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Comment: 50 to make a scedule? (Score 1) 135

Life in space is so complicated that a lot of logistics have to be off-loaded to the ground if astronauts are to actually do anything substantive. Just building the schedule for the astronauts in orbit on the U.S. side of the station requires a full-time team of 50 staffers.

I do not think this will be a standard 'Person A starts a shift at 7AM and person stops at 11PM' kind of sceduling.
Most likely this will be about what and when and will need 50 people due to the task, not due to it being in space.
And this because of the fact that it is not a routine job. It is research and the ISS is just a far away branch.
I have worked in companies where scheduling was done away from many places and where a lot of things have been offloaded to places where I did not work.
So to me there is nothing special going on. The only reason we are not going to Mars is because we don't want to. We do not want to invest the billions it will need. We don't want to sacrifice the people that will die.

Comment: Re:Sauce for the goose (Score 1) 80

by houghi (#48684489) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

So now we know why they didn't want the movie to be shown.

And isn't is per violation, not per sale. So they must pay for the billions of illegal downloads that get the song as well. They were the ones distributing it.

But in reality what will happen will that either they win (After all it is their law. They bought it fair and square.) or they settle out of court. This will be some minor sum in the 6 figures and the deal never to talk about it. Then it will go to another court where Sony will claim the money back.
After a few years the artis will give up or re-settles for an extreme low amount. (5 figures that she will need to pay the lawers AND give up her rights in the process.)

Comment: Re:Get your drunk on... (Score 1) 242

by CrimsonAvenger (#48684071) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

then there is a market for some kind of private van service that makes runs from the area with the bars. Load 10 drunks into a passenger van, get their addresses, let a computer pick the most efficient route, and charge each of them half the cab fare.

Hmm, sounds like a business model there. I know, we could call it "Uber"!

It's not like the cab companies would give us a hard time with this sort of thing, right?

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 242

by houghi (#48683509) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Fear of real punishment is great if you also do other things. e.g. in Belgium the first time you get a very seriosu fine (and removal of your drivers licence). The second time it is even higher. After a few times you could get a jail-sentence.

When you get a test, there is no subjective test like 'walk this line'. Just an objective alcohol test, followed by a blood test if found positibe. That second test is done by a doctor. It can not demanded by the police, the police needs to ask a judge to write out the order.

OTOH there are regular campains and "I am Bob" means "I am the desginated driver." That is how succesfull the campaings are. There are also anounced and unanounced alcohol checks that are both there to let people know they should NOT be driving drunk.

There is also Responsible Young Drivers who you can call and will drive you home in your car. With all the people doing work for the community, this should be a great way to do something similar in the USofA.

In Germany people who drive drunk (repeat offenders? Only sume bundeslaender?) have to follow a course that explaines both the dangers of drunk driving and treatment for alcolosm. This is followed up by a shrink who will decide if you get your licence back or not.

If putting fear into people would work, there would be no people in jail in the USofA for e.g. drugs, murder or anything else. (It seems to work only for White Collar Crimes, as almost no bankers go to jail.)

Comment: Re:shocker (Score 1) 182

by houghi (#48683449) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

They do that in the supermarket as well. They hang items around unrelated items. e.g. peants in the soap section. It is not so you would buy those that are hanging there, but to make you think "Hey peanuts" and then later go to that section.

Inderect sales are a very important part of advertising. It is all about return on investment. They do not really care if you think it is random or not. They just look at if they get enough sales, regardless of what you think.

I could come up with several reasons that a lawnmower would be marketed towards a pregnant women. To me the most likely one is that they had the place and were thinking thye could sell enough and make a nice profit.
X cost. Y sales Z profit.

And most of the times when I see real directed marketing (ok, make that all of the time), I think it is shit. Why would I want to buy a new product X when I just bought one?

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 244

Both the Army and Marines operate their own rotary wing aircraft, but only the Marines operate their own fixed wing aircraft too

It should be noted that every time the Army tried to get its own fixed wing aircraft for ground support, the Air Force blocked the move.

And the only reason the Air Force doesn't do the same to the Marines is that the Marines are NAVY. And the Navy never let the Air Force camel's nose into their tent.

For those who aren't big on inter-service rivalry history, this all grew out of the squabbling between the Bomber Generals and everyone else in the WW2 Army Air Corps.

The Bomber Generals believed that the Army (and Navy) were no longer necessary, because any enemy could be defeated by just bombing him into oblivion. They didn't even see a burning need for fighters, since the massed bombers could defend themselves nicely.

After WW2, when the Army Air Corps started pushing for their own branch of service (US Air Force), they very conveniently overlooked things like the Schweinfurt Raid (bombers only, no fighter escort, since the P47 and P51 weren't ready, lots of bombers didn't come home. Not quite a majority didn't come home, but it was close), and demanded control of ALL fixed-wing aviation. The Navy told them to f**k off, but the Army was forced to give it all up.

Since then, every time something new that could fly came along, the Air Force has tried their best to make sure it was forbidden to the Army. They failed with helicopters, but they've always succeeded with armed fixed wing planes....

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 5, Insightful) 244

The Air Force doesn't want to keep the A10.

Alas, the A10 suffers one irredeemable fault - its only function is to support the Army.

Which function the Air Force disapproves of on a visceral level.

A multi-function aircraft, while it is handicapped by being ABLE to support the Army, has the virtue of being able to NOT support the Army. Hence the F16, F35, etc.

Comment: Re:It should start later, esp. for high schoolers (Score 1) 150

by CrimsonAvenger (#48679483) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

But that said, some people are morning people. They are weird but they exist. They get up by their own preference at like 5:30 am

***raises hand***

That's me, folks. However, a qualifier must be added. I didn't start behaving that way till I stopped ALL caffeine intake. Back when I did coffee/pepsi, getting me out of bed before noon involved liberal use of dynamite. A couple decades back, for reasons I no longer recall, I decided to stop with the caffeine. And since then, waking up is like flipping a light switch - fully asleep to fully awake in a second, ready to get up and do things at oh-dark-hundred...

Drives my wife crazy, btw.

Comment: Turn them into a cloud service? (Score 1) 61

by houghi (#48679139) Attached to: The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week

If so many are copies, would it not be possible to turn them into a cloud service? That way if one or 10 get taken out, you still have the service available.

And if this is done in many countries, taking it down would be nearly impossible (till the US abuses their power over the DNS)

(And I can't post within 4 minutes of a previous post? I thought this was a discussion site)

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay Made Money Thru Advertising (Score 3, Insightful) 61

by houghi (#48679129) Attached to: The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week

Sure, many will evaporate. Probably the majority and you could even say 'almost all'. But even if it only two remain, it is double the amount.

And others will step in its place and improve on TPB. I never thought TPB was a good site. I like KickAss much better.

And I realy like how you try to use "Open Source" as an excuse not to make money.
1) Other sites might include adds
2) It ican be used as a basis for something better
3) For many people it is not about the money. Money might just be something that comes later.

"Show business is just like high school, except you get paid." - Martin Mull