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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

milkmage Re:Marketing? (239 comments)

but rootkit doesn't get you a meeting with Al Sharpton about racially insensitive remarks.

about a month ago

Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

milkmage Re:Marketing?... NOT! (239 comments)

"management runs to the US Government "
was that before or after they speculated on a certain Black President's preference for films with Black movie stars?


"Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?" she wrote, referring to the film about a freed slave. Later in the exchange Pascal wondered if she should ask Obama if he liked two other African American-focused films, "The Butler" and "Think Like a Man."

I don't think anyone ever wants to be a position to have to talk to Al Sharpton about racially insensitive remarks.

about a month ago

Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

milkmage Re:Study financed by (285 comments)

i'd rather be rear ended vs t-boned any day... 50% of those tbones are going to hit the driver's side

about a month ago

Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

milkmage Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

"Drug companies cannot illegally prioritize profits over patients"

what's the problem?

about a month and a half ago

US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

milkmage Re:End of flight as we know it (225 comments)

think phalanx - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

  In the short term, the LaWS will act as a short-range, self-defense system against drones and boats, while more powerful lasers in the future should have enough power to destroy anti-ship missiles; Navy slab lasers have been tested at 105 kW with increases to 300 kW planned. Laser weapons like the LaWS are meant to complement other missile and gun-based defense systems rather than replace them.

In the video, the LaWS disables a small Scan Eagle-class UAV, detonates a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), and burns out the engine of a small inflatable boat (RHIB). Following these successful tests, the US Navy has given the commander of USS Ponce permission to use the laser weapon in combat.

you speak as if RPGs are used exclusively against Captain Phillips.

about a month and a half ago

US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

milkmage Re:End of flight as we know it (225 comments)


1) “It would be [used] against those [unmanned aerial vehicles], slow moving helicopters, fast patrol craft.” - not likely to have countermeasures of any sort


2) they say it costs about a dollar per shot..

The system is powered and cooled by a so-called “skid” that provides power through a diesel generator and is separate from Ponce separate electrical systems.

Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot, as each firing of the weapon requires only the minimal cost of generating the energetic pulse; by contrast ordnance for projectile weapons must be designed, manufactured, handled, transported and maintained, and takes up storage space.

safe, cheap (consumables) and effective.. what more do you want in a weapons system

about a month and a half ago

Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

milkmage Re:Underwhelming picture (81 comments)

maybe this will make up for it.


When 20-year-old web designer Erick Reis left a friend’s house on Sunday, he saw what looked like thousands of spiders overhead, reported G1, a Brazilian news site, on Feb. 8. The large, sturdy spiders were hanging from power lines and poles, and crawling around on a vast network of silk strands spun over the town of Santo Antonio da Platina.

about 2 months ago

Fish Tagged For Research Become Lunch For Gray Seals

milkmage so use negative reinforcement (48 comments)

attach the pingers to sharks and orcas too.

about 2 months ago

US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

milkmage Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

actually, they can put the binaries on any webpage. that's how betas are distributed.
it's as easy a clicking a link and saying "yes" twice.

about 2 months ago

The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

milkmage Command and Control (176 comments)


A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

about 3 months ago

New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

milkmage Re:Can it be used as an accelerometer? (249 comments)

affordable? sure. and the new model comes in a room just under the size of your house.. great for taking on camping trips .. as long as you have a big ass trailer.

about 3 months ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

milkmage Re:Flawless Countdown (443 comments)

10..9...8...7...3...8.. oh fuck me.

about 3 months ago

Tetris Is Hard To Test

milkmage Re:Blockheads (169 comments)


about 3 months ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

milkmage Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)


S3 - competes with akamai, and azure - cloud services
fire/kindle- compete with sammy, goog, apple - hardware (nevermind all the amazon basics branded accessories)
amazon locker, next day delivery - distribution/logistics- FedEx/UPS
the dome - major studios, netflix - content
amazon fresh - safeway, albertsons - food
music/video streaming - apple, netflix, google, MS - digital distribution (and don't forget the game studio they bought)
and with a "store" coming to Manhattan - retail.
what's next, cars? oh, wait... http://www.autoblog.com/2014/0...

