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Comment Beer (Score 1) 154

Another reason to ban beer: It would cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars to launch a pint of beer into LEO. The bill for a small Superbowl party on the ISS would easily exceed the average US worker's annual salary.

If they're going to send up any booze, make it 190 proof grain alchohol. That would only cost about $100 per drink.

Better yet, ditch the whole manned space flight boondoggle and use the savings to fund more real space science.

Comment Re: Stop repeating the meme (Score 1) 251

California and New York don't get to dictate terms to the rest of the nation.

I'm not suggesting that they should? I'm just suggesting 1 person == 1 vote in a presidential election.

I'd expect California/NY Republicans (there are tons! probably even more if they had their voice heard) Texas Democrats, and Wyoming Democrats should all have their voice heard in the goddamn election, with equal weight. :-)

Comment Re: Stop repeating the meme (Score 2) 251

I don't believe there has been an election where Democrats have won based off of these unbalanced electoral votes while losing the popular vote? Unless you want to count John Quincy Adams in 1824? Certainly nothing in my lifetime or the modern post Civil Rights Act Democratic party.

But yes, I'll cry foul exactly the same way if a Democrat manages to get elected based on electoral votes, and can't sew up a popular vote victory.

Comment Sigh (Score 1) 374

In an ideal world, developers of this newly emerging industry would try to avoid the mistakes of the past. They would gravitate towards one of the "safer" low-level languages such as Rust or Ada instead of C.

Of course, from the news headlines it seems that IoT developers are already intent on recreating every bad security practice that's been described since the Morris Worm. So I'm not holding my breath.

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