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Comment Re:from the Journal of Predictable Answers (Score 1) 118

90 minutes? That's about an hour longer than I'd have been there.

Remember that job interviews are a 2-way street - you're interviewing the company to see if you even want to work there.
That lack of respect for time, lack of awareness of everyone who walked by you, and the lack of self respect in attire says you made the right call.

Comment Re:Why pay anybody? Including robots. (Score 1) 142

This. Even Warren Buffett says you can't beat the S&P 500 over the long run.

http://fortune.com/2016/05/11/...

If everyone's measuring against index funds, and no one can beat it consistently - then why not be lazy and chose the consistent winner - a stupid, fixed index?
That's zero lines of code, and I win over the long run.

Comment Too much Delta-V (Score 3, Insightful) 123

Rolling on a surface is pretty energy efficient - the power requirements for flying are much, much higher.
Safety & FAA regulatory issues aside, this is always going to cost a LOT more than ground transportation- for fuel costs alone.

This may end up being the rich man's tool when a limo is too slow, but a charter aircraft overkill.

Comment Re:Microsoft's population (Score -1, Flamebait) 437

...and only those 5 countries for about 90 days. I doubt Microsoft has *any* people that fit those criteria, and even if they do, a good employer can tide them over with telecommuting for the short span of time we're talking about.

Where was Microsoft's outrage back when Obama did this for 6 months to Iraq?

Comment Re:Alternate-facts (Score -1, Troll) 372

Read the update. The whole story is Fake News, once again.
Vetting "policy-related statements" sounds like a no-brainer when a new administration comes in. Tell me that exact some thing didn't happen when the last president took office.

"News" has become the realm of rumor and slander.

Comment Re:Include all costs (Score 2) 537

>Then, there's the costs of athletic programs,

For college, athletics should be an entirely separate organization. They should have to pay for the rights to use the school's name, and otherwise be self-supporting. With all of the ticket sales, merchandizing, tie-ins to professional sports, etc - that should make it a profit center. Athletic scholarships should likewise be paid from the athletic organization, paid directly to the student as an offset to normal college costs. Nets the same to the scholarship'ed student, and prevents the masses of non-jocks from having to pay for that new stadium.

Comment Re:What is this "free" you speak of? (Score 1) 537

Best comment on this post.

Perhaps there should be a mandatory high school class covering how much college costs, the actual cost when interest and minimum payments are made, and average earning potential of various degrees (gender studies vs engineering, for example). And a little education on how permanent student loan debt is would be nice too: it survives bankruptcy, and is near impossible to get "forgiven" with processes politicians keep talking about.

A lot like the "truth in lending disclosure" you get with mortgages. A little sticker shock might be the fix many folks need.

Comment Re:Space elevator? (Score 1) 149

As per Wikipedia:

Space elevator cable would need a cable material with a specific strength of at least 100,000 kN/(kg/m).

Modern fibre materials such as kevlar, fibreglass and carbon/graphite fibre have breaking lengths of 100–400 km/m.

Nanoengineered materials such as carbon nanotubes and, more recently discovered, graphene ribbons (perfect two-dimensional sheets of carbon) are expected to have breaking lengths of 5000–6000 km/m.

So in short... no. A breakthrough of double the strength of graphene gets us maybe 10% there. Space elevators just aren't going to happen for at least few hundred years, at best.

Comment Re:Great for Space Junk "capture" (Score 1) 149

This material has more potential as a spacecraft structural component. Weight is the #1 concern for anything going to space.

As far as collecting space junk - I have yet to see a proposal that addresses the real enormity of space. Imagine building a net or block (made of anything) on the surface of the earth. You want to use this net to clean up random trash people dropped. How much progress would you make over, say, Ohio. Or how about the USA. Maybe you just focus on North America. How big does your net need to be to make a dent?

Now factor in that space is a 3D volume. Even the cubic volume between LEO and geosynchronous is mind boggling.
Say LEO is 160 kilometers up, geosynchronous is 35,786 kilometers up. Area of 2nd sphere less 1st sphere is: 192044931750177-17164190 =
192,044,914,585,987 cubic kilometers.

Tell me again how big your net is? And how are you going to move around something that large?

After all that, you've neglected the space junk above geosynchronous.

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