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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

onepoint Re:So what's the point? (351 comments)

Are you talking about the Big Mike or cavendish? I was the last generation to enjoy them on a regular basis. I got to eat one again about 3 years ago, boy was it good. really banana tasting and it had a lot of seeds inside. yummy, that's banana cost me a fortune, was well worth it.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

onepoint Re:The police are terrified (693 comments)

You are correct. most people have never really faced a real threat, and walking into a house where a "person with perceived hostile intent" is just about as insane as it can be.

if you did not grow up around violence, you might not understand what that cop is thinking, but I bet he's crapping in his pant's when he's got to use the foot instead of knock. like everyone, he just wants his shift to end and go home.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

onepoint Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

Extremely funny, but I bet, that small modification might happen that won't increase the weight issue too much. Lot's of nifty ideas floating around here.

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

onepoint he made a very good point (187 comments)

He made a very good point, it's all about perspective.

With that said, does it not sound like India reading a page from the book "stranger in a strange land"

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

onepoint Re:5 , 4,We are go for Main engine start, 3 (790 comments)

space shuttle was an amazing sound. I have no clue what the sound of a saturn V would sound like. but i bet I would like it

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re: No good video? (213 comments)

A) Thanks for the photo. That explained a ton.
B) In vessel design, some basic ratio's are used, and stability is important. The dimensions just don't add up to be any good if it's a barge, the roll and pitch just seem way out of line for such a box type shape. Pontoons on the otherhand, they overcome ( better word is reduce ) multiple stability problem.

so maybe it's a pontoon type platform, all I got is an overhead shot ( which I thank you for )

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re: No good video? (213 comments)

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Why do you consider the ration 'bad'? IMHO the ratio does not matter at all, the barge only needs to be big enough to provide the landing space and what ever else they need on it.

Vessel stability on all 3 axis, I would guess that something like this needs a really good stable landing platform. It's not easy to keep a platform at the required location. I am going to take a guess that they tested everything to the extreem and this is what they came up with.

but the most likely size should have been near 1000 x 170, which now writing it, is super huge, just having a hard time picturing 170 feet in width. and the dimentions ... here is a container ship that would be near the dimentions and I can see clearer now https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

that landing platform would cost a fortune.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re:it made it home (213 comments)

>>You do realize that planes fly all the time in the dark and in fog, right?
Yes, I do and that's with humans at the stick, but the plane can land itself. on a stable platform ( runway ) that has know variables, big space, a performance design that have been tested and tested and updated almost to the point that it's automated, but at the end, a pilot is still required just in case. Landing and takeoffs are still the highest risk points of a flight.

But this landing, this is a tiny little speck, and it hit the mark! it's really a super amazing thing.

Now I'll give you a perspective that might help you understanding my views
you are looking at current technology, seeing the future and mixing in rose colored glasses ... It's not an insult, we expected wireless Dick Tracy watch's but they did not happen till the late 90's. I, myself bitch and complain about nanobot's not being injected into the human blood stream to remove bad blood cells ( I really expected that to happen by 2000, and I am still waiting ) and there is a ton more.

this happens to everyone, we mix the future with the current. It's not a bad thing at all, it just shows us what we desire as humans and what we can succeed at. Without this expectation, we would not be able to grow, Knowing that you expect it and if it had failed, someone out thier would be trying to solve it. It's in our nature ( or at least I think it is )

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re: No good video? (213 comments)

300 x 170 is a real bad ratio, it's going to be a sloppy ride. A good stable ratio is in the 30 x 5 x 3 ( L x W X H ). I got to assume he knows something or the barge design is amazingly special
dry bulk cargo barges are about 195' x 35' ( which is near the 6 x 1 ratio ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re:it made it home (213 comments)

thank you

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint Re:it made it home (213 comments)

What is special about landing in the dark... hmmm.
a) Depth perception in darkness changes (given they could use some sort of sonar type bounce to get a distance reading)
b) Blindness of the camera's when the thrusters are activated.
c) Landing on the water, barges move up and down, that's really impressive, it's only so stable. This is nothing like a carrier landing in any way.

Well anyway, I am amazed and cheering for them!!!

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

onepoint it made it home (213 comments)

Well, I think it's a milestone. Just getting it to land on the platform, in the dark, without any human help. That speaks a lot of the hard work that people invested. So it gets some damage, big deal.
I am glad that it was not a total success, otherwise people might get into lazy thinking and not look for bugs. I believe (not sure, cannot cite sources on this), but some airplane was not tested enough because everything happened perfect on testing, it was placed into production (1950's). Over the course of a year or 2, the planes were having issues and a few crashed. And they had to stop production. Some sort of fault in the structure.

So, in summary, He's done it!!! now to get all the bugs worked out.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

onepoint Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (254 comments)

Stranger in a Strange land as a movie... I would see it, and I think it could fit into a 90's time idea or maybe push it to 2025ish as the starting point.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

onepoint Re:Predestination is an incredibly unsatisfying mo (254 comments)

Saw the movie also, left unsatisfied at the end too.
But I will say this, you need to be intelligent for this movie. The movie is like a very good bottle of wine, it weaves something and you can almost grab it.
The people I was with, well they were rating it about 65 out of 100, I was near 85 out of 100. It's a thinking persons movie.

I would also advise seeing the movie "the drop" again a thinking persons movie. Very nicely crafted.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

onepoint Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

A townhouse is usually 2 floors, shared side wall
A Villia is usually 1 floor, shared side wall
A Condo is usually 1 floor, multiple shared walls, and ownership is your box in the air and your percentage of common area's
a Co-op is usually 1 floor, multiple shared walls and ownership in a corporation where you are buying airspace and land as a stock ( think of a box in the air that is numbered to a specific share )

Townhouses and Villias can be owned as Freehold ( that means shared wall liability and roof, dirt under is yours, nothing else ) so paint it green for all you care
Or as homeowner association or as a condo association. These are the basic way's

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

onepoint Re:Conform or be expelled ( no fined ) (320 comments)

Disclosure: I am a realtor, mostly on the sell side 96% of the time, not representing the buyer. 4% representing the buyer. So I will speak from the selling side. And a big Doctor Who fan from the 80's
HOA's, condo's, and Co-op's are a form of corporations (non-profit) that run the land you are on and issue a set of rules you need to abide by.

When you buy into any of the above, you are required to abide by those rules. When I do a transaction I am required to present to you the rules of the association, sometimes in excess of 200 pages. And you have 3 days to execute a confirmation that you read these rules, otherwise I will put it back on the market. It's a take or leave situation, I think most people don't read the rules.

Most of the rules are common sense, for example, allocation of parking, pet policy's, exterior paint colors, lawn height (which in a condo is the association responsibility not the condo owner usually), cannot hang wet towels on the balcony rail to dry and a ton more. Some of the more interesting rules are
A) How bad of criminal are you... ( Violent crime of murder not permitted, but a Bernie Maddof welcome)
B) You cannot buy the property on credit, must be a cash transaction close
C) Limit on how many occupants in the unit

A common rule I tell people when they are presented with my property is, you are buying conformity, a lifestyle and sometimes peace of mind.

One of the huge problems in HOA's is the Flagpole issue, ex-military wants one on the front lawn of their house, most, if not all HOA's did not permit this, but every year we see it as a lawsuit http://blog.chron.com/advocate... ( that's a Texas one)
It got so carried away here in Florida that the state had to chime in http://www.hoaleader.com/publi... ( summary is, you can within reason)

When the 9 /11 happened, people hung American flags on the railing, well after 3 months some condo association and HOA's were tired of this, asked the residences to remove them, Boy did that start a huge problem, it's considered un-American, while the truth is, following rules is a rather American thing, otherwise why would we need so many lawyers to interpret these rules.

So I don't understand what the big fuss is all about, the guy has a big blue box ( which I would love to own), it's rather different than what is normally seen, people complained, put it in the yard, end of problem. Or if the guy was smart, he should have asked his association about how to hold a wedding at his home, and they would have let him slide properly with all the form executed to do it. ( You need parking permits for gated communities when you hold huge parties, advise the association and they will set up a little shuttle cart for the bride and groom if needed, provide parking assistance ( by sending a note to the neighbors, see whom wants to offer up some driveway space, provides the cleaning service for all the exterior the next morning... )

about three weeks ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

onepoint Re:I'm for planting trees (363 comments)

yes that's a constraint, but all you need to do is look for a suitable plant for that environment

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

onepoint Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

You make a valid point. A large percentage of the carbon absorbed is placed back into the air (I would venture a guess of 80% since about 80% of the tree is above the ground). But this solution is a stop gap until other means of carbon reduction can be implemented. Also, if tree farming is used for crop's IE: wood products with a life span of 30 years, then we have locked in carbon for; growth time + usable life span of products.

I, myself, have planted trees all my life, and my dream retirement goal is to create a forest somewhere near the Mississippi River. Lots of trees, all different breeds, providing a rich environment for wildlife. Nothing fancy, lot's of southern pine ( that can be used for telephone poles, or sunk in the mud to support buildings in Louisiana ). Some hardwoods, and if possible, some trees that grow very fast for natural wind breaks.

With over 1 million users on Slashdot, I would venture that if we all planted 1 tree in our life time, the net effect would be in excess of 20 million tons of CO2 removed in our lifetime. While that is just a drop in the bucket, it's a start. I recently read that your basic tree removes in the range of 30 to 40 tons of co2 over 30 years. So I ask you all to plant a tree, think before traveling to find the most effective fuel route, recycle both sides of your paper if possible (I save 20 reams of paper every year that way) and use your bikes if you can.

Thanks for your comment.

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

onepoint Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (156 comments)

Thanks for the memory...LOL
but I have to ask,
Why not a Gosub, I recall, I did everything with gosub's so I could keep the most used code near the top and the few used routines on the bottom?

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

onepoint Re:Move to a gated community (611 comments)

No, it's crappy, like riding the subway back in 1978 in NYC, but not as smelly.
But what people have learned is that you can operate on a schedule and have relaxful time for yourself.
Trust me, driving in southern Florida is a horrible thing, best way to describe it, You will get hit if you don't pay attention ALL the time, in California you only get hit when you do something dumb. It's a stressful drive here. I would rather be stuck on the 405 doing 20, or on the LIE doing 15, then doing 30 to 95.

about a month and a half ago

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onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

just wanted to say that my life is the most interesting thing. failure and success are common at the extreems and I have nothing in the middle. just plain wierd. wondering if there is anyone else having just an extreem life

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just learned about this

onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 12 years ago

this is an interesting feature. I wonder if over the long term people will respond with Ideas that will improve the quality of my response to the posting I do.

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