in England (though I've never been charged with carrying offensive weapons and here's why: my accepted justification is that considering what else I'm carrying (to legitimate destinations using lawful means) I would rather kneecap the cunt who's trying to steal my firearms (and who obviously has plans for future use of said firearms including potentially causing harm to one or more people) and face the music than let them away and possibly even coldcock me with my own weapons). It's not a case of meeting force with force, it's a case of seeing and reacting to a threat by preparing *before* it becomes necessary to react. Being in such a visible state of preparedness pretty much negates any thoughts anyone might have to trying to relieve me of my luggage anyway.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ihtoit Re:In other news (358 comments)

no, vigilantism is not only legal, it's encouraged through pretty much any civilised culture (some call it bounty hunting, some call it neighbourhood watch). It's when you break the law doing it, when it becomes illegal.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ihtoit Re:RF Melting His BRAIN! (358 comments)

deadkeying a 934MHz transceiver on channel 5 at 8 Watts will kill the low GSM band for upwards of a mile.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ihtoit Re:Use a dash cam, not a jammer. (358 comments)

Funny you should say that, a few years ago I was pulled up at a red light at Dark O'Clock and this idiot was revving behind me. I knew the phasing of the lights and knew that nothing was moving for at least another minute, so I signalled him not to try passing. I reckon he either forgot or ignored the part of the highway code relating to cycle hand signals, because he pulled around me, rolled down his window and screamed "FUCKING IDIOT!" at me, and drove off - straight into the path of a crossing 16-ton truck.

I must say, I had to agree with him. He was a fucking idiot.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ihtoit Re:Only idiots defend this guy (358 comments)

it's nowhere near 700/800MHz, it's the 934MHz GSM band (used in Europe for the TETRA radio system that piggybacks the cellular network). Very easily done with a piece of kit that's still available on the secondhand market with no modifications: a 934MHz mobile transceiver.

(I have one, never powered it up).

about a month ago

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 6 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 6 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 6 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 7 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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