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Comment Re:Please ... (Score 1) 63

There are also initiatives from the federal government to attempt to push Internet connectivity like how the Electrification of America was pushed, and how the telephone system was pushed. That at least has some tangible benefit to the people that live there, while this spaceport does not.

Comment Re:Why New Mexico (Score 1) 63

A spaceport that doesn't have any commercial flights is probably a worse waste of money than a sports stadium. People will drive for a hundred miles to go to a sporting event if they care about one of the teams playing. They'll buy gas, they'll buy food, they'll pay admissions, they'll go to the bars and the restaurants after the game, they might even look for a hotel to stay in before going home.

A spaceport in rural anywhere only makes sense when there are flights, and for it to be paid for by the taxes collected in an area the area needs to derive an actual benefit.

As for a town of 6000 with only 21% bachelors degrees, that is absolutely no surprise at all. A town of 6000 people probably doesn't have very many jobs that need bachelors degrees. There will be a doctor or maybe a few, there will be some nurses. There may be a dentist. There will be at least one pharmacist. If there are schools the teachers will have degrees. There will probably be a few business owners that originated in the area, left and got their education, and came back, possibly employing some in the town. If anything, 1/5 of a small town having bachelors degrees is probably rather high.

Comment Re:Emissions testing needs to be fool proof (Score 2) 51

Cars from the sixties and seventies that were fun to drive were horribly wasteful on fuel when driven hard. Carburetors are like that. The point now, is that we have technology to sample the air pressure, air temperature, and exhaust mixture to try to achieve the most thorough burn possible, which is why the cars of today are more fun and more powerful than they were in the sixties and seventies. And I say this as someone that is mid-restoration on a seventies Mopar.

The tradeoff is complexity and cost. The cars are much more complicated because the systems that regulate fuel pressure, nozzle duration, spark duration and timing, and valve timing are much more complicated than an accelerator pump, a venturi, and a simple vacuum-advance distributor.

Comment Re:Parts fail, it needs to be planned for. (Score 1) 51

what ever happened to personal responsibility?

Personal responsibility is whatever the court and/or jury decides it is. Sometimes the judgement is probably too far in favor of giving idiots what they don't deserve. Sometimes it allows a company that's negligent to get off lightly for something that they really should not have ever sold. Sometimes it works out as it should.

Comment Re:Ford Truck (Score 1) 136

Dad had a similar bit of fun recently...

He has an '89 Dodge Dakota factory convertible. It had an engine fire that they managed to put-out before it spread past the firewall and fender liners. I suggested he do a V8 swap, as the '89 Shelby Dakota had the 318 TBI shoehorned in, so it would fit.

Well, he ended up going with a '95 extended cab as a parts truck, found one lightly hit that was mechanically decent. Ended up using '92+ front clip instead of figuring out how to put the flat-front on and relocate the stuff that would interfere. Despite the extreme similarity of the two trucks (90+% sheet metal same) the electrical system from front to back was completely different. He ended up swapping every single harness from the '95 in, shortening where it was different because of the extended cab.

Thing runs much stronger now, probably twice the performance, and that's only going from a TBI 3.9L V6 to an EFI 5.2L V8. If I ever own it I'm swapping-in an EFI 408ci (6.7L) stroker built from a 360/5.9 with 4.00" stroke instead of the stock 3.58"

Comment Re:Coolest hack? (Score 1) 136

I've done that before. I had (still have actually) a server that had and old Ultrawide SCSI disk as the OS drive, one day I came home and the room smelled funny. A chip on the PCB had burned up and the drive was toast. Swapped the controller board from another on and the computer came right back up and worked like a champ.

Comment Re:Coolest hardware configuration... (Score 1) 136

I also had a K6-2 350MHz box for a long time after my friends had all upgraded to 1GHz Intel boxes. They had 128MB or 256MB RAM, expensive DDR memory. I had 1.5GB (3x 512MB) SDRAM, my computer ran circles around theirs in the games. If I'm remembering right there was still motherboard-installed cache memory, and I had that maxed-out too. Could be wrong about that last part, all of my computers over the years have kind of melded together in my brain.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 1) 188

> I'm an old fogie and used to laugh tracks. Most "light" comedies seem awkward without them. It guess it's hard to make every generation happy.

I grew up with them too. I think what really destroyed them for me was that, after I realized they existed, I noticed....they just keep using the same one over and over. Its like that Wilhelm Scream. Once your recognize it....its not part of the scene anymore...its jarring.

I don't hear "people laughing" I hear "that laugh track", the same one I have heard since I was a kid. The "magic" is entirely gone. I almost feel like, if they had a small assortment of 10 laugh tracks and rotate them within the same show....I might have never even noticed....but its the same laugh for every joke!

Comment FCC? (Score 1) 188

FCC complaints are not really the place to go for anything. The only people who ever complain to the FCC about anything other than radio interference are..... crackpots and wingnut commanders. Yes, there are enough crackpots out there with enough free time to generate some complaints, but that doesn't mean its anything other than the ravings of the insane.

You may as well read the writings of Francis E Dec Esquire.

Comment The *internet* has had an abuse problem forever (Score 1) 491

There have been "abuse" problems on the internet since before it existed, when bulletin board servers were common. There is just something about being on a remote keyboard or microphone that brings out the absolute worst in a lot of people. Trash talking gamers, bigots, racists, stark raving lunatics -- they're all "wired".

You can complain about it all you like, but unless you're going to censor the shit out of every forum, website, and mailing list in existence, you are going to be faced with it. The same way you're going to be faced with such people in real life.

Sadly, a lot of people would rather whinge and whine about their "rights" and their "feelings" rather than face up to reality. They live in a dream world of kittens, unicorns, and rainbows that exhibits a completely and totally unrealistic expectation of what society is or should be.

Can't handle the pressure? Leave -- which she is doing. But posting a long-winded rant about why you're leaving is just childish, selfish, "pity poor me" bullshit. Everyone already knows it's going on; they don't give a flying fuck about your hurt feelings over anyone else's (often including their own.)

Comment Re:Who actually wants this? (Score 1) 54

Well if it means we're going from small devices with small apps and small amounts of resources to suddenly making them full on desktop machines, I just don't see the point.

And that's totally fine. The point isn't what YOU want, it's what some private company wants to do and these actions will in no way, shape, or form negatively impact your life and thus getting all up in a huff about it is a little over the top.

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.