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Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 2, Insightful) 317

Americans have to get over their fear of socialism and accept that, all other things being equal, a community that works together is stronger and more prosperous than one that does not.

Like the USSR? Like Venezuela? You're completely wrong. All socialism does is replace a wealthy class that buys political power with a political class that steals wealth. And rapaciously. The end result is everyone (except our political class) begging for $5.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 317

... or you could just have a society with sane and decent regulation.

[snip]

Come to think of it, it seems that being decent to your fellow human beings is on the recommended list of just about every religion. Imagine that, perhaps it is just a good idea?

Wait, so when I die, God judges my soul based on how decent my government's regulations are? Vote your way to heaven I guess.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 2) 83

The profit (a minority of their profit, it should be added) is coming from saving taxpayers money. What the heck is your problem with that?

If they were making some amount of launches cheaper - sure - but that's not the case.

Yes, it is the case; they cost vastly less than ULA.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 317

Well, then you managed to avoid the context given by the preamble to the summary. They're saying Fivvvvvrr.com 2.0 (or whatever the f--- they're called) sucks. It doesn't really matter what they make, because that's not what the article is about, it's about how they're an example of a company that dresses up the fact they shit all over the people they work for them by dressing up Victorian labor conditions as dynamism.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 1) 83

What I *do* have a problem with is him parlaying this success into a full blown cult of personality

I'm sorry, I must have missed the speech where Musk announced that he is the savior of humanity and its new lord and master.

I'm sorry it gets under your skin that people appreciate the man and what he's doing, but that's hardly something he's been actively "parlaying this success into".

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 109

The Windows 10 UI would be fine if the latency issues could be fixed (it shouldn't take between two and ten seconds for the notifications area (always) or start menu (often) to appear): the real issues with Windows 10 are the privacy invasion crap and the underlying operating system.

I'd like to see a real effort to build a modern 2-in-1 desktop for GNU/Linux, perhaps using Cinnamon as a starting point. It just takes someone who knows what they're doing, and wasn't born three days ago, completely unaware of what's been done in the past, what worked, and what didn't.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm missing something. . . (Score 1) 83

Most of SpaceX's launches are for private companies. And their real profit plan is satellite internet; these random couple dozen launches per year for the government and private companies is nothing compared to the value of being able to provide cheap high speed internet access everywhere on Earth without having to lay wires. But that requires thousands of satellites to be launched.

Interestingly enough, this also appears to be Blue Origin's profit plan, via their work with OneWeb.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 4, Insightful) 83

What's the problem with SpaceX getting government launch contracts? No, seriously. They're charging less than ULA and thus saving the government a ton of money. What's your huge problem with saving money and having the money that is spent go to a company that's focused on great things rather than some conglomerate of huge military-industrial giants?

I've never understood this animosity.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 187

I'm not sure whether you are criticising the way DRM is defined at the moment to only favour the big entertainment producers, or you are against DRM in any form. Given the massive, commercial interests that drive much of the internet, I think it is unrealistic to expect that we can get rid of DRM completely, but I agree that it needs to be rebalanced, probably in a quite radical way. However, I think DRM is only a corner of a much wider problem, namely the problem of what information it should be possible to own in general, how and by whom. Scientific research results should, IMO be assumed to be in the public domain as a starting point, unless a good case can be made for ownership, since they are potentially of importance for society as a whole and are often produced with some form of public support, whether it is visible in the form of direct funding or not. On the other hand, what can be broadly called 'entertainment' - ie. books, movies, computer games, paintings etc - are not fundamentally important for society as a whole, but how these should be owned and by whom is open to debate, and I think it is wrong to leave the public - the potential customers - out of that discussion.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 392

I also saw somewhere years ago a proof something along the lines that quantum systems mathematically couldn't be built on top of non-quantum systems. I wish I could find that again. Though its possibly-to-likely that it wasn't as solid as it sounded at the time or it (and similar proofs) would be pasted all over the internet.

Well, I suppose it depends on what kind of proof. One of the things about QM is that it is such a horribly complicated mess, mathematically - GR, relatively speaking, is simple: it's just differential geometry, give or take a few bits (not that it isn't hard enough, though). QM is so full of things that have the look and feel of rules-of-thumb or patches to repair holes in the theory, and the maths is still running to catch up. If it is something that interests you (a lot), there are three lecture series on youtube that you might enjoy:

The WE-Heraeus International Winter School on Gravity and Light: https://www.youtube.com/channe...
Lectures on Geometrical Anatomy of Theoretical Physics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Lectures on Quantum Theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

They are all given by Dr Frederic Schuller, who is a phenomenally good lecturer. What I find refreshing is that he teaches the maths behind modern physics as the primary subject, rather than as something you unfortunately have to deal with to solve the equations. I think it is essential to understand the maths to understand the physics.

Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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