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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

nonsecurity DAR.fm vs Aereo (484 comments)

It is interesting that DAR.fm (an online radio recording service) has survived legal challenges, but Aereo is now in jeopardy for a providing similar service for TV even though it uses antennas at customers' locations.

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

nonsecurity Ethanol: Scam of scams for lobbyists & Big Eth (432 comments)

Ethanol, as currently used to water down gasoline in the USA with corn is a scam. It is a huge gift for the corn growers, for ADM, for the ethanol lobbyists. Everyone else looses. It takes enormous energy to cultivate, grow the corn and then process and generate the ethanol. When all of that is done, you have a product that contains less energy in the gasoline it displaces. You've already created tons of greenhouse gas emissions BEFORE the ethanol enters a car's gas (ethanol) tank. Ethanol is charged highway fuels taxes to consumers just as the gasoline component is, but the ethanol companies get to KEEP their share. It is a double subsidy. No wonder big ethanol is fighting so hard to keep corn ethanol in our gas tanks and even increase its use! Sure, you can design new equipment to handle high ethanol concentrations, but a lot of stuff already out there isn't compatible. And the consumer still loses while the lobbyists/special interests collect our money. In Brazil, ethanol is widely available for cars, almost pure ethanol. But drivers have a choice--gasoline and ethanol. (ethanol is a lot cheaper, but it contains less energy too. But the biggest difference is that their ethanol is produced with Sugar Cane---a much more efficient and less expensive process than the corn ethanol nonsense we are being subjected to in USA. If we must have ethanol, then give consumers a choice. Put the ethanol pump in a separate place, and allow consumers to buy what they want. Gasoline OR ethanol, not watered down junk.

about 3 months ago
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Hijacking Airplanes With an Android Phone

nonsecurity Re:It has? (131 comments)

You are assuming that the glidepath is the only reference for an aircraft on a CAT III approach. But CAT III (and II) also require a radar altimeter, which would foil a Die Hard II scheme.

  In addition, the aircraft would not be at the proper height for its location along the approach.

But it was a fun movie to watch, even if extremely unrealistic.

about a year ago
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Electric Airplane Ready For Production

nonsecurity Re:Solar (239 comments)

tlhIngan wrote

In North America, there is ONE refinery still producing it. And they pretty much only run a batch once a year - an entire day's production is sufficient for an entire year. Something like all the avgas used in a year is equal to all the regular gas used by cars in a day.

Don't suppose you have a reference for that assertion do you? There are several refineries in USA that make avgas, and production is much larger than a day.

In 2009 there were 10 refineries making avgas, this article indicates there "seven or eight" in 2011.

Check out this table , courtesy of the Energy Information Administration, for a summary of regions where avgas is produced.

more than 2 years ago
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New Car Anti-Theft Device Profiles Your Rear End

nonsecurity Re:The ultimate anti-theft device already exists.. (126 comments)

Engine kill anti theft devices based on keys with chips on them have been in place for years. Cars equipped with them at the factory still show up in the Top Stolen Car lists. It's a nice idea, but certainly not fail-proof and devices like aftermarket alarms bypass the anti-theft systems before the thief even arrives.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Makes Plans for GPS Shutdown

nonsecurity Re:Has GWB lost it? (945 comments)

How much time before Bush bans Rand McNally Maps & Globes?

GPS was originally planned to be available to US military only. After the Soviets shot down a civilian Korean passenger airliner who had ventured off course due to poor navigation, President Reagan decided to make a civillian GPS signal available to the world at no cost.

Since GPS was born, the US has always maintained the right to degrade the accuracy or shut off the system to civilian users. If somebody wants to make their critical system dependent on GPS, that is their right--but it does not change GPS's owner the right to shut if off if necessary. All Bush has done is request to plan for a GPS shutdown and improve the procedure, if one is ever necessary. A goal of this is to be able to shutdown GPS in a local area.

more than 9 years ago

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