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Comment: Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 189

by synaptik (#47934291) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
A) Yes, I realized this after my haste to make the joke.
B) You have clearly missed that this was supposed to be a joke.
C) Had this story actually been about tides and not wind (see A above,) then I would be right: retarding the tidal bulges even more than they already are (via harnessing) would slingshot the moon even faster than the tides currently do.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 925

by Tom (#47932809) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

[Kurds] but we don't want to support them too much because we don't want them demanding their own state,

Also because we already betrayed them once and they're not necessarily our best friends because of it.

If we stopped working towards keeping the region unstable,

Mostly by changing allies the way other people change their underwear, yes.

Comment: Re:Cortana??? (Score 2) 532

by istartedi (#47924791) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Slashdot is a game of politics and speed. It's speed-writing. Speed-editorializing. Screw-ups happen. It doesn't always play in my favor. Check out my recent history. I totally cratered doing that kind of thing with Apple. It's a game. It's entertainment. Sometimes it exceeds that, like that bit of poetry I wrote about getting a fix of freedom. Mostly though, like I said, it's speed-writing and sometimes you tag the wall.

Comment: In the past, losers haven't suffered too badly (Score 1) 196

by istartedi (#47917641) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

So much work was done on both sides. They both have a talent pool. I've heard that "losers" often end up getting subcontracts from the "winners" for various subsystems, consulting, etc. Not sure if this will work with Boeing and SpaceX, but that's how it can work with the big MIC companies that were competing on a contract.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."