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Comment: Re: Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1131

The Indiana Law is NOT "The same as what Obama Signed". Not even close. For one thing, the Federal RFRA had Bipartisan support. The Indiana RFRA was voted STRICTLY on Party Lines (guess which Party?).

Context matters. This is what I was responding to and clearly he seems to suggest that because the vote was not bi-partisan, then it is not like the Federal law. The margin by which it passes does not affect the actual text of the law itself.

Comment: Re:Wrong Focus (Score 1) 124

by sycodon (#49365699) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies

So, when the Wright Brothers were building their plane you were standing their telling them it couldn't be done eh?

Just because there isn't off the shelf technology at the moment doesn't mean we shouldn't strive for longer term solutions to interplanetary travel. Regardless of the propulsion system, having electrical power, lots of it, is the difference between coasting from A to B in a tin can vs something that could actually be called a Ship.

Comment: A Bit Fishy (Score 2, Interesting) 379

by sycodon (#49355407) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Feel free to put on the Tin Foil Hat, but something has been bugging me about this whole thing.

It seems to me that one of the many primary directives of a flight control system would be prevent controlled flight into terrain. Knowing where you are, where you are pointed and what's in front of you terrain wise is pretty stand stuff. Airbus planes already actively prevent pilots from doing stupid stuff that could overstress the aircraft. So how was this guy able to "program" a decent into a fucking mountain range? Makes no sense. Either something is off, or someone needs to file one hell of bug report or enhancement request.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw