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Comment: Fingers crossed... (Score 1) 119 119

There is a huge difference between sending a unmanned probe and sending a manned mission to the moon. There are unmanned probes all over the solar system - but relatively few manned missions, and none of them even close to the moon in the last 40 years or so.

Still, if the US could do it in the 60's, India should be able to pull it off in the next 5 years or so. They are standing on the shoulders of Soviet/Russian and American scientists and pilots, so that should accelerate things a bit.

Comment: Re:Fucking trolls (Score 1) 187 187

So much name calling.

Statistics are dangerous - not the numbers, but what we think they mean.

You can't survey an entire population and then apply the assessment to each individual.

You could have a class of 100 students - 50 that get everything right and 50 that get everything wrong - the average assessment in that case will not apply to anyone in the class.

Comment: Re:What a stupid conclusion (Score 1) 298 298

Long life does not equal quality life. The Japanese have had close to zero population growth for over a decade.

The Netherlands is a very tolerant place, and has a lot of foreigners from all over the world living in the larger cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam - and this is no new thing. Being Dutch doesn't mean you are a two-meter tall blonde - but there are enough of them here to push the average height up a bit.

I'm 6' tall and have lived in Tokyo and Amsterdam. I used to be the tallest guy in the elevator, now I'm used to being the shortest.

Also noteworthy is that there are relatively few overweight people in both Japan and NL, but I'm from the US, so I think that about everywhere except the UK :)

Comment: Hollow Policy (Score 1) 892 892

If the candidate is someone they really need, they will negotiate.

And the reasoning behind it is pretty sexist. Hopefully it's just sour grapes from the trial and the real reason is less, um, ridiculous. I can tell you that my wife has negotiated with employers for jobs, salaries and raises - and is better at it than me. But then, I'm not a Ponzi-scheming waste of teeth and hair.

I guess this will pre-screen the candidates for people that really want to work at Reddit for whatever reason.

Comment: Why so tolerant of possible damage to a plane? (Score 1) 325 325

I know a lot of car owners that get irritated if a pebble from the road nicks their paint job.

If you owned a plane, why would you tolerate people crashing stuff into it while you fly it around? That shit's expensive.

A friend of mine did hit a bird with the driver-side rear view of his car at 45 mph. Glass and bird blood (actually, some of it was his) everywhere - window was down...

I'm pretty sure drones large enough to fly a few thousand feet up will damage a plane if they collide - maybe it won't bring down the plane, but it will push maintenance costs up. It's just something we don't need regardless of the perceived safety. You wouldn't (I hope) drive an RC car around on a busy street. Sure, it wouldn't total a car, but you'll probably get your ass kicked.

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