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Comment: Re:Happy Software Developers Solve Better Problems (Score 1) 121

by burisch_research (#47361577) Attached to: Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

+1 to both the AC and to retchdog. Both are right. But the most right is the guy right above me who said:

Whores do what the customer wants, professionals do what the customer needs.

I have an unpleasant meeting tomorrow where I need to exercise option B).


Comment: Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (Score 1) 121

by burisch_research (#47221345) Attached to: The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

This. It is NOT an attack. And let's face it, very very few people have an air gap on their computers. Since that's the case, it's so much easier to just use the existing wired network or wireless network to ferret data out. 20 bits per second is hardly practical anyway, even for small amounts of data (which, today, would be classified as megabytes.)

Comment: Re:Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064? (Score 1) 121

by burisch_research (#47117193) Attached to: Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

30 years ago, I paid nearly $100 for a decent pair of prescription glasses. Now I buy them online for $6/pair.

Where? I could use some $6 glasses! I'm still paying $100/pr. And I need a new pair.

A generation ago, a crappy hearing aid cost thousands. Today, you can buy a far better device for $39. I bought one for my father-in-law, and he describes it as "fantastic".

Where? My brother would be very interested!

Comment: Re:What a complete waste of time and money (Score 1) 203

Roller coaster tech has resulted in more roller coaster tech, nothing else.

Did you have a point or were you just trolling?

Virgin Galactic is like extended warrantee on your rotary dial phone. The future isn't that.

"Don't complain that these front runners get bragging rights to almost space, because soon you and I will be able to go all the way into actual space for far less."

Eh, they are so much welcome to it. What I'm saying is that almost-space is not space at all, rather some dumb Disney limbo where the victims are beguiled into thinking they are astronauts.

And yes, space will soon be comparatively cheap; but it will always be expensive.

Comment: Re:What a complete waste of time and money (Score 1) 203

Fair point, I'll give you that. But this makes it still worse -- why on earth should we (as a species) be expending so much money (== resources) on such a futile endeavour? Personally, I'd be ashamed to take part in this.

Well, ok, it's still really cool, even if it's totally useless!

Comment: Re:What a complete waste of time and money (Score 1) 203

It will not be useful, not ever, despite your most desperate wishful thinking. Your argument is invalid. 'Straight up' will never work (unless you have enough delta v to escape Earth's gravity, but that's not what we're talking about).

Infrastructure? This is not a driver for infrastructure. Oh wait -- you count Disneyland as infrastructure. Nuff said.

Loose bits sink chips.