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Comment Everyone already know this. (Score 1) 108

NASA is a pork barrel project and isn't about space anymore. It was appropriate for the era of getting to the moon and should now get out of the space game and be replaced with separate organizations for supervision and mission funding of private contractors as has already begun. Going to the moon was actually about shifting the high cost of rocket development as well as putting a pretty face on large rocket tests. It was a PR thing. The defense department got their rocket tech which they were going to get one way or another but the public for it's money got modern satellite telecommunications and boosted electronics developments.

NASA over designs things with the greatest chance to work the first time but it takes longer and costs more. The economical way of design is to launch and use cheaper prototypes in the field and to actually want things to explode a good portion of the time. With every failure you improve the design and know what to look out for. It's simply too expensive and slow to try to anticipate everything. Better to be judicious and do your best and then learn as you go. Better to build ten rockets for the price of one and expect at least 7 to fail in the first batch. You ultimately succeed and do more for the same money.

Comment Simply Wrong (Score 1) 455

People should be free to believe and fantasize as they want. No one should be excluded for have different views. It's too much of a slippery slope. People should only be accountable for their actions and to a limited extent their ability to reasonably interact with others by the established consensus of a common code of conduct.

Just because a belief isn't from an established religion doesn't mean it can be arbitrarily discounted by the majority. There is way too much of this Social Justice bullshit going on. It's just code. Code should not be attached to any social addenda one way or the other. It's those that call for such that should be publicly outed and pitied for they are far more dangerous than those that think the world is flat.

Comment They have the audiance already... (Score 3, Interesting) 279

Finally a company ready to actually spend money and do the right thing by their customers.

Netflix is sending a message to all the old guard cable stations. They can and will cut out the middle man. They will not be extorted for content.

You keep trying to milk us more and more... fine, we'll make the shows ourselves.

It also wouldn't surprise me if netflix started up a sister company to cover and stream sports. More likely to partner with a company already in the biz though.

Comment How much for live browsing history of all senators (Score 1) 401

I imagine just that would be very valuable. What are they thinking about today.. what news sites do they use...

Also the porn history of all the senators would be very interesting.

I can imagine reporters suing ISP's now for info on the senators if they sell the info to others and not to them.

Comment Gtart taking material up funded by bonds (Score 2) 103

Seriously. Launch payloads of fuel, food and water into practical long term orbits. Fund it with stocks/bonds that people can publicly invest in such that they own a portion of that material in space. They can sell their stock openly.

And learn to maximize payload efficiency by taking up more supplies with every launch.

Then have drones that can ferry materials around in orbit. Refueling satellite thrusters and atomic cells on demand before they run out of fuel and burn up.

Comment A John Deer bonfire... (Score 4, Interesting) 497

Farmers should organize an event to burn old non repairable John Deer equipment and advertise their purchase of non John Deer equipment. And further sell t-shirts about how John Deer is no friend to the American farmer. Do this at the Forth of July celebrations. And have town hall meetings with speakers telling their Horror Stories about John Deer. Find another manufacturer and help promote them over John Deer. Some of them might even give you a deal on a trade in if you publicly destroy your John Deer. Do not stop until everyone currently on the board of directors and otherwise that are running the company are completely replaced.

In the meantime get the right to repair laws on the books.

Comment Re:Enough (Score 3, Insightful) 374


IT and engineering in general is an anti social interest. The best people in the industry are very independent and highly socially deficient if not emotionally deficient. Being on light on the autism spectrum is actually a job qualification.

Women simply are predominantly more social and less aggressive. Women are suited for IT management. The fewer women that are doing it the fewer women that want to do it.

Comment Actually the people that found his wife should sue (Score 0) 407

Him on her behalf.... for their trauma in finding her.

She was the person most qualified to understand the machines and safety. The only way I would judge something like this in his favor is if she made complaints of dangerous working conditions and she was rebuffed.

If that were my job I'd have a remote to the circuit breaker to cut off power to the building as well as a second person for an extra set of eyes there for safety with the same remote shut off..

It's very similar to if an Xray tech that sues his own company for radiation poisoning for his own mistake. Simply cut the dam power. I do feel though that anyone doing a dangerous job (aka their own screw ups can kill them) like that should have company subsided life insurance.

Comment Someone please dox them... (Score 0) 337

We need to show them how equal they are by a good old fashioned tar and feathering. F'ing retards; what did they think was going to happen? I am 100% behind rescinding it and replacing it with nothing. Raise the dam money yourself or get volunteers to quality caption the youtube videos.

Comment Hello, it's no longer the 1970's... (Score 1) 178

It's time to move on to more technical solutions. Specifically calls that are automatically encrypted and signed. Ones where you can be sure where they originated from. And I don't mean phones sharing private keys but rather a massive database like the DNS system where every phone is listed possibly multiple times.

It should be trivial to include not only a telephone number but also a pass key so that you can enable a person to call you but also be able to revoke that ability. Something like a 404 error code to tell them you don't want to talk to them anymore; that they are explicitly blocked.

Comment How about general health and outdoor cats... (Score 1) 249

I want to see a study about exposure to the environment through outdoor animals like cats. Also a diferentiation as to their expose to cats: life long, only childhood, adulthood only, etc... as well as the persons lifelong heath history.

Cats are always cleaning themselves and like dogs their mouths and saliva are super sterilizing if not antibiotic as compared to humans. But they do pick up some contaminants and so they do give you some expose. My guess is that on a whole it's actually beneficial to your health provided you don't already have a weakened immune system..

Comment Re:Won't work everywhere, or really anywhere else (Score 1) 181

Yes it can work.

A board of directors is often just people with a financial stake in the company. They don't necessarily work there which is why you have a CEO to represent the board in day in and day out operations. But it's totally feasible to have multiple employed top managers.

A CEO's (which is more helpful in larger companies) primary job is as both visionary and ambassador to the public. His secondary job is to audit the company's management from disagreements/infighting (usually about salaries) and to take responsibility for final decisions. A small group of executives can do this job as well. That's how google started. But the chiefs have to all be on the same page and take larger salaries according to their responsibility.

Larger organizations usually have more politics going on. People ultimately wanting more money but also sometimes more control. The more people you have the more opinions you have about what the company should be. A CEO's has to bend people to his will and replace those he can't so that everybody is moving in the same direction. Like it or not a CEO's job is as a politician.

Where an oligarchy hurts is when one of the chiefs need to be replaced. It can be more disruptive and take longer than finding a single CEO since he has to work well with the other chiefs. But it is workable.

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