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Comment Re:The Rich? (Score 1) 268

Problem is, most of those wealthy peoples' wealth is just bits in a computer.

I tend to agree about feudal life, but the Lord wouldn't be the rich banker who bought the land before the apocalypse, it would be his bodyguard, who cut his throat and took over just after they arrived there.

Comment Re:The shouldn't have backed down (Score 4, Insightful) 748

GIMP is fantastic software, but it's audience is tiny relative to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tinder, etc. If you're aiming at a large audience you've got to mind your PR a little better than calling your product GIMP.

The limited use of GIMP has very little to do with its name, and very, very, very much to do with its appalling, abysmal, clunky, counterintuitive user interface. For example, developers who do stupid things like removing the ability to save as anything other than GIMP's own .xcf format from the 'save as' dialog, thereby making it even less intuitive and even less compatible with any other GUI app out there.

I mean, seriously, when I have to search the web to find out how to save a .jpg with a new GIMP release, the UI is fscked.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 53

That'll be news to the people who bought the satellites it returned from orbit after their boosters failed.

But I think the original quote related to satellites that had been in space for years, and run out of fuel, or had important systems fail.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 53

As the design change proved, it was safe by spaceflight standards... provided you kept the joint temperatures above the level at which significant erosion happened. Below that, you were playing Russian Roulette.

It's one thing to say 'sure, the shuttle is safe to launch in July', and quite another to say it's safe when the temperature was below freezing overnight. Managers should understand the difference.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 53

Question is, why didn't the USA develop the automated/remotely controlled capabilities that the Russians had??

The shuttle was capable of automated flight, if you connected the computer to a handful of systems that were designed to be manually controlled for safety. For example: the landing gear couldn't be deployed by the computer, because there was no way to raise it again... a bug that caused it to deploy in space would have been fatal.

But the more cynical would claim it was just because NASA wanted an excuse to put astronauts on board.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan