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Comment: Glide test? (Score 2) 12

by Ecuador (#47571605) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Flies Again
According to the linked article this was a glide test, not even a powered one. Given the fact that SpaceShipTwo (a bit of a hyperbolic name - RocketPlane would be more accurate) has flown dozens of times, some of those powered, I don't get the "news" aspect exactly. Is it that they had stopped for a few months and it is "news" that they resumed? Still how does that translate to "competition heats up"? And when we say "competition", which other recreational high altitude planes are we talking about and how are they doing?

Comment: Re:Another example (Score 3, Insightful) 114

by Ecuador (#47544407) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget
Yeah, it is a deplorable thing when a company suggests that you spend an extra $30/per capita for science, but it is fine when your politicians at the same time have you spending $2100/per capita for the military. Unless your problem is not the proposal itself but who makes the proposal. Perhaps you are more comfortable with the established method of only lobbyists being able to affect where taxpayer money goes. So SpaceX should hire lobbyists and pressure the house and the congress instead of participating in "panels".

Comment: I had a Greenpeace membership once... (Score 1) 288

by Ecuador (#47539035) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should
Being a geek kid I used part of my allowance for good, such as a Greenpeace membership. But, being a geek kid I had to look into exactly what they were doing with my money and found out there were much better ways to spend if you want to protect the environment. I was 14 at the time IIRC. So, I probably would say it doesn't take a genius to figure Greenpeace out, but I can't be sure. I mean the local Mensa told me I scored the max of the preliminary test (around 140?) so according to them I was some sort of genius, but then said I would have to pay them monthly for the privilege of me being a genius (after "verifying" with their longer non-free test), which made me doubt their finding. So it does or does not take a genius to figure out Greenpeace for the posers they are.

Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score 2) 394

Except Verizon here lets just some "low capacity" cables connect them to Netflix's provider on purpose (as illustrated in a recent /. article), so there can be no other reason apart from extorting money. And for the speed to actually going down with time it probably means that instead of "upgrading" capacity they are probably doing the opposite to force Netflix. And they are lowering the speed slowly otherwise their customers would figure it out and start rioting (but many don't have any recourse as in, alternative ISP).
Remember, Netflix actually offers installing their servers within the ISP's network for free, which would mean no interconnection.
And, finally, this is 1 week old "news for nerds". I have read about it in so many tech sites, I was certain it would be a dupe (but a quick search seems to indicate it is not).

Comment: Right, how dare they... (Score 1) 127

by Ecuador (#47449817) Attached to: Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets
Let's all gather here, on this #1 geek news website and protest. Because how dares the IAU only implement this pointless naming platform exclusively in English! Just be careful to only use Latin characters in your protest. At least for now, because after 15+ years of development we might be close to Unicode support - who knows!

Comment: Re:Things are simple... (Score 1) 309

Well, I did mention "bailout" didn't I? I wasn't talking just about retail stores. Obviously if a bank tries to make more profit by taking more risk, it should not be bailed out when that risk backfires, otherwise you compromise the basis of our economy - we would all be investing on a casino's roulette and expect to be safe when the ball does not go our way.
Similarly, bailing out one of the worst-performing car manufacturers in the world is not a good idea, no matter how big they are. Turns out there were deep-rooted reasons they were doing so bad, including incompetence, negligence, malice etc.
And you should not even stop there. Protectionism is bad in other areas too, not just regarding corporations. For example subsidizing a crop that is not useful will lead to all sorts of cascading effects, like a nation replacing sugars with what looks like an unhealthier substitute, or the ethanol craziness, or in other cases the casual destruction of the extraneous production etc.

Comment: Things are simple... (Score 5, Insightful) 309

You should never try to protect at an overall cost an established business, however small, cute etc it is. Bookstores have to close. Not all of them, but a lot of them. The ones that actually provide value to the customer will stay due to people actually visiting them. For example I love Amazon, however there is one small local bookstore that provides a great personalized experience and does not gouge prices to which I go first. I see a lot of people not minding a surcharge when they get even more value out of the experience, so this bookstore will servive. Also that small bookstore has found things to bring that Amazon doesn't have etc. Protecting or bailing out failing businesses is always bad for the community as a whole in the long-run. Yes, poor buggy whip makers will be out of jobs in the short term, but we can't all be riding carriages into the future...

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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