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Comment Re:Rocket science is hard, who knew? (Score 1) 338

Got a citation for this quote?

No sorry, I can't give you a citation, but I saw it on a documentation on NTV or Poenix in Germany. They also mentioned that that he was as scientific genius, who got involved with the wrong crowd.

The dude was later accused of being a Nazi, but when push comes to shove, he built the rocket that took us to the Moon! h

Comment Re:Better safe than blown up I suppose. (Score 1) 179

I have to admit I have no interest in this phone as my Note 3 still works perfectly fine but at the very least at least Samsung is making sure that they don't earn the reputation for their phone being faulty or explosive.

I'm still on my Note 2. I am not a smartphone "power user", but I bought it because I wanted to program some apps. This phone has been horribly abused and dropped. The display has multiple cracks . . . but it still keeps ticking, like the EverReady Bunny Rabbit. I showed it to a colleague with the rank of "Fellow" in my company, and he told me that it was a mark of honor among hackers, to have a smartphone with a busted display, that still worked.

Although the Note 2 has a replaceable battery, I've never needed to change it. In the '80s, I bought a lot of TV stuff from Sony. Then they got me angry with their rootkit, and I switched to Samsung. I'm hoping that they will get this problem sorted.

Oh, and a minor plug here, if you have never programmed an Android app, trust yourself, and give it a go! There are great tools for this, and no rocket scientist degree required! I would also like to try doing stuff for Apple, but I don't earn enough to be able to afford their development platform :-(

Comment Re:Video of the accident (Score 1) 155

Wait, wait, wait! Elon Musk can build electric cars with big batteries. Why didn't he build an electric rocket? I barely remember seeing black and white movies of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon as a child, and their spaceships seemed to be powered by electric razors, that emitted smoke.

Come on Mr. Musk, watch some ancient science fiction films, and get your engineers working on it!

Comment Re:Rocket science is hard, who knew? (Score 2) 338

Wernher von Braun went through all this. I saw a documentary on German television where an ex-colleague said that after a V2 crash on the launchpad, von Braun quipped, "Diese Scheise ist nicht einfach!" In English, "This shit is not easy!"

I think that sizes it up for me.

But hats off to Falcon engineers! And good luck at you next attempt! Don't let the bastards grind you down!

Comment Re:Oh boy. Another scam. (Score 1) 76

Is anyone actually listening to anything this fat fuck says anymore?

"This fat fuck, he played two, he played knick knack with a _____"

the file-sharing site that U.S. and New Zealand authorities dramatically shut down in 2012,

the file-sharing site that U.S. and U.S. New Zealand authorities dramatically shut down in 2012,

Minor fix for you there. Welcome New Zealanders, as the 51st state of America!

My personal tip for you, avoid the noodle salad at the buffet in Las Vegas.

Australia is stuffed with thousands of deadly creepy crawlers, but the noodle salad from the buffet in Las Vegas tops them all!

Submission + - Robot Babies Not Effective Birth Control, Australian Study Finds (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: From your baby AI department . . .

A weekend spent mothering a robot baby to mirror the “real experience” of parenting is meant to discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant. But so-called Baby Think it Over dolls don't cut teen pregnancy rates and in fact increase the risk, Australian research has found.

In a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday, researchers found teenage girls who used the lifelike computerized dolls as part of a pregnancy-prevention program were more likely to become pregnant compared with girls receiving a less high-tech sex education.

I'm guessing that these robots didn't produce live, stinking diapers. When my sister and brother in law visited once, they were passing their baby around like a mirror of cocaine, taking a sniff, and saying, "Do we need to change it yet?"

While some students frayed at the pressure and consigned their crying robo-babies “to the back of their father’s tool shed” for the weekend, or placed putty over the speaker to dull the noise, most reported enjoying their brief exposure to motherhood.

“The numbers are small, but it makes such intuitive sense that something like this wouldn’t work,” said Dr. Kang, from the University of Sydney. “I think the reasons that young woman would choose to access contraception are far more likely about other reasons—the access to resources around her—being far more important than having time with a robot doll.”

Comment Re:Why haven't we done Voyager 3 and 4? (Score 1) 61

NASA stuff has been morphed by Congress into a source of pork. The folks in Congress hem and haw about which states get to build components. It's like a horse and donkey trading show, "OK, so my state will build the engines, your state will build the avionics, and your state will sell the television rights".

Just give NASA the money, and let them decide who is best to deliver.

Comment Re:Your tax dollars at work. (Score 2) 110

Washington, D.C., is owned by Hollywood these days. Just think of all the resources that were spent on skanking Kim Dotcom. Sure he was a creep, but these ISIS folks are even more creepier. The government in the USA should have better focused those resources on ISIS. But the financial interests of Hollywood, and the politicians who they own decided otherwise.

Comment Re:No, let's all sing (Score 1) 110

I'm thinking that a chorus of Slashdotters sounds like Vogon poetry:

Happy Birthday to you,
You live in a zoo,
You look like a monkey,
And you smell like one too!

Personal Disclaimer: I sang in the church choir from when I was old enough to walk up until I went off to a university. I was not religious, but sang in the choir, because that was a requirement to be in the Whitechapel Handbell choir. Now, handbells are a hoot and a half, and if you have never tried it, put it on your bucket list!

Submission + - BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton

ahziem writes: The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems "so even God couldn’t read them," according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the "drastic cyber-measure" were in response to the question of whether emails on her private Microsoft Exchange Server were simply about "yoga and wedding plans."

Perhaps Clinton's team used an open source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, "Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software," in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit. Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience.

Comment Re:Ahh, science (Score 5, Funny) 709

Except here they have it ass backwards with cause and effect, and need to read "The Critique of Pure Reason" from Immanuel Kant.

The industrial revolution was caused by the start of global warming. Before that, humans were huddling under blankets, complaining about how cold it was. When temperatures rose, the folks said, "Hey, it's warm outside, let's go out and build a factory or something!"

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