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Comment Re:Cowards (Score 2) 348

The truth is, human beings as a whole are fundamentally cowards. Until you understand and accept that, you can't really even begin to understand human beings and their motivations.

You just can't say you could pick a handful of people from any country in any part of the world and expect them to act any different than you describe in your examples.

The Military

US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles 922

Hugh Pickens writes "The US and the UK are trying to refurbish the aging W76 warheads that tip Trident missiles to prolong their life and ensure they are safe and reliable but plans have been put on hold because US scientists have forgotten how to manufacture a mysterious but very hazardous component of the warhead codenamed Fogbank. 'NNSA had lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it had kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production had retired or left the agency,' says the report by a US congressional committee. Fogbank is thought by some weapons experts to be a foam used between the fission and fusion stages of the thermonuclear bomb on the Trident Missile and US officials say that manufacturing Fogbank requires a solvent cleaning agent which is 'extremely flammable' and 'explosive,' and that the process involves dealing with 'toxic materials' hazardous to workers. 'This is like James Bond destroying his instructions as soon as he has read them,' says John Ainslie, the co-ordinator of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, adding that 'perhaps the plans for making Fogbank were so secret that no copies were kept.' Thomas D'Agostino, administrator or the US National Nuclear Security Administration, told a congressional committee that the administration was spending 'a lot of money' trying to make 'Fogbank' at Y-12, but 'we're not out of the woods yet.'"

Comment Re:Recession? (Score 4, Insightful) 688

I hate to break it to you, but:

1. We are a nation of whiners.

2. Spending doesn't/shouldn't come primarily from credit.

Deal with #1, it's just true.

Once we deal with #2 and recover from years and years of overspending based on credit, we will be on our way back to prosperity.

I'm not saying credit is evil, but I know of way too many insane/immature/simple-minded people in the last ten years who have credit-carded and refinanced themselves into a corner that is now hurting all of us. Idiotic financial corporations enabled them, but now they need to learn from it and fix the mess they've made for themselves for us to get back to prosperity.

How can people who make $4000/month have $800k homes and two $40k cars for God's sake??? I made more than twice as much as these idiots, I made the smart financial decisions, and now I'm in my financial bunker just trying to ride this out in my new business.

Bottom line, your basic statement is flat-out wrong. Without credit, people can spend, unless they are one of the idiots who spent themselves into oblivion in the last decade...

Comment Re:Shuttle (Score 1) 2

Thanks for pointing this out to make me look at the Shutte boxes again. The last time I looked they only accommodated one 3.5" drive and didn't have RAID, but the newer ones now take two drives and do have RAID 0/1. It's very good, and altogether will end up costing only $100 or so more than an equivalent, larger, entry-level tower server, which is perfect and exactly what a small business owner would look for.

Problem solved!
Operating Systems

Submission + - Google's Android open-source mobile phone OS (

Marvin the Paranoid Android writes: Google has officially announced Android, a its open-source mobile phone operating system. 'The Google Phone has arrived, sort of, but not in the long-rumored embodiment that many had expected. Google announced this morning that it has developed a new mobile OS called "Android" — a result of its acquisition of a mobile software company of the same name in 2005 — that will allow the company to get Google's mobile apps into as many hands as possible starting in mid-2008. Android is Linux-based and open source, and will be made available to handset manufacturers for free under the Apache license.' Google will not be making the phones itself; there are a handful of handset makers signed on, including Motorola, Samsung, and LG. As Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it, 'Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models,'

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