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Comment: Re:Multibillion pissing contest (Score 3, Insightful) 328

by bigt_littleodd (#41646987) Attached to: Galileo: Europe's Version of GPS Reaches Key Phase

Your comment is short-sighted.

GPS, whether American, Russian, or EU, is first and foremost, a military asset for their respective owners.

The US military can elect to disable or cripple civilian GPS service to all devices other than their own when they deem it necessary to prevent its use by hostile forces. Presumably, GLONASS and the EU systems have the same capability.

History repeatedly shows that international political alliances vary over time. Just because we currently are at relative peace with the EU and Russia, that does not mean it will always be so in the decades to come. I'm not saying we will be in a hostile situation with either in the future, but it's not out of the realm of possibility, either.

The EU is building their own system not because they want to win a "pissing match" with the US or Russia. It would be foolish of them strategically to depend on a GPS that is under someone else's control.

Comment: My Three (Score 1) 1365

by bigt_littleodd (#40927963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
My three, in no particular order:

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Not really "science-y", and has what I perceived as illogical leaps, but oh-so-dreary.

"The Light of Other Days" by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. Scientific advancement commoditized and abused to no end results in a society where there is no privacy. At all.

"Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood. Scientific advancement without control destroys civilization. (No, I haven't read the sequel yet.)

Comment: Re:Everyone under 35 should STFU (Score 1) 339

by bigt_littleodd (#35741532) Attached to: The New Commodore 64

If you're under 35, you have absolutely no reason to be commenting on this article for the following reasons:

  1. You're too young to fully appreciate what it was like working on an all-in-one box in the early 80s...

The response I wish I could have written! Thank you! The $300 C64 was a godsend for a poor kid in a world of $2000 IBM XT's and Apple II's. And those are 1985 dollars, which are *much* larger than today's 2011 dollars that these young whippersnappers use.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky