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Comment Re:How much would it cost to make one... (Score 1) 65

The point being that I agree with you (and not the grandparent) in terms of any danger in terms of weaponizing these kind of rockets. There may be some common components for commercial spaceflight launchers and what you can find for military missiles, but there are enough major differences that they are not interchangeable. This is especially true for "modern" rocket designs, where there is a clear separation of the designs because they have different objectives in terms of flight profile and performance characteristics.

You're right, there's enough difference between a missile and a plane than no one would ever use a plane as a missile... and even if they did, it wouldn't have the same effect.

Comment Re:No! (Score 0) 267

We must maintain, at all costs, beloved technological anachronisms like printer incompatibilities and X11. Shame on Apple! Shame on them for trying to rid computing of all its cruft.

Yes, that and bluray. Also : SD cards and USB3.0. To be fair, they did push the worldwide adoption of firewire and emo-hipster-culture.


Submission + - What You Can Expect From Windows 8 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Early insights into Microsoft's upcoming Windows preview should give IT a lot to chew on when the bits arrive, Woody Leonhard writes in an in-depth look at what to expect from next week's Windows 8 Consumer Preview. 'Over the past year we've gone through layers and layers of rumors, particularly about Windows 8 on ARM. Features come and go. Perhaps the most egregious example is in a video made at the Build conference last September. It shows Roger Gulrajani, from the Windows Hardware Ecosystem group, demonstrating Flash running in IE10, on the desktop, on an ARM device. Now, we're assured IE10 won't run Flash on ARM devices. That much has changed in just four months. Or maybe Microsoft itself was confused and got it wrong; there were several such misstatements at Build, and you can expect confusion to continue given the addition of ARM support for just part of the complete Windows 8 experience.'"

Comment Re:I have to agree (Score 1, Insightful) 728

Sure, it's no longer as popular to hate on homosexual people as it was in the past, but we have all new forms of hatred and intolerance which our modern society deems acceptable, and which will be just as subject to the next generation's ridicule and derision.

Atheism is the new red-headed step-child.

Hold on, hating on religion is popular, not hating on not-religion. Grow up.

Comment Re:It's not a choice (Score 1) 728

Only none of your reasons for acquittal apply here. There was no trial error and he wasn't innocent. There is no doubt as to his guilt (as there was no doubt about the guilt of Oscar Wilde either), it's just that the law that they broke was absolutely abhorrent.

Exactly! So it's not a question of pardoning the people that had issues with the law, it'd be a question of repealing the law...

Comment Re:It's not a choice (Score 1) 728

ensure instead that we never again return to those times Then perhaps pardoning him would be a step in the right direction?

Perhaps. But it seems that recognizing that it was a mistake, recognizing it was legal at the time, and recognizing that it shouldn't happen again would accomplish a lot more.

Comment Re:Speak for yourself (Score 1) 583

I likely know more about central banks, the Federal Reserve, and other such nonsense better than you do. I just didn't want to publish a book about that stuff here on /. nor did I care to go into such drivel from somebody who is so impolite as to think they are the fountain of all knowledge in the universe.

Really? You wrote your Ph.D thesis on central bank(ing) as well? We should do lunch. Also, on the internet, I'm a supermodel.

Comment Re:Because they won't feed gay disaster victims or (Score 1) 570

If you even remotely support LGBT rights, please don't donate to these people.

Yes, they actively campaign against gay marriage. Are you saying that negates the worthiness of their charity work? Do you think they spit on gay disaster victims instead of giving them food, or what? Grow up, and realize that not all worthwhile organizations and benevolent acts must be 100% in line with your beliefs to be worthwhile or benevolent.

... what if I'm anti-gay marriage and accept help from an LGBT charity? Does that mean the LGBT charity isn't doing their job?

Comment The mormons ... (Score 1) 570

Surprise, surprise, but one of the world's fastest growing "cults" provides a lay-ministry and completely transparent (as far as tax laws) organization that spends 100% of donations on charitable process. I suppose you could claim that someone is making money somewhere, but the IRS can't find anyone making money off donations ... so I doubt it is happening. The IRS ... you know, the guys who took down Al Capone. Now that's an impressive credential.

Comment Re:Just ask a Scotsman... (Score 1) 472

Actually, I'm a reasonable approximation of a Scotsman by heritage, although 3rd generation in Canada.

... you're not anywhere close to being a scotsman. But you can keep believing that your cultural heritage is some place different that where your dad and grandad grew up ... if it makes you feel better. Won't make it any more true than the third generation italians who claim to be mafia, simply because they have a grandparent from Sicily.

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