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Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Re:Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 1) 137

You'd need a popular product to pull off obtaining second-clientage from governments, and you'd need not to reveal that your device had legal intercept.

This is just a poorly-directed company continuing to shoot itself in the foot. It's not made its product desirable for government, or for anyone else.

Comment Re:No, I'm really not (Score 1) 313

The thing is, I don't want to count on everyone having the latest version.

Yes you do. That way developers using those bleeding-edge features can find the rough edges and get them fixed, and you can use their tested descendants a year later. If those features aren't delivered to end users, no one can test and learn from them and they don't become mainstream.

Comment Re:Stalking Horse? (Score 1) 137

Thus for most normal Blackberry users (non-corporate), their secure end to end communications begin and end at Blackberry's servers.

That's not a definition of "end to end" that I'm familiar with. Beyond that, how does Blackberry's "network operator" setup differ from Apple's Messages where Apple handles the message routing and delivery, except that Apple devices encrypt and decrypt on the user's hardware (which is the normal definition of "end to end")?

Comment Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 2) 137

There's a truism in marketing that you can only differentiate your product on the parts that the customer sees and uses. Blackberry just can't learn this lesson. They tried differentiating on the OS kernel, which the customer never sees. And now on an insecurity feature that the customer won't be allowed to use. It's been a protracted death spiral, but it's a continuing one.

Comment What's Wrong with the Hobbit? (Score 2) 174

The Hobbit books are to a great extent about race war. The races are alien and fictional, but they are races, and the identification of good or bad is on racial boundaries. This isn't all that unusual in the fantasy genre, or even some sci-fi.

Lots of people love those books. And there's lots of good in them. To me, the race stuff stuck out.

Comment Re:What a f@cking tool (Score 3, Funny) 485

Anyone been accusing Snowden of climate warming yet?

No, but a farmer here had a three-legged calf born on a blue moon. We can legitimately tie that to Snowden making a deal with the devil. We should burn him. If he doesn't burn, he's a witch. If he does burn, then we owe him an apology.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

Yes, but you save time by not indenting

I'm asking this seriously: what text editor do you use that you can easily not indent? I use Emacs (and Vim and Sublime Text and Atom) and automatically get thr correct indentation just by writing code like I normally would. If I type if foo: and hit enter, the cursor will be placed correctly for the next thing I type. This isn't Python-specific, either. I get the same behavior when writing C, Go, JS, shell scripts, and so on.

I love dealing with a language that's explicit about what I mean. Consider how incredibly dangerous it is to write code that's not actually indented the way it's meant to be executed. Lots of eyes looked at that C code and didn't notice that the formatting was inconsistent with its parsing. That would not have been a problem in a language that uses indent to describe intent.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

You know, as much as I hear that whine, in 16 years of writing Python I've literally never once been bitten by it. Yes, you hate having to indent your code the way you would naturally have indented it anyway, left to your own devices. Sure, writing at-a-glance understandable clauses is torture. Oh yeah, I too hate formatting my stuff the way my coworkers / teachers / project maintainers / colleagues expect to find it. But as much as I love writing the horrible, unformatted mess that you also enjoy, I just can't make this hypothetical copy-and-paste problem manifest itself in reality. Curse you, Python!

Comment Re:Another Twitter case study (Score 1) 518


Twitter is just one platform among many, and before it we've always given people public platforms to say dumb, career-ending things. You know, you can still (and always could!) say offensive things. The trick is to say it in such a way as to get your point across before others stop listening.

Dumb statement: Hitler wasn't all bad!

Better statement: Although Hitler committed great atrocities, it is important we remember he was a human and capable of good, too, so that we don't forget that danger always walks among us.

Same sentiment; more tactful delivery. This is what politicians are supposed to be able to do. That Kimmel was unable is a good sign that he should not be an elected representative. Lots of people have successfully used Twitter (and other social media platforms) to say lots of non-mainstream things without making legions of enemies.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

this data was not automatically uploaded and calculated.

I know, right? All the sophisticated sensors on an airliner and there isn't one to say your exact weight? The DMV can weigh trucks without stopping at scales now, how is it airlines are still using average passenger and bag weights? This is insane.

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