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peragrin Re:In other news... (121 comments)

In related news 90% of Slashdot Editors don't proofread the summaries before posting articles.

5 days ago

AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

peragrin Re:Combo vehicles will never be more than curiosit (33 comments)

how do you figure that? I never saw the apollo space craft pull up along side another space based object latch on to it and conduct repairs on it. the closest we got was the CM and LM would latch up for a joined flight after it was in space.

The space shuttle was big but it had very useful features like a large cargo bay that not only could take things into space but also return them. It could sleep 7 for two weeks. If we are ever going to build in space we need that ability. we have enough junk up there as it is to make building space stations even more dangerous.

about a week ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

peragrin Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

It is called plasma. It happens when you heat gases beyond a particular limit.

A 23 pound slug traveling at Mach 7 is displacing a lot of air very quickly.

Do you think that air will get colder?

about two weeks ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

peragrin Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

How about to setup the martian colony?

Send the first 12 people there with enough supplies to last 1-2 years and let them build the first colony. so when the second wave arrives they have food, water, shelter already in place. The original group will most likely be dead, but if the facility is good then they died doing a good thing.

about two weeks ago

Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

peragrin Re:~1000 *Bits* per square inch? (147 comments)

how can you have 8 square inches on a round platter?

if the inches are square then they can't be round at least at that pixel density.

about two weeks ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

peragrin Re:Meh (224 comments)

another moron posted another moronic theory of how the brain works based on their own personal experiences of stupidity, laziness, and lack of focus. These used to be published by quick magazines called tabloids. Now they look legitimate.

I personally felt stupider just reading the summary. I am online at work all day. now I can't watch tv without doing something else but I have gone through a dozen books(usually ebooks but not always) since christmas without any kind of issue.

about two weeks ago

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

peragrin Re:A simple solution (live sports) (97 comments)

Most bars get annoyed if you sit there and not purchase anything to eat or drink.

So there is a cost, but you can combine it with a meal too.

Value meals for sports fans.

about two weeks ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

peragrin Re:The Internet: Where Religions Come To Die (1037 comments)

yes and no. the internet exposes more ideas to more people. remember it is relatively easy to post a youtube video that gets seen by a million people. at least 1% of 1% of that group will be complete and utter morons about it and very vocal at the same time.

about two weeks ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

peragrin Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

great now the christians are going to call the internet the tree of knowledge and get it declared forbidden in their quest for religious zealotry.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

peragrin Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Saying there is no conspiracy involved generally leads people to believe there is one.

I do know what you are saying at least in part, but google uses all sorts of tracking to find you. Google range rover in IE without adblock and watch for the next month. rage rover ads will feature promentaly on every website you visit even if google has nothing to do with them.

I use adblock on safari at home and I don't have those issues. turn off adblock for a while and the web becomes something a lot messier.

about two weeks ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

peragrin Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

You would then have to land said colony ship. Consider trying to land the ISS. it just isn't feasible. It is to big, and you couldn't slow it down enough. The best you can do is disassemble it in space and drop down sections of it.

Next your spaceship was only big enough for the flight crew plus embryos, and equipment. you still don't have any fresh water supplies, any waste management areas setup, no longer term living quarters.

For the first 50 years it will be like living in a modern version of the Old west or like Firefly's frontier towns. High tech yes, but still dirt roads. Sure solar panels provide you with light heat and hot water, which makes life easier but you still need to be chopping down trees, clearing land, etc.

about two weeks ago

Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

peragrin Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

ah but you are forgetting one very important fact. Countries treat each other like 7-10 years at recess treat each other. Look at my shiny toy, no give me that, don't pull my hair I am warring you, give me your money, eww billy's got cooties, etc.

watch the UN some day and replace all the adults with children. the actions are so close it isn't funny but turns into a sad comedy.

until countries grow up and start acting like adults none of this will improve.

about two weeks ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

peragrin Re:Nope. (166 comments)

for me the online part sucks hard. comcast makes the game stutter like a bitch. I can't play as I click count to 2 and die as the monsters have hit me 40 times.

about three weeks ago

Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

peragrin Re: I call BS. (169 comments)

Then you aren't paying attention. I have a couple of fairway drivers designed to hit off grass instead of tees. These are angled to hit farther than an equivalent 1 or 2 iron.

Not everyone plays golf smart. If the ground was mostly flat they may go for distance over positioning. If I can't get on the green I play short. But many people will play range of potential shot first. Instead of landing best for the next.

about a month ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

peragrin Re: Flaw? (142 comments)

Paper files last longer but the basics of updating, storage, and retrieval sucks majorly. In fact error rates as high as 30% are not unheard of. Digital files tend to be updated more frequently and access is generally easier.

Not to mention storage space is considerably smaller

about a month ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

peragrin Re: This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

The NSA is the exception. Still snowden proves the NSA relies on 50's era trust for documents. Why wasn't secure connections established for Hawaii? How many other sites does the NSA allow full access to their documents.

Also the NSA fired 90% of their Admins shortly afterwards. If they were that overstaffed what else is their bureaucracy screwing up?

about a month ago

Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

peragrin Re:Quaint and backwards? (363 comments)

the trick is CCTV' cams aren't being uploaded to the internet for the express usage of using facial recognition to pull up your google + and Facebook pages. In fact most CCTV footage doesn't last more than 24 hours before being over written.

about a month ago

Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

peragrin Re:A lense cover (363 comments)

just play candy crush and other such touch and drag games and watch the pattern unlock vanish into a mess.

about a month ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

peragrin Re:sugar (703 comments)

because large chunks of land are currently frozen. Canada and Russia(the two largest countries) have tons of land but only a small percentage of those lands are farmable.

Of course this report doesn't take into account that changing weather will also change which places are warm in the winter and which are to cold to survive.

about a month ago

Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

peragrin Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

and I would still take that manned fighter over ten unmanned ones every day.

You see you have a real brain in the manned fighter. in the unmanned ones you are limited by cameras, radar and your communications link.

See what happened to a recent lost airline flight when your communications disappear. radar can only tell you so much. camera's don't work well without feedback from the controls. heck a couple of modified ICBM's. can wipe out everything you just dreamed about. start blowing up satellites that only highly developed countries really depend on and watch those drones become expensive paper weights.

about a month ago


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