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Comment Re:News Flash! Civil Servants Corrupt! News @ 11:0 (Score 1) 1057

FYI, very few real scientists have accepted some "ordinary view" or "consensus". You may go back as far as you like in history. Those individuals who discovered valuable and meaningful knowledge were generally frowned upon for challenging the "ordinary view".

Nonsense. Most scientists accept the consensus view of their peers about most things, not surprisingly, as it is often rather well-founded. Perhaps you mean, "most brilliantly iconoclastic scientists, with names I have heard of, rejected conventional wisdom." But that's part of the definition of a brilliant iconoclast. Of course the great famous scientists overturned conventional wisdom. That does not mean most of them do it all the time. 99% of science is slow, painstaking and incremental.

And most of those who disagree with conventional wisdom are crackpots, not geniuses. I think H J Eysenck put it nicely. "They laughed at Newton. They laughed at Einstein. But they also laughed at Koko the Clown".

Space

Submission + - FAA Releases Requirements for Space Tourism

An anonymous reader writes: Due to companies such as Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Benson Space (SpaceDev) announcing their commercial spaceflight ambitions, the FAA has just released space flight requirements for safety and experimental permits. Virgin Galactic has already received nearly 200 bookings while Benson Space just recently started accepting reservations, although they plan to be first. The companies desire to have tourists in space as early as 2008 or 2009. All that it takes is a spare two hundred thousand dollars, and maybe a little courage.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - On the other side of the tracks

UnxMully writes: I've seen a lot of headlines about the MPAA, RIAA, BPI etc. and how they fight music piracy on behalf of artists but is it all as rosy as it seems from the other side of the tracks? From here http://www.stuckmojomedia.com/

Palm Records, after putting out the debut Fozzy album in October of 2000, disappeared off the face of the earth. Palm has never returned a phone call, paid us a cent of royalties or even attempted to send us a sales statement.

Sonic Rendesvous, the Dutch label who released my Sick Speed record in 2002, delivered my first statement on schedule (didn't include the check, but that's nit-picking), but shortly thereafter disappeared and is still selling that album years after the contract has expired. To date I have still never received a cent from the sales of that album.

Colour me cynical, but as well as protecting artists against piracy, should't some of these organisations be ensuring some of these guys get paid rather than ripped off?

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