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Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 498

We already have the tech to go to Mars

Yes and no. Even in your example, we have the tech to get machines to Mars but we still don't have the tech to get humans there.

Amongst other things -

- We don't yet know how to deal with the ionizing radiation on the way there

- We don't yet know how to build a lander to get humans safely down on Mars, then back up for the journey home.

Comment: Re:Second the recommendation (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by CohibaVancouver (#48013663) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

It's OK as proper SF, but the main character is depicted almost as lacking emotions.

He's not lacking emotions. It's just that when something bad happens he curses and then sits about working the problem.

At one point Venkat comments on it by explaining that he's a NASA Mars Astronaut - One of the best in the world at coping with difficult situations.

"He's stuck out there. He thinks he's totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man's psychology?" He turned back to Venkat. "I wonder what he's thinking right now?"

LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense."

Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 363

by CohibaVancouver (#47993887) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Canada is much more business friendly than the US

It's also easier to run a business in Canada because you don't have to pay out thousands per employee for health insurance. Most employers offer an 'extended health' package that includes coverage for things like prescription drugs and eyeglasses, but it's pennies compared to what US employer has to pay.

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 1) 363

by CohibaVancouver (#47993857) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

but Canada has far tighter immigration controls than the US

No it doesn't. If you work in certain fields, all you need to do is show up at the border with a letter of employment.

"Want to contribute to Canada? Come on in!"

Even if you don't have a letter you can immigrate via the points system. None of this "Green Card Lottery" nonsense.

Comment: Re:Broadcast rights (Score 1) 109

If this is successfully argued, could it then be argued that there is no reason why there are any country restrictions on streaming any sort of media since it isn't "broadcasting"?

The content restrictions come from the content provider, not the streamer. Netflix Canada is less good than Netflix USA because the companies that provide content to Netflix say "You can't show this content in Canada."

Comment: Re: The Global Food Crisis is not a science probl (Score 1) 308

by j-beda (#47989885) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Perhaps by having more biofuel at no significant additional cost?

"More food for the same price" can hardly be a bad thing.

Well, if the local farmers cannot compete with the pricing of the imported stuff, then they go out of business and eventually all of the local money gets spent outside of the community on imported food. If there is insufficient local production of something for export, eventually all of the local money is gone, then everyone locally is screwed.

I"m not saying this type of thing is guaranteed to happen, but sometimes when the buggy whip makers go out of business, the knock on effects are wider than one might think.

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 1) 275

by CohibaVancouver (#47970015) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Of course, this just means that some incredible hackers were able to fool the software that my wife uses to show different results while the laser is shining

The conspiracy nutbars don't argue that the reflectors aren't there - They argue that they weren't placed there by humans BECAUSE RADIATION.

Comment: How is Yelp supposed to work? (Score 4, Interesting) 249

by CohibaVancouver (#47962133) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War
I've never understood how the business model for 'free' review sites is supposed to work anyway.

You're in the *reviewing* business. If you're legit you can't sell ads - Consumer reports has no ads - They make all their money from subscriptions.

However, it's the internet, so you can't sell subscriptions. People won't pay.

So can't sell ads, can't sell subscriptions... How can you create a legit reviews site?

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