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Comment Re:People who think economics is not a science... (Score 1) 313

Anyone pitching anything but the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act as the root cause of our economic trouble is fronting for one party or the other and in order to obfuscate the truth. Glass-Steagall kept us out of trouble for 70 years. It took less than a decade to find every moral hazard which that act opened up. There are a lot of powerful interests doing their utmost to have you look everywhere but there. That's because the fix is rather self-evident.

Comment Hole Punch - Double Sided Floppy (Score 3, Informative) 250

I used to buy single sided floppy disks and then use a hole punch to create the track index hole and the write tab. This turned it into a double-sided floppy. I'd this with good quality Verbatim disks. You could then take the disk out of the single sided drive and flip it over -- by hand -- to get double the capacity. But that was way before most of you young punks were even born. Now... get off my lawn.

Actually, my best hardware hack was an Arduino device that I turned into a product which has since sold thousands of units. 32kB flash, 2.5kB SRAM. Can send messages via the international space station.

Comment Re:Ethics (Score 5, Informative) 350

Hiring a specific sub-sect of human because they can be paid less is more than discriminatory. It's unethical.

Multi-national companies are *not* American companies and they have no allegiance to America or its citizens. Their ethics are not your ethics. They see "shareholder value" as the highest ethic. To them, national boundaries are a hindrance to maximizing shareholder value.

Comment Re:Even this is wrong (Score 1) 684

While I agree more with your points than the OP you are responding to, there is a world of difference between LEO, inside the protective cocoon of Earth's magnetosphere, and interplanetary space. But IMO the moon is a much more logical place to start. It's a lot warmer and closer to home.

Submission + - Spy industry leaders befuddled over "deep cynicism" of American public (arstechnica.com)

autonomous_reader writes: ARS Technica has a story on this week's Intelligence & National Security Summit, where CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey had a lot to say about the resistance of the American public to government cyber spying and anti-encryption efforts. Blaming resistance on "people who are trying to undermine" the intelligence mission of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, John Brennan explained it was all a "misunderstanding." Comey explained that "venom and deep cynicism" prevented rational debate of his campaign for cryptographic backdoors.

Comment Re:US Citizens? (Score 3, Interesting) 216

Wow -- why was such an insightful question modded down. There seems to be an organized campaign to downvote all posts raising similar questions. This is a very legitimate question. The terms of service does not seem to imply the the signer needs to be a U.S. citizen or have a right to vote in this country. That's a huge problem.

Comment Re:Anyone know if (Score 1) 102

We're producing less? I'm guessing no and that this is the effects of all that automation I keep hearing isn't happening...

Our manufacturing sector is growing, but slowly. It is far slower than most developing countries. Here is a decent article on manufacturing grown rates: https://www.mapi.net/china-has-dominant-share-world-manufacturing. That said, we are probably dropping in certain sectors, such as computer/electronics manufacturing. The U.S. is either outsourcing or automating a lot of the manufacturing jobs out of existence.

Comment Re:Calculations (Score 1) 99

The holes are in the assumptions of 10km/s delta-V, 1000kg craft and 1000km of tether. Make it a 100kg craft using 100km of tether and a much smaller delta-V leads to a much different result. A 1km/s delta-V is nothing to sneeze at. Additionally, half of that energy is transferred into the velocity and angular momentum of the captured object.

It's certainly a better idea than mine: wrapping the probe in a loose wad of double sided sticky tape and aiming directly at the comet.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist