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Comment: (Score 1) 168

by cellocgw (#47946337) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Welcome NewUser003!
We recognize everyone's desire for privacy, so for an additional $5000 you can get "Blocker" which stops even the other club members from seeing your page.

Then, for an additional $5000 you can purchase "UNBlocker," which allows you to see the pages of everyone who bought "Blocker."

(turtles all the way down)

Comment: Re:This is asinine in the extreme. (Score 1) 120

by cellocgw (#47946101) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

That didn't used to be the criteria. Back in the old days (you young punk...), nearly all the IgNobels were given for completely daft yet published works. Like the Japanese fella who claimed to find microscopic homuncula, or the folks who sold DNA-free fragrance in a double-helix bottle, or measuring people's brainwave patterns while they chewed different flavors of gum.

Nowadays it's all "wait, that actually makes sense after all!" What's the fun in that?

Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 1) 159

you seem to think that there was never a communist threat. As a Western European I am quite glad that communism never came further west than it managed.

First of all, it wasn't "communism," it was Soviet expansionism. And the USSR wasn't even vaguely socialist, let alone communist.

Comment: old OLD news (Score 1) 164

by cellocgw (#47927953) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

IIRC, it's in "Red Storm Rising" (Tom Clancy) that a weapons system fails because its algorithm targets incoming missiles based on range, so when two birds have identical range, the algorithm went into a tight loop and never produced a firing solution.

This (and the present "First law" implementation) has nothing to do with morals and everything to do with understanding how to deal with corner cases.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 903

by cellocgw (#47901463) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

If the religious "would shit themselves", then atheism _would_ be a competing "religion", at least in their view.

In fact, to many (not all) of the religious folk I know, that's exactly what atheism is. They can't even comprehend the possibility of just plain NOT believing in a nonexaminable paradigm.

Comment: Gov't contract award..... bah (Score 1) 123

by cellocgw (#47872753) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

While commercial corporations interested in launching their product into space may go with the best price/performance ratio, the chances of a USG contract even being written in a vendor-agnostic manner are slim. It's all about whose district or state the potential money will go.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.