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Comment: Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 4, Informative) 329 329

In Quebec, it costs upwards of 200,000$ CDN to have a taxi license.

Drivers spent their entire life's saving enough to buy their own license while they lease another one's. It's their only retirement plan: lease a license they earned to buy.

No wonder they're pissed.

+ - Falcon 9 explodes during ascension

MouseR writes: About 2:40 into it's flight, Falcon 9 exploded along stage 2 and the Dragon capsule, before even the stage 1 separation.

Telemetry and videos are inconclusive without further analysis as to what went wrong. Everything was green lights.

This is a catastrophe for SpaceX which enjoyed, until now, a perfect launch record.

Comment: Re:Not the only game in town? (Score 2) 49 49

That flying dildo is nowhere near as capable as the Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy.

Space X has a good decade headstart on any competition.

Crew Vehicle: Check, awaiting final approval for maned test flight
Crew Abort System: Check, tested and approved
Falcon 9: zero failure on all commercial flights
Dragon rendez-vous with ISS: check

Comment: Re:Because titan has ice, pluto isn't even a plane (Score 2) 98 98

It was rejected because Pluto is still bigger than Charon and while pluto wobbles around the barycentre, Charon still orbits then both thus making it a moon.

Begs to think what to call binary star systems when they have the same conditions, like Polaris (yes: the polar star is a binary star system consisting of Polaris A and Polaris B).

I love watching binaries on my telescope. Started with the realization that Ursula Majopris (the Great Dipper) also included binary stars. Mizar (the second star from the tip of the dipper handle) is a binary, as Polaris, observable with domestic telescope (I use a 6" Celestron Nexstar 6SE).

Comment: Re:Lets keep facilitating this (Score 1) 276 276

Obviously there will be some that will register with throwaway emails but it's at least a deterrent for the occasional trolls that just comment for the sake of leaving negativity behind.

I moderate a small car-oriented forum and when we locked down posting to registered members, it cut the spam a great deal. We still have a great deal of bots registering accounts but given email verification requirement, only about 1 a week makes it through and ends up posting one or two messages before one of the mods delete the trash.

When you have to use your (or some kind of) identity (regardless if it can be pinned to anyone in particular), it usually makes people think twice before posting.

Comment: Re:No new physics == Michelson–Morley of the (Score 1) 61 61

Ignoring previous results on the Higgs Boson;

No new physics/results from these collisions would STILL be a welcomed puzzle. It would mean that the expectations are wrong and thus indicate something is missing in the standard model.

Science has progressed equally in the absence of proof as with validation of expectations. It's the discovery and the adaptation of knowledge that is more important.

Comment: Re:Java is done (Score 1) 223 223

It's my opinion that Sun had a case but no the money to follow suit, until Oracle bought them.

But wasn't the whole thing about some private APIs that Google (or whatever was that company it hired) made use and actually copied verbatim?


And by "securing", I meant "securing it's investment in the technology", not ownership of Sun itself.

Oracle DBs and Apps make substantial use of Java. Had Sun been allowed to falter, or worse yet be bough by a (then) competitor like IBM, it would have been disastrous for Oracle.

Comment: Re:Java is done (Score 2) 223 223

That's retarded. Oracle had (and maintains) a sizeable investment in Java and the rack servers for which Oracle is optimized for.

The acquisition was about securing the investment. Not any devious scheme.

Disclaimer: I work for Oracle but am not in any way associated with the Java group nor am I part of the executive/decision-making chain.

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 74 74

Actually, Apple does try to catch those apps that sign out. In the process, they will miss the more cunning ones. And they make false positives.

One of my free iOS Apps, a RPN stack-based scripting language, came with some sample scripts you could in-click install (aka, move from App bundle into the sandboxed Documents). The App also had a button linking directly to a Wiki explaining the language and had copies of the scripts.

Somehow Apple evaluated that my App downloaded the sample scripts from my wiki down to the user device. They considered it violated the TAC concerning the "download of executable code" and had refused my original App submission. No amount of debating on the phone with Christ Whats-His-Name resulted in him even wanting to listen, giving me the cold shoulder. I shrugged it off, reworked some of the app and shipped.

Many revisions later, the App actually still has some sample scripts that it "auto installs". Just no longer has the Wiki link directly (it has a script to access it and now, inline manual).

You are an insult to my intelligence! I demand that you log off immediately.