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Comment Re: This is a surprise? (Score 1) 483

You make it sound like our taxes are going down so we'll have more disposable income, this is not the case. The school will stay at the same funding level (probably get an annual increase even), and will still charge the same rediculous rates for tuition. The only place this money will go is to the deans paycheck or a bonus for one of their lackeys. When I left DADDY (another worthless california state school) they had just hired a new Dean at 3.5 million dollars per year.

Comment it's viable... (Score 1) 186

"Wilbur and Orville didn't *talk* about building an airplane for the better part of a century while simply making more and more hype artwork and articles." Instead humanity dreamed about flying since we stepped out of our caves Milena ago. Seriously, Greek legends about Icarus, Renaissance artist's renditions of helicopters, etc etc. Humanity has always been obsessed with flying. I'm sorry that you don't want to travel to the stars, but humanity needs something to fix our collective eye on and work for, else we devolve into smacking each other over the head with clubs for breeding rights, food and water. If the technology doesn't exist to make it viable let's invent it. Apollo did wonders for our world, I expect that if humanity got its act together and started working on a shared goal we'd all be much better off. Living just to be comfortable doesn't sound like living to me.

Comment Re: Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

You must not be paying attention: https://www.newsweek.com/2015/... Just Google "Lolita express" and you'll find all kinds of hard references to Billy being on that plane that was stocked with underage girls. And to keep Bill out of trouble the owner of the plane got a sweet deal with the prosecutor. Now the victims are suing to get justice.

Comment Re: Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 1) 531

To be fair there are just as many foreign interests in Hillary's campaign, you only need to look at the list of "donors" to the Clinton foundation, some of which received sizeable favours from the US state department during her tenure. And there are probably many more done under the table that we don't know about. And before you say, "The other side does it too!" Let's agree that wrong is wrong, no matter who does it, no excuses.

Comment Re: Physically feasible? (Score 1) 330

Let's not forget the difference in mass. Voyager is a stripped down space probe with every ounce carefully minimized, its pretty hard to do that if you're taking humans along. Now you could argue for cryogenics, but once again we can't make that work on mammels afaik. Only way to deliver sane humans in a state ready to survive is a colony ship that grows its own food and has a sustainable population, which means millions, perhaps billions of milligrams of mass that has to be accelerated and decellerated (and pushed out of earth's gravity).

Comment Re: Cue Musk fellation (Score 1) 373

I agree with your analysis of the complexity of an ICE, but I argue that an electric car is no less complex if you look inside the silicon. IGBTs and MOSFETS along with their control networks are quite complex, but they are beyond the mechanics purview. The millions of lines of code in the control systems would certainly be another point of complexity, beyond the ken of the majority of the population. And while the electric motors themselves are simple, their simplicity belies the many thousands of hours that went into designing the field windings and armature to maximize the effectiveness of the generated magnetic flux.

Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

Comment Re:and it begs the question (Score 1) 622

for NON-Violent crimes, I absolutely agree that their rights should be reinstated, even for firearms. I would also expand that definition to include small time drug offenses, if it isn't already. But I'm afraid for someone who was guilty of assault, rape, murder, etc. has already amply shown that they can't control themselves, and shouldn't have the right to own a gun reinstated.

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