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Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 1) 314

We don't even have our own astronaut training program any more. We pay the Russians to do that too. All American astronauts have to learn to read Russian and speak some, and the Russians have us so tightly wound around their finger that we're doing Astronaut training in Russian occupied Ukrainian Crimea, for Christ's sake. We're squatting on the mostly abandoned shell of what's left of our space program that is the ISS but NASA has already formally announced we're abandoning the ISS in less than 10 years. We launch in Russian spacecraft on Russian rockets and dock on the Russian side of the space station. We're basically tourists on our own space station. That's nothing to be proud of or brag about.

Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 5, Informative) 314

China is also dumping US 1960's-style money in to scientific research and development. Of the three major space-faring countries, China, Russia, and the USA, you'll note that only China and Russian currently have manned spaceflight programs.
China has also built the largest ground recieving dish in the world, out-doing the one in Puerto Rico by a factor of almost two.
China is rocking the 1960s American Science Research meme so hard it hurts.
Meanwhile, American politicians are arguing about whether or not climate change is real, and we slot somewhere between countries like Latvia and Lithuania in Science globally. Hong Kong, (china), Singapore, and Japan are #1,2,3 globally, if you were curious.

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 2) 246

Tons of interesting stuff in that link, totally off topic, but details about rewriting win32 kernel with full unicode support as a realtime OS for Windows CE:

I do in fact know a little about Windows CE! from what I remember, it's a much simpler, cleaner design. its Win32 is a rewrite of a subset (for one: Unicode only, no ANSI), and the kernel is a hard realtime microkernel with some cool, unique features: for example, inter-process calls temporarily moved the calling thread to the server process, no roundtrips, no memory copies. this could only work because Windows CE had a single address space shared by all processes. this limited Windows CE to 4 GB of physical memory, but it was a necessity because it had to work on machines without a MMU. the fixed address space also limited Windows CE to 15 processes, don't know why so few (not threads though, you could create as many threads as would fit in memory, and you had 256 priority levels to choose from instead of Windows NT's meager 15)

this was until Windows CE 5. Windows CE 6 is a much more boring kernel, with separate address spaces and drivers running in kernel mode

Comment Re:fast growth (Score 1) 272

Yeah nearly one in five employees works in sales. Probably another one in five works in management in some capacity, and another one in five works in support roles, leaving you with perhaps 200 engineers? That's still a lot of engineers, but at 4 engineers per team that's 50 products or product segments they can focus on.

Comment Re: Summaries, how do they work? (Score 1) 85

If you're using something like CoreOS with systemd, you can spin up the database in a cluster of nodes, and something like fleetctl will spin up the database again on another node if you lose that node. If you write your database container correctly, then it will look for existing db containers in the node cluster and spin itself up as a secondary database, attaching to the primary and allowing you to spin up and down database capacity as needed, sort of your own ec2 system that can adjust itself based on load.

Comment Re:Summaries, how do they work? (Score 2) 85

Docker is Cloud 2.0 and is the biggest generational/watershed/great leap for IT since VMs.
Even Microsoft offers docker compatibility with their new NanoServer images.
This is The One Way Forward.
There's one guy working on a project called Atom/Atomic/Atome or something, which is basically your app compiled in to an OS container, instead of being built on top of an OS container, but still responding similar to a docker container.
In the mean time there are Linux Distros like RancherOS that let you basically run and build a server installing containers like apps. Your other option at the moment is Dokku which is sort of a Docker implementation of Heroku.
Docker is a Big Fucking Deal in Silicon Valley right now and while everyone is experimenting with Docker containers in 2016, everyone who is Anyone will be deploying their product at least in some channels using Docker in 2017.

Comment Strikethrough tag support. (Score 1) 1832

I would really like support for the [s] strikethrough tag [/s]. I sent off an email to almost four years ago to the day:

Are you guys ever going to implement strikeout ( [s] strikeout [/s] ) HTML tag support for slashdot? Or [strike] tag? As the average age of slashdot continues to hover around 22 (I think?) the old say somethin^H^H^H^H joke is going over more and more people's heads. Many online sites now support the [s] strikeout tag, tag. I realize it's technically depreciated in the 4.0 spec, but all the major browsers support it.

And two days later imagine my suprise when I got back this reply(!) from Vladyslav K. at

Hi [hadlock],

Thanks for reaching out to us, I just checked the specs and don't see why we should not support it, it's redefined but still probably in proper context.

I created a ticket for this to be addressed.



So... A) did that ticket ever get created? and B) will you please implement it?
Thank you!

Comment Re:And who pays? (Score 1) 145

As a bicyclist commuter, I'm looking forward to that day. If it could come yesterday that would be great.
A guy blew through a red light and killed my buddy Bryan from high school who was riding his motorcycle through his green light on Friday and killed him. Although it's possible there could be a software glitch that would cause the computer to do the same thing, it's not likely.
Five months ago a drunk driver ran a red light and ran over my friend Deb who was crossing at the crosswalk along a bike path she uses to get to and from work. She survived, but spent two days in the hospital and only last month was able to get on a bicycle again.

Comment Re:Solid ground landing (Score 3, Interesting) 373

The barge is required for recovery after GTO. You can only do a return-to-launchpad for lightweight GEO deliveries. Lightweight GEO deliveries will require the barge, as will heavy GEO deliveries. Return to launchpad is going to be pretty rare, typically only for end-of-life rockets running high risk or lightweight payloads. Just a guess but I'd say 70%+ of recoverable launches will be on a barge.

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