If we get nationalized hellcare it IS gov't's bizness. In such a single payer system you have to weed out those who are an excess burden on the body politic.
The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more."
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I am absolutely sure NASA will get right on that.
Heh, there is a story in an issue of Heavy Metal called "Patriot" it is the most prescient story about modern times I had read 20 something years ago.
I'm no longer the young hotshot that I once was—I don't think that I could pick up an entire language in a couple of hours with just a cursory reference work—yet I see lots of languages out there now that are much more popular and claim to offer various and sundry benefits.
I'm not looking to start a new career as a programmer—I already have a career—but I'd like to update my applied coding skills to take advantage of the best that software development now has to offer.
Ideally, I'd like to learn a language that has web relevance, mobile relevance, GUI desktop applications relevance, and also that can be integrated into command-line workflows for data processing—a language that is interpreted rather than compiled, or at least that enables rapid, quick-and-dirty development, since I'm not developing codebases for clients or for the general software marketplace, but rather as one-off tools to solve a wide variety of problems, from processing large CSV dumps from databases in various ways to creating mobile applications to support field workers in one-off projects (i.e. not long-term applications that will be used for operations indefinitely, but quick solutions to a particular one-time field data collection need).
I'm tired of doing these things in bash or as web apps using PHP and responsive CSS, because I know they can be done better using more current best-of-breed technologies. Unfortunately, I'm also severely strapped for time—I'm not officially a coder or anything near it; I just need to code to get my real stuff done and can't afford to spend much time researching/studying multiple alternatives. I need the time that I invest in this learning to count.
The only good way to deal with corporations is to have orbital bombardment capability.
Unfortunately you have to get them to build it for you.
I know a number of people who make use of virtualization on notebooks, and SSDs help dramatically there. I switched to an SSD on my home system and since then, it's become painful being on any system with an HDD because of the latency caused by the drive. I'm trying to talk my boss into letting me get an SSD for my work notebook as I usually have at least one VM running and often two, and the competition for the hard drive is killing me.
It's not a necessary thing for every person who has a notebook, but it's a much larger fraction than car owners who have a Ferrari in the garage.
They have to alter the docking ring, something that's scheduled to happen later this year. That hardware will, IIRC, go up in one of the upcoming Dragon CRS flights. It's not needed for just the Dragon, either. Orion and all of the other capsules under development will also use it.
It would get rid of pubic transportation, be cheaper in the long run and if there is zero manual allowed, safer.
A friend of mine self publishes on Amazon. He managed to bootstrap himself to be his own publisher by doing the best he could on his first two books. He's now to the point he pays the people needed to review and clean up his books as a publisher would do. He self promotes and is doing well enough he's happy. If he had the time he'd be able to do writing full time but sadly he started writing science fiction in his 60s. The one thing he cannot do and probably will not is to provide intriquing cover art.
Stross and other authors dependant on an outdated business model and unable to change will continue to go on ranting screeds against change.
Tapping Enter a couple of times is inserting a command?
I learn something new every day.
There's a probe called New Horizons on the way to Pluto right now, largely because we can't get decent pictures from here. Even with Hubble, the best we get is a fuzzy blob a few pixels in size.
Then there's the Cassini mission that provided information about Titan that could not have been obtained without dropping a probe into its atmosphere.
There was Galileo, which provided a wealth of knowledge about the Jovian moons that we could not have gotten by taking pictures from here.
Magellan provided radar mapping of the surface of Venus that is completely obscured from view in visible light due to permanent clouds.
And, of course, there is the science being done on Mars that requires a physical presence.
Bring it. I have charcoal and hunger as my superpower. I am more than just a bloodmouth carnist and my stomach is a mass grave.