Assigned a macro to this reply, haven't you? Clever boy, want a medal?
Don't forget, we don't hear what the techies are talking about. What we're hearing is what the techies told to the PR guy distilled down to a journo, being summarized in The Register (!) and some other soft-tech sites, finally an inaccurate summary on the frontpage of Slashdot.
I wouldn't be surprised if it were just a "fsck.ext4 -cc" (I know it's not an ext4, it was't even released when Opportunity soft-crashed and bounced around on Mars nor it runs Linux).
Hah, I almost remembered that one, good old Seagate controllers. I had the 800 but not the rest.
Hah, I remember running the DOS debugger, poking into a certain address in the memory to access the MFM BIOS, then you could do a low level format where you could enter the sectors to mark as bad. Those were the days...
Most of the hardware cost is the launch vehicle, not the rover.
Most of the people (salary) cost is the people working on the data generated (all accross the universities around the world who analze the data and write papers), not the designers.
Underspeccing it wouldn't have saved much.
There's one that breaks this rule, the JWST. Just the endless redesigns have gobbled up so much money, I don't believe there will be enough Science generated by it to cover the build & launch costs.
Oooh, brave boy!
Although, you're not free to threaten with rape & murder. So f*ck *ff.
You are free to criticize her, you are not free to issue death or rape threats. It's that simple.
Death threats are not "undertandable". They are simply out of line.
Foolish people must be provoked with pointing the fallacies in their thinking and she's doing an excellent job, this doesn't mean she should be getting death threats.
if they're running databases on RAID5/6, they're idiots and shouldn't be near any keyboard..
A lot of golden-age novels would be treated as novelettes and even novellas these days. Thanks to publishing industry & consumer pressures, anything below 900 pages becoming harder to shift! I used to be able to read a book in a day, no longer.
YA SF/F novels are still SF/F novels. I fully approve any writer who can write good YA stuff. Just because it's for youngsters doesn't mean it has to be bad.
We have sampled enough of so-called writing, thanks to his blog and no one should have any qualms abous his qualifications for his racism and unpleasantness. His Hugo nominated work, on the other hand, appears to be a solidly written pile of turd. Even then some might like it - there's no account for taste.
Funnily enough, Hugo has zero with the New York-based publishing industry since Hugo nominees are nominated by World Con attendees and voted by the next World Con attendees. Anyone who can spare some cash for a supporting membership can nominate and vote as they like.
If you were talking about the Nebula awards, however, you might have been right.
Especially at this age, publishing a book via Kindle is trivial and if a so-called "wrong type of person" writes a good book, he will be able to sell it, or made it read enough to be nominated. The award to related-work went to a fucking blog post, and rightly so, it was a well written article related to SF. Three of the stories who won were "printed" on Tor's web site.
Any idiot who can design a web site and gather enough readers who will like it and nominate it in the next World Con has the chance of winning the next Hugo, no conspiracy required.