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Comment: Apollo 13 (Score 4, Insightful) 700

by CohibaVancouver (#47503871) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Apollo 13 Flight Controllers. Listen up! Give me a go/no-go for launch... Booster!
We're go, Flight!
Guidance, go!
Go, Flight.
We're go, Flight!
We're go!
Go, Flight!
We are go!
We're go, Flight!
Launch Control, this is Houston. We are go for launch.

Comment: Re:Did he just notice that? (Score 1) 528

Then why do employer not want to give up health insurance and let everyone get health insurance like they get car insurance?

I'm sure employers would love to get out of having to supply health insurance. However, the USA has for some reason created this convoluted health 'insurance' system whereby employers are supposed to take care of Americans, not the nation-state.

...but you know how it is. Every other developed nation in the world is wrong, and the USA is right. Same with guns, of course.

Comment: No Paper Money... (Score 1) 753

by CohibaVancouver (#47445581) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
I was talking to an economist friend, and he was saying one way to greatly reduce crime would be to eliminate all hard currency over $5 and make the currency that was left just coins.

Yeah, yeah, I know the libertarians would go apeshit, but the world for the likes of Tony Soprano would crumble.... Most criminals would no longer be able to transact business, as they operate in a cash system.

Comment: Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (Score 2) 92

by CohibaVancouver (#47435789) Attached to: Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

I just don't get it!

Citizens won't pay taxes to fund the things they want like roads, parks and sewer pipes, so city governments have to come up with alternate funding mechanisms such as hotel taxes and taxi medallions.

When alternate services like Airbnb and Lyft come along, that funding decreases - Rather than raise taxes or let potholes grow (and be turfed from office) they attack the services that are cutting into their revenue.

Comment: Re:Who are you to tell them how to live... apk (Score 1) 206

If you're going to mutilate the genitals of your young girls, tell your women they can't drive, stone people to death for drawing cartoons, marry off children, beat homosexuals in the street until they're bloody and starve your citizens until near death then hell yeah I'm going to tell you how to live in your nation.

Comment: Re:What a shame, but... apk (Score 4, Insightful) 206

Don't be naive. The only reason Russia and other oppressive nations pass laws like these is so they can better monitor what their 'citizens' are doing and saying. It's a lot easier to lock up whoever wrote "Putin Sucks" online if the data is in a Russian server.

Comment: Armored Patrol (Score 1) 178

by CohibaVancouver (#47314753) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code
Not a cheat code per se, but when you play Armored Patrol on your TRS-80 Model 1, there is a 'trick' that allows you unlimited energy.

If you back your tank up to the edge of 'the universe' and then point your barrel back into the arena at bad guys you can just keep shooting and shooting and get an unlimited score - You'll never run out of energy and no tank or robot can kill you.

I remember leaving for school in 1982 with the space bar taped down, and then coming home to a zillion points.

Comment: Outside of North America (Score 2) 67

by CohibaVancouver (#47289697) Attached to: BlackBerry Back In Profit
I recently got back from a trip to Latin America. Blackerries were *everywhere,* with everyone BBMing like mad. iPhones were almost non-existent, with a smattering of older Android devices. I think we tend to take an America / Western Europe approach when in fact it's apparent that BB remains strong in 'emerging' markets.

Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.