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Comment Re:Oh dear, poor SpaceX. (Score 1) 55

the huge amount of forest destroyed

C"mon, we're talking 10000 acres here. 4000 hectares for those who can't be bothered to learn more than one way to measure things. The USA, currently, has something like 750 million acres of forest (300M hectares). So this 10K acres amounts to 0.00133% of the US forest land. Assuming the entire 10K acres is/was forest.

Not to mention that wildfires are a natural occurrence, and part of the forest life cycle. If they didn't threaten human stuff, the best thing to do would be to let them (the naturally caused ones, anyway) burn themselves out.

Comment Re:Just an onion on my belt! (Score 1) 326

There are very good reasons we don't allow Doctor Mom to build her own x-ray machine to save a buck. Just because this medical device is simple doesn't mean it isn't a medical grade device that should be constructed in your Maker lab.

Except that if you're highly allergic to something, you risk a good chance of death by NOT having an EpiPen or similar around. If you simply don't have the obscene amount of money they're asking for them, your choices are:
1. Risk death by not having an EpiPen(cil)
2. Risk death (but probably much less so) by constructing your own.

Which would you pick?

Unfortunately, with our idiotic healthcare system here in the US, that logic applies to more than just epinephrine.

Comment Re:At&t doesn't even try to pretend it isnt ex (Score 1) 160

This will be a continuing problem so long as the people who own the infrastructure also sell services over it.

They almost got this right with the ILEC/CLEC split with DSL. The only problem is that they let the ILEC sell services over the infrastructure they owned.

Don't let the guys who own the wires sell any services and this problem will fix itself.

And don't let anyone who owns wires or provides service also create/sell content.

Comment Re:Disgraceful (Score 3, Funny) 629

This has no place on slashdot. It is extremely offensive to the memory of a once fantastic tech site.

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Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

Why the hell should anyone care about abstract "people"? I'mm not wired that way, we care about those we know, not about anyone I don't know .

I fixed that for you. There ar ea lot of peopel in this world. Some do not care about anyone outside their immediate or extended family - in fact, some have a great fear outside of their "friend zone". Some don't care about anyone at all. And despite your assertions, there are those among us who actually do care about the future and the people in it.

You shouldn't presume to speak for all of humanity.

I think it might be more accurate to say that most people actually do care. BUT, they also realize that absolutely nothing they do on an individual level will have any impact whatsoever - everyone has to do it, or it's wasted effort. So there's very little incentive to make one's own life more expensive and less pleasant when everyone around you *appears* to not care (because they also all see everyone else not doing anything).

Comment Re:Pushing industry forward (Score 1) 71

Once SpaceX starts flying those "used" cores it will push the whole industry of space flight to the same level of reuse. We are going to see some great advances in engineering coming from all over the world as others start to catch up to SpaceX.

Another interesting thing that might result from reuse: I keep hearing people say, "who would risk their expensive cargo on a used booster?" I wonder if it won't actually turn out that the second, and maybe even third flights of a given booster prove to be more reliable than the first. (basically natural selection rocket-style)

Comment Re:Actually, they still do make games that way (Score 2) 158

Are we forgetting that indie game developers are still frequently one programmer and one artist? Fez, Terraria, Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Shovel Knight and Undertale are all games made by unbelievably tiny teams.

And, IMO, the games are way more fun, even if they're a bit less shiny.

Comment Re:Router Failure? (Score 1) 93

That embarassment will make sure they hire more staff and put more money in IT funding.

You haven't worked in enterprise IT for long, have you? An embarrassment like this will make them flog their existing staff harder, insist on more metrics to measure performance, more boxes on the audit form to tick, more mandatory unpaid overtime. But little chance they'll actually spend more money on the IT cost center.

Depends. What situations like this do is put a pretty firm dollar amount on the failures that IT asks for $X to mitigate/prevent. That way, next time they ask for $400k for something to avoid a $2M problem, they can ask in a language that upper management understands, and have memorable evidence to back them up.

Sad that management won't trust the expensive experts they hire, but sometimes it takes an expensive lesson for them to learn (just sucks that the customers usually get screwed in the process).

Comment Re:I call BFD here (Score 1) 623

IMHO, the posted speed limit is for either A) the driver with dementia who shouldn't be driving anyway, or B) some government that needs the speeding fines to balance their budget.

You forgot C) the lowest common denominator of equipment condition. Vehicle inspection standards in the US are a joke, and there's a lot of cars on the road that shouldn't be going 40 MPH, let alone 80.

Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 5, Funny) 729

This "article" screams intern assignment. The premise is predetermined and everything that goes against it is ignored. There are so many part pickers and guides available through a single search it's frustrating and stupefying that someone would even try writing this.

Likewise, building a PC now is nothing close to what it used to take. How would have this person felt trying to configure their IRQ interrupts? Not well, I'm guessing.

All told, it is sad that /. even allowed this to be submitted. This is an article in search of something to be upset about.

You missed the part where the author complains about the "unreasonable" cost, then turns around and lauds Apple... :P

Comment Re:Do Whatever You Can Afford (Score 1) 765

I know for a fact, that if someone in *my* group were to quit, it would totally fuck over for my vacation plans, and I would lose a LOT of money.

If I had pre-approved vacation with a lot of non-refundable money invested, I would expect the company to reimburse me if they demand I cancel it. In fact, their refusing to do so would be one of those situations where I might quit without notice. It might very well cost me less to go unpaid for the two or three weeks it took to land another job than to cancel the vacation plans! Either get by without me, or hire a contractor.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

According to AAA, an organization more reputable than Bankrate.com, the cost to own and drive a vehicle in the USA today is $8,558 per year.

Holy crap! $8,500? That seems really high. Here are my numbers:

2001 Toyota Solara (yearly, bought new):
Depreciation: $1700
Maint (avg): $500
Insurance: $1150
Gas: ~$1000-1200
Total: $4,550/yr

2008 Porsche Boxster S (yearly, bought used):
Depreciation: $1400
Maint: $800
Insurance: $1000
Gas: $1000-1200
Total: $4,400/yr

Am I missing something (other than the urge to go switch cars every three years)?

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