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Comment RTFA (Score 1) 229

The language that keeps Constellation going was inserted into the 2010 budget last year by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who sought to protect the program and Ares jobs at Marshall Space Flight Center in his home state.

I would also like to posit that if you are of the opinion that the Republicans have had little or no effect on the legislative process for the past two years, then you have not been paying attention.

Comment Re:Wow. Bitter much? (Score 1) 547

I understand what you're getting at, and obviously you're using an extreme example, but if you have somone "working" for you who is spending that much time not working, you're drastically underusing your resources.

As long as the employer recognises that 40 hours of that Tetris-player's week contributes more value than 40 hours of TakesADayToCodeHelloWorld McGee's week, and therefore should require more money to finance, then he's free to reallocate his resources. Ideally, that is.

Comment Re:Unfiltered, I hope. (Score 5, Insightful) 387

This attitude of "The US shouldn't look at other countries as examples. If we didn't come up with the idea ourselves, it doesn't deserve to be used in America!" is really weird to me, as an outside observer. The same attitude is present in the current healthcare reform debate and in metrication. Surely Americans are aware that foreigners do come up with good ideas, and that you haven't failed as a country because you used some?

Comment Re:Worst metaphor ever? (Score 1) 196

Mod parent up. The summary said to measure the rabbit from Earth, the whole point of which is to illustrate the distance involved. At such a distance, the radiant heat from the rabbit will have weakened such that it would be nearly indistinguishable from other sources much closer. This is where you need sensitivity.

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