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U.S. Billionaire Heads to Space Station

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the now-that's-an-expensive-hotel dept.

Space 208

TurnAround writes "According to an International Business Times article, a Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan Saturday, sending Charles Simonyi and two cosmonauts soaring into orbit on a two-day journey to the international space station. Climbing on a column of smoke and fire into the clouds over the bleak steppes, the Soyuz TMA-10 capsule lifted off at 11:31 p.m. local time, casting an orange glow over the Baikonur cosmodrome and dozens of officials and well-wishers watching from about a mile away."

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pFirst! (4, Funny)

donutello (88309) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666525)

That's Hungarian for First Post.

Re:pFirst! (2, Funny)

modulo (172960) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666683)

Wouldn't that be strPost = "First" ?

Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667001)

He is not Mark Shuttleworth. Why should I give a flying fuck about this then?

Re:pFirst! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667373)

That's far too straightforward for Hungarian notation. I believe the notation you're looking for is lpszPost, as it's a zero-terminated string, probably referenced by a long pointer.

OK, now that I've sucked all the humor out of the joke...

Re:pFirst! (3, Funny)

The Terminator (300566) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666823)

Is this the guy who is responsible for the braindead Hungarian Notation (beginning every variable name with its type)?

CU

Re:pFirst! (1)

astrosmash (3561) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666981)

Yup, Mr. lpcszHungarianNotation himself has blasted off into space. They should leave him up there. Ha ha, just kidding.



Grrr....


Re:pFirst! (3, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667089)

Hungarian notation has one very special use - it helps weed out the weenies when you're looking for system programmers.

Its the same for people who do crap like LPCSTR ... hey, you stupid bozos, that's a throw-back to 16-bit Windows 3x. It doesn't belong in 32-bit code on a flat-memory architecture where an int and a long are the same. And it certainly doesn't belong in code for a server for BSD.

And those who insist on "m_uiWhatever" ... hey, f*cktards, what's with the "m_" - its a variable, so of course its in memory. And when you realize that you should have changed Whatever to be signed so that you can catch over/underflows, hope you remember to change all your variable names ... again.

Real programmers don't do hungarian. Ever.

Re:pFirst! (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667291)

Hmm, that should be: "rEal pRoGrammers dOn't dO hUnGarian. eVer."

There, fixed that for you... ;)

Re:pFirst! (4, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667423)

To be honest, I think "programmers" are objects, not reals (not even ints) ...

Then again, some of them don't really have any methods, so I guess they're just empty structs, no class.

Of course, it depends on how you #define things in the first place ... you can always assert() whatever you need to ...

Re:pFirst! (1)

josh2112 (856384) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667337)

hey, f*cktards, what's with the "m_" - its a variable, so of course its in memory.

Umm, the "m_" prefix is for "member", as in member of a class [wikipedia.org] . Has nothing to do with memory.

Re:pFirst! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667495)

We had this argument at work ... for those who use it to indicate a member of a class, its also redundant - simple scoping rules, and how its used, make this obvious. Anyone who needs more than that really should go bace to Visual Basic.

And its really funny when people use it BOTH ways ... and inconsistently ... (sometimes because they've copied code off the web).

Ditto for "C" in front of a class. Totally unneeded.

Re:pFirst! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667341)

"m_" means "member variable", not "memory variable". Real programmers adhere to whatever naming convention is used in the legacy code base or on the platform, rather than re-inventing their own naming and coding styles.

Re:pFirst! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667545)

I've seen it used/abused both ways.

Simple conventions:

  1. #defines in UPPERCASE_ONLY
  2. class names and instances in ProperCase
  3. functions and class methods in all_lower_case();
  4. variables in all_lower_case;
Use and understand proper scoping rules, keep a thesaurus handy for helping pick expressive variable, function and class names, and you won't have any problems, your code will be readable, and you won't have to retype when you change the type of a variable.

The KISS formula works.

