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Comment Re:Economic incentives and existential threats (Score 1) 345

We went to the moon to beat the Russians during the Cold War - an existential threat

Really? How did putting people on the Moon help us defend against the USSR?

The theories included, roughly:
-- the USA clearly can build way awesome rockets that can deliver H-bombs to targets in the USSR with centimeter precision
-- the USA's rocketry, ballistics, computers, and manufacturing capabilities so outclass the USSR that they don't dare mess with us.

Comment secret trick to get stuff to space (Score 2, Informative) 345

As others have pointed out, the gravity well makes launch costs prohibitive. It also makes getting that load of ore from a captured meteor back down without another dinosaur extinction difficult.

Even with a few dozen engineering hurdles completely unsolved, a tethered station on a space elevator is really the only way to lift mass (you know, people and equipment) with any kind of reasonable energy-to-mass ratio.

Comment Re:Extremism is Over-Simplification (Score 2) 490

Except that religion tends to make no goddamn sense to a rational mind and gets rejected on sheer logical grounds.

Not a problem for people who can hold two opposing ideas in their mind without going nuts. As a Christian, I believe in evolution.

You've just posted a famous fallacy. To wit: you consider yourself not to have gone nuts, but to many others (both atheists and various extremists in other religions) you are in fact nuts. You claim to believe in X and not-X simultaneously, and that that is not crazy. hmmm....

Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 356

For the remaining 99%, Windows is just a tool to run some games, play movies, open IE and watch porn, and to occasionally feed some accounting basic Excel spreadsheets.

My wife, who aside from the porn bit, and she spends some time on facebook, is exactly what you describe.

Your sure? Last time I looked at her browsing history, ... well, let's say there may be some new gadgets in your bedroom's future.

Comment it depends on your definition (of is is) (Score 1) 229

If you still define a TV as something with both a display and a tuner/channel selector, then yes, it's dead and covered with larvae.

If you separate the display from whatever collection of boxes you use to generate a video (and audio) stream, then large displays will always be desirable.

If you get literal, translating "tele - vision" as "distant seeing," then any streaming source to the monitor counts as TV. It's just OTA sources that will go away -- unless you count cellular video streaming to your phone followed by Chromecasting to the monitor -- , as well as fat-pipe CATV.

Comment Re:The man is a marketing genius (Score 1) 207

For a long time, Volvo equated indestructibility with safety. Then they finally noticed that "safety" means not injuring the occupants, and this is best achieved by dispersing the crash energy via destroying the vehicle rather than having the frame remain rigid and transferring the energy to the occupants. Other manufacturers are still way ahead of Volvo on this.

Comment Re:Marketing costs? Do me a favor (Score 1) 305

Which begs the question as to why bribing doctors should be allowed..

In fact, it pretty much isn't any more. Even free lunches are banned if there's no "invited speaker." OTOH, lots of MDs get rich by investing in drug companies or by opening their own treatment (or MRI, or colonoscopy) centers and then sending their patients there.

And quit misusing "begs the question," m'kay?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"