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+ - U.S. Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "An internal review commissioned by Air Force Secretary Deborah James has concluded that Air Force personnel tasked with evaluating SpaceX's certification treated as a design review, going so far as to dictate organizational changes in the company. This was judged contrary to the intention of promoting a competitive environment. The report, prepared by former Air Force Chief of Staff General Larry Welch concluded, "The result to date has been ... the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach. Both teams need to adjust.""

Comment: Re:A Public Business Must do Business With the Pub (Score 1) 873

Actually, you may be doing the feudal masters a bit of a disservice. While the feudal serf was his master's property, the lord of the fiefdom generally treated his serfs better than the industrialists who followed. It was common for the lord to provide his serfs free health care and several times more time off than even today's corporations provide their workers. Many of the common beliefs about feudal life are misconceptions bred by the industrialists to keep their workers complacent: "You have it so much better, now that I'm in charge," essentially. If you'd like to learn more I can recommend the series of videos named "Medieval Lives" with Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame.

Comment: A Public Business Must do Business With the Public (Score 4, Insightful) 873

Owning a business does not imbue the owner(s) with the rights of feudal lords. A keystone principle of American society is that you can't discriminate by refusing to conduct business with others based on ideological differences. A great struggle over civil rights would seem to have settled this, but some throwbacks still want to impose un-American values on others. The Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were founded on the principles of the Enlightenment. It is high time our citizenry got enlightened, as well.

+ - Is Your Smartphone Rewiring Your Brain?

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg have found evidence that smartphone use changes the way your brain interacts with your thumbs. Using electroencephalography to study brain activity in smartphone users vs. feature-phone users, they found apparently persistent, increased activity in areas of the brain associated with the thumbs. Of course, this may well be true of other repetitive activities, like keyboard use.

Reuters provide a bit more approachable coverage."

Comment: Be careful not to overreact. (Score 1) 70

by Rambo Tribble (#49308449) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely
There seems to be a presumption that these characters understood the speciousness of their claims. Much of the technology sector, and much of society, consists of the clueless being led by the marginally clued, or even just the clueless that shout the loudest. Assigning responsibility in such circumstances is often a fool's errand.

Comment: Anything gets gamed ... (Score 1) 320

... when there's money to be made. This is not new; look to Thomas Edison and his demonstration of the "danger" of alternating current. He electrocuted an elephant with a ghastly display of indifference to suffering, all in a disingenuous attempt to convince consumers to choose his direct current system.

Comment: Try this ... (Score 1) 230

... contact DHS and tell them you were at the library and you saw a guy with a scimitar and a Koran downloading private banking information. It will still likely be months before anything changes, but at least you'll know enough bankers are getting adequately inconvenienced in the affair.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?