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Comment: Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (Score 5, Informative) 523

by spooje (#48423261) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
NASA is almost out of Plutonium. With the end of the cold war the US stopped refining uranium and producing plutonium. There's not much left and it's becoming a real problem for the designers of long term space missions, especially ones that are far enough that solar power isn't a viable option.

Comment: Re:Bilingual but not an interpreter (Score 1) 200

by spooje (#44044923) Attached to: Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home
I agree with you totally. I speak English, Chinese and Japanese. If I have to go E->J or E->C I can usually go a while translating, but if it's more than an hour I get a headache. If I have to go J C I'll get a headache within fifteen minutes since neither are my native language. If I'm just speaking Japanese or Chinese the English part of my brain just shuts off and the other language takes over. I've months between times when I'd speak English without any problems.

Comment: Re:Unauthorized export resale? (Score 1) 936

by spooje (#42278095) Attached to: New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

She orders two more online (and gets them shipped to the store instead of her home, I don't know why) and goes to pick them up

Since she's Chinese I'd guess it's because she didn't want to pay for shipping. Same reason I have to go to the Mapple store tomorrow to pick up some iPads. *sigh*

Comment: Are you at RIT? (Score 2) 337

by spooje (#41444665) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Ask College To Change Intro To Computing?

A bajillion years ago when I went to college we had an intro to computer course that was the same kind of thing. How to send e-mail, use word and maybe something else like that. I ended up failing the class because I was so bored I never went.

I went to the head of my department, explained what happened and asked if I could take a higher level course and count that as the Intro to Computing credits. He took a look at the course description of the new class I wanted to take, he approved it, I got an A, credits satisfied, case closed.

Comment: Re:Constituants. (Score 2, Informative) 258

by spooje (#39723523) Attached to: CISPA Sponsor Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence'

True, but for the first two years of his presidency he had a super majority in congress meaning his party could pass any legislation they wanted no matter what the opposition wanted. What happened with that?

  • - continued the Bush bailout policy
  • - stayed in the Bush started wars, later started new ones
  • - continued Bush violations of civil rights, and started new programs to curtail rights
  • - continued Bush's tactic of screaming terrorist to take away those rights
  • - continued torture and "secret" prisons started under bush
  • - not only took no steps to reduce the deficit but ramped it up.

So the upside of Bush's 3rd term has been?

Comment: Re:And now after the press release. (Score 1) 190

by spooje (#37856660) Attached to: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes First Passenger Flight

They will get rid of the cool colors and go with 1970's beige and bland lighting. And what ever else they can think of to make sure flying isn't enjoyable.

Nah, the lights will stay. These days most trans-pacific flights have those multi-colored lights. Having blue or red lights instead of the white let people adjust to "night time" conditions, like the red lights on a sub. This helps peoples' circadian rhythm from getting messed up too much.

Comment: Re:Pointless addendum (Score 4, Insightful) 205

by spooje (#36417174) Attached to: Could PayPal Be an In-Store Option?
Usually you have some legal protections when using a debit card. Paypal has a habit of ignoring disputed transactions until it's legally too late to get your money back. I had a problem with them a few years back where they kept telling me to talk to the merchant to resolve the issue, but if the merchant never shipped my stuff and won't give my money back what else can I do? If I used a debit or credit card it would have been much easier to dispute the charges and get my money back.

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