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Comment: Re:Science,much? (Score 5, Informative) 33

by osu-neko (#49008735) Attached to: Earth's Libration Visualized For the First Time Above the Moon's Far Side

we can only see 50% of it's surface on any given night

So which nights can we see the other side? Oh, never.

Actually, on any night other than the one precisely a lunar month from the given night, you can see some of that other side (the 50% you can't see tonight). That's what libration does -- expose some of that other 50% that you can't see tonight. Not all of it, sure, but some. You can only see 50% on any given night, but you can see 59% over time. Thus, 18% of tonight's "other side" will be "this side" on some other night.

Comment: Re:GUI apps vs. desktop components (Score 1) 134

by osu-neko (#48952935) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Huh. The glitchy desktop is the thing I hate most about Windows. I need Windows for some of the software I need to run under it, but gods I wish I could replace the buggy platform I'm running them on with one of the stable, spiffy desktops I use when I boot into Linux (and still have them run well; sorry WINE).

Comment: Re:Traditional (Score 1) 62

by osu-neko (#48591545) Attached to: Kawa 2.0 Supports Scheme R7RS

the strengths of traditional compiled languages....zero-overhead Java platform integration

I never thought I'd hear someone say that Java integration is a traditional strength of compiled languages...

...and you didn't. The text you quoted neither says nor implies that that's a traditional strength. (In the text you quoted, the word traditional is used as an adjective modifying "languages".)

Comment: Re:Boy that will win more users.... (Score 2) 415

by osu-neko (#48561125) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
Yeah, I have an iPhone 3GS I still use, but it's getting more and more difficult. Support for this generation of phone stopped with iOS 6, and a lot of newer apps, or newer versions of some of my existing apps, require iOS 7 or 8. I'll be forced to buy a new phone soon...

Comment: I hate these misleading statements... (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by osu-neko (#48540327) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

... caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

No, he was caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the FBI. Since he thought he was trying to deliver them to the Egyptian government, that makes him a scumbag, but let's not pretend an actual crime that would have occurred without the FBI's action has been thwarted here. They didn't step in and stop something bad from happening, they just found some guy who likes money more than ethics and made a good headline out of him. Arguably doing so maybe has some deterrent effect, but don't misrepresent what happened or blow it out of proportion.

Comment: Re:Had a realization (Score 1) 390

by osu-neko (#48480229) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

I just realized that all of JJ Abrams' movies are the same style. That only hit me while seeing this trailer.

I don't know where you get that with this trailer. It looks like every other SW trailer that I have seen.

Yes, but, as has been pointed out, that's because SW is a very good fit for JJ Abrams' style. This kinda drives that home.

Comment: Re:Almost made it ... (Score 3, Informative) 48

by osu-neko (#48479955) Attached to: Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

The mission did not succeed in most of its stated objectives. By definition that makes it a failure.

It's not a complete failure, and we can learn from what failed to attempt to design future missions to avoid these particular failure modes, and we can even celebrate the successes that we did get from the mission, but we cannot truly call the mission as a whole a success.

The mission did not fail in most of its stated objectives. By definition that makes it a success.

It's not a complete success, and we can learn from what failed to attempt to design future missions to avoid these particular failure modes, and while we can lament the failures that did occur, we cannot truly call the mission as a whole a failure.

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