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Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 114

Bleeding off the excess H2 and O2 seems as wasteful as throwing away the tank itself. I would suspect that having an extra ton or two of oxygen and hydrogen wouldn't be all that hard to turn into an extra ton of H2O, which the crew might appreciate. Or if they send up multiple partially empty tanks, they could designate one tank as the recovery tank.

The tank purging process would probably be time consuming, but there should no reason to be in a hurry to convert the tank into a different usable space. Conversion is something the crew can do while under way to their final destination (with the reward of having an extra building to live in after they're all done; that should provide incentive to prioritize the task.) I would question the value of sending dedicated construction robots into orbit since the crew is already going to be there (unless the task has dangerous elements due to the residual fuel, risks of fire or explosive decompression while cutting openings into the tanks, etc.)

It definitely limits the main engines to burning hydrogen and LOX, though. There would be no way to purge a tank holding any of the other fuels they might want to use. Imagine if living in an empty diesel fuel drum was the best of the other available options.

Comment Re: Well that was expected (Score 4, Insightful) 95

The FCC ought to just make it optional for ISPs to classify themselves as common carriers, which means they have to comply with I.e. net neutrality. If they opt out of it, then they're liable for anything from acts of terrorism to copyright infringement to somebody using their network to solicit murder for hire, and this applies whether the customer uses encryption or not.

Comment Re:so there you have it folks. (Score 2) 476

She hasn't been particularly as overtly anti-vaccine as she could be, which is good, but she has given some pretty wishy-washy answers on the topic of alternative medicine and pandering to the corporate conspiracy crowd. At a time when she should be giving a scientific answer she gave a politican's one; something she would no doubt attack other politicians for doing if the topic was climate change (and rightfully so of course).

Although, on the topic of genetically engineered crops, she has just been consistently in the wrong, and the recent thing about 'subjecting children to wifi' was pretty silly as well.

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 5, Insightful) 476

Yeah well there's just so many other options to choose from. You've got the corporate Teflon, the thought crime promoting nutcase, the de facto plutocrat who would let the invisible hand screw us right on over, and the conspiracy nutter who thinks wifi will fry your brain, and two of them don't even count. The options are so shitty I can't even protest vote, and if you go to any of the more minor parties you find theocrats, would-be communist overlords, and other assholes. There is literally no one who represents me, no one promoting reasonable reform where necessary without all the usual wingnut idiocy. This election day I see no get out of bed, except maybe to write in I. C. Wiener on my ballot. This election is genuinely disheartening.

Comment Re:Cold calls should just be illegal (Score 1) 103

If you're on the do-not-call registry, then no cold call would be legitimate unless it's a political ad or a charity. Though I personally haven't heard of any legit charity that solicits donations in this manner. The only "charities" I've gotten cold calls from are fake ones. Avoiding political spam is easy: When you register to vote, just give them a random fax number.

Comment Re:If Google is doing something illegal (Score 2, Insightful) 152

Seriously. At least Microsoft makes shit that some people actually like to use. I've yet to meet one person that actually enjoys using the poorly engineered crap that discharges from Oracle's anus, and everybody who does use it only does so because they have to. The few things Oracle makes that are somewhat usable are things that they bought from some other company and haven't yet had the chance to wipe their ass with it.

And then worst of all, if you simply look at your oracle product the wrong way, they'll probably sue you for breaking the EULA.

Comment Re: Worldwide news are always US only. (Score 1) 256

That looks like a reasonable list of most of the biggest US companies in computing today. You might have added a few more, notably Amazon, and perhaps the big PC manufacturers like Dell.

Yeah and some other heavyweights I didn't mention include IBM and Nvidia. The point is, there are a ton of big ones in the US, and very few elsewhere. Europe actually comes in somewhere third in this regard, with perhaps ARM Holdings and maybe Philips being their most well known tech brands, with Asia being second, i.e. Samsung, LG, Asus, Lenovo, etc.

Comment Re: Worldwide news are always US only. (Score 1) 256

Nope, what I said was that we're about as backwards as it gets in terms of using the metric system.

And what's backwards about it?

Since virtually all scientific research has moved to the metric system, perhaps we should jump waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead to the 1980's or so and do the same.

Tell me, when you pick up a bottle of tylenol, how are the doses measured? When you get blood lab work done, what measurements are used for all of the numbers written on the report? When you read an NIH whitepaper, how are all numbers they use measured?

We've been on metric for a lot longer than you think in all of the areas that actually matter.

The metric system has so many advantages that I really should have to detail them here.

Hence it's used when it's needed. The only countries that don't exclusively use the metric system for every single thing that every person does are typically authoritarian governments. In the UK they still use the pint and the stone for every day shit. Unless you want to argue that authoritarianism is the only system that isn't backwards, I'm not sure what your message is. A while back one of those whitehouse petitions was for us to switch to metric; do you happen to recall what the response was?

You may as well argue that we're also backwards for not switching to Esperanto as our national language.

Comment Re: Make in Phillipines Packaged in... (Score 1) 256

Chandler is the home of the most advanced fab in the world. And yes, Intel still assembles parts in Singapore, among other places, I just listed them as an example.

In fact even some of the cheap crap electronics you buy from China are made from parts here. I live within miles of an Avnet plant where they make things like resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc, that are shipped straight to China for assembly into PCBs that later make their way back here inside of a smartphone or a refrigerator.

Comment Re: Worldwide news are always US only. (Score 1) 256

And that means what, exactly? Are you trying to say that North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela are somehow more technologically advanced because they measure their water using metric?

Just because the US is the only one of a few who do a particular thing doesn't really say a whole lot, especially because there are many things like that beyond a measurement system that many countries hold unique.

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