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Comment Re:Good! 8 more years of time working correctly. (Score 1) 143

I agree. The problem is not UTC or leap seconds, it is that POSIX time ignores the existence of leap seconds. The more appropriate fix to me would be to redefine POSIX time as TAI. Or more accurately obsolete POSIX time so programmers are forced to choose between TAI and UTC. Who would ever have tried to convert from posix time to year/month/day/hour/minute without a library anyway?

Comment Re:Let me think about it for a second .... (Score 2) 291

Hopefully you realize that leap seconds are not "chosen by a standards body" per se, they are actually measurements of the slow-down of the earth's rotation and the standards body just decides how to schedule them. As another poster said, if you don't need to know the time of day, don't convert to UTC, just use a time standard that doesn't have leap seconds. The problem here is ignorant people who don't realize that time of day is not easily derivable from time-since-epoch. Changing from leap seconds to leap minutes just allows them to be ignorant longer, which I would argue is a bad thing.

Comment False comparison (Score 1) 274

Universities typically use endowments for the fixed-cost and facilities portions of their budgets, which is not student support. But, as a result, those costs do not need to be paid out of tuition. This means the number given in the summary, "endowment used for tuition etc" is meaningless because that is not what endowment is typically used for. This seems like a hit piece that is cherry-picking numbers to trump up a conclusion.

Comment Re:He may be mistaken (Score 1) 204

I also thought the CRS contracts were for deliveries, not launches. Maybe he has included the cost of schedule changes for other launches that were already more expensive? But I guess saying that it is almost as expensive to reschedule a non-spaceX launch that it is to do a spaceX one doesn't come off as good in a headline. The CRS contract to SpaceX, according to the wikipedia page, is $1.6 billion for 12 launches, or $133 million per launch.

Comment Re:You cannot regulate cyberweapons. (Score 1) 123

While the term "cyberweapon" is ludicrous, I think there is still a valid question concerning what the legal consequences are of selling zero-day vulnerabilities or tools that use them. Is it even illegal? Or is only illegal if they are used for an illegal activity? And if that is the case, how is illegal activity defined in an international governmental context? This will likely all get worked out by case law, but maybe it would help to write or revise some laws as well.

Comment Re:No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 80

I believe the use of the word "fault" here means that there is nothing broken on the spacecraft, hardware or software. It behaved as it was supposed to, it was just fed a bad command sequence. i.e. any software fault was in the auditing software on the ground. Even then it may not be a "fault" (i.e. breakage) but just some conditions that aren't accounted for in the audit.

Comment Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 314

You have mistaken the role of government in healthcare. Government, by mandate of the people, already requires treatment of acutely ill individuals, and nobody is arguing to change that. The question is then how this is paid for (mandated insurance or socialized medicine), what is more cost-effective (in terms of preventative care), and is earlier treatment sufficiently more humane to be preferable in some cases? Also your "small minority of the population" is simply not small. A good 30-50% of Americans have trouble affording health care, partially because people like you prevent the appropriate management of the cost for the already existing basic universal health care. It's not all or nothing as you imply, a typical successful model is to provide basic coverage by mandate or required insurance, and then individuals with means can pay for other perks like shorter wait times or better rooms.

On the dental care side. If society places value on not having a bunch of snaggle-toothed people around, regardless of their ability to pay for orthodontic care, then the government can similarly intervene in that market on behalf of the public to make it more affordable.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 3) 79

The summary is a bit ambiguous. The first part says these are supposed to substitute for shelters (which I think are like schools and football stadiums), while the second talks about FEMA trailers. Temporary shelters and temporary housing are fairly different things, and FEMA trailers are the latter and not the former. Perhaps this is intended to fill the gap between the two? Given the features other posters have pointed out, these do not appear to be temporary housing, more like temporary shelter.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus