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Comment Re:When you can't innovate (Score 2) 349

Most of the people here aren't making their money off intellectual property, they are creating code for someone else, or running systems. Other than being cleaner at the end of the day, it's not much different than turning wrenches or dragging cable.

But that is besides the point. We object to being screwed because we are in fact being screwed. Once music has been purchased, charging us again for every little thing we might want to do with it is sticking your wallet where it doesn't belong.

Comment Re:Great!!! (Score 0) 119

Anything we might do by accident a terrorist can do on purpose. Imagine a satellite sized object launched into orbit whose sole purpose is to detonate and disperse 100,000 ball bearings. Even more fun if a high inclination or retrograde orbit is used. Still, space is pretty big so shotgun blasts like this could probably be dealt with like we deal with the Van Allen belts--- just make a run for it and get out of the danger zone as fast as possible.

Comment Re:Valid point (Score 2) 289

Maybe you're right about the career opportunities, but for proof I'd want to know what the last guy who maintained Hawking's rig is doing now. Is he launching his own company or did he just get sick of the job and go back to mending broken appliances? Also, Hawking is pushing 70 years old and he still has ALS. Would you bet on his lasting another five years, with your livelihood hanging in the balance?

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 229

Well, NASA used to be the only game in town, unless you were a Soviet. Now, a bright and motivated person can choose to cobble together the $200K for a Virgin Galactic flight. It's not orbit, but you can be sure that if they take your money you're going, unlike at NASA where even if you're hired you never know.

Comment Re:Physical requirements... (Score 1) 229

Yeah, but if they hired you today, you're not going into space tomorrow. You're at the back of line, leaving plenty of time get into shape. Like most want ads, this one was written by someone at a desk, someone with an ass every bit as wide as yours, who is relying on folklore and inertia as much as actual experience in crafting the requirements.

Comment Re:Someone correct me if I'm wrong but... (Score 1) 160

Heh, no, I don't want to return to a classical universe. I like computers too much for that. I just wish there was some way quantum theory could make intuitive sense. Besides enabling the construction of modern computer hardware, quantum theory has firmly poked its head into the bailiwick of even software types like me in the form of BQP and what other NP problems it might contain, so I can't really ignore it. But at the same time, whenever I read a description of superposition I feel like a rube being enticed to play three card Monty.

Comment Better late than never (Score 1) 250

I'm glad phones are finally getting smart. I've been waiting for years for my phone to be smart enough to turn itself off when I go into a theater, and more importantly, turn itself back on after I leave. That someone can patent ideas as simple as this is proof that the patent system needs large bombs dropped on it until there is nothing left.

Comment Re:Identifying what exactly? (Score 1) 548

yeah. That's similar to what we've been doing so far with WikiLeaks, right?

Not exactly. Lying consistently is coNP-hard. We should be dubious of a flat list of names dumped onto the net. But if someone dumps a huge trove of correlated information like those diplomatic cables, having the trove be both a convincing and a false narrative is exponentially more difficult for them to execute... assuming P != NP :-).

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