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Remembering Sealab 138

An anonymous reader writes "'Some people remember Sealab as being a classified program, but it was trying not to be,' says Ben Hellwarth, author of the new book Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor, which aims to 'bring some long overdue attention to the marine version of the space program.' In the 1960s, the media largely ignored the efforts of America's aquanauts, who revolutionized deep-sea diving and paved the way for the underwater construction work being done today on offshore oil platforms. It didn't help that the public didn't understand the challenges of saturation diving; in a comical exchange a telephone operator initially refuses to connect a call between President Johnson and Aquanaut Scott Carpenter, (who sounded like a cartoon character, thanks to the helium atmosphere in his pressurized living quarters). But in spite of being remembered as a failure, the final incarnation of Sealab did provide cover for a very successful Cold War spy program."

Comment We're in a sad state when... (Score 5, Insightful) 213

The hospital is still treating patients in emergency situations but is asking people with minor ailments, such as sore throats or sprained ankles, to contact their regular providers, Okun said.

We're in a sad state when people need to go to the hospital to deal with sore throats and sprained ankles.

Comment Re:"overwhelming feedback with no notable dissent. (Score 1) 574

Your opinion is fascinating, but not relevant. If you'd read the bug report you'd know that people aren't complaining on the basis of aesthetics. The problem is that a tab is only big enough to display the favicon and a small number of characters for the page's title, the more tabs are open the fewer characters can fit. This behavior constrains the usefulness of the title tags and there's a lot of websites that haven't adapted to handle it.

Note: I'm posting this using Chrome so don't interpret this as a Google bash, I'm just acknowledging that these people have a point.

Comment Re:20% with no false positives? (Score 1) 62

If the algorithm can detect 20% with perfection then that must constitute extremely low hanging fruit. That type of vandalism is just annoyance. It is so obvious that the end user readily recognizes it as such and can skip over it or revert the edit.

You have to consider that the people doing the vast majority of vandalism reversions aren't the end users, it's registered wikipedians who maintain articles as a hobby. Automatically reverting 20% of the vandalism means contributors have that much more time to spend verifying uncited claims in other articles.

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