Re:pFirst! (4, Informative)

donutello (88309) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667401)

The m_ notation indicates that a variable is a member of the class. Simonyi's version of the Hungarian notation is actually very useful. Indicating the type of a variable is mostly useless because that's something any competent IDE will give you for free. Simonyi's original concept of the Hungarian notation focused more on indicating the meaning of the variable in question, rather than its type.

Re:pFirst! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667645)

Simonyi's original concept of the Hungarian notation focused more on indicating the meaning of the variable in question, rather than its type.

That's what a good online thesaurus, with synonyms, is for. If you have to resort to hunNotation, you haven't spent enough time picking the right variable name, which means you're probably missing an essential part of the problem.

Picking the right name is for some variables can be tough! But the extra time pays off in code that's more expressive and self-documenting.

Re:pFirst! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666833)

I've always said that they ought blast the asshole who came up with Hungarian notation into space. This is the first of my many insightful suggestions that society has taken me up on.

Re:pFirst! (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666859)

> That's Hungarian for First Post.

In sovRussia, you head to ssInternational? (or at least achieve a PARCing orbit?)

In sovRussia (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666929)

void sovRussia() { stSalyut.head(YOU); }

Dupe (0, Offtopic)

Jarwulf (530523) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666545)

dupalicious?

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666843)

The last time Slashdot mentioned this was in October of last year [slashdot.org] .

It just seems like a dupe because it's been on the front page of every news site on the planet for two days before Slashdot noticed.

ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666549)

If you don't know what Cmd-Shift-1 and Cmd-Shift-2 are for, GTFO.
If you think Firefox is a decent Mac application, GTFO.
If you're still looking for the "maximize" button, GTFO.
If the name "Clarus" means nothing to you, GTFO.

Bandwagon jumpers are not welcome among real Mac users [atspace.com] . Keep your filthy PC fingers to yourself.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0, Offtopic)

parkrrrr (30782) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666779)

What if you can't spell Claris?

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666961)

You are exactly the sort of uppity Johnny-come-lately to whom my message is directed. If you think Clarus is a misspelling of Claris, you REALLY, REALLY need to GET. THE. FUCK. OUT. RIGHT. NOW.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (1)

EntropyXP (956792) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667043)

You should work for the Apple PR dept. And the last time I touched a Mac, I played Oregon Trail. IMHO, still the best game on the Mac.

Clarus and Claris were two different animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667119)

So to speak.

MOOF!

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666995)

Real Mac users? Painful.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667493)

If you don't know what Cmd-Shift-1 and Cmd-Shift-2 are for, GTFO.
The toggles... they do nothing!

Watch the soyuz dock (3, Informative)

chebucto (992517) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666553)

Re:Watch the soyuz dock (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666951)

Thanks. My browser spent about 10 minutes pissing around trying to download a codec, only to finally display a message saying "this broadcast has finished". :/

Now watch the hatch opening! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667533)

No worries, now it's time for the hatch opening on NASA TV!

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ [nasa.gov]

If he worked at Microsoft (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666577)

Why didn't he just sit in a chair and have Steve Ballmer launch him into orbit?

Harsh (5, Funny)

cyber-vandal (148830) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666627)

Word drives me insane sometimes but surely firing him into space for it was a bit OTT.

Re:Harsh (1)

BigFoot48 (726201) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666817)

Doesn't it just seem wrong that a developer of Word should be a billionaire? Kinda makes you yearn for those yesteryears of 95% marginal tax rates.

Re:Harsh (4, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667269)

Close. From the statistics gathered by the late, great Steve Kangas:

Year Median Millionaire or Top 1%
1948 5.3% 76.9%
1955 9.1 85.5
1960 12.4 85.5
1965 11.6 66.9
1970 16.1 68.6
1975 20.0 --
1977 -- 35.5
1980 23.7 31.7
1985 24.4 24.9
1989 24.4 26.7

Source: The Reagan Years: Taxes [huppi.com] ; Info from: "the 1948 figure comes from The Statistical History of the United States, 1976; the figures for 1955 to 1983 come from Alan Lerman of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Tax Analysis. The calculations after 1983 come from Eugene Steuerle and John Bakija, Right Ways and Wrong Ways to Reform Social Security (Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, 1993). Figures from the millionaire column for 1948 to 1970 represent the effective tax rates for those earning $1 million a year and come from the U.S. Treasury Department unpublished data set forth on page 1112 of The Statistical History of the United States, 1976. FICA is not included, but the rates would not be affected by a percentage point. The rates from 1977 onward are for the top 1% of families as computed by the Congressional Budget Office tax simulation model and include all federal taxes. Source: the 1992 Greenbook of the House Ways and Means Committee, p. 1510. The effective rate on millionaires would be close to the rate on the top 1 percent."

I expect to see a lot of people commenting "hey, he was smart, he worked hard, he deserves that money". My response to that is: "Really? Is he a hundred thousand times smarter than the average American? Is he a hundred thousand times harder working than some guy who does hot tar roofing for a living? Really?"

Don't get me wrong; complete wealth redistribution eliminates the incentive to work hard in order to better yourself. But a completely "free", "deregulated" economy leads to situations like the early industrial revolution. The economy inherently becomes polarized, as you need money to make money. This is why we have things like the estate tax and higher rates for the upper class. If the rates were like they used to be back in the 1950s/1960s (our nation's biggest boom time, by the way -- yes, you can't really credit that to the taxes, but it's hard to say that the taxes destroyed the boom), we'd be able to provide full healthcare to every American, full education to every American through grad school, double all government funded research, double all infrastructure projects, and still work toward paying off the national debt.

I think 85% may be a bit extreme, but I'd like to see 65% or so. And I say this as someone who has benefitted greatly from having wealthy parents.

Re:Harsh (2, Insightful)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667689)

I expect to see a lot of people commenting "hey, he was smart, he worked hard, he deserves that money". My response to that is: "Really? Is he a hundred thousand times smarter than the average American? Is he a hundred thousand times harder working than some guy who does hot tar roofing for a living? Really?"
I think it's a bit fallacious to assume that all rewards must be linear. If you believe that, then take away the 1.5x and 2x overtime pay that non-exempt workers get.

If the rates were like they used to be back in the 1950s/1960s (our nation's biggest boom time, by the way -- yes, you can't really credit that to the taxes, but it's hard to say that the taxes destroyed the boom), we'd be able to provide full healthcare to every American, full education to every American through grad school, double all government funded research, double all infrastructure projects, and still work toward paying off the national debt.
You probably think that because you haven't seen the figures that show tax receipts have gone up since GWB's tax cut. They did the same after Reagan's tax cut. Raising taxes on high earners when lowering them is more effective reflects a punitive agenda, rather than a social one.

Re:Harsh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667691)

Um, no, Word was a pretty decent product, perhaps the only Microsoft product (other than IE) that sold well because it was legitimately better than the competition.

Simonyi's work made millionaires out of several thousand other employees and stockholders, which is a good indication that he was worth whatever he got.

Kinda makes you yearn for those yesteryears of 95% marginal tax rates.

What entitles you to 95% of someone else's income? Just the fact that you have more guns? That seems wrong to me.

It's possible that you'd be happier in another country besides the US, one with a different economic system. In which case, I'd remind you that we don't shoot people for trying to leave.

In case of trouble ... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666937)

... Simonyi had a special Help* button installed. When pressed, Captain Clipsky, will pop up and say "I see you are up creek without paddle. Would you like me to make "help" scream sound for you? [blink,blink]".

* is finest teknolgy in former Soviet Russia

He's probably introducing some great tech solution (4, Funny)

solevita (967690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666633)

"I see you are trying to blast into space, would you like help with that?"

Re:He's probably introducing some great tech solut (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666871)

It's more like (30 seconds after liftoff)

*turns off the atmospheric regulation equipment, engine, and anything else active*
"I see you are trying to go to the space station, would you like help with that?"
*crash*

Re:He's probably introducing some great tech solut (2, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667303)

MS Word, in my experience, is more like having your spacecraft decide, "Well, they've used this particular reaction control thruster every time they've pressed a button, so I'm just going to go ahead and fire it off every time before they do anything to save them the time."

