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Comment Re:Smooth terrain (Score 1) 62

Yeah, Looks like two objects bound together at one time due to gravity(low though it may be) not all the dust get blown totally away, some will settle back due to the week gravity. If the center part has less volatile and more dust, the dust will stay and not be out-gassed away. that would explain both the shape and the smoothness of the center part. just a guess.

Comment Just more proof that... (Score 3, Insightful) 187

Phillip K. Dick should be required reading for all kids. That way when they grow up and begin making decision that effect others, they just might(maybe) say, "Wow, I read something like this when I was a kid, it didn't turn out so well if I remember correctly." The reason so many Science Fiction writers can often be prophetic is that they look at a technology or an idea, and ask "I wonder what could go wrong with this?", "What will this idea mutate into in 100 years?" They think about the horrible, painful, or just bizarre turns technology and ideas can take. It is usually intended as social commentary, but is most often ignored...
Maybe they are just more in-tuned with the spirit of Murphy's Law than most....

Comment It's nice to see that some thing never change (Score 2, Insightful) 14

Comparing this wonderful piece of code, to Nazi Germany?!? To a madman and movement that caused the deaths of tens of millions of people?!? I warms the heart to know that teenagers today have even less sense of proportion, or knowledge of history than they did when I was young, That takes work, dedication!
Personally, I think that one should not be allowed to be a pop star until one is at least old enough to have ones testicles drop.

Comment Ask yourself... (Score 1) 281

Well, firstly, very little is fair... Many employers will try to get away with as much as possible. The less they spend, the more they make.
If they require this after they have hired you, and won't pay for it, you have to ask your self a couple of questions.

1.Can you take this off of your taxes? If so, then well, you are not really paying for it so it is not so bad.
2. Will this cert make you more valuable, that is, with this cert can you expect a larger salary? If so, will the employer pay you more?

Often times, things like this is the employer trying to get a senior level person while still paying them only a junior salary...
It might not be FAIR, but, well, that business.
Ask your self if it is worth it? If the money is still good, and the boss is kosher, then do it...
If it is just your boss trying to take advantage of you, and you think that you can find better else where, this might be a time to start looking for somewhere else to work, somewhere that will treat you better.
It's less about whether its fair, and more what you are willing to put up with for the job.

Comment recovery (Score 1) 811

Though I hate to agree with shrinks, most believe these days that one CAN get addicted to video games, at least psychologically. Basically, just like gambling, same effect, same thing going on in the brain, and just as hard to kick. Basically, if it is having a detrimental effect on his life, health, both physical and/or mental, and if this person is someone you care about, a friend, there is sadly, very little you can do. Trust me, talking doesn't help, telling them they are ruining their life does less than help. I am a recovering addict, I know. Pretty much the only thing you CAN do is perhaps an intervention, talk to his family, other friends, find substance abuse councilor and get advice from them. ANY aa,NA, rehab center will have a good list of people who know about this, call them. Basically, you have to treat it like a gambling addiction. If you really are concerned, the best bet is his family and a councilor, together maybe you can get him to at least think about the fact that he might have a problems. Realistically though, if someone does have a problem like this, there is little one can do unless the person is willing to seek help. It is a helpless feeling I know.

Comment Plank institute? (Score 2, Interesting) 313

Begin Rhetorical Question>> The thing that confuses me... the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology? Evolutionary Anthropology would be pretty low on my list if I was going to list things associated with Max Plank. Why on earth did they name an Anthropology Institute after a Theoretical Physicist? Don't get me wrong, Plank is one of the great names in physics, and one of the most brilliant men to have lived in the 20th Century... but Anthropology?!? Is there some connection between evolution and Quantumn Mechanics I seem to have missed in all those years in College? End Rhetorical Question

Comment Even tech Saavy need to be curtailed (Score 1) 559

I worked at one point for a computer magazine, and the editors/writer had quite a bit of leeway when managing there own systems, since it was part of there job to test software etc. Though they should have used the test machine, that really did not happen often. But even these smart, very tech-educated people often killed their machines.
There is just no way a user, no matter how saavy they are, can keep up with the potential conflicts, problems, incompatabilities etc of every piece of hardware and software they have. That is WHY IT departments even exist. Too many times I had evil meltdowns on machines where the user THOUGHT they knew what they were doing.

In some cases, some leeway might be granted, but only on strict limits. I understand why some companies might think this would save money or time, but this will change as soon as someone looses mission critical data.

It really is the tech saavy user who is the most dangerous, because they do not know how much they actually don't know. Most other users are too afraid to play around with their machines cause they are afraid they will kill it. That is a good thing.

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