It sounds kind of extreme, but does is make more sense to kind of go with the "nuclear option" (sorry for the pun) and kill all wildlife in the immediate area of the accident. I mean if a boar that forages on contaminated vegetation poses a danger to the rest of the surrounding ecosystem, isn't it wise to remove the… » 2/27/15 5:22pm Friday 5:22pm

Bing Translator on my Windows Phone does the same thing. Also has the offline option. I was in Colombia for Carnaval recently with my SO. She doesn't speak any Spanish, and I got sick of translating menus, so I started handing her my phone with the translator camera up. I was surprised how quickly it could translate a… » 2/27/15 5:18pm Friday 5:18pm

"I would rather see the government go through and bust up the Comcast, Time Warner, etc. like they did with AT&T decades ago"

THIS! The FCC won't increase competition among the companies. It'll protect the existing ones (just like it did with the Bell system). You need anti trust action to breakup these companies. It's… » 2/27/15 3:21pm Friday 3:21pm

You're still paying for it. Just because the government is doing it doesn't mean it's free. And one can easily see the case where a municipality with no experience in deploying a large (geographically) network infrastructure would not do so efficiently. They may not do it for a profit like the large companies, but… » 2/26/15 1:27pm Thursday 1:27pm

Tyler in reference to the LCS:
"...the Hellfire missile system, when combined with its 57mm and 30mm cannons, CIWS, and hellfire toting MH-60R Seahawk, will allow the ship to be quite a potent weapon system against swarms of fast boats."

So can we agree that perhaps the LCS has a legitimate role in the US Navy?… » 2/25/15 6:16pm Wednesday 6:16pm

I'm sure the sharks are circling. No one needs this so camera companies have no rush to try and buy the company or even discuss licensing. As soon as they can't stand on their own any longer, I'm sure someone will come in and scoop them (and their IP) up on the cheap. It was probably a bit ambitious to try and grow a… » 2/25/15 5:54pm Wednesday 5:54pm

I'll start with your last question. A subpoena (assuming they have your name or phone number) can get law enforcement the information to ID your phone from your carrier.

Regarding be able to grab calls and text. It is a resounding NO WAY IN HELL. What most people don't seem to understand is that call data has been… » 2/25/15 2:33pm Wednesday 2:33pm

"...and we abandoned a lot of very good programs."
We abandoned a lot shit ones as well (EFV, FCS, etc.).

"They did so on the basis of war plans they'd been crafting since the 1980s, if not earlier, with minimal adjustments for what American forces were actually doing"
Agreed, but I don't see it as a love for their own… » 2/24/15 4:57pm Tuesday 4:57pm

Getting steel to annealing temp (cherry red) takes a lot longer than a bic has fuel for. You also have to hold it at that temp for a few mins in order to allow the molecules to align themselves. I would also venture that applying such local heat (assuming you could apply it long enough) would NOT be good for the rest… » 2/23/15 2:49pm 2/23/15 2:49pm

I don't think it really matters anymore. Microsoft went ahead and unilaterally added it to their Windows Defender list of malware. So long as a user doesn't actively ignore Windows Defender (they shouldn't it's actually pretty good) then the first time they startup and Defender runs it'll quarantine it. » 2/20/15 2:25pm 2/20/15 2:25pm