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Comment: Pretty much (Score 1) 264

Citation please?

An informed expert opinion based on thirty years of studying the Apollo program. (Actual studying, not just reading pop histories or getting my urban legends from other equally ignorant people on the 'net.)

Hmm, let's see. The Soviet programs were cancelled in '72 according to you (actually that's not quite right but it's close enough). When was the last mission to the Moon? Oh that's right, December 1972. Quite a coincidence that...

Pretty much, yeah it's a coincidence. Either way, your original claim as to the order and connection of events is incorrect.

Comment: One SF take on the issue: Niven's Known Space (Score 2) 618

by idontgno (#49798521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Earth has perfected organ transplant technology, so someone with access to transplants can live for centuries. The transplants are provided by disassembling criminals, because almost every crime is capital, and execution is by disassembly for transplant stock. Because every citizen considers himself or herself law-abiding, they believe they benefit from more transplant material... and would never become transplant material themselves. They think, "I'll never murder, or embezzle, or repeatedly violate traffic laws, so make 'em all capital crimes. Get rid of the undesirables, and a longer life for me."

Earth has a unified government and a world paramilitary police force: the ARM.

The ARM has three major duties: "mother hunts" (enforcing mandatory parenthood licensing, designed so that each normal adult is allowed to be the parent of two children only -- replacement rate reproduction only), suppressing dangerous technologies (in the hands of anyone but the ARM), and combating organlegging -- black market transplant providers who source their material by kidnapping and murder.

So, the presumption that you can't deny reproductive rights is just silly. You have reproductive rights, but if you're hunted down and killed for attempting to exercise them outside the constraints of a violently enforced law, what good are they?

Oddly, 22nd Century Earth of Niven's milieu isn't generally portrayed internally as a dystopia, because humanity has been conditioned into obedience and pacifism anyway. Most Earth citizens consider the status quo wonderful.

Comment: Re:Competition works better (Score 1) 264

We went to the moon because we were in a (cold) war with the Soviet Union at the time.

We started to the moon because JFK needed a spectacular - but once the cost estimates started coming in, he started seriously considering backing off. We went to the moon because JFK took a bullet to the head allowing LBJ to push it (and the associated pork) as a monument to JFK.

Once the Soviets cancelled their moon missions, so did we

Apollo was essentially cancelled in the budget battles of '65-'67. The Soviets didn't get serious about their lunar programs until around '66-'67. (And most of them weren't cancelled until '72 or so.)

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49794143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Not just a mobile game, a Massively Multiplayer Game using GPS, Data and lots of screen time. You actually have to get up off your ass and explore your world around you. In five hours of playing, I'll have walked over 10km.

So yeah, I play five hours without stopping. I've even played 24 hours without stopping.

Comment: Re:The Carriers (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49793343) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers

This is absolutely only partially correct. It is both Carrier, and Manufacturer that hold that responsibility, jointly. Carriers have no desire to update older phones, they want you to buy a new one, ON CONTRACT! The manufacturers are too willing to bend over for the Carriers.

Phones like Nexus and OnePlus are starting to break that mold though, and I suspect that if enough people stop buying HTC/Samsung/LG ... phones they (both) will start to take notice. The best thing consumers can do, is be fully aware how awful the carriers actually are, and how complicit the manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Danger Will Robinson (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49792761) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

CM was fine when it was a bunch of geeks playing with Android. The moment it went Public, pressure to turn a profit increased. The problem is, the that they have made enemies already, and many of them were their own champions. These actions have caused their support in the community to diminish. Can they recover? Perhaps. But I don't see them actually doing the things to keep their supporters happy.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 0) 342

by DerekLyons (#49791701) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Hence the walled garden and "ecosystem" approach by apple. There are many people that don't want to figure out which phone/tablet/laptop is good and bad. They know if they buy an Apple product it will be good. They don't sell junk. Sure it's overpriced if you compare specs to Android phone/tablet or Windows laptop but you also don't need to do hours of research to see if the product you are looking to get sucks.

This. It's not about being l33t or a hipster or any of the other patronizing bull so often tossed about here on Slashdot.

I bought my first iPhone because (at the time) the app that finally caused me to pull the trigger and move up to a smart phone was only available on the iPhone. I've replaced it every two years since (buying one version back on sale when the new version comes out) and plan on continuing to do so for the forseeable future. Why? Because it Just Bloody Works. I come home, plug my new phone into my (Windows) computer, open iTunes, and with a few clicks my new phone is identical to my old phone. In, out, and done.

My experience in buying my Android tablet just confirmed that this was the way to keep going. Didn't want an iPad, because they were too expensive for modest needs... and trawling through dozens of models and hundreds of reviews trying to discern the truth ended up being a massive PITA.

Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49791051) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Cyanogen is wanting to actually get more or less a complete breakup with Google. You need to read their public statements regarding how they want to wrest Android from Google. They have the following to perhaps pull it off. Either that or they will implode making boneheaded mistakes by alienating their fan base (as they did with OnePlus users).

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49791023) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices...

No it isn't. My current phone,($350 new) runs circles around any iDevice in that price range. Hell, it competes with the $899 version, with more ram, and storage. You can pay more for the same thing (or not as good), but that is a choice. Calling it "High end" is a marketing ploy itself.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49790981) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Battery life test is a game called Ingress. Available on both iPhone and Android, from Google company Niantic. When actually playing the game, most iPhones can only play a couple hours without an external battery. My Android can go almost 5 hours without that need. Battery life is fine on Android.

My take on it is, that iPhone users only THINK they use their phone a lot, while Android users use their phones more than they think they do.

I have no doubt that resting (not in use) iPhones may have better battery life, due to the very specific optimizations possible. However I don't count that as real life experience.

None of this is empirical, just from my observation.

Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#49790901) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

What if a significant number of the people who adopted Apple as their first smartphone move on to a platformed more flexible because of their now acute sense of needs and for customization of use


The fact is, every single iPhone looks exactly like every other iPhone. The Monoculture of "we know what's best for you" from Apple is one reason I'll never go to iPhone.

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.