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Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 133

I'm coming at you from an HP laptop I bought this year and have been happy with. But I bought a printer this year and after hearing that they are acting like such bastards about it I am very glad I didn't buy HP.

I bought a Brother double sided laser printer for $80 or $90 dollars off of Amazon. It also functions as a scanner, and third party cartridges for it from Amazon cost about $10-$15 and have worked great so far. I have been extremely happy with it. The double sided printing has been very helpful for some of my kids' school projects this year, and my wife and I had some paperwork we needed to scan earlier this year. The software for the thing is a little bit jerky (it asked if I want it to check for updates, and when it does it "helpfully" tells me about other software I might want), but that's nowhere near as bad as what HP is apparently doing with their printers.

Comment Re:R&D versus production (Score 1) 104

their systems are certainly working better than other programs at their stage of evolution.

That depends on which "other programs" you look at. Back in the 1950's and early 1960's when we were still learning rocketry and their were no textbooks? Sure. They're doing much better. Compared to more modern programs... they're doing worse. Much worse. The open question, the only real question, the one with no satisfactory answer... is whether the problems are inherent to a startup with no collective experience, are due to their rapid prototyping process, or due to their constant schedule pressure. Or from elements of all three.
 
The one constant, the one thing we do know for a fact, it that SpaceX (or at least Musk) is consistently overconfident and equally consistently over promises and under delivers. He's not alone in that though... it's a pretty consistent feature of NewSpace. (Or AltSpace, or "mammals", whichever term you prefer.)

Comment This is great news (Score 1) 84

This should greatly simplify the task of getting samples from under the surface.
Granted, it's still a matter of timing, but flying through a plume of water 125 mi high and taking samples has got to be easier than landing and taking them.

Hell, with a flyby, it might even be possible to grab some and bring it physically back to earth.

Comment Re:I would try it. (Score 1) 118

Been there, done that. Basically had to go to the max dose of oxycontin just to take the edge off the pain.

This page you can see some pictures of the procedure and instruments people used on kidney stones in the 1600s. It seems unimaginable that anyone would subject themselves to that -- without anesthetic -- unless you've actually experienced it.

Comment She's right (Score -1) 157

...it is the warmest it's been for about 120k years.

Of course, it might be important to note that just about every 120k years (for about the last 3 million, at least) there's been a clear spike (in some cases near vertical in geological timeframes) in temps and co2....and the last one happened to be about 140k years ago, so we are past due.

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