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Comment Re:Yet another obvious solution (Score 1) 254

In most third world countries the primary cause of death is infectious disease and in most developed countries it is heart disease. In China it is cancer.

I'm not sure if you know this, but China has so many people they don't know what to do with them. They won't even let you have babies! Given China's record on treating people nicely, I'm sure plenty of them will get the "Take two aspirin. Don't call in the morning," treatment.

Cancer is a good thing, as far as China's leadership is concerned.

Comment Re:One question: Why? (Score 1, Interesting) 91

One word: iPhone app.

Imagine Street View rendered in the direction you are holding your phone, from your position. With all the goodies that that 3D map that someone was building a while back (and sure could be ongoing) plus a live application of the algorithm from Canoma and similar applications, you could have a pretty interesting "virtual" world. Another benefit would be that while using the application, you could be aiding the mapping backend with live GPS to refine the map and the 3D model on top of it.

Comment Re:wealth generation by industry (Score 1) 362

My policy now is that if something is supposed to last (and I can afford it or afford to do without it for a while) I make sure to buy well and buy once. It sucks though that I have to do so from brands and places that have outrageous markups though.

Congratulations on becoming a fiscal conservative. It's only another small step to voting Republican! :)

Comment Re:The VA would like to apologize for any.. (Score 4, Informative) 108

More importantly, your point about it being free couldn't be more mistaken. For the vets it either cost becoming disabled or a minimum of 20 years of full time service.

This is incorrect. My father spent 4 years in, and due to his income, receives (nearly) free health care. He must requalify every year, fwiw.

Games

Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up 297

Last year's Blizzcon was tremendously popular. So much so that their servers were unable to handle the strain of fans competing for 15,000 available tickets. This year, Blizzard was more prepared; they made an additional 5,000 tickets available and set up a queue so that the transaction servers weren't overwhelmed. CEO Mike Morhaime said during the keynote address that if you weren't able to get into the queue within 30 seconds of its opening, the tickets were sold out before your turn came. Tens of thousands more chose to order the pay-per-view coverage, demonstrating the extraordinary enthusiasm felt for Blizzard's games. Their presentations didn't disappoint. Read on for details on the status of StarCraft II, Diablo III, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and the new Battle.net. It's divided into sections by game in case you're only interested in one or two of them.

Space

Alternative Orion Missions Proposed 137

skywatcher2501 writes "Lockheed Martin, the company producing NASA's new Orion spacecraft, published three videos (news article in German) showing alternative Orion missions. Great efforts are made to show Orion's flexibility as a space transportation system beyond the goals of the Constellation program." The three videos, respectively, illustrate ISS missions with cargo in low-Earth orbit; autonomous use of the service module; and maintenance missions from low-earth orbit to geosynchronous orbit.

Comment Re:ORLY? (Score 1) 543

should start using "GNU/Free" instead - and please use the phrase "GNU/open source" as well

HAHAHAHAH. What a nice world you live in. Is there room for more? :)

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