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Comment: Lack of technical expertise (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by smooth wombat (#49804189) Attached to: Third Stage Design Problem Cause of Most Recent Proton Failure

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine not going quite as planned, and Russia now building up another invasion force on its border with Ukraine, the trained specialists who would have caught this error have been rerouted to help produce more advanced rockets for the military.

The problem is the sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion are hurting its ability to pay its people. Some have gone as long as four months without pay and even when they are paid, it's not the full amount. Since there is no money to be made working on their space program, these people go to the military side which Putin continues to pour money into while grocery shelves start to go bare around the country.

Expect to see more such accidents until Russian troops are out of Ukraine and there is cooperation with the West who can provide technical guidance in these matters.

Comment: Re:Showing once again how worthless insurance is (Score 0) 117

A) Insurance NEVER pays to replace a car, even if it is totaled. They give you 80% of the current value.

B) I have 40K to replace MY car which the other guy totaled but which HIS insurance won't pay anything near what it costs me. I could sue him in court for damages to recover the rest of the money but insurance companies have seen to it that you really can't sue in court any more because they would have to do what people are paying them to do.

C) Your donation of a kidney is your choice. That is completely different than someone plowing into me which has happened with every car I have every owned. Mainly as I'm the last guy in line.

Comment: Showing once again how worthless insurance is (Score 0, Troll) 117

Insurance is the biggest scam ever perpetrated in the history of mankind. You pay and pay and pay some more, then, when you need to use it you're given every excuse possible why the coverage you've been paying for doesn't apply.

When one takes into consideration the thousands of dollars each year the average person pours down the drain for insurance, it's no wonder people are going broke. That money could be used for more productive endeavors such as food, housing, education or transportation.

Instead, the money is lost in the ether, used only to enrich a few while the many bleed from a thousand cuts.

Comment: Re:The basics (Score 1) 302

WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, the most perfect word processing program ever developed. The amount of work one could easily accomplish with that program still surpasses anything we have today.

Those shortcut keys were fantastic and the guy(s) who thought of allowing 'Reveal Codes' should be given free beers whenever they are out.

Comment: Re:Allowing your mind to close. (Score 1) 361

by smooth wombat (#49696891) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
Maybe it's the reason why I still seek new bands in my 40s... (scandinavian metal rules!)

Speaking of which, I was listening to DragonForce on YouTube and decided to check out one of the suggested bands. Imagine my surprise when I selected Sonata Arctica and heard almost the exact same music. Stylistically they were identical, even many of the chords were the same.

Made me wonder. . .

Comment: Re:Can I have some Prozac with that? (Score 1) 278

The simple solution would be to boil the water as Prozac, birth control medication and the other chemicals we dump wholesale into the water system wouldn't be a problem.

Once you get enough built up crud you would scrape it off and burn it to help produce the energy necessary to boil the water.

Comment: Re:OT: Dogs (Score 1) 435

by smooth wombat (#49675323) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?
Let's see a damned cat do that. You can't, because cats are stupid pets.

Cats aren't dumb enough to stick their heads out the window of a moving vehicle where it can get whacked by bugs or stones and keep doing it over and over.

Also, my cat was smarter than most humans I had do deal with and listened a whole lot better.

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