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Comment Old idea (Score 1) 151

I really don't want to minimize the engineering problems they're trying to solve, but a refuelling station is not a new idea. Thousands of years ago there were rest stops on courier routes.

Comment Re:Do you want me to code, or deal with the suits? (Score 1) 327

In fact, once that sort of issue comes up and there is that much conflict, the worker just needs to get fired (or transferred, re-educated, etc, depending on your societal norms) and that can be done by a vote

Also known as a popularity contest, which has serious problems of its own.

Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 1) 242

The situation that stranded Watney on Mars was contrived and unrealistic, but a movie can get a pass on one big suspension of disbelief.

What I found jarring was the fact that with the habitat damaged there was nothing else to do but write off the mission and just head back to Earth. Despite the set back there should have been some science worth doing, and if anything they should have been stuck in orbit until their scheduled launch window.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.