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Comment Re:Not sure but (Score 1) 77

The common name is "Tasmanian Tiger" and you can have it in Queensland just like you can have "Texas Chilli" in Castle Rock Maine :)

in one, and only one, location

Things have been seen in a lot of places in Australia. They are probably just large dogs but get mistaken for other stuff up to and including panthers (

I heard about this project a few days ago. It's a camera trap survey to see what is out there and someone half-jokingly mentioned a thylacine since people claim to have seen them in the area.
It's nice to dream and think that maybe some thylacines survived because dingoes generally don't live in rainforest but if they had it's almost certain that someone would have noticed them by now (probably a hungry dingo).

Comment Nice strawman you've got there (Score 1) 624

Liberals/Progressives have always been "Your ALL in or you're OUT". Either you accept the whole ideology or you're not true to the cause

Nice strawman you've got there kid. Shame that it doesn't exist.

WTF did you people do in school? Ever thought to crack open a book?

Comment Re: While its not my cup of tea (Score 1) 624

You are also conflating 'conservative' with 'religious'

There are a lot of God-botherers (they don't act in a Christian way, the "Jesus hates poor people that's why they are poor" bunch) who are in it for the politics and power and just put on the badge of religion for convenience. Take note of all the "evangelicals" who tried to pretend that Church-going Hillary was not religious, but somehow Trump was. So they do it themselves. Also the badge of 'conservative' is a fiction - they are fucking reactionaries.

Comment Re:Puritan orthodoxy (Score 1) 624

You're agreeing with the far left histrionics that lead to this guy getting fired

Massive reading comprehension failure - or did you reply to the wrong post - or are you just pretending to be stupid for the sake of having someone to attack? I agree with YOU that the action of kicking the guy off the project for what he does in his off hours is ideological bullshit - puritan bullshit in this case of fuckwits who think they should enforce what is done in bedrooms and right wing bullshit in the case of bosses thinking they own employees outside of work hours. Far side of crazy - not conservative, middle or left.

This asshole shares your ideology

Bzzt - wrong. You not only have no idea of my ideology (since I was talking about others) but you've got the tiny little bits I've written about ideology utterly backwards. I agree with you about the action, I'm only pointing out that you are trying to blame it on the sort of people that would also agree with you about this action.
It appears that in your anger you've decided that there are only two ideologies, right and wrong, so you are blaming everything you see as wrong on the same bunch of people whether they also see it as wrong on not. I don't think you are really that dumb when you are not angry.

Comment Because it's far right histrionics (Score 1) 624

You're agreeing with the far left histrionics that lead to this guy getting fired, but blaming it on the far right.

No, you've got it utterly backwards. I'm pointing out that this is puritan bedroom enforcement shit from the far side of crazy but people are blaming this on the left who do not care what you get up to in your bedrooms.

It's this sort of puritan fsr right shit that makes people shake their heads and say "only in America".

Comment Re:Bull twaddle, Seattle is best (Score 1) 247

Only suckers live in Seattle.


There's a lot more to life than a short commute to work from a cubby hole. Google and Microsoft are steering clear of the city proper in order to attract talent, because people at those skill levels want a life after working hours. And the night life in Seattle isn't that nice either. The two major issues that were raised about life in the city were housing costs and too many homeless people. So enjoy getting grabbed riding your bicycle by one of the hobo camps in the evening.

Comment Re:Whatever they feel like (Score 1) 344

If you have to rely on a particular developer's "environment" to be correct, you're setting yourself up for failure. The scenario you're describing sounds like amateur hour.

Google around for some of the pissing matches about tabs vs spaces. Ideally, I'd like to let the devs make their own choices. Use vi or emacs, I don't care. But if my company is going to degenerate into this sort of in-fighting then I'm going to put my foot down and make a choice. And if you don't like the tab stops I chose, there's the door.

Comment Re:But but but! (Score 1) 233

Is this going to be driven by space rednecks with astro-mullets carrying their space shotguns?

I think the image you are supposed to get is of space contractors throwing their space toolboxes and some space lumber into a pickup truck and driving over to a construction site.

Notice that if you hire contractors to do some work on your house, they are more likely to show up in pickup trucks than giant vans.

Realistically it's going to be more like a space van or lorry.

I didn't invent the term "space pickup truck". I saw others using it years ago in Internet discussions of space.

The idea is that it is specifically not a giant van or lorry. On rare occasions you might need a giant van, but a pickup truck can be something you use every day. That's the metaphor.

The Space Shuttle was metaphorically a lorry. It had a large cargo volume and could carry heavy loads... to low Earth orbit, on rare occasions. It would be much much more useful to have a fleet of vehicles that can each only carry a tonne or so but can do it frequently, economically, with little drama.

Space X et al. are really just trying to use current technology

They are advancing the state of the art, but yes they are only using the known proven technology. I just read the Wikipedia page for the Skylon, and if Reaction Engine can get that to work, then they deserve all the money. I hope both companies succeed but I'm not pinning my hopes on the radical new technology.

The Skylon promises to be a reusable SSTO craft with a 15 tonne cargo capacity. Obviously 15 tonnes is better than 1 tonne. If it can fly routinely, without excessive maintenance, it should be a huge step forward. But it's a lot more complicated than what SpaceX is trying to do, and therefore a lot higher risk.

If the Skylon works, but it turns out that the engines have to be torn down and rebuilt after every flight, and SpaceX can make 20 flights for every one Skylon flight, then SpaceX will win.

Comment Re:Exactly that (Score 1) 344

I didn't mean to make it sound that bleak. The first 8 hours are ok. They're productive. I don't sit here tearing my hair out doing nothing waiting for everyone to leave so I can type. I actually don't mind the open office plan very much. A private office would be *much* better, but this is ok.

But when I do work over for an hour or two I like it a whole lot more. I'm not terribly social (yeah I know, a computer programmer that's not terribly social go figure). I like to code in the dark and with a perfect quiet around me. It's much more pleasant and I seem to get a lot more done. Or maybe not - maybe I just enjoy it so much it feels like I get more done.

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