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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

stealth_finger Re:But where are the potentional profits? (93 comments)

It's probably still easier to get it off the Earth than to get it from space? Because... because you have a gut feeling that confirms this? What the fuck happened to slashdot? Explain why you think it's "probably" easier to cut launch costs to anywhere between 1/3 and 1/1000 of current rates than it is to do what these guys are talking about.

Going by TFA there's almost twice as much worth of metals than water available on this thing, so why would you focus on only getting the water for apparently the only use of making rocket fuel? So basically what your saying is go get this thing and either mine it in space or put it in an orbit that works for us and use it solely as a fuel source for rockets? That's the only use you seem to be focusing on. I mean all you have to is zap it with electricity right? Having a great fuel supply available in space is great for the rockets (presuming they don't start using a different fuel in the future). But you still need to either make a processing plant on the asteroid (big bucks) or develop a bunch of space trucks (big bucks) to fetch to somewhere where there is processing plants. I'll be the first to admit I know fuck all about how to make rocket fuel from water but I assume you need more than a giant cattle prod. You did say you need 'nothing more than electricity' but that's not strictly true is it? That's like saying you need nothing more than steam to generate electricity, and hey, steam comes from water so we can use the water to make the electric to make the fuel from the water. You know what. Sounds like a foolproof idea, I'll race you to the patent shop.

3 hours ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

stealth_finger Re:But where are the potentional profits? (93 comments)

Bring it back? Why the fuck would you be bringing it back? Water can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen (read: rocket fuel and oxidizer) with nothing more than electricity. Coincidentally, electricity is the only resource currently available in Earth orbit. Consequently, asteroid water can easily be turned into fuel in orbit. This is fantastic because having fuel in orbit means we don't need to launch as much from Earth. This is doubly fantastic because the overwhelming majority of a rocket's mass is... fuel. But you're over here talking about water levels on Earth. Slashdot got real dumb.

What else would you do with it? What the fuck good is it space? Right, so you can use some of what you mined to make fuel saving on a cost but who are you going to sell all the rest of this stuff to? What about all the minerals mined? You just going to use them to build houses in space? What good reason is there for mining stuff in space and leaving it space where it's useless to pretty much anyone on earth.

It's not like all the stuff mined on earth just gets left where it is. It all needs processing. Okay you might build a processing plant in orbit (ain't going to cheap even if we could) but you're still going to have to bring it back to orbit and keep it there. And then what do you do with it?

All I'm saying is if they want water, there's plenty right here and it's easier to treat it than go 17,000 miles into space (by Friday) capture it and bring it back times however many trips it will take. If you want water in space it's probably still easier to get it off the earth than to go somewhere else to get it.

4 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

stealth_finger Re:Spoofing the press (198 comments)

How is it entrapment? They guy already did the crime. The FBI was trying to figure out who exactly he was. They didn't induce him to commit a crime.

They could apparently identify him enough to know his myspace account.

4 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

stealth_finger Re:What malware? (198 comments)

Anyways, the description is wrong. There was malware installed to get more information than just the IP.

Why wouldn't you post a link to this additional information?

It's on the second link in the summary you idiot. But to save you the scroll http://www.geekwire.com/2014/commentary-outrage-fbis-online-tactics-highlights-knee-jerk-internet-culture/

What really happened


Here’s what the FBI actually did. Back in 2007, it sought to identify the owner of an anonymous MySpace page that was bragging about a Timberline High School bomb threat. An undercover agent sent a MySpace email to the account owner that included a fake news article blurb and a link to a web page that downloaded software (known as CIPAV) that helped the agency identify the suspect and subvert his computer. The link text said simply “article.” The URL itself did not contain any approximation of The Seattle Times or Associated Press but the website did show a fake Associated Press blurb. Furthermore and most importantly, the FBI obtained a warrant before executing these activities.

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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

stealth_finger Re:What malware? (198 comments)

The Internet's been abuzz the past 48 hours about reports the FBI distributed malware via a fake Seattle Times news website.

From TFA:

When the suspect clicked on the link, FBI software revealed his location and IP address to agents working the case.

If there is a slashdotter, who — from reading the above "description" — does not realize, that there was no "malware" installed on the doofus' computer and the suspect's IP was obtained simply from the FBI's web-server log, ought to close his account (and change his name)...

An undercover agent sent a MySpace email to the account owner that included a fake news article blurb and a link to a web page that downloaded software (known as CIPAV) that helped the agency identify the suspect and subvert his computer.

I know, I know, that quote is from the second article but I guess if you even do more than skim the summary before shooting your mouth off you're no true slashdotter and should close your account.

5 hours ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

stealth_finger Re:But where are the potentional profits? (93 comments)

may harbor $65 billion of recoverable water....

Man, that asteroid water must be quite valuable. I guess they plan to bottle it.

Key word there being MAY. How much is going to cost to get it and bring it back? Might as well build a load of desalination plants, take water from the ocean, make it useable and do something about increasing water levels. Two birds, one stone.

5 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

stealth_finger Re:No. Just no. (198 comments)

If the government can imitate the press then there is no Freedom of the Press.

That is a huge leap. Freedom of the press is about what press is able to report and about what the press has to tell the government. I see little if any damage that can be caused by impersonating the press to one person. The link was only sent to one person.

Since when was I only did it to one person a valid legal defence?

8 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

stealth_finger Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (198 comments)

Wire fraud could be used to prosecute pretty much anyone in cases like these

The definition of "wire fraud" reads:

In the United States, mail and wire fraud is any fraudulent scheme to intentionally deprive another of property or honest services via mail or wire communication. It has been a federal crime in the United States since 1872.

