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Comment As a fellow lefthander... (Score 1) 267

...I'm ashamed to be associated with this article/author in any way. I've been a lefty since day one per my parents - there was never any doubt. Was it easy growing up learning to write, use tech, etc.? Yeah, actually, it was. A child's brain is highly plastic. Additionally, my kindegarten and first grade teacher (same woman) was lefthanded so I had that advantage as compared to all the other unfortunates in my class hehe. And now that I'm an adult I do just fine. Yeah, I mouse with my right. And by some miracle I can actually use standard scissors - the horror! I don't think I've ever known anyone who couldn't. I do have a dexterity advantage in operating a motorcycle though as the transmission controls are fully on the left side. :D

Comment They're full of it. (Score 4, Informative) 186

LS is full of it. I used to do testing of this nature for the Navy. I know many of the people who would have done this testing for the USAF. Never in 6 years of working in that field did we ever require a contractor who had submitted equipment for test to do so with no knowledge of what the test would be. They are blowing smoke to cover their asses in the hope that "the right people" won't know any better.

Comment Re:Cutting the nose to spite the face (Score 1) 361

"...a post oil economy."??? Right. I imagine that their increasing use of oil is a sign of this then? "China's demand for oil will grow 6.2% to 483 million tons in 2011, predicted PetroChina Co (NYSE: PTR, SHA: 601857, HKG: 0857), the nation's biggest company. China consumed 455 million tons of oil in 2010, said the PetroChina report..." Yep, looks like a post oil economy to me. I imagine that building entire cities for no one to reside in is your impression of their sustainable economy going forward?

Comment Re:Approximate cost (Score 1) 164

Based on freely available specifications ( for the Atlas V-551 launch vehicle, the density of aluminum you stated and a best case estimation of the payload weight (just over 18,000 lbs based on the above site), I calculated $6084/lb, which comes out to $1789 to launch these little guys. HOWEVER, with the dimensions of a minifig from here ( and here ( the volume of a minifig is closer to 0.59 in^3 so the total works out to just about $1054. And by the way, you had a typo in your result up above, though your answer is correct.

Comment Re:not surprising, unfortunately (Score 1) 86

$250M additional expenditure and a two year delay is hardly a "major disaster" in the scheme of things. They still got the system, and it will eventually meet requirements. It could be a hell of a lot worse. For example, the A-12 debacle. Canceled in 1991 and STILL working its way through the court system. Multi-billion dollars of expenditures for zero useful product.

Comment Re:Social Security for Military Contractors (Score 1) 86

What you fail to understand however is the economic impact of cutting that budget. Yes, let's reduce defense spending. Which will lead to fewer contracts. Which will lead to fewer contractors. Which will lead to higher unemployment. Which will lead to greater entitlement spending. Which will lead to...suffering. HA! Take that, Yoda. It's a very delicate balance.

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