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Comment: Stayed there for final shuttle launch (Score 1) 47

The hotel I stayed at was literally the worst hotel I have ever stayed at, and I've been to some crapholes. My friend with me wouldn't even sleep in the bed unless we first ran to a store and bought all kinds of bug sprays and disinfectants. Even the clean towels were dirty. Half the buildings were already boarded up.

And it was all worth is because we had a good time at the Space Park (which was like $65 to get in), and the launch of STS135 was awesome, even if it was a bit cloudy. There's a nice Air Museum there, we got to fly in the Military version of the DC-3 (C-47?), which gave us a nice aerial view of NASA.

But Titusville itself? The craphole of crapholes. There was almost nothing left to the town when I was there and that was more than 2 years ago. My guess was the hotel was going to be burned down after we left to claim the insurance. Another guest found a 9mm pistol in the parking lot and asked us if she should turn it in to the police -- as if that was a question!

It seems to me that the entire town depends upon tourism, and there simply isn't anything there other than NASA, which is now a shadow of it's former self. And tourism isn't something a town should depend upon, just ask those towns along Route 66.

Comment: Haters Gonna Hate (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by tekrat (#48378461) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

I have an iPhone, but I also have an Asus Android tablet. I find advantages and flaws in both, and I use each device to its own strengths.

I also need to say that I was recently in an Apple store and found the iPad mini's screen to be very nice, much sharper than my Asus, but then again, the Asus was very cheap.

For casual browsing and making snide comments on facebook, it's perfectly fine. With a blutooth keyboard, it's even a nice SSH terminal. I don't do high-end computing on my tablet, and my phone is pretty much relegated to text messages, phone calls, photos, and the occasional need to access an app in an emergency. I'm not glued to my screen like most other people I know.

Android and iOS are both 'ok' -- neither is perfect, but frankly, the religious wars about operating system on your phone reminds me of the chatter between Atari users and Commodore users on Bulletin Board systems (showing my age here!).

Comment: So what will MH17 and MH370 give us? (Score 1) 236

by tekrat (#48313093) Attached to: The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Aside from headaches with the constant droning of CNN repeating ad infinitum "where is the missing plane"?

My guess is that these two planes will give us in-flight telemetry, essentially all-the-time black boxes writing data to servers. There was an air-france plane that crashed in the ocean a few years back and it took them more than a year to locate any wreckage.

I'm dubious we'll ever locate MH370, mostly because they are either looking in the wrong area or the area they are looking in is very inhospitable, even for ships at sea.

MH17 was shot down by Russian and/or Ukranian forces, and that's going to give us headaches just like KAL007 -- because its causing heated relations with the Russians.

Regardless, every crash is investigated and the root cause creates ripples that changes the entire industry. As a result, air travel is one of the safest ways to get around.

Comment: Re:Just go to the event and mix in the discussion (Score 1, Flamebait) 1007

by tekrat (#48242749) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

You must be new here. Do you think that no one has ever asked those people those very kinds of questions? When challenged to present their evidence for their claims, the bible is held up, and presented as "the word of the lord" and "all the evidence anyone would ever need", and then they fall back on "faith as evidence".

You cannot logically argue with asshats. They claim to already have *all the answers* and those answers are contained in the bible. And they believe that without question. They are as radicalized as any Taliban fighter, as any Christian abortion-clinic bomber, as any other ultra-religious nutcase.

You can either ridicule them or ignore them and hope they go away, or stomp them into the ground (like we're trying to do with ISIS), but you can't argue with them because their logic is circular. You might as well attempt arguing with a delusional mental patient.

They are lost causes, once they hold onto those convictions, they never let go, and will not even consider an alternative.

Comment: Re:Will be watching from Connecticut (Score 2) 36

by tekrat (#48240129) Attached to: How To View the Antares Launch

If you're looking south/southwest, it should be no problem. I'll be at Eagle Rock Reservation in NJ, which faces New York City, but I can face south enough to catch a bit of it. The problem is I get out of work at 6:15pm, and can't get to any good vantage spots other than Eagle Rock by 6:45. Hoping for the best....

Comment: Good thing this didn't happen in USA (Score 2) 529

by tekrat (#48204981) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

A gunman in a government building? In the USA there's be 100,000 cops, the national guard, a dozen tanks, 50 helicopters, CNN and Fox News screaming into the camera "OHMYGOD OHMYGOWD!!!!" and the area would be in lockdown for 72 hours at least and a hazmat crew sent in afterwards ---- all for one shooter with a .22 rifle.

Comment: So, middle class screwed again. (Score 1) 839

by tekrat (#48161197) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

This puts the highest burden on the middle class yet again. Everywhere from $30k to $150k, those people are paying the highest proportion of taxes.

Let me give you an example:
The lower middle class guy can only afford the $1 shoes. They are cheap enough, but only last one year and then need to be replaced.

The rich guy can afford the $10 shoes. Yes, they cost 10 times more than the cheap ones, but they have been made to last 20 years. Over time, you see, the rich guy will ultimately pay less for the better quality items, and as such, pay less in consumption taxes as well while the poor shmuck who can only afford the $1 shoes actually pays more for the product and more in taxes over time.

And not every rich person is Imedla Marcos.

Comment: Because they cannot contribute to the economy (Score 4, Insightful) 839

by tekrat (#48161059) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

OK, here's your answer, as simplified as I can make it based on your premise:

Because the guy with the net worth of $100 is unable to contribute to the economy. He is too poor to pay taxes, he's too poor to buy food for his family and therefore has to rely on government help to feed his children.

Meanwhile, the rich guy with the net worth of $5000 has used his immense wealth to manipulate politics and has a sneaky accountant, so he also pays practically no taxes, compared to the middle class.

So it's up to you and me, the guys with a net worth of let's say $250, to help out the poor guy with the net worth of $100. But that $5000 guy is cutting our jobs and shipping them to india, so we have an ever shrinking population of $250 net worth people, and a growing segment of $100 net worth people, since the only jobs available are minimum wage.

Following me so far? With less and less people buying socks and shoes and food, and paying taxes, the economy shrinks. Meanwhile the very rich do not go to walmart and buy 10,000 pairs of jeans, so their contributions to the overall economy are minor compared to their immense wealth.

Please see the documentary "Inequality for all", you can find it on netflix streaming, and it will describe it a way that everyone can understand, even Fox News watchers.

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