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Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 3, Interesting) 248 248

So that nest egg... is it invested into stocks that require workers younger than you? Is it invested into government bonds which require taxpayers younger than you? Is it invested into banks which require people taking and paying loans who are younger than you? Are you going to spend them at stores staffed by people younger than you, with things made by people younger than you, and delivered by people younger than you? Without young'uns being born at a pretty consistent rate, you'd see some piss poor returns on your investment.

Comment: Re:I have seen designs from the 1950s (Score 0) 154 154

Because they didn't come with instructions, just a picture. He had a bunch of engineers come up with a rough draft of instructions and a method that was plausible. We had people thinking we'd be shooting people into space with a cannon, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the Apollo missions.

Comment: Re:No kid should be forced to code ... (Score 4, Insightful) 306 306

I can't imagine any scenario other than software development that would benefit a person to think logically, break big problems into little ones, recurse through large numbers of things in a standard format, or think of a computer as something other than a magic mystery box. It's a good thing we got rid of shop class too, since no one but construction workers need to know how to use a hammer.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 5, Insightful) 342 342

Hard to splash down on the moon, Mars, asteroids and just about everywhere else we want to go. We'll have to get it right eventually, might as be now. Bonus benefit: cheaper than overhauling the engines every time. You'd think with them doing this at a third the cost of anyone else, WITH A PROFIT, that people would understand that they know what they're doing. Yes, there will be early failures, but this doesn't add that much cost, especially considering long term payoff.

Comment: Re:What a dolt. (Score 2) 536 536

If you need faster, contact your WISP (the ones running the canopy system), and ask about a point to point connection using a ubiquiti pair. Most are willing to do it, though you'll pay for it. Canopy system I used to help run gave 7 mbps burst (1 mbps base, but if you were browsing normally, you were almost always in burst) which worked great until everyone started using netflix. Then we had to get more radios, more towers, and more frequencies to cope. The new-at-the-time 3.65 lightly licensed band was a huge boon, since we could give more bandwidth more reliably. I liked working there, knowing that I was helping people whose other option was dial up.

Comment: Re:What a reason to sue (Score 4, Informative) 148 148

Having met her, spoken with her, and knowing people that know her well, that's not a fair assessment. She genuinely cares about the material. She was the editor for it all, and she knows it better than anyone other than perhaps Jim's assistant Maria. Saying she's just his wife / widow is very unfair, and saying that she's unhelpful is just untrue. That said, the ebook delay was inconvenient to many of my friends, but there's just something about holding hard bound epic fantasy that enthralls me, and makes me not care for the ebooks.

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