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Comment Re:Why not load it from the start? (Score 2) 45 45

Due to the high radiation, they can not use high density memory chips. At first the landing control software filled it completely. Only after the landing did they replace it with the drivers for the motors and cameras so it could start moving. I suppose the actual upload does not need so much time, it must be a lot of hacking on the software in the meantime, testing and approval.

Comment Re:I read slashdot (Score 1) 474 474

I think it is the same reason why I do not buy a lottery. Guaranteed expense/effort and small chance of success. Plus lots of mental blocks that increase the effort and further decrease the chances. It is safer to concentrate on things where one has a chance to be good at - like programming.

I know every area of activity first gives sucky failures, blows to one's self estimate, etc. Then slowly it may improve. I could not imagine what it is like to have a girlfriend until age 33. Now I have a wife (due to the internet and luck) and two kids. I cannot give recipes because of the luck part. :-)

Comment Re:"insecure electronic voting" (Score 2, Interesting) 132 132

As far as I understand the problem with the typical US voting machine is that the vendors keep the actual algorithm secret and they do not produce paper trails. These machines were designed specifically for election fraud.

This is more obvious to the "nerd community" than to ordinary people.

Comment Re:Police State (Score 2, Insightful) 289 289

People are sheep. They revolt when someone makes it the craze/fashion/whatever, but then let the country become the same crap as in the west. Here in Hungary we can choose between two similarly corrupt parties, just like everywhere else I see.

I have seen some good ideas to change things. For example to allow voters to say yes to more than one candidate - so they can vote for the third or fourth party and can still have a say in the fight between the two strongest. Here is one such site: http://www.rangevoting.org/

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere

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