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Comment Example of something working? (Score 1) 250

Is there a SINGLE instance where a company that was given one of these government contracts actually delivered what was asked for and it wasn't a screeching shitshow?!? Maybe it's simply that the failures are all that get reported and there are companies doing a bang up job without any fanfare...

As much as the MCT will be what gets us to Mars, just as likely it will be because NASA will be hobbled by bureaucracy, bad tools and lack of vision.

Comment Pi with an SO-DIMM Slot? SATA connectors? GigE? (Score 3, Interesting) 134

Thank you for creating a such an awesome and useful little computer.

I've used Pi's to do everything from automatically watering my xmas tree to teaching a fourth grade class basic electronics to doing remote backups of my data (with a pi in my house and one far away at my buddies.)

That last operation suffers greatly from the lack of ram resources on a raspberry pi. My "pi" in the sky remote backup node has an SO-DIMM slot on the back I could stick a 8 or 16GB so-dimm in. 1-4 SATA ports so I write faster and a gigE ethernet interface.

I understand that you're under financial pressures to keep the cost down, but I see a real market for a Pi 3+.

Also, follow slashdotters... if there's a platform out there that accomplishes this that's not a proprietary NAS let me know. I've also investigated several microST motherboards but I don't want to have to deal with a "real" power supply, etc.

Comment Water is wet, fire is a chemical reaction... (Score 1) 148

Considering some of the passwords that I give and still manage to get a "Strong" rating I'm not surprised. It's a silly piece of javascript code that tries to measure complexity... quick and dirty.

What sucks is this obviously lulls people into thinking they've got a great password when a password like "1PaR0fSt1nkYS0cks!" while it'll get a strong rating... isn't strong...

Comment Still not conviced (Score 3, Interesting) 272

I'm still not convinced this isn't some sort of odd false flag operation.

Imagine you're the NSA and you've been unable to get inside of some other countries likely air gapped cyber security operation... putting some juicy tools out there they're likely to snatch up and play with at least get you to see who the players are and maybe these tools work maybe they blow up... As for the vulnerabilities, with so many people playing this game, any vulnerability not found by the NSA is likely to be found by some other organization.

Even the vulnerabilities could be snares... I'm suspect of all of this and think it's just part of a big ruse.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I owned a Volt for two years and Monday through Friday I drive to and from work 31 miles each way. I have a charger at my house and one at work. During the week, I don't use a drop of gas. I also live in New England where the temperature's this week have been in the high 90's, but in February we went a week where at the average temp was -10 with a low of -22. I've seen zero degradation of my battery life.

Now on the weekends I drive the car out of the range of the battery and need to use gas. For my needs and that of my family it's a great car.

As for hydrogen... Most hydrogen generation starts with a fossil fuel.

Comment This seems like a terrible idea... (Score 1) 119

How is this NOT going to cause massive amounts of confusion.

I pity the first person who buys a piece of property that had a popular establishment that's long gone except for it's archived page... who gets subjected to an endless barrage of:

Person: "Where's wacky world?
Owner: "Wacky world burned to the ground with no survivors in 2011... Sorry man"
Person: "But I was just on their website!"
Owner: "Yeah, your browser just skull fucked you."

Comment Beautiful by the numbers launch / deploy / landing (Score 4, Interesting) 103

What that said the launch was by the numbers and was awesome. I've got friends in FL who heard the sonic boom of the first stage reentering.

Since they were only boosting Dragon to LEO they didn't have to deploy the drone ship. I watched it online last night. I did notice the feed started with only a few minutes before launch which saddened me because I like to listen in on the launch coordinator loop while they're going through all the preflight checks.

Hopefully SpaceX will expose the audio feed so those of us who are nerds about this can listen in for the whole thing.

Comment I agree with Linus. (Score 2) 523

Poorly created comments are the work of the devil, plan and simple. Imagine working on a piece of software after it's been in active development for 10 years.
Some libraries just work and nobody's even looked at the code for 1/2 a decade. Shitty comments will kill you, or worse others...

Linus can be a needlessly pretentious ass about things, but I agree with him on this one.

Comment Re:Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly = Leadership (Score 1) 130

I think the term RUD is an old school engineering/rocketeering term. It's actually the complete opposite of a corporate-speak term imaginable.

Now if Musk had said: "Upon reentry the first stage suffered a propulsion anomaly that cased a loss of the vehicle." and then dropped the mike and walked off stage... that would be corporate speak.

I want more of these. I want them to understand every shortcoming of their system possible. Every failure means they (hopefully) make it more reliable.

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