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Comment Re:Hail to forced..... (Score 1) 96

Replacing a fuse when you suspect that's the problem, and you're one of the few who isn't scared for taking a screwdriver to a piece of electronics.

Most consumers? Meh, printer's broke, warranty went out last week. Time to buy a new one, now with even more useless buttons and blinky lights!

Comment Re:It is what it is (Score 1) 332

> The enemy can't retaliate if they lose, now can they?

In many cases, they can. This what kept poison gas from being used in WW2 - both sides had it (or could easily make it), but chose not to as it would break the "gentlemans agreement" which is the law of war, and encourage the other side to do the same.

Comment Open source language (Score 2) 246

> the critical question for a programming language is less whether it is itself open source and more whether it's feasible to make open source software with it.

I have to disagree - a language which only has one single implementation which is closed source means that the developers using it is locked in and completely at the mercy of the owners of this implementation. Just like with VB6.

I would never consider a closed language for anything else than small, short-lifetime hacks which I do not intend to maintain.

Comment Re:ISRO sponsered by BIC (Score 1) 77

Considering its real purpose is to carry multi-megaton nuclear warheads into Pakistan, recovery is really not high on the priority list.

Yes, that occurred to me too - the stuff they are testing sounds closer to the US hypersonic flight stuff than a "space shuttle":

The mission, which will attract global interest, will evaluate technologies such as hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air-breathing propulsion.

Comment Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 1) 615

> Instead I think the role of the truck driver will change, with less emphasis on managing the controls and more on the strategies involved.

Sure. That job can be done from behind a desk tough, managing not just one single truck but dozens of them, at the same time. With the added benefit of being home for dinner (or breakfast, if you get the night shift).

Trucks have the advantage to planes, that in case of a malfunction, it is much easier to pull over and stop. A service car could then be dispatched, i.e. a technician who comes out and fixes the problem, or a tow / replacement tractor if it can't be fixed.

But overall, much fewer people are needed.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department