Borat Commentary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666651)

Jak se mas! Today capsule launch in Kazakhstan go nice! Great success!

Does it piss anyone else off that.... (3, Insightful)

CyberSnyder (8122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666757)

...while he paid $25 million for his little trip to space, my tax dollars are subsidizing the rest of his trip. Do some damn science instead of being a taxi for the uber-rich. (I know Russia is strapped for cash.)

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666855)

In Soviet Russia, . . . space rocket launches YOU! /oh wait!

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (5, Informative)

lgarner (694957) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666887)

Not at all. First, "While at the space station, Simonyi will be conducting a number of experiments, including measuring radiation levels and studying biological organisms inside the lab."

Second, I don't see anything indicating that the US directly paid for the launch. If the Russians want to collect some money to help pay for this thing, then fine. I don't see why the US doesn't do the same- that could have meant $25million fewer of your tax dollars going into the ISS.

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667325)

Second, I don't see anything indicating that the US directly paid for the launch.


I don't see anything in his post indicating that he's a U.S. citizen, either.

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666913)

There is no US money involved in this flight - it's an all-Russian flight. Two COSMONAUTS and a paying passenger.

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666919)

No, it doesn't piss me off at all that "your" tax dollars are helping some billionaire have a good time in space. But, I'm set for life as far as money goes; i'll never have to take a job I don't like. In my experience, people who brag about "working for everything they ever had" are pretty bitter, pissed off and miserable. :)

Fuck you :)

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (2, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666983)

No, it doesn't piss me off at all that "your" tax dollars are helping some billionaire have a good time in space. But, I'm set for life as far as money goes; i'll never have to take a job I don't like. In my experience, people who brag about "working for everything they ever had" are pretty bitter, pissed off and miserable. :)

Fuck you :)

... as opposed to trust fund babies and welfare-for-lifers ... neither of which will ever take a job they don't like ... So, which one are you?

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667395)

Trust fund :)

You sound bitter; you probably had to work your way through college while I was getting high and getting laid.

Fuck you too :)

Re:Does it piss anyone else off that.... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667623)

Trust fund :)

You sound bitter; you probably had to work your way through college while I was getting high and getting laid.

You sound supremely unmotiviated. I enjoyed working my way through college - and it was something I found to be at least as educational as anything I learned in school. And unlike you, I wasn't living at home or mooching off my parents or living off the fat of the land while I was in college.

Fuck you too :)

Sorry, but you're probably not my type, and vice versa :-)

Your tax dollars funded the 25m too! (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667053)

Thanks to MS trying to lock governments into MS Word.

Re:Your tax dollars funded the 25m too! (1)

CyberSnyder (8122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667103)

Very true. (I cut and pasted this from Word just to make it more meaningful.)

Not one bit. (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667237)

He is paying what they are charging. If he flew on a US flight then perhaps we can bitch about the costs, it sure would cost him more than a paltry 25m to get there.

War or no war NASA is never going to get anywhere until it does something that can generate votes. Until the polticians will only keep it around for the local jobs it creates and to bash the other party for not funding science enough

you inse8sitive clod! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666787)

outreach are FrreBSD is already But now they're But n)ow they're

Lets hope... (3, Funny)

Tavor (845700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666789)

that the Soyuz doesn't suck up a ton of memory; crash and burn...

Re:Lets hope... (5, Funny)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666881)

Would we get to autorecover a version of Simonyi at age 8?

Re:Lets hope... (0, Offtopic)

itlurksbeneath (952654) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666963)

If so, somebody please give him an Ubuntu CD...

Who cares? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666809)

Hey, I know, let's celebrate some billionaire who can afford to take a trip to space! How fucking quaint.

Does this matter? Not in the slightest.

Insightful? (3, Insightful)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667099)

Not in the least!

There was a time when only the richest of the rich could afford automobiles. Now everyone has them.

Its efforts like this that will eventually drop the price down enough for space travel to be worthwhile for the general populace.

maybe I'm just jealous

Re:Who cares? (2, Funny)

danpsmith (922127) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667309)

Hey, I know, let's celebrate some billionaire who can afford to take a trip to space! How fucking quaint. Does this matter? Not in the slightest.

