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Posts by Jeff F

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  • What’s Happening in China Is Happening Here [Our student loans are like their apartment blocks]

    08/13/2015 7:52:06 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    Jeff F to SeekAndFind

    I am not familiar with the author, Kevin D. Williamson, but I am impressed by his ability to turn a clever phrase while still writing clearly. I look forward to reading more of his articles.

  • OPM hack shows what happens when governments get too big

    07/13/2015 6:55:25 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    Jeff F to SeekAndFind
    The implication that this was some sort of technical oversight that left the data vulnerable to some sort of hack is total BS according to congressional testimony by Department of Homeland Security officials. Instead it was due to stupidity and incompetence on such a massive scale that it is impossible to overstate.

    OPM gave free access to it's databases to both a Chinese company and an Argentine company. That means that the Chinese government, at the very least, also had full access to the database and likely all OPM systems. The database contains very sensitive background information for all US Government employees including national security and intelligence employees.

    In a sane world this would result in overturning the current government and jail terms for many of its operatives. Instead, virtually no one knows or cares about this issue, and almost no one understands how dangerous a matter it is for all of us.

  • The US agency plundered by Chinese hackers made one of the dumbest security moves possible

    07/12/2015 6:05:45 AM PDT · 32 of 48
    Jeff F to Libloather
    I suspect that Edward Snowden's massive theft of NSA data is linked to this. He may have been recruited by the Chinese. At the very least, the Chinese would have known of his importance during his stay in Hong Kong, and would have thoroughly exploited it before allowing him to leave for Russia. Even if Snowden wanted to keep the Chinese from accessing his stolen files, he would have had no means to do so. The Truecrypt encryption program he used would have only temporarily impeded Chinese (and then Russian) intelligence.

    I think it is very likely that China and Russia have copies of the crown jewels of our intelligence databases. I think it is likely they have multiple active backdoors into key government databases to keep their database snapshots current. The backdoors are almost certainly augmented by redundant tiers of human agents.

    The level of stupidity, incompetence, and danger in this matter is so great that one can only deal with it by ignoring it. That seems to be working for now as very few citizens know anything about this, much less care. Americans have been well conditioned to have a broad contempt for their country, after all.

    Unfortunately, these are the sort of failures that result in lost wars. Every week we seem to be moving closer to war with one or both of our major adversaries.

  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 7:02:37 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    Jeff F to Steely Tom

    I also see you are a fellow veteran member here with a full 7 days of seniority over me. Dang!

  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 6:52:42 PM PDT · 26 of 32
    Jeff F to Steely Tom
    Mr. Jeff F yesterday guessed LOX tank rupture due to failed relief valve.

    You are kind to remember and credit me. And, no, sadly I am neither as funny as Jeff Foxworthy nor as smart as a rocket scientist.

  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 6:48:52 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    Jeff F to Ozark Tom
    Very nice summary. The G loading would have gone up even further with the rapid loss of mass from venting the LOX while the first stage still powered on for another eight seconds. The supersonic airstream would likely have been powerful enough to shred the open second stage once the capsule broke free. Capsule separation seemed to happen within a second or two of the tank rupture. The same shredding would then happen to the first stage along with the flash burning of what fuel remained leaving only the Dragon capsule intact.

    I haven't seen a good description yet of the tank overpressure event. If it was gradual, then the stuck relief value idea seems to make sense to me. If it was very sudden (you mentioned a spike), then there may have been an internal combustion event as with the Apollo 13 command module's LOX tank. Or perhaps the tank was suddenly deformed or crushed from some external force such as a structural failure of the upper stage body.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 8:29:48 PM PDT · 163 of 168
    Jeff F to jpsb
    Damn, I really like spaceX.

    This appears to me to be a problem with a simpler and easier to fix subsystem than would be the case if it involves one of the engines. Space-X has a track record of identifying and fixing lesser problems very quickly. It may take a while to regain the full confidence of all of their customers. This is particularly the case for their goal of having NASA certify their manned version of the Dragon capsule.

    Other positives are that the first stage and all nine engines continued to function in a controlled manner even well after the upper stage and capsule had started to come apart. Also, the capsule appeared to survive the breakup with telemetry still intact. Space-X may be able to argue this shows the robustness of their hardware. They may be able argue that if the capsule had been configured with the Draco thrusters as is the case with the manner version, that it would have escaped the breakup and landed safely.

    All this said, their still seems to be a tangible gap between the reliability of the Ariane and the ULA rockets and those of Space-X.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 10:58:23 AM PDT · 136 of 168
    Jeff F to Rockitz

    Musk did say an overpressure event in the liquid oxygen tank but perhaps a failed helium tank could have cause a cascading failure with the LOX.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 10:28:41 AM PDT · 128 of 168
    Jeff F to Jack Hydrazine
    Elon tweeted this: “There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause.”

    Looks like my early wild guess of a LOX tank rupture was about right. My other guess was that it was due to a failed relief valve but then that seems pretty intuitive so I may be all wet.

    BTW - You have an absolutely great screen name for this thread!

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 8:51:36 AM PDT · 92 of 168
    Jeff F to caww

    Looks to me like the manned version of the Space-X Dragon capsule would have safely separated just before or during the Falcon’s breakup. That capability was scheduled to be tested in the Fall with a planned maximum Q separation, but the test will now probably be pushed back.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 8:37:39 AM PDT · 83 of 168
    Jeff F to Jeff F

    I’ll follow up with a second wild guest - the relief value for the LOX tank failed leading to a rupture of the tank.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 8:27:31 AM PDT · 77 of 168
    Jeff F to BwanaNdege

    I don’t see any signs of the second stage igniting before separation. Instead, the upper part of the vehicle appears to be rapidly venting a gas for about 8 seconds before the rocket broke up. My wild guest is the second stage’s liquid oxygen tank ruptured.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 8:17:34 AM PDT · 73 of 168
    Jeff F to Delta 21

    Yes, the Falcon had gone supersonic and had moments before reached Max Q while traveling about a mile per second. The vehicle rapid disassembly may have been more a matter of aerodynamic forces rather than a true explosion or a commanded destruct sequence.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 7:58:33 AM PDT · 50 of 168
    Jeff F to Steely Tom

    If it is an engine problem, then the fix could be on long and costly one. If it is something simpler, then the fix should be done rather quickly. My guess is that it will be the later. However, I can’t help but think that this will slow the qualification process of the manned version of their Dragon spacecraft.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 7:43:36 AM PDT · 36 of 168
    Jeff F to Vaquero

    The 9 engines appeared to be running properly even well after the vehicle first started showing signs of trouble. The problem seemed to be associated with the upper stage or perhaps the fairing. A wild guess would be that the upper stage oxidizer tank ruptured, leading to the rocket coming apart.

  • Clinton Scooby Doo Van Parked In Handicap Spot

    04/16/2015 1:07:34 PM PDT · 23 of 32
    Jeff F to skeeter
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    Hillary cares...
  • Impeach: Hillary’s van caught parked in handicapped spot in Iowa (Video)

    04/16/2015 12:58:28 PM PDT · 36 of 39
    Jeff F to PROCON
    Hillary Care Hillary cares...
  • Jesus Of Nazareth, Enemy Of The State, Executed For Treason

    04/04/2015 8:20:36 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Jeff F to all the best

    This 2014 Good Friday article by Jerry Bowyer is terrific. Too bad he did not follow up with an Easter version two days later. Still, it is a brilliant though provoking way to bring the persecution and execution of Jesus into the present day.

  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 9:22:44 AM PST · 34 of 89
    Jeff F to Ransomed; Durus; HMS Surprise
    SETI relies upon radio waves which is an incredibly bad technology to use for interstellar communications. For such purposes, it is short ranged, very slow, and quite unnecessary.

    SETI would be incapable of detecting our own radio footprint (with just a very few exceptions) even from the closest of stars. For stars much further, it takes so much time that the sender and likely his civilization is long dead before the signal even arrives. We have only recently begun to develop techniques using specialized telescopes that will allow use to detect signs of metabolic life on other planets. No primitive radio beacons are needed for such detections, so why expect them to be used?

    We have only been able to use radio technology for a little over 100 years. Who can say that we won't discover some other much better long distance communication technology within the next 100 or 1000 years? What arrogance to think that other intelligent life forms, should they exist, would be limited to using our current ways to communicate. It also is quite a leap of faith, if not unwarranted self regard, to assume that any such beings would even want to communicate with us.

  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 8:41:55 AM PST · 20 of 89
    Jeff F to Salvation
    The biggest issue with both the arguments about the uniqueness of life on Earth, and those of people like Carl Sagan is that we really don't have enough data to reasonably speculate about such matters. It is interesting to do so, but really, we don't know. We don't even know yet whether there is current or past life on several planets and moons in our own solar system. What if we should soon discover, say, micro organisms living under the Martian soil? Will that help to undermine the faith of people who make and accept arguments about the divine uniqueness of life on Earth?

    I think that science and religion seek to answer fundamentally different questions, and that to use arguments from the one to address issues in the other is a badly misguided exercise.

  • New Russia Sanctions Bill Will Be Signed by Obama, White House Says

    12/16/2014 1:20:11 PM PST · 54 of 72
    Jeff F to elhombrelibre

    Our reset button. Now isn't that cute...

    Putin's reset button?

  • (Unbelievable) ANOTHER TAPE SURFACES; Obamacare architect calling Americans "stupid"

    11/12/2014 3:01:12 PM PST · 50 of 61
    Jeff F to Din Maker

    The arrogant Mr. Gruber's gets his well deserved end in the movie Die Hard...

  • Ebola May Infect Earth's Entire Population by December 1, 2015; 50-75% Fatal

    10/01/2014 8:31:44 AM PDT · 83 of 151
    Jeff F to Arthur McGowan
    Bill Gates said he’d like to be reincarnated as a virus, so he could reduce earth’s population to 500 million.

    While Gates has said: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” Which expresses his desire to lower birth rates rather than his expressing a desire for mass deaths.

    It was Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh who said: “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.

    Even if it was said as a joke, that is some serious evil.

  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

    08/19/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Jeff F to Blood of Tyrants
    A fair amount of fuel would need to be burned in a fully loaded craft just to reach 35,000 feet. Even worse, the stubby little wings would not be able to lift a lot of weight at the much lower takeoff speeds. If you could defer adding 100,000 pounds or so of LOX until you are at cruising speed, then you gain a proportional amount of payload capacity. Plus you are already traveling near mach 1, seven miles up, and in much thinner air.

    As a comparison, the Space Shuttle burned nearly a fifth of its LH2 and LOX in order to reach 35,000 feet, and that is with the assist of two solid rock boosters.

  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

    08/19/2014 1:09:32 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    Jeff F to Blood of Tyrants

    Why not takeoff with the hydrogen tank partially filled and the oxygen tank empty, and then fill both tanks via aerial refueling. That should allow for much greater payload to orbit. It probably would require some new tanker technology to handle the low temperature liquids. Even just filling the LOX tank and not the much colder liquid hydrogen tank (should that prove to be too difficult) in the air would give you much better mass to orbit performance.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/19/2014 12:30:22 PM PDT · 68 of 68
    Jeff F to Vendome

    The massive number of Tier 3 documents and files described in the article detail foreign and not domestic targets. These are the ones that Snowden did not reveal to his press contacts, however, he has likely provided the files to the Russians and Chinese. They are the ones that are so damaging. The Tier 3 files described contain exclusively foreign intelligence and thus certainly are not protected by U.S. laws.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/19/2014 7:59:15 AM PDT · 66 of 68
    Jeff F to Vendome
    ...at what point does an American become a traitor when he reveals details of a government acting in direct contravention to the constitution?

    He becomes a traitor when he reveals far more to his country's two primary adversaries while hiding that fact and those documents from his fellow Americans.

    From what I understand, Snowden had a very large number of stolen documents - far too many for him to review in detail to cull the ones most damaging to his country. He has cherry picked a handful to release to the press while, wittingly or unwittingly, passing on all of the rest to China and Russia, who in turn, will likely share portions with countries such as Iran and North Korea. American lives may well be lost as a result of his treachery.

    Snowden could have released documents proving the NSA's overreach without endangering his fellow countrymen.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · 49 of 68
    Jeff F to COBOL2Java
    I took the time to read the entire article. The fact that he took the Tier 3 data is extremely troubling.

    Glad you read the full article. I assume you have added insight being an IT guy. I also find the details unnerving.

    My gut is that Snowden intended for China and Russia to have the NSA's crown jewels. I suspect he did this out of massive ego and a misguided desire for revenge. He have also been unwittingly manipulated by a Russian operative from within one of his hacker circles.

    My guess is that Snowden ultimately desired to manipulate and misdirect everyone, the NSA, his friends, journalist, the public, and even the Chinese and Russians as some sort of affirmation of his own brilliance. Unfortunately for him, the professionals in the FSB and SVR are much better at these sort of games.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:20:27 PM PDT · 46 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    At that point, it’s too late. We need to give up a little security if we want to keep the smidgen of freedom we have left.

