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Comment Re:Why does the ESA have a worse record of landing (Score 1) 69

Also, I really don't understand how IP applies since these are not products for commercial sale nor used for commercial purposes

Even if only NASA buys a specific component from Boeing (for example) it's still a commercial product. While NASA has I.P. sharing arrangements with it's suppliers the diplomatic pissing contest excluded the ESA from that.
The ESA did it quickly, got Russian help and thought it would work but it was still the first of it's kind. NASA was building on stuff going way back to Viking and before.
It also turns out that parachutes are not as simple to get right as we would think, especially when the air is not very dense. It took a few splats of test rigs before the Apollo parachutes were ready.

Comment Re:Why does the ESA have a worse record of landing (Score 1) 69

what is it that is lacking in the ESA program that is not able to get landings right?

In this situation they were originally going to use NASA's landing system, and worked with NASA for a few years on it, but then had to develop their own from scratch after a diplomatic pissing contest led to NASA's support being withdrawn. Even worse they couldn't use any good ideas they had picked up from NASA for I.P. reasons.
Their new system didn't work first time. It's not a matter of fucking up on attempt three after two good landings but a fuckup first time on a new system.

Telling the diplomats to fuck off will help both NASA and ESA.

Comment Re:You're being silly (Score 1) 375

Chile has a VERY well armed population with many guns that are currently banned for civilians in the USA. It's a perfect example. Even with that they could not stop the vicious and dictatorial regime coming in and disarming them.

which is why the Second Amendment specifically mentions "militia."

So where is your local well organized militia that is going to work together and work as you are suggesting? They don't exist! Looks like lone gunman getting picked off one by one to me.

Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 375

Apparently you are not familiar with the English language as it was used in the 1700s. "Well regulated" meant "in good working order, well-organized".

Ah yes - the excuse that relies on the founding fathers being fucking idiots - how insulting.
Read a fucking novel from the 1700s and you'll see that you have been lied to and the language has not changed that much at all.

Comment Re:Fog hod sake People (Score 1) 336

I'm sorry but that makes zero sense. Steam is a well defined phase of water. Please try again.

thinking so hard over a trollish slashdot post

Feel free to once again add a patronizing link, suggestions about my education and how wonderful your father, but not you, is if you are unable to think of something sensible to write.

It's out of depth power station management such as Johnson that resulted in TEPCO's fuckup at Fukishima in Japan by cutting corners that non-technical management has no clue that they should not have been cut. It's people like that the cost us the manned space program by ignoring their engineers warnings about not launching when it was too cold. When they know so little about what they are responsible for that they start talking about steam coming out of cooling towers they are a danger. A simple half hour briefing on how the entire place works would have cured that mistake, but such types don't even take that time.

Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 375

Too late, just turned 59.

Then no second amendment guns for you. Did you have to give them up?
Why do you push such an idiotic line when you know it is not true yourself?

it is a separate thing from the 2nd Amendment ... Reading comprehension, dude

Since you are tying them all in together to try to justify an argument you'd better work on that reading comprehension - unless you are deliberately lying like that traitor running the NRA Oliver North.

Comment Re:How is Inform as a writing tool? (Score 1) 21

IIRC I once ran into a Steampunk in Second Life who did a bit of writing (participating in NaNoWriMo and such), who used Scrivener, but had dabbled a bit in IF using Inform.

I wonder if it would be possible to combine the two, using Inform to maintain a "database of attributes" for characters, locations, etc etc. Something akin to:

Aragorn is a Dunedain, Dunedain are also Numenoreans, Aragorn is the Son of Arathorn, who is also a Dunedain. Aragorn is a Descendant of Elros, Elros is the brother of Elrond. Elros has another name, Tar-Minyatur. Elros was the First King of the Numenoreans. etc etc.

Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 375

So kid, in a few decades time when you turn 45 are you going to hand all your guns in?
No guns for girls either?
Then maybe the second amendment has got fuckall to do with your right to own a gun despite what people running the NRA like that guy that sold guns to Iran and Hezbolla, Oliver North, want you to think.

You've been played by a traitor and are pretending it is patriotism. That's just so fucked up.

Comment Re:Hold down power button and ... (Score 1) 363

I think that's kind of the point.
Actions like this are to tell the people targeted that they are worthless and that the people perpetrating it can do anything they like to them.

There isn't a technical solution, it's a social one of removing the pricks on a power trip who don't seem to give a shit about doing a professional crime investigation.

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