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Comment: Re:Not a good week... (Score 1) 445

by 14erCleaner (#48287045) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Achieving regular manned commercial space travel is also worthwhile

When I see statement like this, I think of the Everest guiding industry. In many ways, carrying tourists to 100 kilometers and then returning is much like guiding them to 29,000 feet. Neither one has any real purpose other than bragging rights. Arguably the boom in Everest climbing tourism has had major negative effects, including pollution of the high-alpine environment and a high death rate by the employees. I wouldn't be surprised if the suborbital tourism industry took a similar path, but pretending that it has some long-term benefit is deceiving yourself, IMO. Richard Branson isn't going to colonize the stars, any more than Alpine Ascents International is colonizing the high Himalayas.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 4, Insightful) 499

But, hey, Bush was in business with the family of OBL ... so he was a terrorist too, right?

And, as the Republicans used to repeatedly hammer us over the head with, Obama was a member of an organization that included Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers. While I'm no supporter of Bush, this kind of thing could get almost anybody.

Comment: Lack of backup (Score 1) 194

by 14erCleaner (#47756179) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen
From an alternative story:

"[Getting a new prosthetic hand and iPod configured to work together] takes a long time," Eberle told the San Antonio Express-News. "It's tedious and it's a lot of work with the hand itself."

So in fact, another ipod could work, but it has to be trained first. A good backup of the training data should allow a new ipod to be set up quickly, but it sounds like they didn't do that.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.