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Comment Re:50 years ago... (Score 5, Insightful) 184

You're right. Nothing ever came out of the space program, aerospace industry or particle physics labs that equated back to our day to day life.

To quote JFK, "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too"

The U.S. learned from going to the moon. From building the tevatron and the A-12/SR-71. From the Manhattan project.

It doesn't matter if the goals are social equality and food for all, or freeing ourselves from the Oil economy. What matters is the single, common and focused goals to drive projects and technology further. The type of projects that lead to new and better lives for everyone in it. The list of discoveries and advancements made *JUST* off of the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo projects would fill pages. It was not about putting a footprint on the moon. It was putting a footprint on the moon and learning everything we could about doing it. It was about the advancement in computers, radio, rocketry, electronics and a myriad of other fields. The A-12 project advanced our understanding of supersonic travel to a new level.

The point is, I really think as a society, we've fallen into the prediction that John Steinbeck made at the height of the progress of the 60's.

"We now face the danger, which in the past has been the most destructive to the humans: Success, plenty, comfort and ever-increasing leisure. No dynamic people has ever survived these dangers."

Comment 50 years ago... (Score 5, Insightful) 184

50 years ago the U.S. could put a man into space. Today it can't.
50 years ago the U.S. was at the forefront of particle physics. Today it isn't.
50 years ago the U.S. started development of 3 different spacecraft on 5 different man rated rockets over a 7 year span. Today it's 10 years just to develop one.
50 years ago the U.S. had a plane capable of traveling at Mach 3.35. Today it doesn't.

I seriously feel bad for the future country my kids will inherit. It doesn't seem like we're moving in the right direction on the science and technology front.

Comment Re:History (Score 1) 79

Of the people who I've talked to with RSA tokens, most have said they're now actively planning a migration off of RSA tokens.

It isn't that they were hacked. Shit happens, even to the best of them. It was the lack of information and lack of transparency by RSA (EMC) on the whole event. Trust has been lost.

I'm not talking about public statements or mea culpas. I'm talking about why they weren't 100% open and upfront with existing customers right away. It gives the impression that EMC's execs were hoping no one would get hacked and it would all fade away over time. That they could just ride this out and weren't going to have to fork over a boatload of cash to replace everyone's tokens, thus not taking a hit on their stock or bonuses.

They were wrong, and now the price they are going to pay is not only replacing everyone's tokens, but a loss of trust and hence future business.

I just got my quote for replacement tokens. They're giving me a 3 to 6 month estimate on when I'll actually have the new tokens. I can quote the whole chain from "Nothing was stolen" to "Nothing was stolen that could replicate a token" to "Yea, our bad."

Comment Re:I'll say it... (Score 0) 238

Question is, would a public-run utility design and build nuclear infrastructure to within the letter of the law or would they 'overbuild' for safety? Is this entire situation the cause of capitalism running into its core fault - its lack of concern for the expensive 'doing the right thing' vs the cheaper 'doing things right.'? I don't really know, but it smacks of the reality of letting a company totally focused on making and saving money vs making decisions to protect the people of Japan.

Lets ask the fine folk of Pripyat how the government run nuclear facility, completely free from capitalism running into it's core fault worked out.....

Comment Re:NAT (Score 3, Informative) 717

You have 65,000 inbound ports. You can't possibly be peering with more then 1000 or 2000 other torrents anyway without completely destroying your bandwidth. Further, there is nothing that says SSH has to run on port 22. You just like it to because it's easy. There's no reason you can't NAT to 100 servers for SSH, run 50 webservers (with both SSL and non-SSL ports), torrent to 5000 of your best friends and still have 59,000 ports left to play with. And a translation table with 5000 entries isn't beyond the capabilities of anyone that might actually have the much infrastructure running behind the device.

Comment Ironic (Score 1) 107

It's completely ironic that the government would prevent a corporation from requiring that if it a supplied gives a better price to another customer, it has to give the same price to that corporation. Especially since the GSA requires that any government vendor do the same thing or its a violation of the False Claims Act. So seriously, how is it that an act that hurts the consumer is good for the government?

Politicians continually want it both ways, but this is seriously a waste of tax payers money.

Comment Re:Can't Even Boycott the Bastards (Score 1) 439

The worst part of this oil spill is that you can't even boycott BP effectively without also boycotting the local gas station owner and the whole refinery chain. Say that this shady keyword purchasing damage control made you so upset that you went down and picketed the BP station in your neighborhood. Well, you might be affecting BP a little but you're having a much larger impact on the guy who owns that station. A huge impact if you're there all day appealing to people's empathy for the Gulf.

What can I do? Write my senator demanding what exactly?

Actually, odds are that none of the gas you are buying at a BP station actually came from BP. The stuff all comes from the same local distributors who pass it back and forth like it's water. Local stations (none of which in the US are actually owned by BP) just pay for the right to use the name. To boycott BP you'd need to track their shipments in and out of places and then find out where things went. Unless the local distributors boycott BP (not likely) there isn't anything you'll be able to do as a customer. And besides, if BP goes under, who then will pay for the spill.


Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

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