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Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 128

NASA and the military have a long, close and contentious relationship. Remember, NASA does few things internally. It outsources most of the manufacturing to other companies. Which companies? Why the very same companies that comprise the military-industrial complex. The Shuttle was a joint Air Force / NASA program (that wasn't terribly smart but that is another story). Many NASA positions require military security clearances.

All of NASA's boosters derived from military stock.

At a lot of levels, they are one in the same.

Comment: Re:Shut it down (Score 1) 128

Knowledge is funny sometimes. It just doesn't follow narrowly defined lines. It just doesn't go where you think it will go.

One of the enduring legacies of Apollo was managing giant, hi tech endeavors with tens of thousands of people involved. Same sorts of endeavors that bring you giant aircraft, giant boats, enormous power projects, the Internet.

While you can argue about how safe or sane searching for knowledge really is, it's clear that it does have major effects on our economy and ecology.

So tune in, turn on and keep your antivirus programs running. It's a weird ride.

Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 1) 112

by hairyfeet (#48684421) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Got a buddy that works for the city with strict orders to bring me any clacky boards that pass through, be surprised how many businesses go to get a new PC and toss their clacky. Oh well, more for me ;-)

Ditto on the IBM, great boards, but don't knock the first Compaq and MSFT boards as they were also built like fricking tanks and took insane amounts of abuse. I tried using modern non claky keyboards at the shop...blech. Can't never tell when its registered a stroke or not,all the letters wore off in not time flat, the new boards just suck. So tomorrow I gotta drag out the desk and plug into the KVM this big old Compaq, so old its got the old style monster DIN plug but I got an adapter or five sitting in the desk drawer, much better than the new crap!

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 113

by hairyfeet (#48683721) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Considering more than 80% of the "content" seems to be on the intellectual level of "How many inches has Kim Kardashian's ass grown today?" ask me how many fucks I would give if all this "content" were to dry up and blow away along with the malware ridden shitstains they call ads which I have to clean up after when they trash my beautiful creations....answer? ZERO, absolute zero fucks would I give.

The simple fact is you get rid of ads and POOF! Malware be gone, in fact I can't even remember the last malware infection I cleaned that didn't come from somebody that didn't know about adblocking. And wadda ya know I block the ads and tada! They only need to come for me for upgrades....ahhh, you smell that? That is the smell of smugness as I do my little part to help slowly strangle the rotten to the core industry known as Internet advertising. It smells like happiness and cookies!

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 244

Personally I'm pissed off as a Canadian that our government signed onto the F35 program with no bidding or such, totally lied about the costs, when what we really need is a plane that can fly in arctic conditions and keep flying if it loses an engine.

They've already got one, you see. And it's very nice.

Probably would womp an F35 in Arctic air support missions.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 86

by hairyfeet (#48679159) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Yeah and if you buy that bullshit? Got a bridge you might be interested in. My dad's business was right in the middle of their new "fiber rollout" and after the replacement? It WENT TO SHIT with his speed DROPPING from a high of 6mbps to 1.4mbps after! What did they offer to remedy this? If you said cellular broadband we have a winnar Johnny!

Don't buy the BS man, the SECOND the old POTS is gone you'll find everybody not in a cherry picked area watching their speed drop and being offer the "chance to upgrade" to assrapey cellular. Don't say "its a fluke" either because I've had to switch 3 customers network setups to cable so far in 2 different towns, same story. AT&T before "fiber" rollout? Decent speed. After? Welcome to shitstain. And guess what all 3 were offered as a "solution"? Yep, A big old assrape with a whole 3GB per month for the same price they were paying for DSL unlimited before. For old Ma Bell its great, no more regs like on landline, fuck 'em by the MB, and their answer to everybody who dares bitch? "You are too far from the hub to benefit from fiber" even if the DSLAM can be hit with a pellet gun from where you are standing!

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 58

by ColdWetDog (#48678515) Attached to: Romanian Cybersecurity Law Will Allow Warrantless Access To Data

What are you talking about? "The Interview" will probably make a lot less money because all of the movie theaters that 90% of people go to aren't showing it. Some of the leaked emails are very embarrassing and will probably cost them a lot in lost goodwill with business partners, which will translate into less profits.

Goodwill? In Hollywood?

You must be joking.

Comment: This means war! (Score 4, Funny) 80

And you guys thought the reason for adding Internet connectivity to appliances was to help the NSA.

Come see the Battle of the Appliances! Coming to a home near you!

GE toaster takes out Amana microwave. LG dryer attacks the Hoover vacuum. People run to the streets in terror!

Micheal Bay to direct the movie!

Comment: Re:SOmething I've always wondered (Score 2) 146

by king neckbeard (#48676637) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'
It's more about they only have the resources to make and promote a certain number of movies, and if it doesn't get a good enough return, it's a poor usage of limited resources. That's why a film can be a disappointment even if it DOES make back it's budget on the opening weekend.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton