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Comment: Re:Resignation? (Score 1) 368 368

Yeah, I was a beta tester for that thing back in the day. There were some very awesome things that they had the potential to do with that game, but just flat out refused to do at the mere suggestion. Basically every beta tester begged them not to launch when they did, and it turned into a whopping disaster because they refused to listen.

I didn't even buy the final game because I already knew it was buggy garbage that had many serious flaws of design, and I recommended my friends to take a pass because it was a vast waste of money.

Comment: Re:What about Obamacare? (Score 1) 141 141

I don't exactly understand how decrying Federal budget largesse when it comes to NASA is "on topic" where decrying Federal budget largesse when it comes to defense spending or social spending is not.

The F-35 is wholly unnecessary and spectacularly expensive. That seems very on-topic to me.

Comment: Re:For the unfamiliar and the confused (Score 1) 141 141

I guess I don't see how this is different from the Saturn 1-B launch vehicle that was only used to launch a manned capsule once (Apollo 7) until the rest of the Saturn V launches were cancelled, and they used the surplus 1-Bs for Skylab crew launches.

Sometimes it's perfectly fine to have a purpose-specific launcher for early flights needed to test stuff. Would we have the same people grousing about using too big of a rocket to just fly crew modules in orbit if they skipped the smaller SLS variant? "Ermahgherd, they're launching hardware capable of going to the moon when they're only going to LEO! What a waste! etc."

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1083 1083

Well, for one thing, the equal protection clause is part of the 14th Amendment, and has nothing to do with the Founding Fathers, as it was ratified in the 1860s or thereabouts - about a century after the Founding Fathers did their thing.

But why would that matter, just because it invalidates your whole statement?

Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 219 219

It wasn't too long ago that the ThinkPad T-series had a magnesium cage inside protecting all the parts, and stainless steel hinges that would not break. Don't know if that's still the case now, but Lenovo kept to that when HP and Dell went with cheap plastic shit that would wear out through normal use, much less any form of accident or abuse.

Comment: Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 1) 591 591

But it's not the State establishing the exchange, which is what the argued-about language says.

I think everyone is in agreement that the exchange is being established, but the mealy-mouthed language of the law allows for this challenge based on what entity established it.

I'm no lawyer, and I'm glad the decision went the way it did. But clearly 9 Supreme Court Justices thought that it wasn't explicit enough, so they chose to hear the case.

I'm also glad that this is hopefully the last bitchy little petulant lawsuit regarding this legislation.

Comment: Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 1) 591 591

I'm thinking that the missing link in his logic is that if the State decides not to 'establish' an exchange, then the Federal exchange is tacitly authorized to be the 'established' exchange of the State.

Of course, that's stated absolutely nowhere in the text of the law, but that's probably the link.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"