Does not apply to sting operations...

Ha, for someone demanding such precision and exactness for citations you go and post links to wiki. Nice one. Troll level +

8 hours ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

stealth_finger Re:This really sucks (438 comments)

Do you think when the lit the match one guy looked at the next and said "so do you think it'll work?"

Pretty much. Anybody who launches a rocket is never 100% certain that the rocket is going to actually work. Admittedly technicians who are on the launch team are usually monitoring telemetry to make sure things are working as they should be, and often when things go wrong it is minor enough that it doesn't ruin the mission either, but occasionally rockets even get to orbit and not quite in the right spot.

I don't disagree that they can never be 100% sure it's going to work all the time, every time but you implied each actual launch is still a test event. This isn't the V2 days where the only way to test your rocket design is to launch it and see what happens. They will have tested it as much as they deem necessary I guess. I don't know if that's too much, not enough or what. For all I know the rocket could have been perfect in everyway but struck by a cosmic ray or some such in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time.

10 hours ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

stealth_finger Re:Haleluja ... (631 comments)

How convenient, he's only infallible on things that can't be proven.

In other words you don't understand what that means in pretty much any way.

Unable to make mistakes or be wrong. Why what do you think it means?

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

stealth_finger put it inside (199 comments)

Put it inside a building and just run really long wires to what you need? Why does the whole system have to outside where high pressure water jets are an issue, is this going inside a carwash or something? A bit more context would be handy here.

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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

stealth_finger Re:Haleluja ... (631 comments)

If the Pope is (according to the Catholic Church) the infallible representative of God on this earth, then logically now, how can two popes say two different things?

Papal infallibility only pertains to Catholic doctrine, and nothing else. If you asked the Pope what the weather was going to be like next week, and he said it was going to be rainy, but it ended up being sunny, it wouldn't violate papal infallibility.

How convenient, he's only infallible on things that can't be proven.

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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

stealth_finger Re:Haleluja ... (631 comments)

Or the whole irreducible complexity deal - (blood clotting requires some 30 chemicals in just the right proportions and cannot have come about through gradual changes - remove one of those and the smallest cut causes the organism to bleed to death, remove another and the clotting never stops and all blood turns solid).

Of course it can. Creatures without the right chemicals in the right places bleed to death from minor injury before getting chance to reproduce. Others with solid blood never get to reproduce either. The ones with the right balance survive long enough to pass the traits onto the next generation. If some god had set the chemical balance right then why does it fuck up in a bunch of different circumstances? Blood clots are a thing and so is haemophilia, it's not either too thin to clot, just right or too thick to move like some Goldilocks porridge deal. This is as redundant as the pathetic something as perfect as the human eye (which is far from perfect) or any eye for that matter don't just pop into existence argument.

What species are shown as 'just appearing' with no previous chain? Citation very much needed.

You need to get over the idea that everything has to be made by someone(thing) because who the fuck created your creator? The God God? And then who made him? It's turtles all the way down no matter how you look at it.

You also need to have the confidence to say 'I/We don't know' instead of attributing all unknowns to some god.

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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

stealth_finger Re:This really sucks (438 comments)

It is also why this is called "rocket science", where literally every rocket launch is an experiment to see if the current configuration is going to work or not.

In this case it didn't.

I'm pretty sure they test the crap out of these so that when they actually go to launch it they can be fairly confident the configuration is going to work before they fill it with a metric fuckton of explosive fuels and millions+ dollars of equipment. Do you think when the lit the match one guy looked at the next and said "so do you think it'll work?"

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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

stealth_finger Re:CNN is reporting (438 comments)

The top 10 reasons Fox news blamed for the failure: 10: The atheists and their heathen agenda 09: It was Obama's fault 08: Punishment for letting the gays get married 07: It was Obama's fault 06: Science for meddling in god's domain 05: It was Obama's fault 04: Legalizing weed 03: It was Obama's fault 02: Trying to take our guns away 01: finally, Obama's fault

You forgot to blame Obama.

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We Are All Confident Idiots

stealth_finger Re:Sounds like Slashdot (293 comments)

Bold, confident one-liners to get that quick +5 but not actually knowing what one is talking about.

You mean I wasn't getting +5 because I was awesome?!

Nope, only because you think you are ;)

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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

stealth_finger Re:This was no AP. (330 comments)

Was assuming a smaller passenger load. Then I read the article and looked up the plane type. 777-300ER, depending on configuration could have a 3 class load of 350 pax. No telling how full it was, assume 85%. Planes run pretty full these days. So doing some math...

Oh fuck it. Who the hell cares. I am so sick of you fucking nit-picking slashdot morons. The point is a fine proportional to the impact on the airline and passengers would make the fucktard think twice about doing it again. $100K, $500K. Either would do.

The fine should be given to whatever dickhead decided an obviously shady network name was enough grounds to delay a flight for several hours. You know, when you idiots run scared from every little boo the terrorists have won. Once you introduced TSA they had you on the backfoot and now this. America is shitting it's pants while the rest of the world looks on in disbelief and the actual terrorists are pissing themselves laughing.

2 days ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

stealth_finger Re:This was no AP. (330 comments)

The image in TFA shows a phone seeing the network as an AP. Chances are someone with a phone set up AP mode (fairly standard on Android devices).

That was my first thought. I know when I'm running my phone as a hot-spot, I have the SSID set to "FBI Surveillance Van 42".

Mine is simply 'Virus.net'. Best I've ever seen though is 'It burns when IP'

2 days ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

stealth_finger Re: Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

Years back, 1.5Mbps service was a holy grail, now it's a backwater benchmark. What happened?

Streaming internet video happened.

2 days ago

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