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Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 170

NASA and the military have a long, close and contentious relationship. Remember, NASA does few things internally. It outsources most of the manufacturing to other companies. Which companies? Why the very same companies that comprise the military-industrial complex. The Shuttle was a joint Air Force / NASA program (that wasn't terribly smart but that is another story). Many NASA positions require military security clearances.

All of NASA's boosters derived from military stock.

At a lot of levels, they are one in the same.

Comment: Re:Shut it down (Score 1) 170

Knowledge is funny sometimes. It just doesn't follow narrowly defined lines. It just doesn't go where you think it will go.

One of the enduring legacies of Apollo was managing giant, hi tech endeavors with tens of thousands of people involved. Same sorts of endeavors that bring you giant aircraft, giant boats, enormous power projects, the Internet.

While you can argue about how safe or sane searching for knowledge really is, it's clear that it does have major effects on our economy and ecology.

So tune in, turn on and keep your antivirus programs running. It's a weird ride.

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 248

Personally I'm pissed off as a Canadian that our government signed onto the F35 program with no bidding or such, totally lied about the costs, when what we really need is a plane that can fly in arctic conditions and keep flying if it loses an engine.

They've already got one, you see. And it's very nice.

Probably would womp an F35 in Arctic air support missions.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 58

by ColdWetDog (#48678515) Attached to: Romanian Cybersecurity Law Will Allow Warrantless Access To Data

What are you talking about? "The Interview" will probably make a lot less money because all of the movie theaters that 90% of people go to aren't showing it. Some of the leaked emails are very embarrassing and will probably cost them a lot in lost goodwill with business partners, which will translate into less profits.

Goodwill? In Hollywood?

You must be joking.

Comment: This means war! (Score 5, Funny) 81

And you guys thought the reason for adding Internet connectivity to appliances was to help the NSA.

Come see the Battle of the Appliances! Coming to a home near you!

GE toaster takes out Amana microwave. LG dryer attacks the Hoover vacuum. People run to the streets in terror!

Micheal Bay to direct the movie!

Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 117

by ColdWetDog (#48673767) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

They used 'pristine' in an odd context. Possibly 'historically pristine', but certainly not mechanically pristine.

The Ranger had been in pristine condition, but for a week in August volunteers from other naval museums were allowed to remove items to improve their ships.


Flying over it makes it obvious it's not in great shape. Hell, the engines don't work.

Our OS who art in CPU, UNIX be thy name. Thy programs run, thy syscalls done, In kernel as it is in user!