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Comment Re:First SpaceX Missions To Mars: 'Dangerous and P (Score 1) 412

a lot like Mars

Not remotely close. In the worst of conditions in Iceland, I could walk around for minutes totally naked in the worst conditions, go back inside, dink some hot cocoa and be ready to do it again in a few hours. Mars, you'll be unconscious in 12 seconds if you space suit springs a leak and dead in 4 minutes. Iceland wait a few hours until the storm goes away, put on a heavy coat and spend a day out ice fishing. Mars, pour some hot water onto you freeze dried lasagna while looking out the window.

The trip to Iceland back then was as risky as it goes. Navigation was difficult, a storm could sink the ship, disease could not be cured. No steel boats, just wood and sail.

Plus you never knew what happened to the other crews. Did they survive or not? They could have a happy life, but no communication back to the motherland. Missing Iceland and ending up in Greenland without knowing it - totally possible.

Comment Re:Close the loop (Score 1) 108

If I were a manufacturer with a 20% return rate on my products, I'd do the following:

1. Put an immediate message out that "We have our best people working feverishly on the issue."

2. Force my engineering and channel sales experts to conference call each and every customer until they learn enough about the issue to fix the reason the product was returned.

3. Perhaps the products are not defective (such as RAM) but that the purchase process does not identify the correct RAM needed. I'd have my software team write code to detect the correct RAM needed (for example).

4. I'd tie the design team's bonus structure directly to return rates.

5. Lastly, I'd also close the loop with distributors - any product where return rates started to climb would be pulled.

(When you are getting a 20% return rate, you're not making profit anyway.)

You forget:

0. Check the sales numbers. If the product is sold only five times, there's nothing to worry yet about the return rate, but marketing should get their act together.

Comment Re:5GB + Unlimited Spotify (Score 2) 204

I have 5GB data + unlimited Spotify. As this is not legal anymore because of net neutrality, Spotify data will fall under the 5GB in the near future. I use about 2GB normal data per month, and about 6-12 GB for Spotify. I'm thinking about ending my Spotify subscription alltogether when the unlimited option is gone.

Where are you where zero-rating is illegal? In the US, T-mobile still zero-rates music, so you must not live here...

I live in the Netherlands, and I believe we have the strongest laws about net neutrality in the EU.

Comment 5GB + Unlimited Spotify (Score 1) 204

I have 5GB data + unlimited Spotify. As this is not legal anymore because of net neutrality, Spotify data will fall under the 5GB in the near future. I use about 2GB normal data per month, and about 6-12 GB for Spotify. I'm thinking about ending my Spotify subscription alltogether when the unlimited option is gone.

Comment Re:No kidding. (Score 1) 259

Even if I'm a regular visitor, I might not want to download anyone's app because I'm running out of space on my mobile phone. Too many of these loser specialized apps act like space is unlimited and cache many megabytes, nor can I customize its cache to save things on my external memory card which has many gigabytes free.

Even when having many gigabytes available I prefer Facebook in the browser over the app. I don't want the FB app to read (and upload) all my contacts, locations, etc...

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 4, Insightful) 365

IMHO, this is a browser problem, not a website problem. Browser shouldn't allow scripts to interact with a password field. Period.

[Disclaimer: I'm not the GP AC.]

Isn't this exactly what a password manager does? I thought Lastpass (to name one) uses Javascript to change the form fields, including the password field (which suddenly has a clickable * in it). So if you disable that, you have to paste manually.

Comment Re:Everybody should be pissed at NSA by now ... (Score 4, Insightful) 80

These are always the best laws...enacted right after an 'emergency', with no debate. Helpfully, the law was pre-drafted and just in a filing cabinet waiting for the right circumstance to pass it.

Of course, I'm not exactly sure how this helps with the 'emergency', that the NSA was spying on the French gov't. I guess the emergency for the gov't was that they finally realized that the NSA knew more about everyone in France than the French Secret Service does. The new legislation should even it up, by greatly increasing their ability to spy on their own largely law-abiding citizens.

The French are mad, but only for the show. They simply cooperate with the NSA, and this is the opportunity they've been waiting for. Now they can pass a new law that will help them cooperate even better with the NSA. They thank Wikileaks for helping them.

Comment Re:WordPerfect 5.1 (Score 2) 192

Office 2003 is arguably still the best version of Office. I have co-workers who still use it and I've used pretty much every version since 4. I don't disagree with them, although I have personally transitioned to 2010 for compatibility. Newer versions don't provide much additional usability and make certain things more difficult such as removing the ability to select chart curves directly from the legend. Why??

WordPerfect 5.1 baby, WordPerfect 5.1. "Reveal codes" is/was the most useful feature ever.

I agree - it was really cool to cleanup the mess it sometimes created. You can do this in Office as well. Unzip the docx, and with a proper XML editor you can do anything. Except.... the mess MS has made of that XML is unbelievable. The logic behind it seems to be to make it as difficult as possible to edit this manually.

Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 2) 222

So, you're happy to believe that Russia/China can decrypt our strongest encryption (unless you think Snowden just ROT-13ed the files) and have chosen to go after Snowden's files (despite the fact that they could just use rubber-hose cryptanalysis instead) rather than infiltrate live systems?.

Decrypting those files is not the way to go. Better hack the laptop that decrypts the file, and record keystrokes.

Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 1) 222

Anyone who has been following these Snowden-related news already knew the US government officials lied, lied, and lied repeatedly, lied to the world, lied to their own people, lied to their Congress, all without any consequences.

Anyone who still believed them would need to have zero capability in logical thinking, so what's the point in pointing out flaws in the logic of these statements?

The point is propaganda. The method they use: the strict father model - if daddy says so, it must be true. No matter if he is wrong, is he says so you have to accept it. And "daddy" here is the government, the NSA, or that good and reliable Sunday Times. Critical intelligent people think otherwise, but they are lost and this propaganda is not for them.

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