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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

nitehawk214 Re:Thrift Store (185 comments)

What he means is, that department store telescopes are shit; and department store telescopes given as gifts to people who do not care about astronomy will be shit treated in a shitty way. No better way to discourage someone from astronomy by giving them an entirely non-functional telescope.

Besides, there was no advice in your post about what kind of scope to get. Picking up any random thing is exactly what the poster was trying to avoid.

My suggestion, contact a local astronomy club to find out if they have any spare telescopes for sale. They usually have small ones that a member has fixed up and collimated. As an added benefit, they will be happy to teach you how to use it properly.

5 days ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

nitehawk214 Re:Wrong way to do it... (53 comments)

This is what doomed the Shuttle. It was designed for a totally different mission profile than it was used for. It had unused polar launch capability (from Vanderburg AFB) and large cross-range ability that was not necessary at all to reach the ISS. This caused the shuttle to be heavier, with less range and more expensive than it could have been for the missions it was used for.

I have no doubt that SLS will become the same disaster, as it is going to be designed to do "every mission" and end up doing them all for far more money than it could have.

about a week ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

nitehawk214 Re:Gators (160 comments)

Yeah like a bunch of computer engineers having to look up money laundering in the dictionary.

about two weeks ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

nitehawk214 Re:Shocker (160 comments)

Yeah the only coast-to-coast superhero we allow is Space Ghost.

about two weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

nitehawk214 Re:War diving? (110 comments)

Looks like Timothy is trying to drown his cat.

Be careful. I insulted Timothy once and my Aunt got cancer. Coincidence? Maybe. But I'm not going to take that chance again.

My aunt got cancer and already beat it and I have not yet insulted Timothy. Better fix that now:

You're a jerk, Timothy... A complete kneebiter.

about three weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

nitehawk214 Re:News just in, Guy wants 20/20 vision! (109 comments)

In other news, guy who can afford $350 toy can also afford a medical procedure to enhance every facet of his life.

about three weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

nitehawk214 Stupid title and article. (109 comments)

It might as well have said "People that can afford rift can also afford laser surgery."

As someone who had a $3000 laser surgery done recently. I suggest everyone that qualifies (not all conditions can be fixed) and can afford it to get it. It really is the best money I have ever spent in my life.

I am an amateur astronomer, so one could say about me: "Man buys $3000 laser surgery to enhance $2000 telescope experience." Am I a dope because I spent more on my eyes than my telescope? I get a hell of a lot more use out of my eyes than the scope. Every waking moment vs. that once a month it is actually clear and dark out.

It also enhances my exercising experience, my playing hockey experience, my driving experience, and my swimming experience. I think it helps me not get headaches when staring at a computer screen for hours at a time at work. (though that last one is highly subjective, the rest are true)

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

nitehawk214 Re:Sure, but... (502 comments)

Don't even start on the solar powered roadways thing. Driving on solar panels is just not a thing that is currently possible, no matter how much kickstarter wants to make everyone believe.

That being said, there is a ton of effectively useless (undriven-upon) land where solar panels could go. Just the strips of land where the electric lines are could do it.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

nitehawk214 Re:Sure, but... (502 comments)

How the hell is that legal? I can only guess that the power company that owns the network paid off the right politicians in order to allow them to effectively discourage anyone from putting up a solar cell.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

nitehawk214 Re:..so.. (502 comments)

Because market analysts lie and manipulate the market for their own ends. They do not give two shits if Tesla succeeds as long as they make money.

about three weeks ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

nitehawk214 Re:Soda can... (163 comments)

What it means is you will be constantly cut off by other drivers, at least on every single multilane highway in the US that I have been on.

Even if you are in the slow lane you can expect to continually be cut off. They even do it to trucks in heavy traffic which is just freaking suicidal.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

nitehawk214 Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

it is up to the cashier to hold the card, read the number and call it themselves

It is up to the cashier to call THEIR OWN BANK.
They are not supposed to call the number on the back of the customers card -- for reasons that should be pretty bleeding obvious.

What good would that do? Their bank doesn't know if the customer's credit card is valid.

about a month ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

nitehawk214 Re:I love the little mitigatory clause in there (511 comments)

This is just a sympathy run for those sorry professionals with afluenza. Nobody gives a shit about poor people addicted to drugs.

about a month ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

nitehawk214 Only 23,000? (97 comments)

This is like pennies to someone that can afford to run Oracle on custom hardware. Why is this even newsworthy?

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nitehawk214 Re:Not me... (753 comments)

Of course, cash isn't insured... once it is stolen, it is stolen. However, there are risks with all decisions.

I'd rather like my purse taken away from me than my eye cut out because it gave biometric access to my account.

Right, because that is likely to happen...

Lets keep our arguments against this to reasonable ones, as not to give people reason to actually try to implement this insanity.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nitehawk214 Re:Why? (753 comments)

If the US were to change the dollar like that, most folks wouldn't care.

[citation needed]

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nitehawk214 Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

None of those are point of sale, and none of those show up in this study. On the flip side, very large transactions are not point of sale either, such as houses, cars, etc.

Which means that the percentage of actual transactions performed by card is much lower than they are leading us to believe. The article is using statics to mislead people, and drive clicks by working people into a frenzy.

Cash is not going anywhere anytime soon, folks. Calm down.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nitehawk214 Re:What? (753 comments)

Yeah, but how do you get the coins to stay in her g-string?

about a month and a half ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

nitehawk214 Re:Some hilarity (95 comments)

And a lot of the edits were "good" edits, correcting grammar, filling in sources on existing articles. But we need to watch it to see if that is an attempt to hide the spin edits.

about a month and a half ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

nitehawk214 Re:In a week it'll need to be updated to @toredits (95 comments)

But that makes you hella-easy to track. Oh look, here is this guy that only makes positive spin edits for congressman XYZ, or party R.

about a month and a half ago

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