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Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 93

by khallow (#49363741) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

1) "Terror" famine in 30-s was EVERYWHERE in USSR. There are some territorial variations of famine but they are depended on structure of agriculture, not on nationality. Being a grandson of kulak I know these facts from my parents.

Those "territorial variations" ended up with Ukraine getting much harder than anywhere else.

2) The famine was result of mass exchange of grain to Western industrial technologies, and destruction of peasantry created masses of hungry industrial workers. Both were needed to survive WWII.

This is an interesting rationalization. We have here the bald assertions that Russia had to starve Ukrainians in order to have industrial technologies and that there had to be "destruction of peasantry" resulting in "masses of hungry industrial workers" in order to survive WWII.

The US went through trying times too during that part of history, but they didn't have to starve millions of an uppity ethnic group in order to survive those times.

Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 93

by khallow (#49363599) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Actually, there's nothing really secret about TDRSS.

They're encrypted, TDRSS communications is routed through US military infrastructure, and the US military is the primary user of the system. There might not be much secret about the TDRSS system and protocols, but a lot of stuff associated with it is secret (in the sense of (IMHO legitimately) classified as secret).

Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 93

by khallow (#49363103) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

That is the sticking point - USA, a racist country, doesn't want anybody from China to get into space

No, the US, a racist country, doesn't want its stuff stolen by China, another racist country. Given that the US already works with Russia, Japan, and the ESA countries, which are all racist countries, I'm sure something can be arranged. Probably what would happen is that the relatively secret stuff that the US has on the ISS like the communication system (TRDSS) will either be opened up or a few wheels will be reinvented in order to eliminate a good portion of the stuff that China would want to steal.

Moving on, I think the real problem with this concept is how badly the ISS turned out. It's an awful lot of money spent for little outcome. I suspect that the parties involved would both want a bigger and flashier space station than the ISS, would want the US to pay most of the cost, and there would be the same massive inefficiencies, vast cost overruns, and corruption as were present in ISS

Comment: Re:Stark disconnect (Score 1) 39

by khallow (#49360763) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

Somebody stepped back and realized that it might be good that X does some things differently.

Let's not get hasty here. There's a reason I'm a fan of SpaceX, but not of the ULA. Sure, you might be right. But it also might be a way for the ULA getting to compromise SpaceX's competitiveness, at least in Air Force contracts.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 353

by khallow (#49360733) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Since we haven't had 27,000 years of human flight

We've had orders of magnitude more than 27,000 years of human flight, FYI. I'd say that there are probably a few tens of thousands of airplanes in the air at any given time. Meaning that we're accumulating about that much flight time every year.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 291

by khallow (#49359235) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
This isn't an argument you will win. If we can't accept the past few centuries of history because it is less than a few thousand years, then we can't accept those few thousand years, because they're less than the few tens of thousands of years of cro-magnon man and so on. It's no longer the age of spear chucking empires. Something has changed.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 291

by khallow (#49359207) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

That's what the Koch Bros and other lobby groups rely on. Not that them giving you $100k is crucial, but that they can give that $100k to someone else instead and negate your "legit" funds, possibly at a 10-100x return in a "crazy primary voter" targeted ad blitz. The $100k doesn't need to break the general election, only risk knocking you out of the primary.

That's the oddest way to state such things. Those mean, ole Koch brothers are getting away with spending one or two orders of magnitude less than their opposition because they're rich. We're also ignoring that a lot of their money goings into weird games which just don't get them anywhere. There's a better way to put this. Their money is spent just as terribly as their oppositions' money, but the ideas that they frequently back, such as liberty, personal responsibility, and less government meddling resonate with a lot of people these days.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 291

by khallow (#49359175) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Few of the top third, you mean. Rich people rarely seem to consider themselves rich - they often complain about how hard they've got it and they always seem to want more. But by any sane standard the top third are extremely rich - whether you compare them to the bottom third or to the top third 50 years ago.

I don't consider you capable of deciding who is rich. And why shouldn't the rich or anyone else for that matter not want more. Your sane "standards" aren't feeding anyone.

They certainly have far far more than their fair share of the worlds resources.

Well, they can't possibly have more than three times their fair share just due to the size of the wedge.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 291

by khallow (#49359139) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

When I look at statistics I'm tempted to draw similar conclusions but unfortunately technological development does not equal socio-economic development.

The socio-economic development happened. Technology development appears to be one of the drivers of that.

Giving technology to societies which are not prepared for it (illiterate, no tech knowledge) can easily distort societies, while statistically it looks they're being helped. There are many examples which point out Asia / Africa growing 'too fast'.

The developed world had the exact, same problems. It got better in the same way that these societies are improving now.

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