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Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 3, Informative) 459

I'm sure that even most liberals would agree, but the solution liberals have is "more government" (and thus, more corruption), rather than reigning in the corruption we have now by limiting government actions.

So we'd expect the least corrupt countries to have the smallest governments right?

Fascism was "at least the trains run on time"

Comment Good (Score 1) 20

Spotify works on Linux, doesn't have ads in the paid version (because the $10 a month for "any music I can think of" is a better value than the "some movies" I get from Netflix), and the worst thing they are guilty is paying record labels who go on to stiff the artists.
..and I love podcasts and right now, Soundcloud is one of the best ways to get them. Unfortunately, they're not terribly profitable. And that means, there's a chance of that work disappearing forever.

Comment Re:The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 1) 202

you build a booster stage that is robust enough to return with only aerobreaking, it is going to weigh more and be more complex. You pay for that extra weight for every launch.

On the contrary. The heaviest part of the booster IS the fuel so using less of it (essentially zero by aerobraking) drops the cost of the entire system.

Comment All work and no play -- Office 365 (Score 1) 44

Microsoft Haiku (ish):
No vacation
Work every weekend
Office 365

And I understand that they're ripping off "Whole Foods 365" brand, but I like drinking orange juice every day. Office work 365 days a year? No thanks -- but it is the society we are becoming.

Comment The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 1) 202

The hardest part of space travel is probably fuel economy which is why it makes little sense to see the booster rocket land on its own power. Sure, you can do it, but if you rely on your rocket engines entirely to decelerate (as the video clearly shows), you would need roughly double the fuel. Instead, what NASA and every other space agency has done, is to rely on parachutes and air resistance (yep, all the fire on the bottom of the shuttle, or a mercury capsule means that air resistance is actually slowing the spacecraft down). This is much more efficient. Another alternative would be to use the boosters for the final few seconds.

And yes, I learned this playing Kerbal Space Program and Elon should know better since he plays too;)

Comment Re:How efficient is hydrogen really? (Score 1) 199

The gas is not at Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP) -- so your volumetric calculations would have to depend on that. A mole of air takes up 22.4 liters while a mole of water is about 18 mL at STP -- since it's in liquid form. Now, if we take 1 mole of H2 and 1/2 mole of O2, we'd have ~32 liters of gas which would become 18 mL of water -- which is essentially a massive vacuum. ...but then again, no one stores H2 at STP.

Comment Re:My recollection of Kindergarten, circa 1986 (Score 1) 228

Statistically speaking, if you spend your whole childhood poor, you have a roughly 45% chance of being poor yourself in adulthood.

One of the jobs of teachers (my mother taught 2nd grade for a couple decades) is to work with families and students to make sure it doesn't happen to the kids they teach. No amount of Common Core is going to help a Haitian kid who's not learning to read because he doesn't speak English. However, talking to another teacher to get his cousin in her class (who is bilingual) got him up to the 2nd grade reading level in a single year.

Comment Re:No Steve Jobs (Score 1) 133

How about almost every AMD/Intel chip release ever? Other than the famous floating point debacle and hideous 64 bit chip, Intel has done pretty well. I can't think of any AMD CPU debacles -- but maybe there are some.

However, I feel like I can pretty much buy a brand new CPU from either of them and it'll work just fine (motherboards are a different matter).

Comment What happens to Kotaku and Gizmodo? (Score 0) 134

According to this article, Gawker Media also owns Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jezebel, Lifehacker, Kotaku, and Jalopnik.

They look safe for now, but I actually like Kotaku and Gizmodo. It's probably really shitty to work at these companies, which had nothing to do with leaking pr0n, but who's employees are still affected by it.

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