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Comment Re:nasa as an institution: it hasnt evolved. (Score 1) 262

Maybe its cruel, but its the only way to advance. The projects weren't designed to fail, were designed to success, but they blew up in pieces. The cosmonauts were very concious that their job was a very dangerous one, and accepted the risks. In these endeavours, we put way too much value to human life and safety, this is about exploring and pushing frontiers, both physical and of knowledge, of course there are going to be fatalities among the way, thats why whe say "it's rocket science" for stuff that is hard to do. But as long as the people involved knows the risks involved and accept them, it's ok. Every death advances knowledge and make the next try safer for the next cosmonaut, and both the cosmonauts, and the scientist working with them, deserve my greatest respect.

Submission + - Amazon down (amazon.com)

darkNeko writes: Amazon.com website is down as 15:15hrs PT, returning a custom amazon made error 500 page. It has been like that for almost 30 minutes, wich means a lot of money lost to Amazon, wich joins the club with Google outage, and Microsoft own before that.

Submission + - Is Sony trying to reform? (theverge.com)

onyxruby writes: Sony has had more than it's share of scandals and been rightly vilified by the public for a series of anti-consumer policies. A company that starts to treat their customers as the enemy tends to enter a death spiral (Circuit City etc). Sony has been having financial trouble for some time and needs to turn things around.

Sony appears to be making a sincere and earnest attempt to do exactly this with the latest PS4. The Verge covers how Sony has made the PS4 and crafted policies explicitly to make the PS4 consumer friendly to the public. They make the case that the PS4 will be superior in nearly every way by not requiring an Internet connection, not restricting used games, supporting indie developers and selling for $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.

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