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Comment Re: Private companies don't do exploration of fron (Score 1) 309

Still the cost of platinum per pound is about $1500. The cost to put anything in space is ~$10k/lbs without even returning anything. Say that you need at least 2000lbs of mining material and people going up and down on a regular basis (and you whittle the cost down to a cool $1M/launch) to mine 500lbs of platinum, your .5M worth of platinum would have to cost 1M before profits. In addition, if you sold at market prices hoping to improve your profits in the future by technological advances you would pressure the market cost of platinum due to excess availability so your platinum would be as worthless as gold or silver and cost you a pretty penny.

Comment Re: Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 309

The question is why. Unless our survival is threatened there is no impetus for us to go out there. Even if fuel costs were subsidized, the cost of mining asteroids wouldn't be profitable, the risks alone of encountering the energy and debris of your average space rock. It's far more profitable to mine out our existing trash heaps for resources than doing it in space and even searching our scraps isn't profitable yet over mining it straight out of the crust. By the time we've depleted the local resources to rival costs of space mining, it will be well beyond the time to escape this rock and then survival (aka governments) will be the main driver for space, not private profits.

Comment Re: Someday electric cars may be the norm (Score 1) 424

What's limiting right now is car manufacturers failing to provide a product because electric is inherently less costly to produce and maintain than ICE vehicles thus margins are going to be a lot smaller.

There is also no governmental support to come up with an open standard for charging across existing and upcoming brands or mandate gas stations to install a single charger per dozen or so pumps.

Tesla is making top-end, well supported cars (ala Ferrari/Rolls Royce) for the price of an average outfitted luxury brand (Mercedes/Lexus/Cadillac) and they're getting better/cheaper daily. You can't tell me GM/Toyota or the dozen or so other manufacturers' engineers are intellectually incapable of producing something better/cheaper on existing frames in the last decade or don't have the cash if they had to steal Tesla employees to do so.

Comment Re: Nope. (Score 1) 129

Settlements are approved by judges and stand in stead of a final judgment. It's a judgment without the expensive judicial process. Therefore it stands that the transfer was ordered and legal unless a higher court decided otherwise in appeals and I think the time for appeal has long passed. This might not be the case in another jurisdiction (Germany vs USA) and that is the interesting part about international agreements.

Comment Re: Yes, becaue women are bundles of unbridled emo (Score 4, Informative) 291

They already get paid more than men on an absolute level. The statistic used in unfair wages arguments is the estimated lifetime income which tends to be lower for women because they tend to stay home with kids while dad goes to work.

If you hire someone and explicitly pay them less based on gender, you're a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Comment Re: Speechless (Score 1) 291

Information security is not a career. It's a buzzword for another management level over systems, database and network admins. If you are a good admin, you know about the prevalent threats and mitigate them, that is your job.

Typically an infosec person is someone who you report to in addition to your boss that concentrates on beating some type of C-level report regardless of the underlying facts. Oh your PHP is out of date, fix that regardless of the fact that the security patches are back ported or no issues affect the install. Debian is the bane of my infosec group.

Comment Re: In other news, SANITIZE YOUR DAMN INPUT. (Score 1) 79

I have a barcode reader from a more professional place. It needs to be put in a programming mode to do that. Then you indeed use bar codes to program it. The point still is that these attacks are niche. It's cheaper and easier and less criminal to just walk out of the store with your groceries than to use technology to do it. If you get caught hacking it, you do 25y of time because you used a computer, walking out of the store nets you community service at best.

Comment Re: for the love of god (Score 1) 202

IMHO the mass surveillance is just to line someone's pockets. It doesn't work, nobody is listening before or after the facts. They might find how they communicated but unless Facebook or Google kept track of it, the government sure as hell didn't or can't find it.

So it is basically a method of siphoning tax money towards companies and developers and since nobody cares or is listening it doesn't matter to our 'rights' whether or not they do it.

Comment Re: In other news, SANITIZE YOUR DAMN INPUT. (Score 1) 79

There thing is that these scanners can be programmed to accept only a number of characters but nobody bothers to do so. At my local grocery store they use Bluetooth scanners which are all using the same pin codes. The security in most of these places is laughable, the reason that nobody bothers to mess with the system and even if they did, the technical expertise would make it such a minority that it doesn't matter if one geek shoplifts their cart of groceries compared to the number of people that already just walk out the door with their groceries.

Comment Re: I am a Christian and I do read the Bible ! (Score 1) 965

Yes, it means someone in the 4th century decided that a collection of books made up the 'new testament' while another set of books made up the 'old testament'. It's just an arbitrary line between a set of books that are loosely related. Christ himself (if he even existed) only seemed to have access to the pentateuch and "the prophets" (ignoring the psalms, lamentations, chronicles of the kings and judges) but both him and even the people that made up this division understood that the entirety of books was 'divinely inspired' and to be taken as a whole, even writers like Paul did. This includes 'apocryphal' books which are referred to in both the old and new testaments but no longer part of the 'official' canon (eg. the talking in tongues, snake handling even Jesus' love life and children)

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga