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Comment Protection (Score 1) 114

As I recall the inflatable module has a multilayer lining to protect from radiation and micro meteors and other stuff. I don't recall fuel tanks having the same concerns. Also the inflatable module used for comparison is a prototype and full size inflatable modules will be substantially larger.

All in all I don't see how a second stage tank will compete.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 392

The entire point of "muscle memory" is that you don't think about it at all - I think "close window", and the cursor moves to the top-right corner of the screen and clicks the box without any further attention from me. For more sophisticated stuff muscle memory becomes more more of an analogy, but it remains "click on this icon that does X at aproximately Y location" and needs minimal thought - just rearrange things and you have to spend time playing "where's Waldo" with the icon you need. Change the icon graphic as well, as is so often the case between analogue tasks on different OSes and it becomes an even more attention-consuming endeavour. Change the basic process as well, which is not entirely unheard of and you may need to relearn large portions of your skilset (for example Open Office, WordPerfect, and MS Word all use fundamentally different underlying concepts of document organization, which is very often reflected in the UI workflow)

As for laziness - the entire history of civilization is one of laziness, even multiplication was a shorthand technique developed to simplify tediously repetitive addition. Adding superfluous difficulties, even superficial ones, is both annoying and dramatically reduces productivity. Yes, it may often come down to remembering new locations for similar-looking icons, but even that is a non-trivial expenditure of attention, especially if you're not good at memorizing new things.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 3) 392

>My only lack of understanding in this matter is why so many people aren't capable of understanding more than one Operating system.

I think it's less laziness than the efficiency of familiarity, combined with the fact that "alternative OSes" historically presented a far more different UI than has become the case with many today. Consider driving a car that had replaced the steering wheels and pedals with joysticks or something - a functionally trivial change in a modern fly-by-wire car, but your ability to maneuver the vehicle effectively is going to be considerably compromised by your unfamiliarity. Yes, 80% of the time that may not matter, but that last 20% is going to be constantly cropping up with irritating reminders of your incompetence until you have a few thousand hours of familiarity under your belt. And long after that you've achieved basic competence, the differences are liable to generate pro-active interference with each other, assuming you still drive normal vehiecls as well

While an unfamiliar operating system is generally less personally dangerous, the difficulties are still quite frustrating. Even something as ubiquitous as the file load/save dialog often presents a considerably different interface between operating systems, with many non-obvious differences in how you configure and leverage bookmarks and other non-trivial navigation aids, on top of the differences in file system organization conventions. Or heck, take the MacOS file manager with it's drop-down folder heirarchy menu from the title bar - beautiful idea, I sometimes find myself missing it on other platforms, but completely non-intuitive, and until you learn of it it's pretty much impossible to navigate up a folder heirarchy.

What makes it worse is often the differences seem to be added purely for the sake of being different - take the window min/max/close buttons on MacOSX and Ubuntu, which for some reason they decided to put on the left instead of the right which everyone has been made familiar with over the last couple decades. When switching OSes you now need to retrain your "muscle memory" on how to close windows, and if you use multiple OSes on a regular basis you probably end up momentarily confused on both. And to what end? Even if there's some grand philosophical reason to the change (and I've never heard one), the end result is that they made OS migration that much more difficult for the sake of a tiny functionality change.

Comment Re:SJW Bullshit (Score 5, Informative) 219

I posted this in another post below, but I just wanted to reiterate it here, for those who might not fully understand the situation.

It might help your understanding of the situation to understand that the CIA and NSA now use fake rape and sexual assault/harassment claims as their preferred method of character assassination (much easier, less messy, and just as effective as actual assassination). It happened to the poor bastard IMF head who made the VERY stupid mistake of challenging the supremacy of the U.S. Dollar. It also happened to Julian Assange and others.

No tin-foil hats here. It's just their modern way of doing business. So any time you hear of sex crimes charges against any member of the hacker/security community (or anyone else the NSA or CIA might have a vested interest in silencing or ostracizing), you should be VERY, VERY skeptical of the charges (and take a long hard look at the accusers).

Comment Re:Rape sympathizers (Score 1) 219

It might help your understanding of the situation to understand that the CIA and NSA now use fake rape and sexual assault/harassment claims as their preferred method of character assassination (much easier, less messy, and just as effective as actual assassination). It happened to the poor bastard IMF head who made the VERY stupid mistake of challenging the supremacy of the U.S. Dollar. It also happened to Julian Assange and others.

No tin-foil hats here. It's just their modern way of doing business. So any time you hear of sex crimes charges against any member of the hacker/security community (or anyone else the NSA or CIA might have a vested interest in silencing or ostracizing), you should be VERY, VERY skeptical of the charges (and take a long hard look at the accusers).

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 1) 290

>I wonder if this is true.

I agree it seems unlikely at first glance, but I think that may simply be because I too am an avid reader. I certainly have met my fair share of people whose lips move when they read, and many more who don't understand why I so strongly prefer to read silently than out loud. Vocalizing is *slow*, even internally, but perhaps if you don't regularly spend several hours a day reading then you never learn to transcend it.

Comment Re:Use Only as Directed (Score 1) 290

>Of course, we're doing it wrong.

Quite. You should be replacing all of those emails with with voice messages. Then you can easily scan through them by ear in high-speed real time, without distracting your eyes from doing whatever it is you were supposed to be doing before that woman with the horribly shrill voice started droning on and on about the minor update she thinks should be made to the module interface discussed last Tuesday when Frank was on vacation in Tahiti with his new wife and....

I apologize in advance if management was listening in and just got a great new idea on how to improve workflow.

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 1) 290

Indeed - even if the text is a word-for-word transcription of the recording. Though, I understand that many people, possibly even a majority, read by mentally vocalizing the words at a pace not much faster than speaking them out loud, so they can't actually read substantially faster than they could listen. Even they though would benefit from the ease of referring back to pervious statements in print.

As for video documentation... it can be a wonderful thing for clearly documenting physical processes (car repair, threading a sewing machine, etc.), and as an augmentation to more structured documentation, but I can't even imagine trying to use it as a primary documentation source for programming. I mean, if done really well (and hopefully well-indexed) it may indeed be a superior introduction to a module, and maybe even to wrap your head around more complicated details, but once I've got the overview, I need to be able to reference the details, *especially* the rarely-used details, quickly and concisely enough that I don't lose track of all the threads of what I was doing that needed those details.

Dear lord... even a transcript of a really well done video documentation would be painfully distracting to sift through... how have your entire development staff not already left for less tortuous pastures?

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 3, Interesting) 290

Or, heaven forbid, use voice mail/answering machines that have been around for decades. I routinely ignore my phone when I'm busy, and everyone who knows me knows that they can immediately call a second time if it's important to talk to me right now. As for everyone else - if they can't be bothered to wait through my (very brief) answering message to leave a message, then it's a safe bet that whatever they had to say wasn't actually important enough for me to waste time listening to. As an added bonus, most people don't like talking to machines, and will impart the relevant information in a fraction of the time it would take to extract it from them in a conversation.

Still, for some things it would be nice to be able to conveniently bypass the phone call entirely and jump straight to voice mail - there are times the intimacy and subtlety of voice are preferable, but that doesn't mean I want to interrupt your flow, nor waste a bunch of time on irrelevant conversational pleasantries.

Best case I think would be auto-dictation with voice attachment, so that you could send a voicemail, with all the convenience of recording such, and have it automatically (and accurately) converted to text so that it can be read in a fraction of the time, with the original recording available to listen to as well, if *you* judge that the subtlety or intimacy are important.

Comment How does it compare? (Score 1) 396

So, anyone with real experience want to weigh in on how Powershell compares to the Linux command line? I've only used it a bit, and nothing has really jumped out at me as more than an incremental improvement over (pseudo-) DOS. Basically - is this something that might actually be valuable to -nix admins, or is it just a way for Windows admins to leverage their existing skills when managing -nix systems?

Either way I'm kind of surprised Microsoft is doing this - seems like the biggest effect would be to make it easier for competing systems to worm their way into a traditionally Windows organization. Seems counterproductive, especially in light of the increasingly abusive behavior we're seeing with Windows.

Unless of course this isn't actually open source - I didn't see any mention of the license, and it would hardly be the first time Microsoft has attempted to poison OSS projects with unlicensed code.

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