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Comment Re:Mars gave us Congreve and it goes back? (Score 1) 113

>scale ion thrusters or solar sails or Moon based laser push-beams
OK, and how many ounces is that going to push?

Dude, manned missions are HEAVY. You have the people, their air systems, food, water redundant everything to keep people alive.
Slow pushers like what you listed make the travel time a LOT longer (say 10x, if you're optimistic), meaning you need that much more food, water, oxygen, etc - making the whole payload mind-bogglingly heavy... meaning then the engine then won't get the job done at all.

Comment Re:Pay taxes (Score 1) 51


The solution to government control and burocracy is not more government control and burocracy.
Non-rich people can, and do, give to charitable causes. If you consider donating time as a non-zero valued item, the poor and middle class give far more to charitable causes than the rich.

Your need to stop thinking that government is the only answer.

Comment Biased title (Score 1) 51

"Pet charter school"? That seems to say the submitter thinks this isn't a good idea.

Dude. If someone want to shake up education to try something new, and wants to give a boat load of money - what's not to love?

What if this turns up something that works better?
What if it doesn't, and all we get is rich people giving money towards educating a bunch of children?

Comment Re:Doll. Fin. (Score 2) 305

It's to support legacy hardware.
Printing presses using physical typeset would have problems with a tiny period or comma in the middle of open space (away from text and under the quote marks) - it would tear paper or break off the typeset. The get around that, they moved the dot closer to other text - to the left of the quote mark.

Somehow that hack implemented for hardware support changed the language structure to become official, even though that's not logical or even the original standard.

Think of it as an IE6 of the English Language.

Comment Re:Dolphin deciphering (Score 1) 305

There are actually a lot of universal, non-learned human gestures. The first pump in the air is a good example - a sign of pride & victory. Saw that on a documentary a while back. Basic body language study will show a ton more. Crossed arms, smiles, covering the face/mouth with a hand - all other examples.
Fascinating stuff.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 1) 761

>Apple has a long history of deprecating stuff that (at the time) people thought was premature - but in essentially all the other cases it turns out that the new thing really is better

I'll grant the examples you cite, but Apple also has a history of that strategy failing miserably. Firewire to kill off SCSI and USB, The Newton to kill off small keyboards (I type on my iPhone keyboard constantly). There are more, but people just don't remember them.

My money is on Apple returning the headphone jack in the iPhone. It's that bad a decision. Stand you ground people & make some noise. We don't have to take this sitting down.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 1) 761

You've clearly never used iTunes.

Unless a specific song has been specifically downloaded in a non-DRM format, it's nearly impossible to get a song/show/movie off of an i-Device. iTunes will merrily prompt you to overwrite your phone if it doesn't recognize your DRM authentication (limit 5 per account). The whole scheme is based around keeping you inside the DRM walled garden. Granted, it's a nice garden, but that wall makes it really tough to move things in & out.

The whole non-DRM music thing was an experiment to see if the market wanted it. Most people didn't care. It's not an active thing anymore.

Comment Re:Aww, that's cute... (Score 1) 121

Totally agree. BUT - if this passes, it's a great proving grounds for winter driving. Nevada has hot & dry down pat. Cars need to be tuned for driving in sub-optimal weather, and man, do we ever have that.

Drop an autonomous car in the lake-effect snow region, and that problem will get solved real quick.

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