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Comment: Re:And who's going to pay for it? (Score 1) 263

One of the big reasons for a manned space program has been so-called technology "spin-offs" resulting from the program, but I think that they pale in comparison to the list of spin-offs that we receive from military technology. Here's a short list off the top of my head:

The Internet (Eisenhower created DARPA, and packet-switching was created as a way to maintain communications during a nuclear attack)
Electronic Computers (Alan Turing's "Bomb", ENIAC for ballistics tables, etc)
Rocketry and Jet Propulsion (The V-2, which is weird because it's a spinoff from war that made it's way to space)
Chemotherapy (Mustard Gas was the basis for the first chemotherapy drug)
RADAR/SONAR (a modern airport would be near-impossible without RADAR)
Nuclear Fission (energy production)
Submarines (another "spin-off" that has moved over to undersea exploration)
Plastic Exposives (used for construction, better than blackpowder)
Encryption (has been around for centuries, probably invented for military purposes)
Synthetic Rubber (such as Ameripol)
GPS is pretty pervasive too

All of these things have had a significant impact on our civilization, and to be honest, we wouldn't have a space program without some of them....It's just horrible that so many millions of people had to die for these things to come about. If a manned space program could provide these sorts of technologies, most people would be on board.......but ask them what the International Space Station has provided, and they would be hard pressed to tell you.

Comment: Re:Easy to say when behind a keyboard (Score 1) 509

by Major Blud (#49637395) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

"Too bad that the "racism" thing had to enter the picture when cops have been brutalizing people of all races, but if that's what it takes to raise awareness, so be it."

This is what irritates me about the recent Baltimore case. It’s being passed as “cops vs. blacks”, when in reality it’s “cops vs. everyone”. Take a look at the racial makeup of the 6 cops that are facing charges (3 are black). Hell, even the Baltimore police chief is black.


Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630

by Major Blud (#49561945) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

"If you're a Type I diabetic like myself"

Ditto. I love coffee (and caffeine by extension), but don't like it unsweetened. I usually use Splenda when available.

I'd be interested in Stevia, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort behind producing ready-made drinks with it. I did see Coca-Cola with Stevia in the market the other day, but it was 50% Stevia with the rest sugar, which wouldn't do us much good.

+ - Congress Introduces the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015->

Submitted by Major Blud
Major Blud writes: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act today that would end regulations that don't require terrestrial radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels. Currently, AM/FM radio stations aren't required to pay royalties to publishers and songwriters. The proposed measure requires stations that earn less than $1 million a year in revenue to pay $500 annually. For nonprofit public, college and other non-commercial broadcasters, the fee would be $100 per year — religious and talk stations being exempt from any payments. Larger radio companies like iHeartMedia (858 stations in the US) would have to pay more.

"The current system is antiquated and broken. It pits technologies against each other, and allows certain services to get away with paying little or nothing to artists. For decades, AM/FM radio has used whatever music it wants without paying a cent to the musicians, vocalists, and labels that created it. Satellite radio has paid below market royalties for the music it uses, growing into a multibillion dollar business on the back of an illogical ‘grandfathered’ royalty standard that is now almost two decades old,” said Congressman Nadler.

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Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 737

by Major Blud (#49346403) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

"well-regulated = well-trained"

I know what you're aiming for here, but that doesn't guarantee any more level of safety against incidents like this from happening. The pilot in this situation was well-trained, and I'm sure went through a psych-eval during his career. Nidal Malik Hasan was also well-trained and vetted, and a member of the military (the people you WANT to have guns), and that didn't stop what happened at Fort Hood.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang