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Comment: Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 2) 667

by Bonobo_Unknown (#47498541) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
The US Government never really admitted, from wikipedia:
The U.S. government issued notes of regret for the loss of human lives and in 1996 paid reparations to settle a suit brought in the International Court of Justice regarding the incident, but the United States never released an apology or acknowledgment of wrongdoing.[8]

Comment: Re:So what's the alternative? (Score 1) 422

by Bonobo_Unknown (#47125379) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
Thanks for that, you gave me a chuckle. I agree with you in spririt, but there are a lot of people out there molesting data in order to perform their work function and to get paid. Far more than have any understanding of data structures, algorithms or even basic data normalization. It's unfortunate.

Comment: Re:Spreadsheets - best and worst thing there is (Score 2) 422

by Bonobo_Unknown (#47104197) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
The problem isn't that people that know how to program and to test are writing crappy spreadsheets. The problem is that people that don't know how to program and test, ie. the general non IT tech population is writing spreadsheets because they don't know another way to build these tools and they do it in the only way that they've taught themselves to do. If they knew better they often wouldn't start by clicking the excel icon in the first place.

Comment: Re:The Spruce Goose (Score 1) 209

by Bonobo_Unknown (#47071795) Attached to: The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed
Arguably Howard Hughes Spruce Goose was a fantastic success. But not from a aeronautical engineering point of view. In fact Howard Hughes did about zero to increase the field of aircraft design, nothing ever worked (at least in time to be useful) and none of his designs ever made it to production.

Comment: Re:The thing to remember about episode IV. . . (Score 1) 457

by Bonobo_Unknown (#46957035) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?
Solaris... yes... it is a better film, I wonder how many ten year olds could sit through it though, and of those that could how many would understand or enjoy it? But that is a digression, ten year old enjoyment does not make a movie science fiction.

However, I never did feel that Solaris was actually science fiction though. It was more a movie about regret, remembrance and guilt. Sure it was set in space, but that really was just a plot device, the Solaris effect could have been a mysterious planet or a mysterious crystal, or a potion, or session of hypnosis. This was not science fiction in the true sense of the word, there were no science bits.

Of course you can say the same about Star Wars, which I believe was originally a serial set during the second world war. Star Trek I think just makes it into the category of science fiction, Close encounters, certainly, Superman is another opera. Blade Runner was a potential science fiction you missed, but that's more dystopic than science based.

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