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Comment: Re:I don't care about NASA (Score 1) 156

by trout007 (#48648843) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

You should be happy since NASA has paid for about 1/2 of SpaceX expenses so far. In fact NASA doesn't build much. The last A is for administration which is what it mostly does. Private contractors do the vast majority of the work. NASA just sets the goals and monitors the contracts. Some work is kept in house but most of that is so that there are people smart enough to manage the contracts.

Comment: Re:As long as they get close it's a win (Score 1) 81

by trout007 (#48624923) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

I'll try one more time. They have shown they can land from a stable position in Texas. If they can show they can get from second stage separation to a similar configuration over a barge in the ocean then it's a success. If they can it will show they have good enough control that range safety will allow them to fly back to try to land on land.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 586

by trout007 (#48624663) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Funny how you just throw the word profit out there without explaination. If your first statement is true that humans are brave and motivated by liberty and honor then the easiest way for corporations to make a profit is to sell people what they want. If humans were truely motivated by these ideals then corporations would be selling into that market.

Comment: As long as they get close it's a win (Score 4, Informative) 81

by trout007 (#48616305) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

The goal isn't to land on a barge, but back at the launch site (or at least near it). If they can show over a couple attempts that they get close to the target then they can move to doing this over land. They have already proven they can do this in Texas many times. It doesn't really matter if they tip over over land too hard at sea. What you don't want is that it missed by a mile or cartwheels out of control.

Comment: Re:sometimes regrettable, somewhat necessary (Score 1) 61

by trout007 (#48587519) Attached to: 'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

I think it was Milton Friedman who explained there are 4 ways to spend money.

1) Spend your own money on yourself.
    You look for a compromise between cost and quality
2) Spend your own money on somebody else.
    You look mostly for cost
3) Spend somebody else’s money on yourself.
    You look mostly for quality
4) Spend somebody else’s money on somebody else.
    You really don't care.

Comment: A Universal Truth at Work (Score 4, Insightful) 398

by trout007 (#48547185) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

We all want to have a monopoly on what we do for a living. We want limited competitor and supply s and be able to charge high prices. As consumers we want unlimited choices, lots of supply, and low prices. A free market will provide the latter and a command economy is required for the former. What we have now is the worst of both. Those with political power use it to restrict start up and small competitors while trying to have unlimited supply of cheap labor.

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.