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Comment Re:Why Better than Parachute? (Score 1) 206

We're talking about some extremely sensitive equipment here. This approach allows the landing to be highly predictable as it comes to mechanical stresses on the components, contrary to the high randomness of a parachute + airbag landing. Add to that the fact that many of these missions cannot be returned to land, and soaking the engines in atlantic salt water is a good way to make sure they never fly again.

Comment Re:As a tech site (Score 4, Informative) 42

It's really nothing more than that - an inflatable test module which wont be used for anything, at least yet. Here's a NASA blog post which contains some information.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an experimental expandable capsule that attaches to the space station. After installation, the BEAM expands to roughly 13-feet-long and 10.5 feet in diameter to provide a large volume, where a crew member can enter. During the two-year test mission, astronauts will enter the module for a few hours three-to-four times a year to retrieve sensor data and conduct assessments of the module’s condition.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 2) 412

Well, if the US hadn't disbanded all of Iraq's armed forces, which then were humiliated and unemployed without most of them ever having had anything to do with the Baath party, maybe the insurgence wouldn't have had so many upset men with local knowledge, military training and no other way of feeding their families? That, in my book, is the most severe error that was made. They should have just gotten rid of the uppermost of Saddam's old buddies, then promoted some lower chaps to take their places and put them all to good use, instead of starting an enormous recruitment campaign and trying to re-build the Iraqi army from scratch.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 226

Remember, he has not been charged with anything, but is wanted for *questioning*. What is to stop Sweden from doing the questioning, then dropping the case and letting him go, only to pick him up again at the airport and put him on a flight to Gitmo? Since he was freed, the terms of the arrest warrent should no longer be valid, right?

Comment Re:Because the Greeks are so stupid? (Score 1) 359

But if you have euros, and need to transfer them out of Greece, you cannot do that with the capital controls in place. At least not faster than mailing the bills in an envelope. If you can convert the euros to bitcoins, you can then send the coins anywhere pretty much instantly. And that is the greatest value of cryptocurrencies, even compared to normal bank services (between different banks and countries).

Comment Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 302

You didn't address the counter argument though.

If copyright gave an incentive to keep these works in circulation then they would not be presently rotting away anywhere, they would be widely available. But they aren't. So the existing lengthy copyright regime is currently is doing exactly the opposite of what you argued would happen.

Add to this, that if the movies were in public domain, *anyone* with an interest - monetary or otherwise - could do the digitization and restoration. This could be some other company, some silent movie buff society, or a museum or archive.

Comment Re:Isreal (Score 1) 383

Or Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defense (at least show some knowledge and use the actual Hebrew names)

I see no difference between your "corrections", and what I wrote. Or is it the comma separator that you have a problem with? As for the rest - please. I've read all that before. Yes, Hamas is a bunch of assholes and probably war criminals too, but since Israel is holding all the cards and claims to be a western democracy, I hold them to a higher standard. That includes not shooting at stone throwing kids using live ammunition, imprisoning and torturing hundreds of people without charge, attacking and killing workers in international aid convoys, firing white phosphorous on civilians, and lots of other things. Your tired rant about Hamas does not excuse any of that.

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