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Comment: Re:Competition is good. (Score 1) 172

by Duhavid (#47796823) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

"plant the Hammer and Sickle flag on the surface that will enslave the world in Communism"

Command of space ( not necessarily the moon, but earth orbit for certain ) would be a huge strategic and tactical advantage.
If the Soviet Union had managed LEO or the moon, do you think they would have not used it?

Finland, 1939
Poland, 1939
China, 1941, 1945
Support for NKorea, 1950
Hungary, 1956
Support for NVietnam, 1961
Czechoslovakia, 1968
Afghanistan, 1979
One can argue Crimea, 2014, but that isnt "Soviet Union".

Comment: Re:Competition is good. (Score 1) 172

by Duhavid (#47796743) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

"But those developments were still the result of commercial companies"

At least with respect to WWII, commercial companies produced the aircraft, but it was military and government leaders seeing a possible need for more advanced aircraft that lead to the advancements. With the possible exception of the B-17, industry was asked for the advancements, mainly to meet what the Germans ( and English ) were doing ( what the Japanese had managed came as a sharp surprise )

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 1) 353

Plague is easily treated today. It's just a bacterium, and it doesn't even spread from person to person without blood exchange. That's like one of the dumbest things I've heard, only interesting because plague once killed many people.

I'd be far more worried about smallpox, an easily created virus that has few people immunized these days.

Comment: Prefacing propaganda with propaganda is bad (Score 1) 300

by bugnuts (#47749285) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

It makes a mockery of the idea of journalistic integrity. The beheading video is billed as an ISIS propaganda piece, so does anyone actually think that adding more propaganda would legitimize it? Methinks not.

There is simply no good from adding corporate enforced! bias, for funding or whatever. The objectionable parts are not the news, nor a beheading. The objectionable part is the context, which includes things like trolls or even auto-starting videos on facebook. I've dropped people for less, for sharing auto-starting gore videos.

Consumers should have a choice to watch or not, Editors should use discretion, Newscasters should add context and background for proper interpretation.

But for all that is holy and truthful, forcing propaganda into news just to be broadcast is the worst idea I've ever heard.

Comment: Re: What's the point? (Score 2) 508

by bugnuts (#47743225) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

A counterexample would be skill levels (3,1,3,3,7) with a median of 3 and mean above 3. In neither of those definitions are half below average, being 1 or 2, and 4.

Simple math would say at least half would be less than or equal to the median.

Of course, simple math rarely works here to quantify except at the extremes. People have different abilities in different areas, and gray matter is plastic. It changes, and even that rate of change matters.

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