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Comment: Re: not the real question (Score 1) 200 200

But that doesn't make any sense, either. Even if the flight just happened to dogtail when he sent the alleged "CLB" command, what did he send that command to? It's well known that the avionics only has one-way communications with the IFE system. It's as if he plugged his laptop into the box under the seat, opened Xterm, typed "CLB" and expected something to happen.

Comment: But... but I wanted the female Shepard. (Score 1) 142 142

Every playthrough I've done on Mass Effect 1 and 2 was with a female character. Why? Two reasons: for one thing, Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and her work on ME 1 & 2 was truly great. (The male voice actor, not so much - his performance seemed flat by comparison.) Second, I figured if I'm going to have to look at an ass for 50+ hours, it might as well be a nice one.

Comment: Re:Scroogle (Score 1) 281 281

They're willing to do things you're not willing to do.

Like violate this country's immigration laws, for example. Otherwise, I'll do whatever they're doing, for the right price. They're just willing to work more cheaply than I. And the net effect of that is to import poverty and widen the income gap in this country. Does it give you a warm fuzzy feeling to know you're on the same side as ConAgra and Wal-Mart?

Comment: Re:Well in that case (Score 5, Insightful) 276 276

No, actually, you aren't saddened. You're delighted that he calls them "some mistakes," because it gives you yet another springboard from which to launch your smug, tired assault on the US government. "Look at me," you shout to the grown-ups while twirling about at their cocktail party, "I'm politically aware, I'm morally superior!" You carve out your obnoxious little social niche by dutifully informing the rest of us how evil we are, how "blind" we are, what hypocrites we are.
You know what? We already know. We're all blind, we're all evil, we're all hypocrites. Including you. The world is not a comic book. It is a big messy mural in progress, with scenes of horrifying savagery and outstanding beauty. Those of us without personality issues to nurse choose to roll up our sleeves and improve the world one brushstroke at a time, rather than sit back in a battered beanbag of self-satisfaction and fling feces at the easiest targets.
Space

USA 193 Shootdown Set For Feb 21, 03:30 UTC 358 358

An anonymous reader writes "Amateur satellite watcher Ted Molczan notes that a "Notice to Airmen" (NOTAM) has been issued announcing restricted airspace for February 21, between 02:30 and 05:00 UTC, in a region near Hawaii. Stricken satellite USA 193, which the US has announced plans to shoot down, will pass over this area at about 03:30. Interestingly, this is during the totality of Wednesday's lunar eclipse, which may or may not make debris easier to observe."
Patents

Lawmakers Debate Patent Immunity For Banks 382 382

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Now that a small Texas company has a patent on scanning and archiving checks — something every bank does — that has survived a USPTO challenge, lawmakers feel they have to do something about it. Rather than reform patent law, they seem to think it wiser to protect the banks from having to pay billions in royalties by using eminent domain to buy the patent for an estimated $1 billion in taxpayer money, immunizing the banks. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)."
Space

Satellite Spotters Make Government Uneasy 439 439

An anonymous reader found an interesting little story about satellite spotters and how, not surprisingly, their painstakingly methodical hobby doesn't exactly make gazillion dollar government agencies all that excited. Of course the article raises the very obvious point that if a guy with a pair of binoculars in his back yard can spot a satellite, so can the Chinese government.
Patents

Courts May Revisit Software Patents 259 259

An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the courts may finally be gearing up to overturn the ruling that opened the floodgates for both software and business model patents. It's been nearly ten years since the US courts decided that business methods were patentable and that most software could be patentable — and we've all seen what's happened since then. With all the efforts to fix the patent system lately, it appears that the court that originally made that decision may be regretting it, and has agreed to hear a new case that could overturn that ruling and restore some sanity to the patent system."

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