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Comment: Re:Fuck ups require more work (Score 0) 143

by 0123456 (#49498521) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Which is why NASA can't do much themselves anymore, and get less bang for the buck.

You do realize that NASA never 'did much themselves', and almost all their hardware manufacturing has always been contracted out, right?

Or were you just trolling?

The real problem I see with SLS is that it's a rocket without a mission that no-one expects to fly more than a couple of times, so there's no real incentive to do a good job.

Comment: Re:Next Gen Console CPU Supplier (Score 1) 123

by 0123456 (#49494951) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

It's curious they're having money problems since as I understand it they provide CPUs to both the XBOX One and the PS4. So that combined with the PC market is still not enough, huh?

Margins will be tiny. They probably need to sell a hundred consoles to make as much profit as Intel make from a single server CPU.

Comment: Re:It is unclear... (Score 4, Insightful) 294

What is unclear is why the TSA still exist.

Because, in the unlikely event of another terrorist attack on a plane, any politicians voted to eliminate the TSA will be blamed. Modern politicians spend all this time and effort trying to get elected, then they're too scared to do anything where they can't pass the buck.

Comment: Re:Erm.. Why a computer? (Score 1) 342

by 0123456 (#49472413) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

I would take the $10 million, without any hesitation.

Yes, it's a silly scenario. The point of a lottery is that you pay a small amount of money for a tiny chance of making life-changing money. $10 million is already life-changing money for most people--they can pay off their debts, buy a bigger house and retire--so there's little incentive to hold out for more.

Comment: Re:One second launch window? (Score 1) 77

by 0123456 (#49467671) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Postponed

The shuttle also used to have really short launch windows to ISS (~5 minutes?). That just meant they started the countdown early and added longer holds to allow time to fix any problems that showed up; if the problem took longer than the allowed hold time, it was complex enough that they would probably have to scrub anyway.

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 3, Interesting) 207

by 0123456 (#49467657) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

You'd presumably need to add new CPU functionality to allow fast context switches. If I remember correctly, a 20MHz Transputer took about one microsecond to switch threads, because that was one of the primary design goals. Of course, that lead to them building a stack-based CPU where almost nothing had to be saved on a context switch...

Comment: Re:income taxes (Score 0) 173

I'd favor some sort of carefully crafted state-level constitutional amendment to create income taxes. But with it earmarked for education.

Why would you want to give more money to a system that's almost totally failed, and unfit for purpose?

Modern schools were designed in 19th century Prussia to churn out compliant factory workers and soldiers, and most Western nations adopted similar systems after the 1% of the time saw how successful they were at making them money and keeping them in power. They're anachronistic nonsense in the 21st century.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"