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Comment Re:Too bad it didn't have a RTG (Score 1) 70

To be fair, I was thinking of what it "could do" and not just the mission objectives. When I wrote it, I the Opportunity probe in mind, which far exceeded its mission objectives. On Mars, solar panels make pretty good sense. Would a RTG have made better sense here? As a poster below notes, they simply aren't considered in ESA missions.

Comment Re:Too bad it didn't have a RTG (Score 1) 70

I'm not automatically discounting what you say, but do you have a citation? I went looking (for a while, at that) for weights on a likely RTG vs. batteries and solar panels. The best I came up with was fuel mass for the Cassini mission - 4.8 kg producing 110 watts. - (and Plutonium 238 needs the least amount of shielding for any RTG fuel). Can you provide information on the weight of the solar and battery components?

Comment I don't normally swear online (Score 3, Insightful) 396

But why in the FUCK are companies being granted effective monopolies on generic drugs?!?!

Nice to know our 'representatives' don't feel the need to hide it anymore. They've been in bed with the drug companies for a long time. But seriously, this takes it to the level of Muppets-style puppetry. No one believe that Kermit is a real frog; we all know that he's got an arm buried up his backside. Do you think Congress gets a bulk discount on shoulder length calving gloves and jugs of lube?

Comment Nimbler companies won't reverse customer experienc (Score 1) 100

Every piece of HP kit we've had has been a lemon. We have a 100% failure rate within 5 years on whole classes of desktop machines that we've bought from them, and the servers I have of theirs (that are still around) are a constant headache to get a management session going to their ILO. Unless they're going to give me a batch of equipment FOR FREE to let me use for a year and see that it no longer sucks, my budget will be spent somewhere else. Forever.

Comment Dear god no (Score 5, Informative) 331

I don't want a movie theater to be a social experience. Consider:
* The rotten parents who bring their too-young children to adult films.
* That ridiculous moron in the row behind you who can't get off their cell phone for 5 minutes.
* The 10-year old who won't stop kicking your chair.
* The guffawing dimwit who laughs like a throat-cancer riddled donkey and does so incessantly.
* Paying $12 bucks for crappy popcorn covered in artificially flavored cottonseed oil.
* The gang-bangers who decided that the parking lot is a hugely entertaining place to spend some time ... people-watching (and yelling).

I've not been to a theater film in 8 years and I've no plans on changing that.

Comment Re:Define "Greater Good" (Score 5, Insightful) 202

Indeed. I'd also like to hear how Mr. Chen proposes to follow his vision of the greater good, where he has access to everyone's data and will hand it over for any trumped-up warrant, without a backdoor in his soon-to-be-extinct Blackberry's.

Or is he going to do the politician thing and define "backdoor" to mean something conveniently different than what Blackberry has.

Submission + - More TSA Security Theater - Slamming the Face of a Disabled Cancer Patient ( 1

Kobun writes: From the Guardian: "A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration." A disabled and confused brain cancer survivor doesn't immediately comply with TSA officers, earning her face a violent meeting with the ground and a night in jail. The TSA has yet to provide a non-answer or statement.

Comment Re:Sounds like bullshit (Score 2) 210

Seconded. For this to be true, the testing program must have been a) rigidly defined and b) unchanging. Also probably c) overly simplistic.

If he was handed all of that and did truly automate it, he didn't have much in the way of a skillset to begin with. Programming 201 level skills at best. Had those and didn't expand on them in the 6 years he had to make them better, I still have no sympathy.

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