    Since the cat is largely out of the bag at this point, I would like to see a public weighing of the NSA's domestic activities. It may be that the public will decide to accept a form of bulk collection that still provides strong 4th Amendment protections. I actually think that could be done.

    At this point, I am more concerned about the obvious politicization of the IRS and Justice Dept. than the possible politicization of the NSA. I think the former have great power over most people's lives and those violations are happening now.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:10:11 PM PDT · 42 of 68
    Jeff F to grania
    An early 1980's book called The Puzzle Palace detailed much of the NSA's very broad collection of communication both foreign and domestic. This has gone on, has and been accelerating since the NSA's founding. On top of that, because of rapidly advancing information technology, it has become incredibly cheap and easy to collect, organize and search this information.

    Because of the above, none of Snowden's revelations were the least bit surprising to me. In fact, I suspect that the collection is much deeper, going beyond metadata to full content. It would not cost all that much more to do so, and it would use the same sort of existing collection points and taps, only well upgraded.

    There may be a legal argument that the mere automated collection of bulk domestic communications is not a violation of the 4th Amendment so long as the constitutionally protected portions are not examined without a warrant. The NSA is probably very unwilling to make such arguments as they would have to fess up to all the bulk collection.

    The NSA and USA probably do this sort of collection best today, but you can bet that every government on earth with an intelligence budget is doing the same, only with fewer protections for their citizens and none for you.

    Certainly Snowden is far more thoroughly spied on today by Russian intelligence than he ever was by the NSA.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · 39 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    ...government no longer serves the citizens and instead enslaves them...

    At this point there is no information that I have seen to point towards the political use of the NSA's domestic spying. It is certainly reasonable to think it could go that way. We have seen the politicization of the Justice Department, IRS, EPA, and many others. Certainly the FBI has been used repeatedly to spy for political purposes ever since it was founded. Still, at this point it appears that the NSA broadly collects, but has not yet weaponized domestic intelligence to be used against the county's citizens. At some point, it may well become irresistible for those in power to use the information against their political enemies.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT · 37 of 68
    Jeff F to grania
    And for this Snowden was declared a traitor by the President and hunted to the corners of the earth. I'm clueless how anyone can take the government's side. Snowden is a hero and a patriot.

    I hope you have or will read the article. The implication is that Snowden's design may have been to use the details released to his press contacts as a cover for his actual acts of espionage that involved a vastly greater trove of information that deeply damaging to national security. This information has noting to do with domestic spying and is only useful for America's enemies. If this is the case, then Snowden's supporters have been duped.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:27:14 PM PDT · 34 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    Only illegitimate governments lie to and keep secrets from it’s citizens.

    Can anyone name any government at any point in time that has not kept secrets? Certainly no government in existence today, nor any known form of government in the past including those here before, during, and after our revolution. Snowden keeps secrets, so does Julian Assange, so does Wikileaks, so does every company both public and private.

    Do you disagree or is it your view that all government are illegitimate?

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 1:40:28 PM PDT · 16 of 68
    Jeff F to SeekAndFind
    Snowden reportedly had a multiple laptops and drives with him when he absconded to Hong Kong. He would not have been able to prevent officials there from duplicating the hard drives. On the other hand, it may have been intention all along to see to it that both China and Russia obtained full duplicates.

    Snowden also reportedly used TrueCrypt encryption to protect his stolen files. This software has since been discontinued and the company has acknowledged unfixed security issues - in other words, it provides little if any protection against major intelligence services such as those of the Chinese and Russians.

    The NSA must assume all the information he stole is now in the hands of America's two primary adversaries, and that portions of it are available for trade to enemies such as North Korea and Iran.

    At this point, it really matters little what Snowden's intentions were - the end results are the same. This may be the most consequential loss of secrets since the theft of the nuclear secrets from the Manhattan project. Wars can be won or lost on the basis of such a catastrophic intelligence loss.

    Some hero Snowden is.

  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    Jeff F to CodeToad
    You really should watch the video before commenting upon what it demonstrates. There are other sensible questions about when and whether the automated swapping facilities will be widely available and what the real costs will be.

    Given Musk's and Telsa's track record so far, I tend to believe that we really will see a fair numbers of these in the next few years.

  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 9:04:39 AM PDT · 63 of 105
    Jeff F to morphing libertarian
    I agree. Until they can charge the car in 10 minutes, cross county would be a real time drag.

    Check out the video below to see the Model S battery swapped in less than 1/2 the time needed to refill a gas tank. Roll-out of this is said to being in a few months.


  • "Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong" (Salon)

    07/15/2014 3:47:42 PM PDT · 19 of 121
    Jeff F to Faith Presses On
    One reason is that the Bible actually gives two different sets of Ten Commandments, and they don’t match. In Exodus 20, Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with a set of stone tablets. (This is the most popular version.) Then he gets mad and smashes them and has to go back up and get another set. And God says, “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” (Exodus 34:1). But then, apparently, God can’t resist tweaking them a little. Ok, a lot.

    The author gets this completely wrong. Here is Exodus 34:27 go on to say:

    And the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."

    So the second set of tablets were inscribed by God and contained the exact same words as those on the original smashed ones just as Exodus 34:1 states. The additional commandments that the author thinks were on the second pair of tablets were, in fact, additional commandments passed on for Moses to record separately which he does in Exodus.

    The author's own risible version of his 10 commandments are utter tripe, devoid of wisdom, typical of this age, and all but meaningless to any other time or culture.

  • Amelia Earhart 2.0 to fly same trip as predecessor

    06/27/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT · 18 of 27
    Jeff F to re_tail20
    Perhaps this will be next on the list to recreate:

  • 1964: The New York World's Fair (Photos)

    06/03/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · 30 of 47
    Jeff F to Prospero
    Great trip as a 5 year old to NYC and the Worlds Fair in '64. I remember the Swiss Sky Ride, G.E. Progressland, Video Phones, Atomsville USA, Animatronic Abe, the many dioramas, and Disney's It's a Small World (why how could I forget!).

    Back in Manhattan, it was being held up high enough to get my head through the safety mesh at the top of the Empire State Building mouth agape; the huge multistory FOA Schwarz toy store, and walking out with a very cool radio controlled wooden speed boat; listening to police sirens echoing all night long from high up in the co-op off 5th avenue.

    I also went to Hemisphere '68 where I nailed the red centers of three Lucky Strike logos with three consecutive dart throws and won an awesome reel to reel tape recorder only to have the carney wiggle one dart out of the target thereby demoting me to an ridiculously over sized stuffed bear.

    We rode the monorail just before leaving. I lobbied hard, though unsuccessfully, for one more ride. As we were walking out, a string of emergency vehicles tore by - one monorail train had just crashed into the other derailing 11 cars which smashed into the concrete about 15 feet below. Good times...

  • US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel

    04/07/2014 10:13:12 AM PDT · 16 of 26
    Jeff F to hattend
    Jet A fuel is in the $6 range currently so this process would be comparable or better.

    Naturally, the article and claims are mostly air without any details about the processes used and a link to some test results.

    Perhaps they are using the CO2 produced by the ship engines along with hydrogen obtained through electrolysis or high temperature dissociation to feed some variation of the Fischer-Tropsch process to yield liquids. That does not sound like a more efficient substitute for simply carrying Jet A on board.

    Now if you add a nuclear reactor to provide the needed energy (electrical and/or heat), then you may be able to see the claimed results. That might make sense for a flattop but would not have much use in a submarine. All the U.S. nuclear cruisers have long been retired, so I can't see where it would work for turbine or diesel craft.

  • Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

    03/10/2014 9:34:50 AM PDT · 48 of 85
    Jeff F to montag813

    While the Catholic Church certainly persecuted Galileo for supporting Copernican theory, it was mostly after he had gone out of his way to insult Pope Urban VIII in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Prior to that, he had the support of the Jesuits and had permission from both the Pope and the Inquisition to make his arguments in Dialogue. Effectively calling Pope Urban VIII simple minded was not an effective way to further Galileo’s views on cosmology.

  • Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

    03/10/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT · 39 of 85
    Jeff F to ZULU
    Giordano Bruno's Cosmology was a relatively minor part of the charges against him which included blasphemy, immoral conduct, and heresy in theology of the Trinity, divinity of Christ, virginity of Mary, Mass, and beliefs in magic.

    His defense strategy involved acquiescing to Church dogma while holding onto his views on cosmology. The Inquisitor would not accept less than a full recantation of all beliefs. Bruno at length refused which led to the sentence of death. He was burned at the stake by Roman secular officials.

    As with Galileo, his persecution by the church likely had more to do with his abrasive personality and obnoxious tactics than his cosmology. Contrast these two with Copernicus who published similarly radical ideas about the cosmos 30+ years before his death (the Commentariolus) without suffering imprisonment or similar persecution.

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 7:13:29 PM PST · 37 of 38
    Jeff F to Neidermeyer

    I’ll take the BD-5J from the opening sequence of Octopussy. The Siai-Marchetti SF-260TP turboprop fighter from Quantum of Solace is a close second.

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 2:40:41 PM PST · 33 of 38
    Jeff F to Neidermeyer
    The flying boat in “golden gun” is almost certainly a model..

    I think it is a very real Republic RC-3 Seabee. The flying AMC Matador, however, now that was a model. Britt Ekland (Mi6 agent Goodnight) - not a model but is Swedish, while Maud Adams was a model and Swedish!

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 11:24:50 AM PST · 19 of 38
    Jeff F to ckilmer
    HCPVT uses a parabolic dish of mirror facets and a sun tracking system to concentrate power on a collection of liquid-cooled photovoltaic chips.

    The Solex Agitator for The Man with the Golden Gun?

    If so, be sure to keep your nifty float plane well clear of Scaramanga's toys...

  • This energy source could solve all of our problems — so why is no one talking about it?

    03/05/2014 2:40:30 PM PST · 13 of 38
    Jeff F to kingattax
    There are several promising emerging nuclear technologies that don't share the safety problems with current generation reactors and that have a number of other advantages. These include Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors (e.g. Transatomic Power Corporation), Micro Nuclear (TerraPower, Hyperion, and many others). There are even several long shots include various forms of Fusion from inertial, toroidal, and even the very long shot of aneutronic (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics and others).

    Any sane national energy policy would direct resource towards advancing a portfolio of these technologies rather than wind, solar, and other currently fashionable but otherwise inefficient and environmentally dubious approaches.

    If we don't innovate, other countries surely will.

  • A Complete Curmudgeon's Guide To 'The Sound Of Music'

    11/12/2013 5:49:44 PM PST · 25 of 67
    Jeff F to Cloverfarm
    From Hotel Golden Hirsch in Salzburg (est. 1407):
  • New Mexico Court Tells Christians to Compromise

    08/26/2013 1:36:24 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    Jeff F to AnalogReigns
    Thank you for your detailed responses. Your outlining of the "suspect classes" legal theory is particularly helpful.

    I tend to agree that few, if any courts would grant standing to religious plaintiffs against gay defendants for refusal of service. That would expose any Judge brave or foolish enough to hear the case to massive assault in every available forum.

    Perhaps that is one reason I have not heard of any such case being attempted. Another may be that traditional religious rights groups may reasonably think that by losing such a case, they would only have established precedence for future rulings that would even further curtail their religious liberty.

  • New Mexico Court Tells Christians to Compromise

    08/26/2013 12:10:45 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    Jeff F to yoe
    I imagine there are many gay owned photographers and bakers. Do they have the right to refuse service to religious couples who openly hold homosexual relations to be sinful?

    Just as gay rights groups expand their power through contrived cases such as this New Mexico one, could not a religious liberty group use the same tactic?

    Do the gay rights and protections upheld in the New Mexico case also apply to the religious or are gays now considered to be a superior class? If so, on what basis? Is it that homosexuals are thought to be born gay and that it is unlawful to discriminate based upon an innate trait?

    Are not many religious people also born with heightened religious inclinations, and does not this group vastly outnumber LGBTs? Are religious inclinations and practices now fully subordinate under law to sexual orientation and practices?

  • Pro-Zimmerman, Pro-Trayvon Martin groups meet in tense standoff in Houston

    07/23/2013 10:44:00 AM PDT · 17 of 38
    Jeff F to bgill
    Neither group looks very large.

    The protestors were outnumbered by the many locals who came to watch the very entertaining street theater. In many ways, the atmosphere was more like a silly parade than an angry protest. There were lots of intentionally goofy signs and other unrelated wacky posters. A mandolin strummer and ram's horn blower that added to absurdity of the event. It was fitting that the climatic intersection where the opposing protesters merged contains no fewer than three Starbucks! The onlookers comfortably mingled with the protestors and many brought their dogs and even very young kids in strollers. Many of the bemused black onlookers appeared to be there just to watch the fun and not to take sides.

    The Houston Police Department handled the event very professionally and should be commended. Houston is known for being a large city that still has good racial relations in spite of malefactors like Mr. X. This lame protest seemed like an event that might have worked elsewhere, but here, it was largely a joke.