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Comment: this makes me think of non-biological passengers. (Score 1) 85

by toppromulan (#38323906) Attached to: Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft
The abstract makes me imagine.. you know how people book out time on the telescopes in Arizona, Now all the cool kids go on NewEgg and buy a couple of NBPs running NetBSD! shoot it out unplug the house mic and let 'er go! Build some contraptions that shoot pictures and the (within tolerances) direction / attitude / vector / rotation you want the contraption disembarked at, load them up on a public space shuttle deal and a company could disperse them into space from on board. Hmm! And of course the contraptions run NetBSD! lol They could take pictures, and imagine the delight as the customer's latency increased as they plunged farther and farther into the outer reaches! And if it gets lots whoops! The point is it rocked! They could guide their selves with some onboard compressed air and solar action too. Excellent, it really is 2011 isn't it!

Comment: Re:Good God... (Score 1) 250

by toppromulan (#38132562) Attached to: Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents
To manufacture a system with similar effects as an existing system, but somehow yours is better internally or comes about in a better fashion, I don't know. I cry foul on the very notion of prior art really. To the tigers in the zoo, Madeline was like "POO POO". It seems like the inverse operation doesn't hold up. Engineer 1 invents a broadcast light source, the camp light, patents it and who would want to be walking around with a candle on a plate eh, eh? This is easier than moving your smoking coal fire. Engineer 2 in the other valley lights up one of his hanging art pieces against the rock face and finds it lights up the whole area for an hour. Engineer 1 sues engineer 2 for infringing on prior art of broadcasting light, and has all these people backing him up since the camp light sales just went way down who want their money. That's how I see it and that's why I just duff around and put stuff in the public domain explicitly if anything, generally.

Comment: the corbomite maneuver (Score 1) 368

by toppromulan (#37593050) Attached to: Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like
Like many of younger generations, one of the best first ways I learned the skill of the bluff was watching The Corbomite Maneuver. And the weak encryption strategy appeals especially to the truly geeky audiences. Has The Corbomite Maneuver strategy shown analogues in any real life situations for you, or can you regale us of any humorous anecdotes pertaining to The Corbomite Maneuver? Everybody's talking about.. The Corbomite Maneuver! If nothing else, make sure that ghostly alien prop prop shows up on the Conan O'Brien show next time you have a cameo :). Ha ha ha.

Comment: Re:Sounds Familiar... (Score 1) 325

by toppromulan (#35348890) Attached to: Open Source Guy Takes the Hardest Job At Microsoft
Yeah I was just wondering about that; I interviewed for that team with Robbins/Hilf etc. There was a bunch of publicity about Hilf's "coopetetive" / "coopetition" ideas etc. Doesn't seem to be much fresh news on the subject on a quick search. Personally, I went back to ignoring Microsoft and things worked out A-OK! :)

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