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Comment Re:Why haven't we done Voyager 3 and 4? (Score 1) 58

NASA has ALWAYS been about the pork and the distribution of federal funds.

Check out the history of the early years (e.g., https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/sql01). For example, why would you build a space center in Texas? Because the VP and a high-ranking member of Congress's budget committee were from Texas, of course.

"On September 19, 1961, Administrator James E. Webb of NASA formally announced that the new Manned Spacecraft Center would be built in southeastern Harris County, Texas, about twenty-five miles from downtown Houston, at the edge of Clear Lake, an inlet of Galveston Bay. Rice University was to transfer a 1,000-acre tract to the federal government for the construction of the center. Civic leaders and congressmen from other states doubted that Houston and environs met all of NASA's official criteria, at least any more than their towns did. They inquired about the roles of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, chairman of the high-level National Aeronautics and Space Council, and Representative Albert Thomas, also a Democrat and Texan and chairman of the Independent Offices Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, in the choice of the Harris County site."

Comment Re:Congrats Linus (Score 3, Insightful) 106

Nah - the attitude is half the reason we got on board in the early nineties, and it's why Linux remains relatively cruft-less today.

Related: here's why the University of Chicago is one of my favorite universities I never attended:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-university-of-chicago-safe-spaces-letter-met-20160825-story.html

Comment Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 5, Informative) 251

>> How do they get contracts?

Golf maybe?

>> It's not like their incompetence isn't already legend.

I took part in a state-wide effort to avoid hiring Accenture for some kind of state voting system about ten years, based on their demonstrated inability to complete that kind of project (they were getting sued by other governments during bidding) and their 3-4x run-up of costs at the same time. Guess what happened? The state hired Accenture anyway...got screwed with a system they couldn't use...and got charged about 3x what they were told. Unfortunately as I got older, I noticed that this happens all the time.

Comment All the data means all the data (Score 3, Insightful) 301

I trust Wikileaks a whole lot more than the average Associated Press news story full of random bullshit attributed to "sources speaking anonymously because they were not authorized." We're not dumb, we don't want a filter and "think of the children" is how dictators often climb to power.

Comment people will still reject education but need degree (Score 5, Insightful) 282

>> High-Quality Online Education: While college tuition skyrockets, anyone with a smartphone can study almost any topic online, accessing educational content that is mostly free and increasingly high-quality.

This has been true of libraries and the early days of the Internet as well: there's PLENTY of free material available to those who want to learn something. However, most people still spend most of their time consuming pop/political lit or playing games instead of learning or contributing anything worthwhile.

And...you'll still need a degree to get a job, and what you learn online isn't going to help there except to let you skate through a class or two at the university.

Comment Old Media = HRC and Trump (Score 1) 213

Most people who still watch/read old media (CBS/CNN/NBC/ABC/FOX) are over 40. Just about all non-conservative people under 40 supported Sanders over Clinton, and it's hard to find many under-40 conservatives excited about Trump. So, if you're telling me that without old media we wouldn't have Clinton vs. Trump, well then old media can't die soon enough.

Comment Remember when journalists dug for the truth? (Score 5, Insightful) 204

>> WikiLeaks is promising more leaked dirt on Hillary Clinton

Does anyone else remember when journalists actually did research like this? (In a free society, digging up "dirt" on politicians is a GOOD thing.) Where is the Watergate reporting crew when we need them?

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