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Comment Re:Total waste of taxpayer money (Score 1) 46

How do we develop competency in space without, you know, going into space?

Also, the money was spent on other taxpayers. The equipment is made by people who got paid using materials that were made by people who got paid. It's not like we threw cash into space - we gave cash to people in return for a fancy piece of equipment. The money, meanwhile, was spent on groceries and heating bills, and iPhones, trash bins, and shovels, and kayaks, and a bunch of other things.

Comment Re:I went to the original Nov 1 launch date (Score 1) 149

I drove down to view it from Titusville (great show, btw) and couldn't find a hotel within 30 miles with vacancies (I started looking earlier this week once I saw the weather was going to be good). Ended up in Daytona Beach Shores (35 miles away). Not a racing fan, so wasn't aware of any Daytona scheduling affecting things. Oh well.

Comment Re:Who's taking care of ordinary folk's business? (Score 2, Interesting) 283

Well, if Joe is over 55 he has AARP to lobby for (certain aspects of) him. If he carries a gun, he has the NRA. Heck, if he drives a car he may have AAA. So many organizations we do business with and are fundamental to our lives have someone speaking up as lobbyists. Joe Six Pack isn't unrepresented. Maybe he would like his own personal voice, as would every citizen. Can you imagine 300,000,000 lobbyists in DC? They get their individual voice every 2+ years when they vote in various representatives.


The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume 297

ElectricSteve writes "Most of the world's beer has between 4% and 6% alcohol by volume (ABV). The strength of beer achieved by traditional fermentation brewing methods has limits, but a well-crafted beer that is repeatedly 'freeze distilled' can achieve exquisite qualities and much higher alcohol concentrations. An escalation in the use of this relatively new methodology over the last 12 months has seen man's favorite beverage suddenly move into the 40+% ABV realm of spirits such as gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, and vodka, creating a new category of extreme beer. The world's strongest beer was 27% ABV, but amidst an informal contest to claim the title of the world's strongest beer, the top beer has jumped in strength dramatically. This week Gizmag spoke to the brewers at the center of the escalating competition. New contestants are gathering, and the race is now on to break 50% alcohol by volume."

Comment Re:Cause or effect? (Score 1) 109

Actually, I think the information available about the dangers of phone usage while driving *does* stop some people from doing it. It would be nice if more people heeded the warnings. The results of this study may not convince as many people as some would hope, but if it convinces some people (it is or isn't safe) then it has value.

Comment Re:Is that an OLED screen? (Score 1) 1713

Granted I got my information from the live updates on Engadget and Gizmodo, but my understanding of the 10 hr runtime was when running video. So, not a maximum runtime but to demonstrate a runtime under a particular load. It is possible the feed got the details incorrect, but i don't consider 10 hrs all that bad for constant use.

Comment Re:Slow QWERTY typer (Score 5, Insightful) 203

The other thing about handwriting is that you can do it one handed at decent speed. If you have one hand holding a clipboard, notepad, tablet, etc, you need good text input with one hand. If you only ever write where you can use 2 hands, such as at your desk, a keyboard (ie PC or laptop) is probably best.

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