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Comment Re:Our financial foundation is strong (Score 1) 44

The reality is that they've been overstating cash flow for a while, using asset sales to maintain a positive cash flow. Revenues have been in the dumps for years, and BB has largely been living off the large cash reserves it accumulated during the boom years of its business. They should have shuttered the windows a long time ago and returned the investors the cash, but they had managed to turn BB into some sort of weird stock cult, and had legions of idiots running around declaring "any day now, BB is going to take off again" even as the stock plummeted.

BB has been dead for seven years now, it's just that there was enough cash in the bank to keep the corpse twitching.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 109

and give you workers comp for work-outs injurys as they you can say it's part of the job.

Well, if it's a pre-condition of insurance, then why not. Injuries are as inevitable from sports at some stage as long term health implications of not exercising. Injuries don't happen all the time and the productivity gains being sought are tied to health and well being in the first place.

As far as I know there is no, better than I was before the heart attack or stroke.

Comment Re:State sponsored corporate spies (Score 1) 430

Okay, I'll answer your question. The premise is ridiculous

Yes, or at least very unlikely. Narrow it to two people and it becomes more likely. But it was foremost a test case to get some active thought going. Separating a social goal from fairness on a personal level.

But for the sake of argument, let's say that is somehow the case. I'd probably pull a name out of a hat or something.

annnnnd..... You pass! Very good. In a problem with no good answer, no satisfactory solution that doesn't offend someone, no fairness to the individuals, you cast race and gender aside, and use plain random chance. Which of course is the only logical answer.

In a world of agendas, and people who are promoting their own agenda over other's agendas, and where rational thought is precious scarce, some times ya gotta just employ chance.

And I apologize for badgering ya (sincerely) but I do this kinda shit some times.

Comment Re:1Million People (Score 1) 370

I'd think that, considering the risks, a single failure in power and all the frozen embryos will die.

A single failure in power that prevents you from keeping even a small cryopump operating, and you have much bigger problems than keeping (replaceable) embryos alive.

There is no "need" to ever send a human male. Whenever you want a local source of sperm, you can send any number of male embryos. But again, from a "maximizing reproduction rate" perspective, there is no need to send men. It's far lower mass / higher capacity to send embryos, by many orders of magnitude. And provides the corresponding orders of magnitude increased genetic diversity, rather than having everyone be siblings.

In practice, of course, travel to Mars will be an equal opportunity endeavour.

Comment Re:Cool, but how does that help anything? (Score 1) 370

Shame about the atmospheric pressure and temperature... I mean, if you're a deep sea fish who likes it HOT, sure. No oxygen, either.

Why do people automatically think of planets as only existing at their surface? Yes, the environment at Venus's surface is hell. But in the cloudtops (specifically the middle cloud layer), it's the closest place in the solar system to Earth outside of Earth. Earthlike gravity, temperature, pressure, sunlight levels, and a radiation shielding equivalent to having several meters of water overhead. Yes, there is some (sparse) sulfuric acid mist, like a bad smog/vog, but then again, skin contact with Martian dust will also burn you (due to its oxidizing salts it's been described as similar to handling lye), and probably a lot faster. You can't breathe either of them, but the water won't boil out of your skin on Venus. It might well be possible (although inadvisable) to be outside in Venus with nothing more than a full face mask; contact dermatitis at those sort of H2SO4 levels will happen eventually, but not quickly. You could actually feel an alien breeze on your skin. In any case, no pressure suit is needed.

Not to mention that normal Earth air is a lifting gas on Venus. Or that H2SO4 is more of a resource than a hindrance (there's no shortage of plastics that tolerate it well, it's easy to adsorb, and it's easy to thermally decompose into water, oxygen, and SO2, as well as being one of the most important industrial acids; most of the other major industrial acids are also available straight from the atmosphere, in lesser quantities)

Access to the surface is more difficult than on Mars, but not impossible. Surface probes thusfar have used what humans would need to use to survive: the simple combination of insulation and thermal inertia. Probes have survived for over 2 hours in that manner, and it's possible to engineer to even greater survival times. These were in the lowlands as well, where the air is hotter and thicker than in the highlands. Soft suits would not be viable; as the environment most resembles deep sea diving, you need hard suits. Hard suits were actually prototyped by NASA for use with Apollo, and worked quite well (they're less restrictive to movement than soft suits); however they went with soft suits because they were lighter. One neat thing about operation near Venus's surface is that flight is very easy. Any manned suit at the surface would almost certainly be paired with a bellows balloon, which is an metallic accordion-like adjustable-lift system (which has already been prototyped and tested in Venus surface conditions)

All of that said, there's not really any good reason to put people on the surface, as you can teleoperate dredges for mining the surface (operated from the cloud deck) without any meaningful delay.

Comment Re:Karma is dead on arrival (Score 1) 43

With those foldable propellors it looks a lot more portable too: not just small, but safe to carry around in a backpack or bag without breaking.

Those are the most interesting part of the whole design, and I look forward to being able to buy something similar in a 10 inch prop for not too much money. Right now folding props are expensive.

Comment Re:Certainly the work of heroic Russian hackers . (Score 1) 89

(I couldn't resist - or is anybody here naÃve enough to believe that Mr. Snowden is not being, er, *asked* to help with their efforts in this regard?)

Why would he even be useful in that regard? He accomplished what he accomplished because at the time he had access. Now he doesn't. He's only useful to Russia as a PR symbol.

Comment Re:Why so aggressive? (Score 1) 157

If security was as bad as you make it out to be, then why can't you demonstrate a hole?

It has been demonstrated as by others - it is such a well known problem that Wikipedia has an article on it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine_escape
Symantec have written about it:
https://www.symantec.com/avcenter/reference/Virtual_Machine_Threats.pdf
and there have been items in the news:
http://www.darkreading.com/risk/hacking-tool-lets-a-vm-break-out-and-attack-its-host/d/d-id/1131254?

Jails, zones and some other tools are things with security as a design consideration. The virtual machines we get to work with were designed for other reasons and do not really add anything other than an illusion of security.

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