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Comment Re:What (Score 0) 184

After graduating third in his class at West Point in 1951 with a degree in science, Buzz Aldrin flew 66 combat missions as an Air Force pilot in the Korean War. Then he earned a PhD at MIT. Aldrin joined NASA as an astronaut in 1963. In 1966 he flew in the Gemini 12 spacecraft on the final Gemini mission.

Aldrin accompanied Neil Armstrong on the first moon landing in the Apollo 11 mission, becoming the second person, and now the first of the living astronauts, to set foot on the moon. Aldrin had taken a home Communion kit with him, and took Communion on the lunar surface, but did not broadcast the fact. Aldrin retired from NASA in 1971 and from the Air Force in 1972. He later suffered from clinical depression and wrote about the experience, but recovered with treatment. Aldrin has co-authored five books about his experiences and the space program, plus two novels.

The above from mentalfloss. When you do that AND are one of only twelve people to have walked on another world then you can talk about who is "semi-famous".

Comment Re:Buzz Kill (Score 1, Funny) 184

I just had this image of Buzz sitting next to the other tourists, looking around and saying, for the umpteenth time, "Well, yeah, this is interesting, but I was on the Moon. The freaking MOON! Yeah, it's cold here, but on the Moon you couldn't even breathe!" and all of the other tourists rolling their eyes.

Comment Re:Not worried (Score 1) 93

It's very telling of the American popular mindset that not a single mainstream movie out of Hollywood has ever shown a non-American space program accomplishing anything of any importance in their science fiction (or even their documentaries, for that matter). In the rare cases where non-Americans are even shown, they're usually just used as some sort of comic relief (the laughable Russian stereotype cosmonaut in Armageddon being one of the most offensive examples).

How about the 1969 movie Marooned , where a soviet spacecraft comes to the aid of a stranded US capsule?

Comment Re:Crybabies (Score 1) 524

Funny, when I vote they check my ID, then check the list of registered voters to see if I am on the roll and the address matches. They even record what voter I am at that polling station (this year I was number 68). So they know that I am registered and that I voted and even roughly when I voted, based on my number. That information is what both parties use to get out the vote and contact registered voters that have actually gone to the polls.

It is a secret ballot only in terms of who I voted for, not if I voted. Your lack of knowledge of how this process works shows me just how much you have voted in your life.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

Funny, it doesn't say states. You infer that, but that is your mistake.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Notice the states are not listed. States are arbitrary entities with no inherent rights. It is the People, the only ones with rights, that create states, that form more perfect unions in order to secure the blessings of liberty to themselves and their posterity. States cannot exist absent the people. Indeed, quite a few states of the union are mere arbitrary constructs created by the federal government. Montana, Kansas, Oregon, Maine - these did not even exist at the creation of the federal government, but were created by the apparatus that the people created to govern themselves.

The President is indeed the representative of ALL of the People of the United States. He is not the spokesman for a collection of states, but the chosen representative of all the people that make up those states.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

I have, many times over actually. I've also read the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the Mayflower Compact and the Magna Carta multiple times since the sixth grade. The VFW gave out booklets at my school with all of those documents in it so we young students could familiarize ourselves with them. Although in all that time I've never managed to find Article 12 of the Constitution - apparently, that's only in the version that reality TV stars read.

Comment Why Are You Training Replacements? (Score 4, Interesting) 813

H-1B Visas are meant to cover skills not readily available in this country. I would argue that if the current workers are training their replacements, then the skill set is readily available in this country. To quote Wiki :

The regulations define a "specialty occupation" as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor[1] including but not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent as a minimum[2] (with the exception of fashion models, who must be "of distinguished merit and ability").[3] Likewise, the foreign worker must possess at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and state licensure, if required to practice in that field.

Tell the university that you simply don't have the skill set required to train your replacement...

Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 1) 279

In a word, yes. But not multiple routers, just something capable of segmenting traffic securely (or as securely as you can hope for...)

The precautions that you have used for years in a corporate network apply to a home network. You have computers or tablets that need access to your bank, your utility companies, your email and your family photos and then you have other devices that just need access to the internet. In other words, you need a protected network and a DMZ.

I run pfSense at home and have a VLAN for my sensitive workstations and another for those things that just need to access the internet. If I can, I even lock down the cameras and thermostat to the web site they need to get to. Using something like pfSense also lets me monitor where those devices are going to.

Comment Re:Older = Better (Score 2) 235

But the more about the ancients we discover, the less primitive the people seem

The older I get, the more I learn about the other people sharing this planet and those that preceded us, the more I believe that we are all the same, for the most part. We all have the same basic wants and needs, the same basic drives. What separates me from a Roman living under Augustus or an Egyptian living in the time of Ramses is more a matter of the trappings of technology than the core of our beings.

As a kid I was always struck by this quote from Khan in the Star trek episode Space Seed

Nothing ever changes, except man. Your technical accomplishments? Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousandfold. I am such a man.

There's no Khans running around yet. So we are pretty much as we have always been, except for some immunity to some diseases that our ancestors paid for.

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