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Comment: Re:Doesn't disgust me (Score 1) 138 138

Human Rated Seriously only idiot conservatives could call a full test prior to using a human crew a waste. I'll bet the conservative response to the test was, just stick a bunch of liberal scientists as crew in an untested (full in flight test) and if it blows up, who cares, just fewer atheist scientists so a good thing.

A full test is not a waste, if it fails at least it fails without killing anyone. They could adjust the test to add a science package and thus get some additional value.

Comment: Re:Doesn't disgust me (Score 1) 138 138

Your propaganda is mind boggling false He was a part of it, he did not create it and he warned about it. Socialism wants to spend money on hospitals and schools and social welfare. The right wingers want military for the main reason, if they can not get want they want via diplomacy and espionage, they will invade kill all who protest and take it. Infrastructure spending is socialism.

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 245 245

Slashdot ebbs and flows, and as old readers and commenter move on, they feel it is dying (it is really just their interest is dying) and new readers and commenter try to shift it's content. Paid trolls of course abound, more in registered users than in actual individuals but they tend to fail and give up but they always return.

It seems like that coder because they obviously enjoy coding fails to grasp that many coders abandon coding because they do not like it. Those coders go on to sales and support and they do a good job because of they coding background. This does not stop coders from looking down their nose at those ex-coders now sales people.

Likely his wife in learning how to interact with her child had picked up skills and abilities that will help her deal with the typical troublesome customer.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 56 56

It is all so funny. Some management tools at M$ generated glorious completely spurious spreadsheets how that investment of $2.5 was going to generate huge returns. Now those people who created those spreadsheets just dumped the spreadsheets and the hot potatoes on others and said make it work because that spreadsheets says it can work. This leaves those poor victims with coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas to make it work, even though, in their hearts of hearts, they know it is absolutely impossible. Of course the more crazy ideas they come up with, desperate to generate that return on an investment, most players are now getting bored with, the worse it makes that investment look. Next will come putting the squeeze on players to generate more income and which inevitably drives them away. Then of course the biggest threat to mine craft, 'LEGO'. The huge advantages with LEGO as a competitor for Minecraft, is LEGOs merchandising is already rock solid and of course if they do completely custom sets, what you build in a virtually lego world, they can sell you as a package and LEGO has a whole range of games and media content.

This is I believe that M$ might have been hoping for mine craft, only problem is mine craft in the real world is a great big zero and it has a huge existing competitor. M$ should really have bought or partnered with LEGO, that was the more sound and logical choice.

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1, Insightful) 127 127

Private corporations also generate "stifling, inattentive bureaucracy, under motivated employees", this as a direct result of nepotism and of course under paying and overworking employees that corporations routinely treat as disposable.

So private corporations exhibit all the worst behaviour of government organisation they just another layer of crap on top being greed and egocentric management and nepotism.

Seriously Wall street should be gutted and no corporation should ever be allowed to be worth more than a billion dollars unless it is willing to abandon the protection of limited liability for share holders. Share holders in over sized corporations should be fully liable for those debts generated by those corporations due to the impact upon society when they inevitably fail.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 813 813

So a total success in the eyes of the military industrial complex plus the added bonus of various US vassal states (Britain, Australia, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Canada), who are required under threat of disruptive espionage activities to pay tribute buying that hunk of junk. So billions more in income and double plus bonus, it will need to be replaced in the near future. It seems to look like the US military industrial complex has picked up on the M$ tactic of every 2nd version being crap, so schmuck customers feel better when they pay again for the other every 2nd version that is at least somewhat functional and usable.

Make no mistake no matter how crap the F35 is, those vassal states will pay full price for them and for their replacement, it is most definitely not a choice. Not only will they have to buy them, they will be required to say how great they are.

Comment: Re:Glaing Error (Score 1) 305 305

I am a non-native Australian and hence things like a 'Fair Go', supporting the 'Battler', cause me some problem with regard to the treatment of the 'adjective' people of Australia (adjective as the Australian government refers to them via an adjective rather than the names of their appropriate nations) and just like other countries their culture and religion are somehow considered foreign to Australian religion and culture. So it is not the question of a particular cultural or religious element but how it is refereed to as not being part of that countries culture and religious elements.

Comment: Re:Glaing Error (Score 1) 305 305

You are being purposefully obtuse. They are American hence their culture and religions are also American, not my definition of what is or is not American culture, theirs. They are American hence their culture and religions as also American. It is obvious that the only American culture celebrated in America is immigrant culture and native culture is excluded from public recognition and celebration. Every time they challenge actions based upon their native culture and religion, it is emphatically rejected by the majority of Americans and the American government as not being American. Nothing to do with what I define as being elements of American but everything to do with 'ALL' immigrant nations and how native culture, religion and history are not accepted as being the countries culture, religion and history but being separate from it.

Comment: Re:That's good (Score 1) 146 146

So you could demand clarification in the article and request an image of the person described be included. What you are really asking for is the exact opposite of the right to be forgotten ie the right for others to ensure the individual is accurately identified and not confused with others.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 287 287

Also if people are actually serious about a solution to global warming, sea level rise and the collapse of property values for underwater front properties, we are going to need loads of energy. So what to do with all that energy, desalinate sea water and pump the fresh water inland to irrigate the worlds deserts. With cheap energy, you get cheap water and with that you turn dust bowls into carbon vacuums, plus of course benefits of albedo affects and water retention away from the sea. Green ex-deserts can of course produce an income to subsidise the cost of the water but the key is lots of cheap energy, so nuclear is required to fix the current problem.

At least it is now recognised that the key to better management of energy requires better energy storage. Renewable require better batteries to really make a difference. So likely more targeted funding is required in association with governments and an international treaty. Patent free research into battery technology, so researchers can grab information from every source free of charge and attempt to apply it to the best possible solution. Once the solution is obtained, they can commence production whilst patent issues are resolved via a specific government/industry body established for this key purpose.

Comment: Re:As with any new tech... (Score 1) 52 52

Augmented reality glasses with a simple connection to a smart phone, smart phone does all the processing and supplies power, are very much more likely to be on the scene before they sort out insurance on automated vehicles. Most likely around the time it is legislated that only licensed opticians can fit and supply augmented reality glasses. It should not be up to tech companies to finalise the design of that particular bit of kit but up to Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

Comment: Re:I'm not American so why would I care? (Score 1) 141 141

What the hell is wrong with that, hmm, doctors, dentists, school teachers, road laws, aeroplane laws, ship laws, gun laws (in sane countries) just some that spring to mind with regards to doing what ever you like but you are responsible. So hmm, whom do you sue when they blow themselves up as well as others?

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 327 327

The price of taxi licences comes about from not what you implied, "Drivers spent their entire life's saving enough to buy their own license", a wildly false claim but the from the reality of companies buying up all the licences, limiting availability and lobbying to prevent more licences being issued, so they can pay minimum wage to new immigrants to drive those taxis whilst charging a fortune to customers. Higher insurance comes about because the poor wage slave gives not one crap about the taxi.

So want cheaper more accessible licences, simple law change, ONE PER CUSTOMER (the customer being an operator who must operate that licence and vehicle at least some of the time), get em while their hot. Set a minimum price on that licence and auction them off, when the bids drop below the minimum price no more licences are issued, say $5,000 (used in an industry fund to pay for victims of bad operators). When you no longer want you licence you return it for a refund at the minimum price and it goes up for auction again (you have an initial allocation and more are added every year in set blocks as long as the minimum price is achieved).

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 1) 195 195

Here are some statistics, clearly the current methods are pretty sucky because they are not doing enough to limit deaths, let alone ten times that in major injuries and hundreds of times that in lesser injuries. You know what, no matter how many people, scream 'IF ONLY' and, no matter how many times they say it, it will have absolutely zero impact on the consequence that results in the 'IF ONLY'. Solutions have to be actual solutions not just empty complaints. Likely smarter solutions, slower more boring ego less cars (the vehicles first priority should be safe driving and not maximum horse power nor highest speed possible or loudest exhaust, the more boring they are the less they will be used), lower speed limits, vehicle location awareness with warnings for exceeding posted limits.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer