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Comment: Re:I think its gonna be a long long time (Score 1) 71

The only alternative is to have enough fuel in Mars orbit to do a retro-burn that virtually zeros the orbital velocity before you enter the atmosphere. And, by definition, that takes as much fuel as it does to launch from the surface into orbit.

No. There is no "definition" here, unless you ASSUME you are beginning from an orbit in the first place. But why should that be necessary?

Tricky, I admit, to do it differently, but that doesn't violate any laws of physics.

Plus all the infrastructure necessary to refuel and launch that vehicle.

You are fixated on Earth gravity. It is vasly easier from Mars, and again there is no law that requires "refueling". Lower gravity gives enormous advantages. Look at the size of the engine of the old lunar lander vs. the size of the Saturn V, for example.

Granted, doing it different ways might be harder, in some ways. But you seem to be locked in to one mindset, which isn't even necessarily valid to start with.

Comment: Re: How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 2) 318

by Jane Q. Public (#48687583) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I work with an asshole driving with an interlock. They don't work well in anyones case, from reports I've heard over the years.

That's because, like breathalyzers, they DON'T actually measure blood alcohol, but exhaled alcohol. Not the same thing.

And in order for them to be sensitive enough to detect actual alcohol, they must be calibrated such that they tend toward false positives.

They're a STUPID FUCKING IDEA. Worthy of a police state, not America.

So I guess next thing is you'll have to prove you aren't driving with a cell phone, eh?

They drive drunk endangering ME and MINE and suddenly I'm the insensitive one, LOL!!

NO! According to independent studies, 0.08% blood alcohol is well BEFORE the driving of most people is affected. So you're sending innocent people to jail, fining them, putting fucking Big Brother machines in their cars, and otherwise making their lives hell for years on end... all because you want Big Brother to make your world safe for you.

And yes, in my book, that makes you not just the insensitive one, but also a disgusting, ignorant, cowardly human being.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 265

by Karmashock (#48687219) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

As to crudeness substituted for cleverness, there is little difference from the old slapstick comedies. The only change is to make the joke dirtier. But the actual cleverness of the joke is generally the same.

Slapstick comedy is actually quite ancient and the jokes are pretty much always the same. You could have watched one 1000 years ago that had jokes of a similar nature.

As to the merits of the interview, that would be making people laugh. And it does... so... you're wrong.

Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 201

That makes some sense - of course, figuring out how to get something to carve platinum out to that asteroid will be the fun part, but I guess if you found just the right orbit that came in closer to the Sun for a bunch of easy power - maybe. Seems more likely than Slashcode ever getting Unicode support, anyhow.

Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 201

Maybe some of the other grown up Republics in the world can help carry some of the ball.

Japan should handle its own defense. The The Poles, British, French and Germans theirs.

If everyone chips in, then none of us have to be the hated police and tax man.

A heavily armed Europe and militarized Japan - what could possibly go wrong? Well, joking aside, it's for the best. Germany is poised to conquer Europe just by calling in its debts, and Japan is culturally quite distant from 80 years ago. Sucks to be Taiwan, but not everyone can be a winner.

Comment: Re: Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 5, Insightful) 198

uh, yeah, i've had extensive elite education in STEM, in the US. it's mostly a sausage fest. statistics will back this up and, no, they're not fabricated by teh feminist conspiracy.

i have to conclude that anyone who's bitterly complaining about women having taken over STEM is just a delusional loser who probably just couldn't hack it.

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score -1, Troll) 198

sure, why not? logical fallacies only apply to logical arguments. when someone is just spewing bullshit, anything goes.

if females are dominating STEM fields by 2:1, i'll eat my shoes.

i agree that "incentive" programs are also bullshit, but why stoop to that level?

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 265

by Karmashock (#48686775) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Perhaps a modern laurel and hardy or three stooges. You're allowing yourself to get turned off too easily by dirty jokes and violence.

The culture has changed to make such things acceptable. If Chaplin or the Marx brothers were making movies today they'd doubtless contain some dirtier jokes then what they told in their day.

You have to compensate for the times.

Regardless, if you're determined to be unreasonable then I can't do anything for you here. The error is yours and the imperfection is yours.

This is what slapstick comedy is in the 21st century in large part because this is what gets people in the 21st century to laugh.

If you did a Chaplin movie today, everyone would find it very boring and it would be a financial disaster.

Compensate for the times and compensate for the genre or you're not judging the movie. Rather you're judging the times and judging the genre. Which is like complaining that there was a lot of blood in a horror movie.

It is an opinion too flawed and confused to be worthy of note.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein