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Comment Re:Tired of this space obsession (Score 2) 66

The way I look at is if the reusable rocket guys get the cost of orbital rockets down to 1/10th of the cost that it is now, lots of options open up. If you can get 10 trips up for the cost of 1 now, suddenly assembling a Mars-distance ship in orbit and all the fuel and supplies to make it happen seems pretty plausible.

We aren't going interstellar without some new physics, but with a much less expensive orbital lift platform, interplanetary starts to look much more within reach even if it is initially limited to Mars or even Mars orbit stations.

Comment Re:So what are these CISSP "cyberwarriors" doing? (Score 1) 81

What I don't get is why joining the NSA isn't something like getting a really well paid job combined with being in the military.

Pay them really well, so well they would have to think 3 times about not joining. Like 4x a similar pay rate that you'd find in a top-tier city for an equivalent job. Make working conditions really nice -- free high-end restaurant quality dining on premises with a room service option for people who wanted to work through a meal hour, super nice office spaces, the whole experience more "hotel" than "government office".

But then also kick in the military part -- you join up for a minimum 5 year commitment, you live on campus, your travel off-campus is limited and controlled and there's the understanding that you ARE being watched closely, but do it in an unobtrusive manner, not in a police state manner. But make the housing and lifestyle options more like a country club kind of atmosphere, single family houses, lots of recreational options, private schools for the kids, and lots of activities for spouses and kids, too. Make them stay but make staying so easy they want to stay.

Sure, the whole thing would be expensive, but you'd have a much better chance of containing your secrets. And chances are, buying their loyalty would go a long way to helping and keep the security more velvet glove than rubber glove.

The current thing with all the contractors is a mess and it's a miracle that actual government employees have any loyalty at all.

Comment Re:Advert aimed at wrong market? (Score 1) 240

Kind of like another poster - that's not really what I meant. I'm 44 myself, have been gaming since the ZX Spectrum days (and slightly before in the arcades). I love Skyrim, but I love Pikmin as well and I still emulate a few C64 games to play. No, what I meant by the kids console bit was that it's putting it in a difficult position - I think existing phones and tablets occupy the niche it seems to be aiming for.

Submission + - Wired says Google's Pixel is the best phone on the market

swillden writes: The reviews on Google's Pixel phones are coming in, and they're overwhelmingly positive. Most call them the best Android phones available, and at least one says they're the best phones available, period.

Wired's reviewer says he used to recommend the iPhone to people, but now he says "You should get a Pixel." The Verge, says "these are easily the best Android phones you can buy." The Wall Street Journal calls the Pixel "the Android iPhone you've been waiting for." ComputerWorld says "It's Android at its best."

AndroidPolice is more restrained, calling it "A very good phone by Google." The NY Times broke from the rest, saying "the Pixel is, relatively speaking, mediocre", but I'm a little skeptical of a reviewer who can't figure out how to use a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner without using both hands. It makes me wonder if he's actually held one.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 277

VMWare used to (and maybe still does?) have a license that said you couldn't use their hypervisor in a hosting environment, at least with the conventional end-user license. This was long enough ago that that at the time the business hosting really meant either multi-tenant http hosting on a single box, or dedicated physical server hosting and there was no openstack or similar competing virtualization system like there is now.

I'm guessing that it was meant to allow VMware to "capture" the added revenue potential that would exist if a hosting company at the time had been able to sell VMware VMs at dedicated hardware pricing. They'd sell you the license to do it, but it wouldn't be the normal end user licensing rate.

Comment Re:Advert aimed at wrong market? (Score 1) 240

Totally agree - the "kid's console" thing has been rife since maybe the SNES. I thoroughly enjoyed my Gamecube, and the Wii as well. I'm not much of a 'hardcore' gamer, which seems to consist of endless first person shooters to me. That said, I think the kids market is shrinking because you have phones on the one hand, and then the powerful 'hardcore' consoles (and PCs) on the other. I have no market data to back this up with, it's pure opinion - it does seem to me though that niche has been taken by phones.

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