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Comment: Diffidently I point out... (Score 1) 212

by kylemonger (#46783569) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
... that we have courts to redress grievances so that people can go there instead of, you know, forming a mob and lynching somebody. Does this mean that General Mills is now OK with the ropes and torches and all that whenever someone gets sick or thinks they got sick from a General Mills product? Fantastic.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 2) 387

What does Snowden care about free speech rights in his country of exile? The important aspect for him is that while the U.S. might drop a commando team into any Western Hemisphere country to retrieve Snowden and then say "umm, sorry" afterwards, they aren't going to risk that with China or Russia. I'm surprised the U.S. didn't just let Snowden go to Ecuador or Bolivia or wherever and then extract him. I guess that could still happen.

Comment: Re:Talk is cheap (Score 1) 312

by kylemonger (#46744293) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
We're back to where we were in the 1950's

... and honestly nothing of value was lost. Sending people to LEO is about as worthless a goal as sending them to Mars in some flag-planting stunt. Human beings just aren't built for space travel as it currently exists. We should be putting 100% of our efforts into robotics and AI so that radiation-hardened machines can do whatever it is that's still worthwhile to do in space. Then we don't have to waste money on man-rated launchers, waste space and weight for human sustenance and habitation, or waste time and effort designing missions to bring people back alive and sane.

Comment: Re:that's why China will do it and we won't. (Score 1) 402

We've lost all tolerance for risk or voluntary harm in the pursuit of a larger objective.

Last month I watched the Sochi Olympics and before that the Winter X Games. People are willing to break their arms, legs and backs and yes, even die for my entertainment, in exchange for little fame. People who climb and die on high mountains pay to suffer. We have no shortage of risk takers. What we lack are any stated objectives worthy of someone putting their life on the line.

Permanent human settlement is the only goal worth someone risking their lives in long term exposure to the hellish conditions of space. Instead of pussy-footing around with more flag planting missions, just say that we are going to do it. If we're not going for that, then we might as well leave it to the robots.

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 3, Informative) 323

Well, there is this thing called buffering where you store data for a while so that if you need again it's still available locally. Storing 30 seconds of video on either side of the current position and making it randomly addressible isn't too much to ask. In fact Netflix does do some buffering, but the interface to it is so bad that it hardly matters. A simple seek backward still takes too long.

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 5, Interesting) 323

Netflix doesn't even get rewind right, something my lowly 11 year old TiVo got right on day one. "WTF did he just say?" Hit the instant replay button and jump back 8 seconds. With Netflix it's as if someone there has to get up and change reels any time you want to skip backward.

Comment: A real torture test (Score 1) 33

by kylemonger (#46435871) Attached to: Amplify Education's New Intel Tablet Begs For Abuse
Try riding a bike at 15mph or so and have your weight-bearing foot suddenly unclip from the pedal, resulting in an endo over the handlebars landing on your back on top of a backpack with a tablet inside. I actually did this, landing heavily on top of one of the old GRID convertible tablets back in the 1990's. It survived.

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