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Comment Re:One possible argument for lunar industrializati (Score 1) 104

It seems like the Moon's surface could be a fantastic place for an absurdly large optical telescope.

Put it on the back side and you don't have to worry about any light pollution from the Earth. And, you can also set up a huge radio telescope back there because you won't have to worry about any interference from all of the the Earth's broadcast communications.

Comment Re:Metamoderation (Score 1) 1826

Back when I was metamodding, I never worried about distinctions that didn't make a difference. If somebody gave a post a +1 Informative that didn't tell me anything new, I wouldn't say that it was a bad moderation if I found the post insightful or interesting; an upmod is an upmod. And, of course, the same went for downmods. However, if a post was given -1 Flamebait and nobody had responded to it (or at least, nobody took the bait) I'd give it a downcheck on general principles.

Comment Re:There seem to be a lot of these backdoors (Score 1) 50

In fairness, intentionally weakening crypto requires as much understanding of it as doing it right.

In this case, all it would have needed is understanding that it's important that the numbers used to generate the keys are prime and that substituting a composite number would make the keys easier to find. I'm not claiming that this is what happened, but it's not something that only a cryptography specialist could have come up with.

Comment Metamoderation (Score 4, Insightful) 1826

Back when I first registered here, metamoderation consisted of examining how posts had been moderated and judging it was deserved or not. That is, you'd be given a post and told that it had been given a +1 Informative, and asked if it deserved that. I really enjoyed helping out that way and almost never failed to metamoderate.

Now, you're shown a set of posts that have been moderated and asked if they're good posts or bad posts, with no idea of how they were originally rated. You have no context, no way of knowing if you're being asked to judge an upmod or a downmod (For all I know, you're being asked to judge all the mods a post received in one lump.) and no way to tell what effect your decision will have.

It's been years, now, since I've even bothered with metamodding, but if you went back to the old style where people knew just what moderations they were checking, I'd gladly start doing it again, and I doubt I'm the only person here who feels that way. Metamoderation used to serve an important function here, and I'd like to see that come back.

Comment Re:Electronic Engineer Here (Score 2) 220

Obsolescence is DELIBERATLEY limiting the lifetime of an object through design.

No. When the IBM PC first came out, it made every CP/M machine in the world obsolete, but that wasn't planned when the various CP/M machines were designed and built. The term you want isn't obsolescence, it's "planned obsolescence," where the device is designed to wear out faster than it otherwise would. As an example, if a car manufacturer used parts known to be degraded by exposure to alcohol in cars that were expected to be sold in states where all gasoline was required to have ethanol added, the cars would break down sooner and more often than they would have otherwise and be replaced more often. Or, to keep things in terms of computers, designing a laptop with an inadequate heatsink and an underpowered fan to force users to replace them more often.

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