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Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 397

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Samsung Washer musical melody (Score 1) 124

When the washer is finished it plays this interesting melody.

It is Die Forelle written by Chopin.

The title roughly translated to English would be: The Fish.

I'm less certain, but I believe that the lyrics would translate into something like:

I'm done, come get your clean clothes
The cycle is complete
The wash and rinse have finished
The spin was fast and strong
I'm ready now to be emptied
Don't make me wait too long
I'll be here patiently awaiting
I'll soon repeat this song

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 397

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 3, Funny) 397

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 397

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

Comment Re:They'll come crawling back (Score 1) 253

Microsoft achieved its position by creating and maintaining an illegal monopoly. Rewind to the 1980's. Before Windows. Back when there was this thing called MS-DOS and compatibility with the IBM-PC has become the industry standard for hardware.

There were other OSes in the early 1980's. Some as good or better than MS-DOS. (You also have to remember how shockingly primitive hardware was back then.)

But MS-DOS was the big one, because it was like PC-DOS on genuine IBM PCs.

So Microsoft's deal with OEMs: if you want to sell MS-DOS on your PCs, you must pay Microsoft for an MS-DOS license on every PC you make, whether or not it comes with MS-DOS preinstalled. That instantly made every other OS uncompetitive. If you wanted to buy Brand X, you were also going to pay for MS-DOS no matter what.

And that was just the start of the evil.

Comment Re:Could this be the end of Walmart? (Score 1) 136

Walmart has something almost like a warehouse of goods, in most medium sized towns. Maybe they could figure out some way to use this new intarweb thingy and offer Amazon like service? In fact, it might be possible for many physical stores to do this. The last big challenge would be grocery stores. But they won't. They'll just let me use Amazon Prime and now be able to order all kinds of household goods from paper towels to dog food. Delivered right to my door. Maybe Donald's son could help -- I hear he's good at cyber.

Comment Re:Which is cool... (Score 1) 136

Maybe eventually you can legally BUY a movie from Amazon.

(And NO, you cannot buy a movie today, no matter what Amazon calls it. Their "purchase" option is just a long term rental until Amazon, or the actual copyright owner decides to withdraw your ownership from you. Like in one case of a Disney movie some time back where "owners" of that movie had it taken away because Disney had some other exclusive streaming offer they were making to others.)

All that said, ten years ago it would have seemed unthinkable that you could download and "own" an mp3. But you can. I've done it multiple times from Amazon. I can buy tracks or an album. Download. Put it on all of my own personal devices. In every sense I feel like I made an actual purchase and received something in return. Like any purchase it's my duty to take care of it (eg, make sure I have reliable backups, etc).

I think the book and movie rights holders are taking longer to come around to giving true DRM free ownership. But I think it is inevitable that they will. Or maybe they won't, since they already have effective DRM tragedies / strategies in place. Unlike mp3 which did not. And mp3 players which did not and already had massive market penetration.

Still I can rip DVDs and play them on my own personal devices. I can watch a movie on a plane. Etc.

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