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Comment: Right place, right time. (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by Spazmania (#49633277) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Tozzi overthinks it in the article. The kernel succeeded by being in the right place in the right time and then continuously being good enough that there was insufficient reason for change.

Linux, the OS not the kernel, was the first mostly complete Unix available on a college student's budget that would install on hardware the college student mostly already had. Right place, right time. Hurd didn't exist in any usable form, Minix and Solaris were $$ and the *BSD's didn't start to release for a year or two later.

Fast forward four years and when those graduating college students met the Internet bubble, Linux was the server OS they knew. Right place, right time.

Byeond that it was a game of, "don't eff it up." That's where Torvalds' pragmatism came in to play.

Comment: Re:Sort-of-worked. (Score 3, Insightful) 49

by Bruce Perens (#49633129) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Abort Test Successful

What I am getting from the videos is that this test was a success but that there was indeed an engine failure and the system recovered from it successfully by throttling off the opposing engine. There was less Delta-V than expected, max altitude was lower than expected, downrange was lower than expected, and that tumble after trunk jettison and during drogue deploy looked like it would have been uncomfortable for crew.

This is the second time that SpaceX has had an engine failure and recovered from it. They get points for not killing the theoretical crew either time. There will be work to do. It's to be expected, this is rocket science.

It sounds to me like the launch engineers were rattled by the short downrange and the launch director had to rein them in.

Comment: I have a solution. (Score 1) 471

by Lumpy (#49629055) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Hospital bills are null and void if they are not easily read and understood by someone with a 10th grade education. If they are unable or unwilling to do a full explanation then the bill is invalid and does not have to be paid and can not be reported to credit reporting or sold to collections.

Maybe that will get the morons running hospitals off their asses.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.