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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

shinehead COT technology vs. modern military (303 comments)

The article states the lasers were originally used to illuminate/search for snipers. I wonder if IR lasers deployed in this manner would negate the advantages offered by IR night vision devices? Or if several laser diodes of different frequencies integrated into a single unit and and aligned would offer any value in this regard. Or does the design of the NVD's anticipate this happening and have countermeasures?

about a year ago
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Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel

shinehead Re:I wonder what it cost to add guidance (377 comments)

Wikipedia reports COCOM limits as 1200MPH & 60000 ft altitude. Maybe the rockets don't go that fast/high? Or perhaps a software rewrite? Another thought is to initially use inertial guidance then decelerate until within COCOM for terminal phase. Crap, should have posted AC!

about 2 years ago
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Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel

shinehead I wonder what it cost to add guidance (377 comments)

to the crude rockets? I read somewhere homemade rockets cost $500 to build. I wonder if an Arduino + GPS shield + Servo shield could give effective targeting?

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

shinehead Re:An Assortment of Tools is Better Than Just One (298 comments)

Yep, Sysadmins need to be able to code. And developers need to lose their God complex and realize they can't sysadmin worth a damn. And if they can they aren't doing their job correctly.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Considers Apollo-Era F1 Engine For Space Launch System

shinehead Re:Total n00b here (197 comments)

The evolutionary approach seems to have benefits in almost every endeavor, at least until the design is developed to highly evolved state. I suppose at that point you apply manufacturing engineering to wring out the cost. I've always felt that the space program wanted Formula One racecars for their rockets when a dumptruck approach might have been better. Lastly, why couldn't they build a huge engine and de rate it to obtain reliability?

more than 2 years ago
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"Exploding" Termite Species Discovered

shinehead Re:We can learn from the termites how to fix Socie (158 comments)

I don't need welfare. Welfare competes with SS for tax dollars. Welfare provides people with disincentives to join the taxpaying economy. Etc, etc. Social Security isn't a Ponzi scheme, it's an intergenerational contract that works for everyone provided that it survives. Everyone pays in everyone benefits. Provided that it survives.

more than 2 years ago
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"Exploding" Termite Species Discovered

shinehead Re:We can learn from the termites how to fix Socie (158 comments)

I hope you are correct but it seems the politicians are deaf to the electorate on a lot of issues. What I suspect will happen is the demagogues will rant that "seniors are wealthier than younger people" and use that reasoning to cut SS. But seniors should be wealthier having saved their entire working lives.

more than 2 years ago
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"Exploding" Termite Species Discovered

shinehead Re:We can learn from the termites how to fix Socie (158 comments)

I have recognized Social Security as threatened since the mid 1980's. And, with mounting deficits the Federal Govt. will have to cut social spending and I fully expect that SS will get the axe before welfare entitlements if for no other reason than SS recipients aren't effective rioters. In the meantime I am subjected to redistributionist taxation to support a feral demographic that has no concept of work ethic while trying to save waaay extra for retirement. I think the majority of Slashdot readership is in the same situation, squeezed between the Communists and the Plutocrats.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Degree For a Late Career Boost?

shinehead Re:Is any degree late in life a good decision? (234 comments)

Maybe I'm oblivious to age discrimination or it isn't as prevalent with sysadmin types. I'm 49 yrs old with no degree and have done very well since being laid off in 2009. I am making 25% more money at the expense of a longer commute which is offset by working from home part time. I don't think I'm a statistical outlier, I am mundane skillset wise and quite inarticulate. When should the ageism kick in? 55? 60? I'm not bragging just trying to understand why experienced coders have this trouble but the datacenter / infrastructure people don't seem to have as much trouble.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

shinehead Re:obvious joke is obvious (356 comments)

Stratocasters are fine for pop music. Real rockers use Gibson SG's or a Les Paul...

more than 2 years ago
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Why Waste Servers' Heat?

shinehead I can hear my wife (204 comments)

"Honey, I'm cold. Compile something.

more than 3 years ago
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Mass Psychosis In the USA?

shinehead Re:Clear break from reality in 1980 (542 comments)

So true, peak oil was recognized by the Carter administration. If we had adhered to to the policies of conservation and energy self sufficiency we would be in a very different place now. Oil is running out, prices MUST go up, we have to revert to a less energy intensive economic model since there is no alternative energy source that can replace oil. I think the older east coast cities can handle the change but Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles are fucked.

more than 3 years ago
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Mass Psychosis In the USA?

shinehead Re:Really? (542 comments)

What does the Torah say about Goyim?

more than 3 years ago
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Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age

shinehead Re:Known this one for a long time... (352 comments)

You sound defeated. No wonder you can't get a gig. Learn about S-Corp and LLC. Lots of folks are doing it. I'm learning about it and plan to go that way by the end of the year. It's all about perception: At my last perm job before getting laid off I'm sure the CIO walked through the datacenter, saw my gray hair, and thought "Look at this old, expensive overhead. Fast forward to today, when I walk into a Datacenter in a nice suit as a consultant the CIO takes one look and thinks "This guy has been around, he is going to get it done".

more than 3 years ago
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Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age

shinehead Re:Known this one for a long time... (352 comments)

You are 90% there. You have described the problem now all you need to do is solve it. Truncate your resume to the last 15 yrs. Get some Grecian Formula, drink strong coffee before interviews, go to the gym, stop forgetting to take your Abilify. When I was laid off 2 yrs ago first thing I did was shave off the graying moustache and lose 15lbs (easy to do with no cash flow). I picked up 3 vendor certs in 6 months and frame interviews as a social engineering opportunity. I'm making 20-25% more than I was when I was laid off because I was "expensive overhead". It's really all about attitude...You have to man up even though you get kicked in the balls 3-4 times a day.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

shinehead Re:Who knew? (835 comments)

We have a lot of hidden costs associated with illegal immigration. What is the current cost of a glass of O.J. if you factor in the welfare, crime, and all of the negatives associated with illegal immigration. Not to mention that these costs will be compounded in the future because of the high birthrate of illegals. It may be that we would be better off paying more for the food. Remember, agribusiness is like any other corporation, they privatize profits and socialize costs. If we are going to have immigration we need to skim the best and brightest of the rest of the world, not the opposite.

more than 3 years ago

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