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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

tsotha Re:All about perception (190 comments)

This is just nonsense.

4 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (283 comments)

Just give 'em a coke.

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (283 comments)

Hrm. And what would they be expected to do if there actually were a war?

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (283 comments)

Modern infantry tactics are all about suppressive fire. Which you can't do with a bolt action rifle. There's a reason everyone uses assault rifles. I would be shocked if the reason this is just happening now isn't just a combination of neglect and lack of funds.

Beyond that, soldiers do carry more stuff. Depending on the situation, a US soldier may have 120-150 pounds ("Emergency Approach March") to carry plus body armor and rifle. There's simply more useful gear than there used to be. Everyone complains about it, but nobody wants to get rid of anything. Soldiers would like to ditch the armor, but they're not allowed to because their commanders don't want to explain to grieving widows (and the press) why Joe wasn't wearing his armor when he got shot.

It's probably even worse in Northern Canada, since you'd have all sorts of extra stuff to deal with the cold.

So yeah, you shave off pounds where you can. Not only is a modern assault rifle lighter than an Enfield (I own one - holding that sucker level from a standing position gets old really fast), more importantly the ammo is much lighter.

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (283 comments)

Right, which is why the US army has been unable to get the money to replace the M16/M4 in the half dozen times it's tried.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

tsotha Re:Link to the study. (402 comments)

Wait, what? So to give you shorter telomeres it has to be sweetened and carbonated? That seems... unlikely.

yesterday
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

tsotha Re:Engineers have no future. (147 comments)

That's my experience too. It's healthy for a company to lose a few percent of its people - after awhile you accumulate dead wood. But once you start treating your technical people like drop-in disposable parts, nobody actually cares if the company is successful. Why would they?

2 days ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

tsotha Re:Bull (279 comments)

I hope you didn't write anything good after the first sentence, because I didn't read past that.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

tsotha Bull (279 comments)

We've had many epidemics in the US. We've had scarlet fever, tuberculosis, cholera, typhus, polio, dengue, malaria, leprosy, influenza named after various places and creatures... the list is endless.

The problem is the CDC lost focus. With a relative lack of communicable diseases for going on five decades, like all bureaucracies with not enough to do they started expanding their portfolio to include lots of things you wouldn't think belong under "disease control" and took their eye off the ball. Now that we have a bona fide health threat all they know how to do is hold press conferences telling us not to worry.

The one thing the CDC doesn't need is more power and money. They already have broad emergency powers, and if they have enough money to do gun control studies and lesbian weight gain studies they already have too much money.

As a side note, the director would be a lot easier to support if he wasn't obviously lying when he says there's nothing to worry about. We're not children, buddy, so don't treat us like children. Obviously this strain of Ebola is quite a bit more contagious than earlier strains, and it falls in about the middle of the lethality range normal for that disease (20%-80%). We should be restricting travel from affected countries, and anyone coming in from those countries should be quarantined for 21 days.

about a week ago
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Open Invention Network Grows Despite Patent Troll Death Knell

tsotha Small "companies" were always the problem (16 comments)

True "patent trolls", the way I've always understood them, were always small companies. Once large companies start suing each other it becomes MAD. I win in Korea with patent A, you win in the US, you sue me in the EU with patent B, I sue you in China with patent C... Look at the way the Samsung-Apple war played out (is that over?).

But if the company is just a patent portfolio, there's no way for the victim to retaliate. The cheapest way out is to settle, which gives them enough money to go after the next guy (hopefully one of your competitors).

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

tsotha Facts of life (283 comments)

This is a situation faced by millions. You want to do something for a living but there aren't any jobs. They should really accept that fact and move on like everyone else. It's particularly hard to have sympathy in that this isn't something that just happened yesterday - it's been a long time since getting an academic position was likely. Longer than it takes to get a PhD.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

tsotha What about Mozilla? (742 comments)

I find it pretty amusing the same people who cheered the firing of Brendan Eich are outraged over this case. Let's not be hypocritical here.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

tsotha Re:Orbital Vehicle? (53 comments)

If we combined a rather large vehicle meant to return with a shuttle-type profile (ceramic heat shield and glide control)...

I'm not convinced the shuttle has much to teach us beyond "don't do it this way". Powered landing has all sorts of advantages over wings, and I think that's where we should be concentrating our efforts.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

tsotha Do we need this? (53 comments)

Can anyone explain to me why we need the SLS when SpaceX is on track to provide the same functionality for a tiny fraction of the price?

about 2 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

tsotha Re:Why? (625 comments)

While that's probably true it has nothing whatsoever to do with the legal concept of obesity as a disability.

about 4 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

tsotha Why? (625 comments)

It is seen as especially significant because of rising obesity levels in Europe and elsewhere, including the US.

Eh... no. This decision will have no effect on the US whatsoever. Or are you trying to say obesity in the US had some effect on the European decision? Either way, it's not relevant.

about 4 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

tsotha Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Australia has a pretty high cost of living, too. But more importantly, Australia has a more sensible immigration policy than the US and hasn't flooded the low end of the job market with unskilled labor.

about 5 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

tsotha Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Yes. We can look and see the relatively high cost of living that goes along with it, plus a very high youth unemployment.

about 5 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

tsotha How many years? (190 comments)

How many years have I been hearing this? The South Bay was too expensive. Everyone was moving to Vegas, or Austin, or Massachusetts. They moved all right - to the only place outside Manhattan that was more expensive. Like real estate prices you have to believe it can't go on forever, but it can go on a lot longer than you expected.

about 5 months ago

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