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Comment Re:No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 80

If you asked me, such an handling mistake should be catched by the on-board software and handled properly (which means telling the operator right away to RTFM).

Well, that's what happened. Commands were sent, probe responded with a WTF!? and halted, people double-checked things - Oh, there's the problem, probe was reset back to normal.

Unfortunately, the round-trip time to the probe is nearly 9 hours, and nobody wants to be that guy that broke it good and proper, so they double check everything before replying, maybe even testing with hardware back here first. So these things take a while to sort out.

It's better to do that than to accidentally overwrite your antenna-pointing code with a software update for battery management, like JPL did with Viking 2.....

Comment Re:Advertisers reeling over this small fix! (Score 1) 113

I'm afraid you're going to have to retire the "HATE THIS" meme.

From now on, you have to write the hooks to ad-laden drivel using the following as a guide:



"He Downloaded Adblock And Installed. When He Reloaded The Page, I Was Amazed."

Ensure That You Capitalise Every Word For Maximum Impact.

Comment Re:The quality of a lot of that feedback is suspec (Score 1) 236

If you buy a blender and it doesn't turn on, you'll take it back to the shop where they'll say things like, "You plugged it in? Locked the jug on top of the base correctly? Pressed this button here?"

"It doesn't print" is a bug report, but it's a report that implies a two-way conversation is going to take place. Perhaps Microsoft should have said in the app, "Hey, put as much info as you can in as to what you were doing at the time, because we can't get back to you once you hit submit."

Comment Re:What do you mean 'in 10 years'? (Score 4, Insightful) 209

I am not a participant in ANY social media at this point

You don't define slashdot as 'social media'?

But I know you live in the US. You're somewhere in your late 40's. And like to ride bikes. And train on said bikes a lot because you're on a road race team. And that's just the first page of your slashdot comments that I idly flicked through.

I suppose you could tell me that's all part of the plan and that you're actually a dog........

Comment It's fair to use the influences of your childhood (Score 1) 255

look to the nature and objects of the selections made, the quantity and value of the materials used, and the degree in which the use may prejudice the sale, or diminish the profits, or supersede the objects, of the original work.


The first factor is regarding whether the use in question helps fulfill the intention of copyright law to stimulate creativity for the enrichment of the general public, or whether it aims to only "supersede the objects" of the original for reasons of personal profit. To justify the use as fair, one must demonstrate how it either advances knowledge or the progress of the arts through the addition of something new. A key consideration is the extent to which the use is interpreted as transformative, as opposed to merely derivative.

This isn't passing itself off as the very sought-after Power Rangers short movie everyone's dying to buy; this is a new work that takes the premise of an old work and does something new, with criticism about the whole "child soldier" angle.

Totally fair use.

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.