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Comment: Not Like Mercury (Score 1) 39

by thrich81 (#47961171) Attached to: Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

Don't know about Vostok, and don't want to look up the other Mercury missions, but on the second manned orbital Mercury flight, Mercury-Atlas 7, the astronaut on board manually controlled the reentry due to equipment malfunction in the spacecraft. "At the retrofire event, the pitch horizon scanner malfunctioned once more, forcing Carpenter to manually control his reentry, which caused him to overshoot the planned splashdown point by 250 mi (400 km). ("The malfunction of the pitch horizon scanner circuit [a component of the automatic control system] dictated that the pilot manually control the spacecraft attitudes during this event."[8])" --

Comment: Re:This debate is about money. (Score 4, Informative) 135

by bhcompy (#47960271) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

1: To have Americans work on critical projects and not spill the beans to your competition, you need a NDA and non-compete agreement, both if which you pay American workers a premium for. With H1B's, you don't.

Well, Facebook is located in California where non-competes are not legally enforceable, so there's that

Comment: Non Tax Based?!? (Score 5, Interesting) 84

by Bob9113 (#47955625) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

So, is Google's non-tax based public school funding

They pay billions in profits to an empty office in the Carribbean so they don't have to pay taxes, and give a small portion of that money back through school funding, and take that as a tax deduction.

In the process, they get enormous influence over the educational agenda. It is largely in a direction Slashdotters can agree with, but imagine it was a church doing this.

Like Al Capone giving some of his money to the Chicago slums, it may be better than if they weren't doing it, but it hardly gets Google out of the crooked, lobbying megacorp set.

Comment: Re:I've never shorted a stock (Score 1) 98

by TheRaven64 (#47953737) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
XP also tweaked the VM subsystem in a way that was quite noticeable if you had more than about 256MB of RAM (better performance), but the main feature it added was remote desktop (although only in the Pro version). I was quite tempted to upgrade from 2K for the remote desktop stuff.

Comment: Re:Public access (Score 1) 47

by thrich81 (#47953411) Attached to: Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

Two issues with this: TFA (one of them) states that the destination for these tourists will be the ISS -- the US taxpayers have already paid north of $70 billion for that plus the ongoing logistics -- maybe Boeing has worked out a compensation for that, but I doubt it. And 2) It isn't a given that Boeing can just use the result of government paid NRE for their own commercial uses; certainly when there is NRE on a product developed by one commercial company for another there can be severe restrictions on the use of the intellectual property developed via NRE; that's all defined in the contract. So the US taxpayer has already paid for the initial destination and will be paying the cost of development of the CST-100 -- I agree with the OP, Joe Taxpayer should get a cut of those seats which Boeing intends to sell.

Comment: Re:What for? (Score 1) 182

by TheRaven64 (#47953219) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't
I'm not a huge fan. The goal of D was to produce a better C++, but if you're designing a new language then C++ really isn't where I'd choose to start. It's not as bad as Ruby (I can't imagine the kind of person who would look at Smalltalk and say 'what this language really needs is Perl-like syntax'. Actually, I can't imagine the kind of person who'd say that about any language. Including Perl). Rust is probably the modern language that I like the most.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 441

by Bob9113 (#47947563) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

That this is a widespread social problem and not something restricted to just the nerdy professions. Project much?

That's what I was trying to figure out how to say. Thanks for being more eloquent than I. Though, at the same time, there is the issue of the scare quotes around the word "problem" in the OP's post.

I think that while your statement about this problem not being isolated to nerd communities is dead-on and an important point, I also think it is reasonable to interpret OP's post in the way Jawnn did.

And, perhaps most importantly, it seems like the adversarial thing (yours and Jawnn's) isn't going to help any of this. It's not going to help Jawnn understand that nerds aren't the bad guys (though there are bad guys among nerds), and it won't help Rinikusu (OP) accept that there is a problem overall.

Feminists and nerds should be working together. Nerds have been subject to prejudicial sterotyping, too. That should (and I think does) make us more understanding of the problem, not less. Instead of sniping at each other, let's bury our hatchets and work the problem.

Comment: Study Questions (Score 5, Informative) 441

by Bob9113 (#47947279) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Phrasing of the questions in a survey is important to fully understanding the problem that is being examined. Here are the study questions. Two of the most relevant questions are these:

32. Have you ever personally experienced inappropriate or sexual remarks, comments about physical beauty, cognitive sex differences, or other jokes, at an anthropological field site?

39. Have you ever experienced physical sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, or sexual contact in which you could not or did not give consent or felt it would be unsafe to fight back or not give your consent at an anthropological field site?

The PLOS ONE document itself is very thorough, and worth reading through to more fully understand the issue.

Comment: Re:You could lock down Windows (Score 1) 334

by dnavid (#47933943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

For the purposes of the discussion, I'm assuming they are on Windows 7. If they aren't on Windows 7, they need to get there, at least. If they are still on XP that just sucks because a lot of the below stuff isn't there.

Something to look at which works for both Windows XP and Windows 7 are software restriction policies, which are a form of whitelisting build into Windows. With Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate editions, you can also use Applocker which is a more sophisticated version of software restriction policies. I'm not an expert on SRP or Applocker, but I believe both can be used to lock down a desktop and prevent users from running or somehow causing to run any executables except for the ones you whitelist. That won't prevent all possible malware from infecting the system, but between that and malwarebytes I think that would provide significant protection for this specific use case, and you wouldn't have to retrain the users to switch from Windows to a Linux desktop.

Comment: Re:It's a production system (Score 1) 85

by dnavid (#47923861) Attached to: Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

The internet is in production. No one wants to touch anything that's already in production unless they literally can't make it any worse. Otherwise we would have IPv6 as well.

Lots of people want to touch production systems. In the case of the internet and BGP, however, evolution has weeded out the people who like to touch production systems, and the only people with administrative rights are still getting over having to support 32-bit AS numbers and wondering where their pet dinosaur went.

Comment: Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (Score 1) 323

by Bob9113 (#47922443) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

How do you know what the growth rate in the 50s and 60s would have been had the tax rates in the US been lower?

I only deal in empirical evidence. The warnings about higher taxes killing GDP growth are demonstrably false by comparing observed results over the past 70 years.

What's that about being ignorant?

Imagining things that might have been does not count as presenting evidence.

Comment: Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (Score 1) 323

by Bob9113 (#47922393) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

It is stupid if you are paying credit card rates. The US government pays insanely low interest rates and a few times, they've been negative! If someone pays you to borrow money, you'd be stupid not to take it.

The problem is that those interest rates change; our debt is revolving. When the interest rates go up, we're going to have to have to pay down the debt while our interest nut is climbing. So either we'll be showing a higher risk of default or we'll devalue the dollar; either way, the interest will climb even more. This has been repeated dozens of times in history. Every time a country has tried it, with the possible exception of Japan right now, it has ended badly. And most economists think that in Japan is about to hit the wall -- they're going to be our canary in the coalmine.

Comment: Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (Score 1) 323

by Bob9113 (#47922349) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Really? Doesn't seem that that far out of line.

Really? You're not very good at math. Average from 1950 - 1969: 17%. Average over the past five years: 15.22%. (17 - 15.22) / 15.22 = 11.69%. Twelve percent higher seems like a lot to me.

Now taxation per capita, adjusted for inflation, is way up.

So is income, which is why I, and the chart you linked to, and anyone who understands economics, uses percentage of GDP.

And spending is even growing faster...

By all means, cut spending. I'm all for it. Until we get there, though, we can't just not pay our bills.

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