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Comment: two envelopes (Score 5, Funny) 46

by roman_mir (#49803719) Attached to: Third Stage Design Problem Cause of Most Recent Proton Failure

So I read that this problem dates back to 1988 (so they say). Reminds me of a two envelope joke. A president steps down due to scandals, gives his replacement 2 envelopes. Tells him to open the first one when there is the first serious problem he cannot handle and the second one in case of another problem.

The replacement starts on the job, eventually there is a serious political problem he cannot solve. He opens the first envelope and it says: blame everything on the previous guy. So he does and the problem goes away. Later there is another problem that cannot be solved, the guy opens the second envelope and in says: prepare 2 envelopes.

I think somebody opened the first envelope.

Comment: Just one channel, but great library and content (Score 1) 29

by SuperKendall (#49803685) Attached to: Android, Chromecast To Get HBO Now

Sure, it's HBO, and sure they have some stellar in-house programming; but it's one channel.

Not exactly - because it's not just "HBO Now", but also "HBO Then".

That is to say, you aren't just getting current seasons of stuff like Game of Thrones - you are getting all the seasons they aired. Plus things that aren't even airing that were great - like Rome. Plus many more somewhat-current movies than Netflix has (although to be fair Netflix has a small number of near-current movies I actually like to watch, whereas almost none of the movies HBO listed were interesting at all to me).

That said I may just subscribe during Game of Thrones, then cancel again... it'll be interesting to see how I feel at that point.

+ - Proton third stage design problem cause most recent failure

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: The Russian investigation into the latest Proton rocket has concluded that the failure was caused by a design failure in the rocket's third stage.

The steering third stage engine failed due to excessive vibration as a result of an imbalance in a rotor of a pump unit

While it is always possible for new design issues to be discovered, I wonder why this problem hadn't been noticed in the decades prior to 2010, when the Proton began to have repeated failures.

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 2) 279

by ShakaUVM (#49803343) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

>Since the decriminalisation in 2001 drug usage has actually dropped in Portugal.

For some values of "dropped".

From Wikipedia, since decriminalization: "Reported lifetime use of "all illicit drugs" increased from 7.8% to 12%, lifetime use of cannabis increased from 7.6% to 11.7%, cocaine use more than doubled, from 0.9% to 1.9%, ecstasy nearly doubled from 0.7% to 1.3%, and heroin increased from 0.7% to 1.1%"

+ - ESA and Airbus Safran agree on deal to build Ariane 6

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Airbus Safran have come to an agreement with the European Space Agency on building Ariane 6, Europe's next commercial rocket.

The key part of the deal is that ESA and Arianespace will be ceding ownership of the rocket to Airbus Safran.

The French government is likely to approve the sale of CNES's 34-percent stake in the Evry, France-based Arianespace launch service provider to Airbus Safran Launchers at about the same time as the Ariane 6 development contract is signed.

With that sale, Airbus Safran will control Arianespace, which means they will also own the rocket they are building for Arianespace. This is fundamentally different than the situation with Ariane 5, which Airbus built for an Arianespace owned and run by the many-headed ESA. The result was a bloated government-run operation that never made a profit.

Now Airbus will own it instead. They have already indicated that they will trim the costs at Arianespace. More importantly, with ownership will come the freedom to compete effectively in the much more competitive launch market created by the arrival of SpaceX. No need to get permission from ESA to do things.

+ - Rosetta team proposes landing on comet to finish mission

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Rather than simply turn off the spacecraft when its funding runs out at the end of 2015, Rosetta's science team have proposed that the mission get a nine month extension, during which they will slowly spiral into the comet and gently land.

