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Comment: Re:Pneumatic bug launcher for the win! (Score 1) 117 117

I clean my visor with a microfiber cloth and Armor-All (or equivalent). No scratching, no harsh chemical, a well-lubricated surface... The slight, slick residue helps prevent other bugs/debris from sticking in the future. There were three miracle chemicals produced in the last century- Armor-All, WD-40, and silicone (glues/sealers/lubricants/sex toys).

So, what part of "clean" goes with "residue"? Seriously, how do you get that Armor-All crap off?

Comment: Re:Get the human site (Score 1) 479 479

http://gethuman.com/ will often give you a decent number to get to an actual human in a lot of organizations.

Of course, gethuman.com works better if you have a functioning internet connection. Best to look up the critical numbers in advance and put them in your offline-accessible paper contact list.

Comment: Doing business (Score 1) 1 1

And, of course, there was a separate issue of how the court even had jurisdiction over Google, seeing as it does not have any operations, staff or servers in British Columbia.

It's pretty clear that Google is doing business there, or there would be no issue to begin with. Yes, Virginia, advertising is doing business. But then, so is selling mobile phones, tablets, chromebooks, etc., and the one-and-zero stuff that makes them go. This is not dependent on the question of who the frontline salesbot works for.

Comment: Re:I know a lot of this is cutting edge... (Score 2) 41 41

... If you know the speed and the density of the atmosphere you're going to deploy it in ...

Nontrivial. Requires the ability to forecast high altitude Martian weather years in advance. So far, we can barely manage a few days in advance for Earth weather. Then there's that minor detail of wanting some flexibility to adjust the atmospheric attack angle in case the arrival date isn't quite what was originally intended. No it isn't rocket science. It's way harder.

Comment: Re:This should be a major embarrassment (Score 1) 72 72

Damn amateurs... Any decent coder would have made sure there's no buffer overflow that would jam system... I'm little surprised they dint catch CSV file overflow in testing phase in lab..

Because no pro coder has ever overflowed a buffer. Hell, MS built a business model on shipping defective code.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_