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Comment Re:Is Hawking up for the rigors of spaceflight? (Score 1) 77

The man gets the best medical treatment money can buy with no wait times. Can you say the same? Can any of us?

His situation is tough. He on the other hand is lucky enough to have top-notch round-the-clock medical care and supervision because of his status. I wouldn't begrudge him this because he is one of the important scientific minds of this age, but stop trying to make him out to be some kind of biological superman. He isn't.

Comment No. (Score 1) 283

You can pay for it like everyone else. Lots of jobs can have damaging effects on the body, you don't see anyone else getting free health care for life. At the end of the day, being an astronaut is still a job. One that carries known risks.

Comment A better question (Score 2, Insightful) 243

Do we really want (or need) the Netbook back? As I recall, they were a product that did little more than make people wish they had saved the money to buy something that was actually capable of meeting their basic needs. These days everyone has a cellphone which is already infinitely better than the netbook of yesterday.

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