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Comment: Autonomy (Score 2) 184

I am all for the off-planet exploration of space by humans, but...

The fact that NASA allows the astronauts so little authority now to make decisions implies their reluctance to trust human judgement in stressful conditions. Too many variables.

Send the robots first. Figure it out. Then the ones who need food.

Comment: Re:Oh, good (Score 1) 41

by rmdingler (#48672111) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk
There I was looking at a cool toy, excited like a five-year-old on Christmas morning.

Alas, we get an abundance of cool tech from military exploits, and this may just be the day's Polyanna cheer, but I see us slowly evolving into a society of post-militaristic peoples. Discounting the Cold War and its few proxy wars in third world nations, no large war between superpowers has occurred in nearly 70 years.

Globally, poverty levels and deaths of children under five have steadily declined. HoHoHo... it's not just for Christmas anymore.

Comment: The Robin Hood Myth (Score 1) 53

by rmdingler (#48672047) Attached to: Russian Hackers Stole Millions From Banks, ATMs is stolen not from the customers, but from the bank itself.

One of the most astonishingly accurate generalizations I've ever heard is, "If you consort with folks who steal, eventually, they will steal from you."

One of the most astonishingly inaccurate observations I can recall is the "Honor Among Thieves" urban legend.

Comment: Re:Devil's Advocate says... (Score 2) 88

by rmdingler (#48666337) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews
I read that as internet across the first skim through, and other than Strunk and White failure, I nodded in accord with the wisdom.

It's an age old racket, this rating of companies. Even the Better Business Bureau is funded by annual dues that member businesses pony up. If you fail to pay the freight for a membership, there's an implied air of suspicion when a customer checks for a rating:

This business is not BBB accredited.

Comment: Re:Get Out of Your Bubble (Score 1) 274

by rmdingler (#48656237) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down
It is no more likely you'll see a completely impartial, human-dependent news source, than there is the chance you'll witness a government of people without some corruption.

It's infinitely better to have folks from every belief set involved... rather than the interview with complimentary handjob that supporter reporters give a political ally.

That way, all the people of differing political beliefs get cheated equally.

Comment: Dish Customer Here (Score 4, Insightful) 274

by rmdingler (#48646639) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down
We also lost CNN and the Turner stations in October/November due to a renewal disagreement.

This is far from limited to just Dish customers, as each major cable provider has to renegotiate regularly.

I've noticed a common theme, though... no matter who you talk to, it's the other greedy bastard who's being unreasonable.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke