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Comment Re:Live by the media hype die by the media hype. (Score 1) 258

It's not so much "the media", but that readers solicitously enjoy hearing about pompous rich farts being waffled by their wayward robot toys.

It reminds me of McDonald's failed attempts at selling health-food: nobody wants it; buyers want Big Macs and fries.

(And no, I don't mean this kind of Big Mac)

Comment Re:As much as I dislike Trump ... (Score 1) 415

She never used a State email account.

No no no. You are still not gettin' it. The regular State Dept. office email system was NOT designed for classified info. There was a different system for sending and receiving classified info. It's not "email". It doesn't use email standards.

the FBI found that thousands of the records destroyed were plainly State-related work correspondence,

I don't think was "thousands". You are exaggerating. Some categorized as "personal" indeed turned out not the be personal, or mixed. However, there's no evidence it was intentional; for they were bland messages (at least those they were able to recover or re-construct).

Comey said there seemed to be a pattern to those mis-categorized: one would have to read the entire message to see they were work related such that he speculated H's lawyers probably read just the first few lines or just the title to categorize them as work vs. personal.

There is plenty of evidence of slop (by H and/or her lawyers), but so far NONE of intentional coverup or intentional false statements.

Comment Re:Crazy "Curiosity" Landing worked.. Schiaparelli (Score 1) 179

Indeed. Rube Goldberg called NASA and wanted Curiosity's landing mechanism back.

When I first saw all the steps involved, the WTF light on my forehead was flashing red. I was surprised it actually worked and had mentally prepared for a failure just before it landed. Good thing I didn't go to a betting site.

Curiosity's landing system was partly a test of "hovering" technology that will allow finer-tuned positioning in the future so that rovers don't waste time and wear roving in boring areas to get to the "good stuff".

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