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Comment Re: Why not land on the moon? (Score 1) 291

ho said anything that the goal was to "impress" you or the American people? If the goal is to use the moon as a base, NASA has to re-develop the technology to get back there.

There's no economic benefit to a moon base, so it's all for show anyway.

Think back to, oh, 1600. Imagine the conversations in taprooms in England- "there's no economic benefit to a colony in North America, so it's really just for show anyway"....

Comment How could you possibly care? (Score 1) 504

Wow! He's tweeting with an unsecured phone!!!

I'll bet there's no way in hell he's managing to keep those tweets secret!

And this ignoring that based on the number of tweets he's making, he's not even making most of the tweets ascribed to him.

In any case, when there's some reason to suspect he's using an unsecured phone to talk to people about classified information, then it'll be time to get excited.

Note, by the by, that you're not talking to the unclassified world with your secure government phone. That one is just for talking to the OTHER secure government phones, not to your hairdresser....

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 382

So, the CEO of a company that makes electric buses asserts that they're cheaper than other types of bus....

Just curious, if the maker of electric buses is considered a reliable source for this sort of thing, why isn't the maker of, well, anything else, considered an equally reliable source about his products?

Or is this guy a reliable source because he's saying what you all want to hear?

Comment Re:Nuclear: too dangerous, too expensive (Score 2) 87

I'm by no means an expert but recent media has made this seem to be the case.

Your image showed the most expensive nuclear as cheaper than the cheapest residential solar. Utility-scale solar was comparable to, or cheaper than, nuclear, but that didn't include the required back-up power (your utility-scale unit is just as susceptible to clouds as your home system, which requires a backup)....

Comment Re:Emails (Score 1, Informative) 893

was a dumbass about classified emails

Note that the FOIA forbade what she did - the whole point of her private server wasn't to make it a convenient place for her to look at classified stuff, but a place for her to hide from the law.

Note also that if you or I had done what she did while working for the government, we'd be in jail now....

Comment Re:moving all the time is dumb (Score 1) 490

Look at a map sometime, every state has hundreds of small towns with 500 or 600 people (or less) geographically distant from anything that could be considered a big or medium sized city.

Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that "hundreds" averages 300, and that "medium or big city" averages 1,000,000.

So, we're talking 160K living in those small towns, compared to 1000K in the one city.

When we further consider that small towns tend to be weighted toward an older demographic (young people do move to the "City" (more often the 'burbs than the city itself), not so much in reverse), we don't see any reason why your statement and what you're responding to can't both be true....

Note, by the by, that I moved about a dozen times before I was 25 (being an Army brat accounted for most of those moves). And only three more times before I was 50 (and one of those was basically from one side of the city to the other). I *might* move again before I die. Maybe....

Comment Re:It's a pain because recovery has to be an optio (Score 1) 216

twelve characters, mixed case, numbers, and non-letter-number characters

Hmm, those contraints rather limit the set of possible passwords, thus weakening the security of the system.

Ignoring the 12 character limit, would be better if mixed case, numbers, and non-letter-number characters were ALLOWED, but not required.

As to the character limit, I think I may have used a password that short this decade by personal choice. Maybe. Of course, passwords for websites (online bill pay, that sort of thing) frequently don't allow passwords that long....

Comment Re:Seems mental alienation to me (Score 1) 113

Not so sure "only a few people really want".

I admit I won't be using it, but that's mostly because I don't buy new cars. If it could be retrofitted to older cars without too much trouble, I'd put it on my car right now. Otherwise, ten or so years after it's available on everything, I'll have it on my car.

And by then, I expect to be either dead or no longer driving....

Comment Re:that can't be right (Score 1) 307

Things are under control.

The radiation problem is inside the containment building (you know, where it's supposed to be), and so far has harmed exactly zero of the general public.

And if it stays that way for the next century (it won't - that's what half-life means, after all), the general public will have sustained an estimated zero casualties as a result.

Do remember that police officers in the USA have shot more black males than in the last year than all the deaths due to nuclear power in the USA (I'd include Japan, but then some idiot would bring up Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'd have to explain the difference between nuclear weapons and nuclear power) in the last century.....

Comment Re:Sounds Like He Doesn't Like His Job (Score 1) 594

Part of why people are willing to pay such prices are they think with a factory in California Tesla's costs are higher

Unlikely in the extreme.

I've never heard anyone, anywhere, say that they bought an expensive car because the maker's costs were higher wherever he/she was located.

For that matter, I've never heard anyone, anywhere, use that reasoning for paying more for anything. .

Comment Re: Unions (Score 3, Insightful) 594

You assume there is competition and you assume when their is competition that companies are forced to make a better product. Go buy a appliance sometime asshole.

Oddly enoiugh, I did that this past December. And oddly enough, there were multiple choices, from cheap junk to quite expensive (and high quality) appliances.

Which means a range of choices for everyone who wants a dishwasher, for instance. Pick what's in your budget and fits your needs.

Now, alternately, we can go with the "one model fits all" theory. It has, after all, worked so well in the past. Oh, wait, it hasn't.l...

I'm curious, where do you live that there are no choices in appliances?

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