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Comment Re:Gov't data (Score 1) 352

Of course, if he uses the usual government basis for such claims (people who are of working age & health), he might be right.

Mind you, I think he's full of crap. But I also know that the government's usual unemployment figures are a steaming pile. Just because you've given up on finding a job for now (for values of "you" and "now") doesn't mean you should be removed from the "unemployed" list, as is done by the US Government statistical guys....

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 2) 93

SSBNs stay submerged for 6 months at a time. I don't think the difference between 6 and 8 is enough to matter.

Umm, no. I served on USS Kamehameha. SSBN 642. Two months and change out, switch crews, repeat forever.

Many subs have had smaller crews, and nearly all of your interactions are with a few people at your work station.

While virtually all subs had smaller crews than modern SSBN's, they seldom had crews fewer than 30 or so. Notable exceptions being an assortment of "minisubs" used at various points in WW2, all of which spent a couple days underway at a time.

And it might surprise you to know that you seldom socialize all that much with they guys at your workstation. When you're working, you're too busy for much in the way of social interactions. You interact socially with the guys on the messdeck during meals and movies (when you can stay awake to watch a movie).

Note that one of the biggest problems with a trip to Mars is likely to be boredom. Six of you in a freefall can. No course changes, no repairs, not much in the way of science to do till arrival.

Mind you, a lot of that can be fixed by sending a bigger expedition - 60 guys plus instrumentation and such for doing some decent science while underway, that sort of thing....

But there is another huge psychological consideration that makes a sub much more like a space flight: You can't quit.

Now this I can't argue with. A good point. Note that this makes the test even more (potentially) useful. If the guys in the dome can't handle it in Easy Mode, sure as shooting it won't work for a Real Mars mission....

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 3, Interesting) 93

I am also impressed at far some Americans are willing to go to do pointless redundant research instead of just looking at how sailors deal with life on a submarine.

We only spent a couple months at a time making holes in the ocean. Plus we had a lot more possible social interactions (100+ in a boat, as opposed to six in the dome).

So, worth the trouble of doing. Not like it's going to cost trillions (or even billions, or even large numbers of millions) to do....

Comment Re:economics (Score 1) 301

The raw material might be worth very little, but I bet processed ore would be worth quite a bit.

Raw material or processed ore wouldn't be worth the bother on Earth.

At the top of the gravity well, on the other hand, it could be worth quite a lot, potentially. It's easier to reach Earth orbit from 16 Psyche than from the Earth, looks like. Takes longer, of course, but less deltaV.

And that ignores high Isp options that are available to 16 Psyche that aren't available from the ground....

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1, Interesting) 1548

Compared to risks of war

Risks of war?? Obama was, I think, the first two-term President who was at war fior every day of his two terms.

Note that Johnson was also at war every day of his Presidency, but he didn't have two complete terms. And it's possible that Roosevelt was at war more days total than Obama, but he had three and change terms to work with....

Comment Re:Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 1, Funny) 314

There are many many things that can be improved about this nation. But collage affordability is not one of them.

Yes, one of those things is that people could learn to spell in primary school.

Or does it really cost all that much to make a piece of art that is assembled from a variety of different forms?

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 4, Interesting) 797

I'm genuinely curious as to how it damages / inconveniences / hurts you to just call her a her?

HE committed a crime. SHE is getting her sentence commuted.

If the sex change had happened before the crime, I wouldn't be using he/she at all. If it had not happened before the commutation, likewise....

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 5, Informative) 797

Snowden should also be pardoned.

Note that Manning was NOT pardoned. His (her?) sentence was commuted. So, he/she still has a criminal record, can't exercise his/her full rights as a citizen (RKBA is gone, for instance, in spite of firearms being completely irrelevant to his crime).

A sentence commutation just means he/she gets out of jail sooner. Not at all the same as a pardon.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 540

Back in the tycoon days you had basically unfettered capitalism. Because of that, big tycoons were able to set their way even to buy government

Umm, it's NOT "unfettered capitalism" if you can buy governments. The act of buying special privileges from the government is pretty much the opposite of "unfettered capitalism".

Do remember that the kind of government you can buy monopolies and such from is strong enough that capitalism is pretty much automatically fettered by the government. So what you're describing as "unfettered capitalism" is actually "corrupt government" pointing fingers away from themselves....

Comment Re:But... But... (Score 4, Informative) 154

Second sentence of summary:

That's because heavy duty vehicles in the EU have much stricter regulations than cars, and so even if they meet lab tests, cars end up producing much more nitrogen oxides (NOx) when driven on actual roads.

I Know commenting on the headline is fashionable, but not even getting to the second sentence is a bit extreme even for /.

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