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Comment The Space program is a mess... (Score 1) 88

Neither party in the US take space exploration at all seriously, because there is no short term quick money to be made. So we are spending roughly 1/3 of the budget that we really need to "do space right". We need to adopt a more "Japanese " style long term approach to research and profit making. But this requires the American people to rethink their mindset, which shows no probability of occurring. Having said that, it is idiotic to throw away a station we spent so many years building away. We have it, and it is much cheaper to maintain it than to build another one later. For that matter I have yet to see a valid reason given to retire the shuttle. Now there may be safety reasons for doing so, but I've never seen them in print, most of what I've seen is that "the shuttle is old, we need new and shiny", at they very least it should be used until new technology has been fully tested. We have too many "pointy haired bosses of BOTH parties" running the country.

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

Comment Re:This is news? (Score 1) 808

I have a borderline Genius IQ, I can also not remember people's names worth a darn. I am great at logic puzzles and that sort of thing, but introduce me to someone at a party and a week later I will remember meeting them, I will remember what profession they are in, I will remember most of the conversation. But remember their name? Unlikely at best. One of my ex-roommates at college took graduate level math his freshman year, and remedial English, I used to kid him that his IQ was 39+400i very high but mostly imaginary. He was a "complex" individual ;-)

Comment Re:Its justified price (Score 1) 536

Hmmph, It has to be one heck of a game for me to shell out that much cash, and that was before the economy went south. Typically I won't bother with anything over $40 unless it has absolutely top reviews and these days I seldom consider anything over $30. For every "keeper" quality game like "Civilization", I have at least 2-3 that I played a few times and then got bored with. Board games are a better value for the money than many computer games, and I hardly ever play those anymore. OH yes, I EXPECT the game to be BUG FREE if you want me to pay big bucks for it. I don't recall ever needing a PATCH for a board game.....

Comment Microsoft is no more capitalistic than "Red China" (Score 1) 681

Since capitalism is based on economic competition, and Microsoft does every thing possible to avoid competition, including flouting international law against monopolies. Microsoft is ANTI-capitalistic, it is more of a form of corporate Marxism, where the company rather than the state is GOD. China is more Capitalistic than Microsoft by far. IMO

Comment Re:Your school is right (Score 1) 537

The second school is the better choice by far, you need to to learn to think in terms of algorithms and structures, and not just in terms of one language. ++ sarcastic humor mode ON ++ Still, both schools seem to be teaching you just "fluffy little" languages. You need CORE languages like COBOL, FORTRAN, RPGII, programs that run on BIG IRON, manly programs with LINE NUMBERS and GOTO's, then son you'll be a REAL programmer.... You really can't call yourself a programmer until you have written a text editor in FORTRAN IV! ;-) ;-) ;-) ++ sarcastic humor mode OFF ++ Make sure you take some database stuff, though, I took operating system theory and compiler construction in college, not nearly as many jobs for that as for DB, although DB is as boring as hell in comparison. Also every computer security class you can lay your hands on, security czars will have jobs for the foreseeable future.

Comment Re:Waerp Speed limit history (Score 2, Informative) 444

TOS Enterprise could do about warp 8, but there was a chance of engine damage above warp 6. There was 1 episode where an alien took over and modded the engines and it did around warp 14 or so. There was a computer game in the 70's called trek or strtrk it place a limit of warp 10 as the max speed a star ship could travel. The closer you got to warp 10 the greater the probability you would time warp. I think the voyager episode was a tribute of sorts to the computer game " +++" ;-) The rest of the series had a faster than warp 10 being possible. Maybe there where parallel universes and warp 10 was the limit in one but not the other. ;-)

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