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Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 362

Massive amounts of boilerplate code?

I guess we've been using different SVR4 variants. I just use a case statement to test the first argument...

My beef with upstart et al is that they disable, instead of deprecating, old init. That means now I have to maintain at least three sets of scripts instead of two (sysv, bsd) for software distribution.

And what the hell was wrong with inittab? Let's see, it's succinct, works, and is fully debugged.

Comment Re:Wisdom follows, pay attention! (Score 1) 187

There are Wankel-type sleds, but I think to say that they are the norm is misleading in the extreme. I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't either a two or four stroke piston engine.

Are there even Wankel engines that have seals good enough for EPA/CARB besides that gem in the Mazda RX-8?

Comment Re:Greetings from the Frozen North. (Score 1) 187

Not to point too fine a point on it, but our "friendly" neighbour to the south thinks it owns part of the arctic and can operate there without impunity.

We need to be able to patrol it. Helicopters and Snowcats are not cost-effective patrol vehicles. We also need under-ice sensing and patrol capabilities.

Comment Re:Enquiring Minds Want To Know (Score 1) 580

Heh. Maybe we should add some Klingon Opera to our repertoire!

Their reaction must produce, O2-, they must have to do something with it, it's not like you can put it into a bottle and forget about it, we are talking large-scale here.

Oh shit, my brain is clearly not working up to speed this morning.

O2- + O2- => O2

I guess we can release oxygen gas into the atmosphere without significant concern. :facepalm:

Comment Re:health care being tied to jobs hurts the USA fo (Score 1) 312

Most civilized countries have health care provided by the government, not [directly] the employer.

Employer-funded health care is lose-lose. It is a public health disaster. It turns employees with family members having "pre-existing conditions" into slaves. They might not be picking cotton or calling the boss man "massa", but they are slaves nonetheless, and slavery is WRONG. The only people who win are the plantation owners. Er, I mean, the top 1% of Romney's 47%.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman

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