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Comment Re:So much for "free software", eh? (Score 2, Informative) 368

Which is why there are ready to play distributions such as ubuntu for the masses. I've installed countless ubuntu systems on people with little technical expertise that don't understand why they have 10 browser tool bars in their IE install and wonder why their computers run like shit. In every case I give them little information, and they are fine finding the "start" menu at the top of the screen and running a web broswer to waste hours on youtube, or finding a suitable mail client equivalent. At what point did they have to use the CLI and compile something by hand to get a working GUI? As far as I know, this was all built in ready to run.

Comment Re:How Many shuttles? (Score 5, Informative) 164

To quote wikipedia "The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first Space Shuttle orbiter. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform test flights in the atmosphere.[2] It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight. Originally, Enterprise had been intended to be refitted for orbital flight, which would have made it the second space shuttle to fly after Columbia.[2] However, during the construction of Columbia, details of the final design changed, particularly with regard to the weight of the fuselage and wings. Refitting Enterprise for flight would have involved dismantling the orbiter and returning the sections to subcontractors across the country. As this was an expensive proposition, it was determined to be less costly to build Challenger around a body frame (STA-099) that had been created as a test article.[2] Similarly, Enterprise was considered for refit to replace Challenger after the latter was destroyed, but Endeavour was built from structural spares instead.[2][3]"

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