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Asian Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China, Injure Over 1,500

jdigriz shotguns! (274 comments)

4 cm across? I say use birdshot on the swarms. Just watch your backdrop.

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

jdigriz Re: I suspect he's wrong. (580 comments)

Funding for space goes up in Republican administrations because space exploration has traditionally been an outgrowth of the armaments industry. Put a capsule on a Titan II and it's a rocket. Put a warhead or several on it and it's an ICBM. Building and testing peaceful rockets helps national defense.

1 year,20 days
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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

jdigriz Why banks and healthcare providers? (205 comments)

WTF are private organizations allowed to issue identities for? Government IDs may be a hassle, but they're the ones with the vested interest in keeping track of people. We don't permit Walmart to issue driver's licenses or passports. We already have a mess with the private CAs on the Internet. Do it once, do it right and keep a monopoly on it. IDs and currency are Government's job! If the Treasury had issued decent ecash, Bitcoin wouldn't have a market and Credit Card Companies wouldn't be adding their 2.9% inflation to every purchase. If the Gov't were to do this right, with closed-loop verification necessary for anybody to do anything with your Identity, and if it were secure it would be a great boon. No more having to notify 42 entities of your change-of-address. Change it once at the Identity agency, and it's changed everywhere. I really doubt they'll manage to get it right though. No, I don't work for the Government. I'm just a guy who hates constantly giving and updating contact info.

1 year,28 days
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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

jdigriz Re:Not impossible, used to bulls-eye womprats (235 comments)

Hmm, just reread the article. The earliest instance is 'impossible' the next mention is "next to impossible." Poor editing, and inaccurate to boot.

about a year ago
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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

jdigriz Not impossible, used to bulls-eye womprats (235 comments)

Summary says "impossible to" . Article says Next to Impossible to. Let's have the boys in the ISS take a few pics out the window. It's not as convenient and the passes are much less frequent, but hey, it's something. Also GOES 14 is coming on-line. Now if that fails, we really will be limited to ISS observation.

about a year ago
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Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

jdigriz Re:Salvage Rights (204 comments)

This is true, but launching large items is difficult, volume-wise. I know there are ideas for for inflatable mirrors and spray-on aluminum, but so far there has been virtually no manufacturing in space, aside from tiny crystals and SuitSat. I think the L2, or at least BEO position of the mirror is advantageous. We don't want to clutter LEO even more with debris, and there's no point in bringing an asteroid all the way back to Earth to melt with a solar furnace, especially if you're going to be using the products further out. We're already up the Well with Herschel, at substantial sunk cost.

about a year ago
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Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

jdigriz Re:Salvage Rights (204 comments)

If it were easy, anybody could do it, and it'd already be underway. Good summary of the issues. I think robotic dexterity is probably sufficient for the mission, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Hand and Robonaut2 http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/robonaut.html The real challenge is software, the light lag at L2 would make realtime teleoperation infeasible. Darpa has teams working on recovery robots for terrestrial uses. I'm all for launching big mirrors also, but this one has already paid the energy cost of getting out of LEO. I think there are substantial savings here, especially if we use existing assets and pair the tug + robot at the ISS. The big issue that I can see is political. The JWST is already slated to be positioned at L2 and they won't want industrial debris floating around. May have to tug the Herschel out of range before recovering the good bits. An ion drive can do that, slowly.

about a year ago
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Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

jdigriz Re:Salvage Rights (204 comments)

WIki says that there are no plans for the Robonaut 2 prototype already on ISS to be returned to Earth. I smell stone soup space mission. Thanks taxpayers!

about a year ago
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Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

jdigriz Salvage Rights (204 comments)

SpaceX should go after it and salvage it robotically for use as a solar thermal concentrator. 3.5M mirrors that are already in space don't exactly grow on trees. A simple high-efficiency Ion engine (Dawn-class)and a robonaut should be able to handle the job. They can then lease the asset to Planetary Resources or whoever wants to do industrial experiments. Doesn't have to be quick. Cheap and slow is the way to go here.

about a year ago
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Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

jdigriz Re:C64 still works (135 comments)

Heh, lucky you. I bought a c64 a couple years earlier and only the third one lasted more than a couple of weeks. The other 2 had to be returned for a blown power supply and a defective keyboard.

Now admittedly that last one lasted at least 12 years or so. For all I know it may still work, but I had to get rid of it.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Starts Driving

jdigriz Autobots! (35 comments)

Roll out!

about 2 years ago
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Sci-fi Author Harry Harrison Dies at 87

jdigriz Sad (91 comments)

The guy was talented. The Stainless Steel Rat series was quite funny.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

jdigriz Don't crawl (432 comments)

Your staff members should be the ones crawling under the desk. You're the department head for God's sake. Act too busy or something. Rank hath its privileges. Personally, as a self-employed consultant, I wear a button-down with the collar open and black Dickies work pants (non-cargo) as ordinary dress pants rip too easily and get snagged on stuff while crawling under desks.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Nobody Wants You On OKCupid

jdigriz Says you... (473 comments)

I'm marrying the sexy librarian I met on OkCupid next May. They're out there guys, just rarer than diamonds.

about 3 years ago
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Ugly Truth of Space Junk

jdigriz Re:Read the article (185 comments)

Read the question. I wasn't questioning who they were, I was questioning their expertise. In my book, people who do not have a solution for a problem can hardly be considered experts in the problem. Any idiot can say "abandon in place." It takes no special knowledge.

more than 3 years ago
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Ugly Truth of Space Junk

jdigriz "Experts" (185 comments)

What makes them experts? How much space junk have they cleaned up? Which orbital paths have they cleared?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple To Distribute OS X Lion via the Mac App Store

jdigriz Re:Macs will be a closed platform in the end (517 comments)

Apple makes its profits primarily on hardware sales. And it's mostly standard Intel hardware. Why would they care if you decided to put Debian on it? How could they stop you? Of course, that raises the question of why you are buying such expensive hardware just to run Debian since you don't like Apple's Software, but some people are willing to pay extra for industrial design.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

jdigriz Re:Huh? (1075 comments)

Samba has switched to GPL v3. Past editions used GPL v2. Thus large chunks of the code are already multilicensed. You are correct that the GPLv2 does not require all publications to accept later licenses, only that that is an option if so chosen by the authors. The Samba authors have chosen to use at least one later version of the license. This is an interesting question actually,if the original authors have chosen to move up to a new version of the license and somebody makes modifications to an earlier revision under the earlier version of the license, are the modifications barred from being incorporated into a new version controlled by the original authors if the original license did not specify that later licenses may be used?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

jdigriz Re:Huh? (1075 comments)

Hmm, how so? GPLv2 says that it can be used under that license or any later version. If the community wants Apple's patches and Apple cares to give them back, then they can. They will probably be advised by their lawyers not to though for fear of confusion. Look, it's in a GPLv2 and a GPLv3 project! Suddenly version control timestamps become very important.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

jdigriz Huh? (1075 comments)

Seems like an overreaction. Just fork the V2 version. Or maybe that's what they're doing.

more than 3 years ago

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