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Comment: Politics? (Score 5, Insightful) 106

by milgram (#49133395) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

In my experience, events like this point to some petty internal political battle. It was great for people using it, and I assume there was minimal overhead to running the program, so "stupidity and greed" seem like the most likely course. Unfortunate. Maybe some bureaucrat had a KPI to reduce external facing servers software cost...

Comment: Solution without a problem, for now... (Score 4, Insightful) 166

by milgram (#47056365) Attached to: Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

While I still consider Glass to be a solution without of problem, unless people use and find problems with them, innovation will not occur. There is a process of failing that precedes success. I understood when I bought Glass there would be issues. I wear them to find these issues and attempt to improve them. That is why I love to program. I like to make things better.

I read the complaints on the Explorer board, and I am shocked that people expected a perfect product. This is meant to be beta testing. Google has been very clear about this.

If you don’t wish to seek innovation, and you are afraid of things not going perfectly, send them back. You are probably not the type of person who seeks to improve the world around them.

Comment: Re:This is no Space Shuttle, its better. (Score 4, Insightful) 111

by milgram (#42403919) Attached to: SpaceX's Grasshopper VTVL Finally Jumps Its Own Height

While I agree with the direction of the evolution of the programs, I don't think it is a fair comparison to define the cost of the Space Shuttle launch as the total program cost divided by the number of launches. Much of the technology and information Falcon is using is based upon the research done to achieve the Shuttle program.

Comment: Cost vs Value (Score 1) 456

by milgram (#36148900) Attached to: The Cost of US Security

I understand the terms I will use could be viewed as callous, but I do not have better terms. My issue with the cost of the wars is not based in cost, but value. We have spent this much money, and neither our economic nor political standing has improved.

We seem to be fighting a war as if our enemy was the old USSR, when in fact our enemy is quite different. This type of conflict requires more human intelligence, and in country resources. As anyone in security knows, a static defense can be bypassed given time and effort. Does anyone really feel safer with Wal-Mart dropouts running the security at the airport? This is not where we should be putting our money, but it makes people feel better about security.

Comment: European not American option pricing (Score 3, Informative) 124

by milgram (#35361024) Attached to: Gosper's Algorithm Meets Wall Street Formulas

It seems, after reading through the paper (to the extent my non-MIT mind understood things) that this is based upon a pricing model of European options. European options can only be exercise on the expiry date, American options can be exercised any time before that date.

+ - Refusing to show ID and recording TSA is legal-> 1

Submitted by Cowmonaut
Cowmonaut (989226) writes "TechDirt is reporting that Phillip Mocek has been acquitted by a jury. For those of you who do not know, Mocek refused to show his ID to the TSA to board a flight, as his legal right. The TSA disputed this and charged him with four misdemeanors (disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer, and criminal trespass) when he persisted and recorded the incident. It's sad that its news when someone stands up to something as basic as the TSA thuggery, and more depressing that its news when its upheld in court."
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