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Comment: Re:Why do they need to come back to Earth? (Score 1) 123

by Gavagai80 (#49366799) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies

Dying on Mars would be more scenic

I suppose if you hate all plants, animals and bodies of water, and prefer a featureless desert where everything is one color.

Old people in a place with no advanced hospital facilities will significantly shorten lifespan, if they can even survive acceleration to earth orbit.

A colony that can't produce wealth can't achieve independence. It would simply be an impoverished dependent colony to support forever.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 378

by Gavagai80 (#49356875) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Psychologically, it's far easier to crash a plane by yourself than it is to plan a sneak attack on someone, attack and then crash the plane. It's possible that the co-pilot didn't even decide to crash the plane until the captain left for the restroom, these things are often sudden overwhelming urges.

Comment: Re:Protected relationships (Score 1) 378

by Gavagai80 (#49356791) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

The priest relationship is for Catholic confession. If confession weren't protected, then obviously people would stop simply stop confessing anything that could do them harm if made public. You can debate whether confessing to the priest helps their mental health or makes them less likely to do something bad in the future, but at least it allows someone to counsel them about it, and the alternative will be nobody knowing.

Comment: Re:Nothing unusual unfortunately. (Score 2) 71

by Gavagai80 (#49356675) Attached to: US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

It's necessary to help our customer stay in the good graces of the FDA but really is pretty much a waste of everyone's time since these sort of documents are supposed to be done when the product is being developed, not ten years later without any evidence of an actual problem.

On the other hand, might it be a good thing to make them go through the costly process so that they lose the competitive advantage over the companies that did it usefully at the beginning of development?

Comment: Re:And on Slashdot? (Score 1) 261

by Gavagai80 (#49356425) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Sometimes it's from long-term users with varied post histories - are these well-crafted astroturfers, carefully building up a false history to deflect suspicion?

Extremely unlikely. The point of astroturfing is not to look impeccable to someone who researches the poster for hours. A paid astroturfers time is thousands of times more valuable if spent finding more forums to make a couple astroturfing posts on, compared to wasting hours writing good posts on other topics.

Those posters may, however, have vested interests -- such as investments in certain companies.

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