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Comment Re:Given that the shuttle program... (Score 1) 237

Absolutely right. In Carter's position I would have made the same call, because I'm sure somebody at NASA would have convinced me that reusable must be inherently cheaper eventually, and that we need to go through these growing pains to debug the technology. But in hindsight it was the wrong call, and it set space exploration into a malaise from which is has not yet emerged.

Comment Verizon and international standards. Ha! (Score 1) 44

It seems that Verizon only talks about international standards when it's trying to impose its will on others. To actually follow global standards is another thing entirely. In the heady cash-by-forklift times of the early Iraq occupation, Verizon was almost given the contract to do Iraq's cellular network... in CDMA, of course. Nevermind that every other country in the region was GSM. I think this says a lot about how Verizon thinks about standards.

Comment Re:Mmmmm (Score 2) 45

They do, unless he patents something completely new that builds upon existing technoogy. Now some European patent offices have the tendency to rubber-stamp everything and have the courts sort out the prior art when somebody starts complaining, so there is actually a way he gets his patents approved and create a hurdle for small outfits. In any case, if there is indeed prior art, you can submit objections and proof of this prior art during the approval process.

Comment Why switch? (Score 0) 274

I am using rpm and yum for almost 20 years now and indeed, i once had a database corruption. All in all rpm has been good to me and has proven (to me) that it is stable in my production environments. I am sure this new method has some nice features, but ive been doing ok without them. So maybe i am haive, but could someone help me understand why i should consider such a new package manager?

Comment 600 Americans emit 10,000 tons of CO2 per year (Score 2) 126

If the "upscaled" project sequesters 10,000 tons of CO2 every 2 years, that offsets the emissions of about 300 Americans. But there are lots more of us, and we're not even the biggest polluters. This will only start making a noticeable difference if it could be scaled up further, by a factor of one million.

Comment Every subject taught in school is too shallow (Score 4, Insightful) 369

Of course one computer science class is not sufficient to turn students into programmers. Their history class is also not going to make them into historians. After all, there is nobody forcing kids to search archives for original documents! By professional standards, everything taught in school is fluffy and watered down. Harel noticed that only now, and she's outraged?

Comment incomplete article (Score 1, Insightful) 225

Who is Masnick? Oh right, its the editor of Techdirt. Ok now the article makes some sense. Of course, simply writing "Mike Masnick, the editor of Techdirt, is worried the..." is probably too complicated, and I guess it should be common knowledge who 'Masnick' is, or we should expect people to look it up right?

Comment Re:Mobile Atom was a dead-end anyway (Score 1) 170

The big selling point for Atom is that it's almost as efficient as ARM but it runs REAL WINDOWS with all those x86 programs we love. What killed the market for Atom is that people aren't that eager to have Windows on portable devices. Intel went through contortions to implement all the x86 instructions on low-power chip, to support all the legacy software that's written for x86. But with iOS and Android, ARM seems to have all the apps that people want, and they just don't pine for the legacy stuff.

Comment Re:"Unlimited nights and weekends" (Score 1) 145

My usage is very similar (streaming, youtube, twitch), and in April I'm well past 600GB - actually, that's for two people in my apartment. To be fair, I do feel like I've been hogging bandwidth this month, and making it past 1TB seems unlikely with anything I do now, but if Twitch or Netflix started streaming in 4K, I'd be over that cap every month.

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