amazon is fighting a multi-sided war
look what happened to the Nazis when they decided to take on the Allies in the West, and the Russians in the East - Germany got crushed in the middle

if you spread yourself too thin, you risk losing all the battles. (Fire phone anyone?) - a little dramatic perhaps, but
Wall Street just set a shot over the bow.. the "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy is going to come back and bite them

you invest in a company to make money... sooner or later, your investors will bail if they don't see a return.

what kind of business likes to see their investors bail?

about 3 months ago

The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

milkmage Re:Eh (200 comments)

i don't doubt sexism was part of it, but let's face it.. if a woman was killed the space program would have been in serious jeopardy.

let's not forget that while SHE may have been qualified, WE really had no idea what we were doing.. making it up as we went a long. waaaay more risk back then - Mercury was our first foray into manned spaceflight... lots of unknowns

if she was, say, killed in Apollo 1, we may have never gotten to the moon. Mondale almost got the program cancelled after White, Grissom and Chaffee were killed, a woman on that crew may have been enough to kill Apollo on the spot.

I don't think the American public had the stomach for a female (CIVILIAN) casualty..

about 3 months ago

Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

milkmage Re:Bullshit (221 comments)


what would people be saying if the Secret Service popped that guy's melon with a sniper bullet.. in front of all the tourists. body would sit there for hours with a yellow tarp over it while the press broadcast that image all over the world.. and the "why did you have to shoot that guy" crowd would come out of the woodwork.. or, they were ready to shoot, but there were too many innocents on the OTHER side of the target... this will blow over in a couple days.. had they wounded or killed an innocent, there'd probably be Congressional hearings.

you will give up some security when you balance it with the appearance of bing civilized.

they COULD put razor wire on the fence, but they don't
they COULD build gun towers with searchlights, but they don't
POTUS could cruise around in an (actual) armored vehicle, but they made it look like a Caddy (that can't possibly be a safe as one of those EOD trucks - or Bradley with reactive armor)
the USSS could wear SWAT gear while they're flanking POTUS when he's walking the rope line shaking hands, but they keep their weapons hidden and wear suits.

you know the Secret Service wants to keep POTUS in a box and only let him out for TV.. but they let him get danger close to the public.. all for appearances sake- and this DESPITE Squeaky Fromme, John Hinkley Jr. and whoever actually got a shot off at Ford in SF.

i'm thinking the only publicly visible change to protocol is no more convertibles (see Kennedy)

about 4 months ago

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

milkmage Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

no, but the prisons are full of people who are in for simple possession.

about 5 months ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

milkmage Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

true if you're talking about AIDS.

no big Pharma is researching Ebola because hardly anyone has it (compared to erectile disfunction, HIV, high blood pressure, cholesterol and sleep disorders).

How many universities in this country even have BSH4 facilities to study these kinds of things? Are they even allowed to have these pathogens - think physical security - not Chemturion suits (brand name for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...).. but armed response for the perimeter. USAMRIID certainly has guns close by if not onsite, and I'm sure CDC can have tanks parked out front in minutes if necessary... what if the bad guys get the smallpox stored at the CDC?

the WHO only officially allows 2 facilities in the WORLD to store live smallpox.. so if you can't get your hands on the material. you can't study it.

of course you could always find some in a cardboard box at the FDA. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07...

about 6 months ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

milkmage Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

How many of these African countries have consistent electricity and running water.. and you're talking about medical research?

  the current outbreak is the worst in about 40 years.. BUT the mortality this time is 50-60% vs. 90% in previous outbreaks. it appears that progress is being made and there's no indication of direct US assistance in that effort (but I'm sure there are American doctors and American dollars going to the WHO to bolster the effort.

USAMRIID is part of the Army - they research infectious diseases and try to find vaccines/cures in case someone weaponizes something like smallpox (very real possibility since it just loves humans and is transmitted through the air.)

I'm sure if the Pfizers and Mercks of the world put their heads together, they could find a solution, but with only a couple thousand cases, it's not profitable.

Bottom line is the only people interested are government entities - with very large military budgets - there aren't a lot of those in the world.

read Hot Zone and Demon in The Freezer - both non fiction. Hot Zone is about Ebola, Demon is about how the US Responds to biological threats (this is covered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...)


interesting and terrifying at the same time.

about 6 months ago


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