Their proposal is similar to what American scientists did with their NEAR spacecraft, which hadn't been designed to land on an asteroid but was successfully eased onto the surface of Eros, where it operated for a very short time.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 2, Insightful) 255

by TheGratefulNet (#49803253) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

this actually sounds pretty good to me!

not sure its enough to make me learn french. also not sure its enough to make me want to move there and have to inhale next to frenchmen. I'll have to give it some more thought.

seriously, the US is the exact opposite. its almost like there is a celebration on how far you can depress US workers' wages, rights and personal time off. we have some of the least amount of time off in the world; probably worst in the developed world. corporations are 'people' (how absurd!) and they are always given the upper hand. we even have companies forcing you (since you have no choice) to 'agree' to binding arbitration, which is a bought and paid for NON-court that gets to judge your grievance against a company. you don't even get what's left of US justice; you get what a corporation thinks you deserve.

the US is fucked. we are burning thru our advantages - what we once had, that is. I wish we had a bit more of france's views toward workers and fairness. something in the middle would be great, you know! (dreaming on; know it won't happen).

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 1, Interesting) 279

by Firethorn (#49803079) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Your translation doesn't seem to mention a militia at all...

And yours doesn't mention 'the people'. That mention is rather a big deal, I think.

The 'well regulated milita' is known as a prefactory clause. It explains part, not necessarily all, of the reasoning for the following rule. Which is that the right of the people to keep and bear arms 'shall not be infringed'.

Personally, to me that means that the government can't prevent you from purchasing, keeping, or carrying firearms short of conviction(or commitment) in a court of law.

Consider it like the right to have an abortion - but the right to keep arms is actually in the bill of rights. It's #2 even.

Consider what the pro-life types are trying to do with abortion - same darn things as the anti-gun types are. Waiting periods - make it a pain in the butt, discourage it. Not allowed past a certain point. Gun Permits - equivalent to the briefings/propaganda that they're trying to push on women seeking an abortion. Extra fees compared with forbidding insurance from paying in order to increase the cost. Banning specific versions. Etc...

The 'shall not be infringed' part should be a high standard against all of the above. Road blocks and detours when it comes to 'arms' should NOT be allowed. Despite this, there's a lot of unconstitutional law out there, and some of it has been in place for quite some time. It's a constant battle to protect our rights - freedom of speech, to bear arms, to privacy, religion, etc...

(I'm pro-choice and pro-gun btw).

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 2) 279

by Firethorn (#49803047) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Your interpretation is quaint, and incorrect, at least it didn't mean that until 2008, Columbia v. Heller []

Isn't this self-contradicting? 'quaint' ~ 'old fashioned'. A decision as recent as 2008 is very much not old fashioned.

The public's understanding of the 2nd Amendment started to be distorted by the NRA [] early in the last century.

The NRA wasn't a lobbying organization until late in the last century, so this statement is incorrect. The NRA ended up becoming a lobbying organization due to the spread of gun control laws resulting in it's membership having it create a lobbying branch.

The NRA has been filling the minds of gun owners with an interpretation that was never intended by the Founders for some time,

Given what I've read in sources like the federalist papers, I think that the NRA version is closer to reality than yours.

That being said, your rights can be restricted through 'due process of law', IE conviction by a court and jury of your peers. So I'm okay with things like the NICS check, prohibition by felons. I think that the post-facto punishment of misdemeanor DV charges is a violation, because there's a very good chance that people like police officers who were convicted of such things, usually by pleading guilty, long before this rule was in effect, would have fought it in court and won at least a percentage of the time if the rule had been in place, or they knew it was coming, before they pled guilty.

Comment: Re:of course! (Score 1) 279

by BlueStrat (#49802653) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Hmm... maybe someone should start up a spin-off called LobbyRoad where politicians can meet to trade kickbacks and favors in an anonymous setting?

Done & done.


Unfortunately, HRC's private email servers she hosted at her home while SoS are temporarily down due to a security issue. Authorities wanted to see the contents.


Comment: Long chain of stuff (Score 5, Interesting) 69

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49802219) Attached to: Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck

I wonder if it can affect stress. There is some evidence gut bacteria feed stress-inducing whatever back up to the brain via this nerve, and that stress promotes abdominal (inside it) belly fat deposition, as opposed to more distributed body fat deposition, which in turn releases chemicals which cause insulin resistance, which is the main cause of Type II diabetes.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.