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Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 197

I would never trust a "journalist" that isn't willing to open themselves up to public feedback. That is likely a sure sign that you are dealing with someone with an agenda who doesn't want inconvenient facts to interfere with their chosen narrative. They probably don't even acknowledge the autonomy of their own staff.

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 1) 197

I'm pretty sure I can post open and honest comments while not being anonymous.

If you're white, middle-class, cisgendered, belong to a mainstream religion, have political views within the mainstream, and live in a cosmopolitan community, yes.

If you're a closeted gay atheist anarcho-communist in a small town in "flyover country", maybe not so much.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 214

Part of it is simply a matter of dongle-count. Yes, ethernet is absolutely needed; yes, the connector should be right there, physically secure. No, USB dongles to provide ethernet won't ever be on my list of things I'm excited to do.

It would be better - a lot better - if there was actual, reliable ethernet hardware on there, and I'd be more than happy to pay a few bucks for it.

The ethernet on the other PI's is not particularly reliable, and that, in my case, is the downfall of the whole enterprise. I have four pis. They all drop their ethernet connections from time to time. It's beyond annoying.

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 455


I only go to the dealer for the every 30K service. The more frequent stuff I do at whatever "jiffy lube" happens to be most convenient on that particular day.

Going to the dealer for everything is too much of a bother.

That's one reason I would avoid crummy American brands and over hyped luxury brands.

Comment Re:Yea blame the salesman (Score 1) 455

Of course blame the salesman. This problem isn't just about electric car. It's also about cheaper versions of gas cars. That also includes all of the stupid "dealer add ons" they indulge in. Some of these are consumables that only last for the first year of the car and jack up the price significantly.

My favorite one is the "nitrogen filled tires". [breathes in deeply]

I was interested in a car that was already on the lot but I had to out wait the stupid salesmen on my last car for about 4 months before they actually broke down and sold it to me.

I would find it less bothersome to pay MSRP and order it directly from the factory.

Comment The guy aint no Sagan... (Score 0) 329

All you have to do is tell someone that there's money to be made in space. If there's a giant diamond asteroid or one made of gold, people will make it happen. It might not happen today or even in anti-Sagan's lifetime but the dreams of avarice will be fulfilled.

Plus there's the whole "living in glory until the end of time" thing to consider.

I'm sure every Robber Baron would love a holiday dedicated to their name.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 2) 329

If space cannot be opened up to individuals then it will never be open at all. During the age of Columbus, any schmuck with a ship could go out exploring. Before that, any schmuck with even a tiny canoe could go exploring the high seas.

The idea that Lorne Greene can launch a moon mission from his backyard has to become feasible before serious exploration of space happens.

Private companies getting in the game are just a necessary natural evolution of the technology.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall