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Comment The kickstart we need (Score 3, Insightful) 105

Honestly, it's my personal opinion that the US needs someone else to beat us to a major milestone in space. We've fallen into a bit of a winners dilemma. We've beaten everyone else, why do we need to keep trying? I think if China beats the US to Mars, you'll see the political will materialize around the space program again.

Comment Re: Simple answer... (Score 2) 484

I keep hearing this argument. Our infrastructure is crap and getting worse. And yet, when the roads need repaved, somehow they are being repaved. When a storm comes through and knocks down utility lines, someone comes and repairs them. When some idiot digs up a fiber optic line and cuts it, otherwise known as backhoe fade, someone repairs that too.

Statements like this make it sound like our roads, electrical lines, and telecommunications are on the verge of collapse due to neglect. Our did you mean some other kind of infrastructure?

Comment Re:Um, really? (Score 1) 589

That's like saying the F-16 or F-18 are 60's era equipment. Sure, the first models were built around then, but just like aegis, those fighters have seen a lot of upgrades and love over the years. The aegis systems of today are much more capable than their predecessors.

Comment Re:Pretty radical view of intent (Score 1) 325

The sad part about that comment is that this kind of thing does happen in the US. Try walking into any major airport and casually discussing with a friend how could "hypothetically" blow up the airport.

It just occurred to me that our country is so sensitive about that, there is a very real possibility one could find themselves in trouble simply for posting about talking about hypothetically blowing up an airport.

Comment Re:Pretty radical view of intent (Score 1) 325

It would be kinda like being charged with conspiracy to commit a felony here for talking with some friends about how you go about robbing a bank; in a purely hypothetical manor.

The sad part about that comment is that this kind of thing does happen in the US. Try walking into any major airport and casually discussing with a friend how could "hypothetically" blow up the airport.

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AMD Introduces New Opterons 128

New submitter Lonewolf666 writes "According to SemiAccurate, AMD is introducing new Opterons that are essentially 'Opteron-ized versions of Vishera.' TDPs are lower than in their desktop products, and some of these chips may be interesting for people who want a cool and quiet PC." And on the desktop side, ZDNet reports that AMD will remain committed to the hobbyist market with socketed CPUs.

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