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Comment: Re: Irresponsible (Score 1) 354

by TwoUtes (#47157603) Attached to: 3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom
Sure, "gun deaths" were reduced, but overall, the murder rate was unchanged. The point is, people are going to kill, whether they have guns, knives, hammers, rocks or spears. All the hand-wringing by you anti-gun types won't change that one iota.

Comment: Re: Irresponsible (Score 1) 354

by TwoUtes (#47157041) Attached to: 3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom
Right, and there would be no more murders. Ever. Do you really think banning guns will stop people from killing each other? Come on, pull you head out of your ass and think about how long humans have been killing each other compared to how long firearms have existed. Have you seen the scores of beheading videos all over the internet? Shall we ban machetes and knives too? I mean, it will keep more people alive. Oh wait, there's rocks too. Stoning is big in the bible, and continues to this day in various third world regions. Perhaps we should ban the possession of rocks to, you know, keep more people alive.

Comment: Re:How the west wasn't won (Score 5, Informative) 216

by TwoUtes (#46831269) Attached to: NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"
Of the multitude of reasons SpaceX can operate more cheaply I can think of, the biggies are: -NASA is a Government agency, beholden to the congress and the congress loves its pork, so only certain big-name contractors get NASA contracts. -SpaceX is not a federal agency and doesn't have to play by the same onerous, costly sets of rules as a federal agency (i.e purchasing requirements, safety requirements, etc.) -SpaceX has negotiated some sweet deals to use existing government facilities already paid for by NASA (taxpayers). -SpaceX has received a lot of seed money from NASA. There's more, but you get the idea. I'm not here to take away from what SpaceX are trying to accomplish, but they certainly have an advantage over a bloated government bureaucracy.

Comment: Re:libertarian (Score 5, Insightful) 433

by TwoUtes (#31129560) Attached to: Obama's Space Plan — a Conservative Argument
Mod this parent up. U.S. industry is loathe to spend money on any R&D that does not have an immediate return on investment (read:shareholder gains). That is why there are not now and never will be manned private launchers entirely from the so-called 'private sector'. Too expensive for too little return. This new plan from the Obama administration doesn't change that one bit. The U.S. Treasury will still be spending the money to design and build a man-rated launcher. Instead of ATK, Lockheed, Boeing, etc. being the recipients of this largesse, it will now be SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, and others. Basically, the money has been diverted from large government contractors that have already been in the space business for a long time, to a bunch of newcomers. Same game, different players.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.