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Comment: Maybe the results can only be as good as the plan. (Score 1) 352

by yusing (#48167087) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Launching everything we need from Earth is too expensive.

True! And yet for 50 years, I could never help noticing, we have de-orbited everything we've sent up! It seems as though noone has given any thought to making things we spend $$$$$ billions and billions $$$$ putting up there so that it will be useful in the future.

It wasn't that long ago that they were talking about de-orbiting the ISS in 2016 !! Gosh, I wonder if there's anything long-lasting enough in the ISS that might be useful later. Gosh, maybe Henry Ford was ONTO something when he discovered standardization of parts. LEGO seems to have figured out how to make a whole lot of stuff work together. Maybe they could hire LEGO.

Huh. I wonder if a plan would be possible. If there were only a bunch of smart guys sitting around in fancy government buildings looking for something challenging to do something that lasts longer than the next election. Instead of looking for more ways to throw more money into the Right pockets.

Comment: Damn tree huggers (Score 3, Insightful) 444

by yusing (#45181993) Attached to: Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, to " to create awareness for the Earth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts."

The phrase "Damn tree huggers" has been heard ever since. Yeah, even in Iowa. So, 40 years of deliberate ignorance and acrimony is coming home to roost? Tough grid.

Comment: Albini's experienced opinion is a gold standard (Score 1) 440

by yusing (#44794741) Attached to: Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

ALL the software - and much of the hardware - I was using 10-15 years ago to craft, record and sounds is long dead ... because of OS and I/O changes. Anything at all proprietary is therefore inaccessible, and much of the hardware is worth a tiny fraction of what it cost. The OSS stuff, on the other hand ... CSound, MIDI, file formats ... remain sturdy and viable.

I'm quite sure Albini remains at the top of his game, particularly including the technical side of the game, and so his opinion will deservedly carry a lot of weight for anyone who doesn't have a recording contract. (Those also have about a 5-year lifetime.) Analog tape remains the only sane archival choice for a 20-30 lifespan, by which time there may finally be alternatives with an even longer lifespan.

Comment: Good thing. (Score 1) 607

by yusing (#44771673) Attached to: NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Clearly all the years of talk of security and encryption has accomplished is to lull many of us into a false sense of security. (Much like meeting with the TSA at the airport.) That false sense has kept many of us from asking the hard questions and really thinking about the weaknesses of the whole setup... which, as we are seeing more and more clearly, is rotten to the stinking core.

Good. Thinking about it all is good, and so is talking about it.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole isn't necessary (Score 1) 211

Hiroshima was long time ago, that's not scary. When I think about what the US faces (screw Japan) if those 400 tons of fuel catch fire and start burning for years, I'm already scared. When I think about TEPCO trying to 'fix' that alone, I'm more scared. Rocky Flats and Hanford and a terrorist with two halves of a plutonium baseball are a joke by comparison.

Something better get us all scared soon, because there's nothing else scarier on the planet right now ... and few people in the US seem to realize that.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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