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    [–] Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media' NeilFraser 1 points ago in politics

    According to them, they are. The VIPR program appears randomly around the US with pop-up airport-style security. And they are growing.

    [–] Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media' NeilFraser 20 points ago in politics

    I maintain that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the worst thing that ever happened to the United States. Science was slashed (e.g. SCSC), and civil liberties were curtailed (e.g. warrant-less surveillance).

    We've reached a point where it is impossible to travel anonymously between states unless one either hitchhikes or uses a horse. Seriously. (TSA requires ID for planes, trains and buses).

    Not that we should forget the horror of having nuclear war hanging over our heads 24/7. But the Soviet Union was great at providing the US with an example of what not to do.

    [–] First Mars mision cargo NeilFraser 7 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago) in SpaceXLounge

    My suggestion for the first mission would be to pack a large quantity of 3D printer material. Obviously it would be useful down the road. But more importantly, it would still be a salvageable cargo even if the Starship craters on impact (as so many early Falcon 9s did).

    [–] Banned but don't know why NeilFraser 9 points ago in Ingress

    If they are using a neural network or other form of machine learning, then there likely isn't a reason they can give. The system has (in its infinite wisdom) classified the player as "bad". Nobody can tell you why, not even the system.

    There is work being done to address this issue, but it's in its infancy.

    [–] After 12 years I AM FINALLY A US CITIZEN!! NeilFraser 71 points ago in pics

    Keep in mind that virtually the entire Vietnamese-American community is devoutly Republican. This is because they blame the Democrats for standing by and doing nothing in 1975 as the North violated the peace treaty and conquered the South. They blame the Democrats for the loss of their country.

    That left a deep scar in the community, that is only now starting to fade as that generation dies off.

    [–] SpaceX details launch and landing plans for Starship and Super Heavy in new document – TechCrunch NeilFraser 25 points ago * (lasted edited 22 days ago) in SpaceXLounge

    For space stations, NASA always uses football fields. But for rockets, NASA prefers the other US Customary unit, the statue of liberty.

    Edit: Oh I forgot that payloads are usually measured by the school bus.

    [–] SpaceX details launch and landing plans for Starship and Super Heavy in new document – TechCrunch NeilFraser 11 points ago in SpaceXLounge

    Serious question from a non-American: do yards not work for you? Because a meter is basically a yard. Just wondering if yards are obscure or something (like decimeters (or worse, decameters)).

    [–] Google has been temporarily forced to stop listening in on its users across Europe after leaked data sparked privacy concerns NeilFraser 7 points ago in worldnews

    Yes, you can be sure. It is utterly trivial to monitor network traffic from a device. Granted, it might be encrypted, but you can't hide that one is transmitting something. And Google's competitors would be going over this with a fine tooth comb, looking for anything to trigger a multi-billion euro fine.

    [–] TIL about Robert Landsberg, a photographer who upon realisation that he is going to die in the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980 lied down on top of his equipment to preserve the photographs he had taken of the event. NeilFraser 49 points ago in todayilearned

    But a massive eruption at Yellowstone – or another from one of the other dozen or so supervolcanoes in the world – would still not be the mass-extinction-level event some fear. “Humanity would survive, but it would not be a fun time,” Poland said.

    Humanity has actually done just that – we were around for two such eruptions in the past 100,000 years, both even larger than the last big one at Yellowstone.

    “And we're obviously still here now. I'm not saying it would be easy, but there's some evidence to suggest that our cave people ancestors did OK,” Poland said.


    Now, whether civilization would survive is a different question.

    [–] ReBoot - SoftImage 3D on Windows NT 1995 Promo NeilFraser 1 points ago in ReBoot

    Insektors was first "created in 1993 and aired in early 1994", whereas ReBoot "tests began in earnest in 1990 and ReBoot had achieved its detailed look by 1991" and aired "September 10, 1994" (according to their respective Wikipedia pages). However, Insektors is only 12 minutes long, as opposed to ReBoot's 23 minutes. So they can both claim to be first in different things.

    [–] JB-52E. A B-52E testing a turbofan engine for Boeing’s next airliner: The 747 Jumbo Jet. (Ca. 1968) NeilFraser 73 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in WeirdWings

    The Air Force has conducted 13 studies examining B-52 re-engining options since 1996. [Source].

    But this time they are actually doing it. Replacing the old engines one-for-one with some modern ones designed for business jets.

    Here's Boeing's sales video which conspicuously refrains from mentioning the cost.

    [–] This pivoting hinge on this gate NeilFraser 365 points ago in EngineeringPorn

    The hinge at the bottom is the easy part; it's in compression. What's the hinge at the top look like? It would be in tension.

    [–] Title NeilFraser 4 points ago in nevertellmetheodds

    It's the equivalent of a 9/11 every month. And almost nobody cares.

    [–] r/SpaceX CRS-18 Official Launch Discussion & Updates Thread NeilFraser 18 points ago in spacex

    No mention that IDA-3 is being brought up because SpaceX destroyed IDA-1 during the CRS-7 failure.

    [–] The Old Clipper Card NeilFraser 189 points ago in sanfrancisco

    Yikes, your hand needs some moisturizer.

    [–] Pence delivers a promise, and a warning, to NASA and its contractors NeilFraser 8 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in SpaceXLounge

    "But the truth is that since the start of the Space Launch System program, many administrations have underfunded it, have (not given) it the attention that it deserves. This administration will not make that mistake."

    Wait, what? First, "many administrations" is two; Obama's and Trump's. Second, during Obama's administration (despite his efforts to cancel it) SLS was overfunded by $3 billion/year, even though NASA stated that the extra money wouldn't speed things up. Third, Trump's administration slashed funding, then two months later flipped to overfunding.

    [–] When the first person steps foot on Mars, what should their first words be? NeilFraser 69 points ago in AskReddit

    My kid said "Google" before she said "Daddy". Guess she knows what's more useful in life.

    [–] World's worst video card? The exciting conclusion. - YouTube NeilFraser 47 points ago in programming

    I didn't expect that DAC to work. For 1,0 or 0,1 outputs, I was expecting the 0 to pull the divided voltage down towards ground. Thought he'd end up adding diodes, then recalculating all the resistors to account for the diodes' voltage drop.

    But I guess whatever chip he was using has a strong high signal, and a weak low signal.