This is significant, he's the guy who is responsible for MS Word and he's off the earth. This is obviously a big victory for computer users everywhere, now if we can just keep him there...

Re:Who cares? (2, Insightful)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667543)

Sure it does; it means that space travel is getting closer to being in reach for the average person. Ten years ago I doubt having a trillion dollars made you any more likely to get into space.

I really think Steve Ballmer shoud try to go next (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666821)

and I would encourage him to go in a Windows-controlled spaceship, that's for sure.

Hey... everybody should eat their dog food, shouldn't they??

Chairs + Windows in space??? (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667073)

If the chair is thrown through a window won't space suck you out?

Notation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18666841)

Hopefully his notation burns up on reentry.

It's a rich man's solar system (4, Insightful)

tempestdata (457317) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666861)

Not only is it a rich man's world. It is also a rich man's solar system now. Its amazing what money can bring you. He will get to experience something that I most likely never will, and he'll get to do it because he is filthy rich. Does that make him a better man and deserving of this? Most likely the answer to that question is yes. But is it not mildly depressing? Knowing that while you and billions others are scrounging to make ends meet, to buy a home, and in a majority of the cases to put food on the table, there are people who can afford to plunk down $20million + to take a joy ride into space. I don't blame him for it, and I think its his right that he do what he wants with the money he earned. Its just, such an overpowering display of wealth.

Re:It's a rich man's solar system (4, Interesting)

haluness (219661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666885)

I think this is common in many areas. Whenever something is new, it is usually upto the rich to buy the thing and try it out.

As time goes by, these things will get cheaper and at one point will hopefully be cheap enough for the ordinary person to buy/try.

So if anything, you were born too early :)

Heloo! Anybody home? (0, Flamebait)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666965)

I think its his right that he do what he wants with the money he earned

Don't you get it, you dipshit? He didn't pay for more than a fraction of it. We and a lot of average Russian citizens subsidized his trip with a lot of prior public investment. Earned? Microsoft earned their billions? With hard work, no doubt, not a structural monopoly they defend tooth and nail and a huge ocean of PR bullshit.

Re:It's a rich man's solar system (2, Insightful)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667023)

Not only is it a rich man's world. It is also a rich man's solar system now. Its amazing what money can bring you. He will get to experience something that I most likely never will, and he'll get to do it because he is filthy rich. Does that make him a better man and deserving of this? Most likely the answer to that question is yes. But is it not mildly depressing? Knowing that while you and billions others are scrounging to make ends meet, to buy a home, and in a majority of the cases to put food on the table, there are people who can afford to plunk down $20million + to take a joy ride into space. I don't blame him for it, and I think its his right that he do what he wants with the money he earned. Its just, such an overpowering display of wealth.

The thing to remember is that rich people paying money for stuff like this now actually helps attract the investment that will eventually bring this kind of thing within the reach of ordinary people. It might cost $20 million now, but in ten years that'll probably be more like $2 million; ten years after that $200,000. And that's the tipping point: the point where significant numbers of people start to be able to afford it as a once-in-a-lifetime expense.

Sell soul to windows for space trip? (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667125)

Speak for yourself poor boy.

I think not.

I use a Mac and my soul is intact thankyouvery much. I don't need to go to space.

OSX completes me.

Let the SciFi fanboy bullshit fly again (-1, Troll)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666911)

Paving the way for the future! Colonize space! Escape from earthly cataclysm! Embrace the future! Mine the asteroids! Terraform and colonize Mars! Put manned bases on the moon and in orbit! Make your moronic SciFi dreams come true! Make sure the pork keeps flowing in vast amounts to the defense industry! Keep sitting on the floor playing with your Fisher-Price spaceships well into your 30s and 40s!

Oh, es inutil...

Re:Let the SciFi fanboy bullshit fly again (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667179)

I know where my meals are coming from for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, what is it acceptable for me to spend the rest of my time thinking about? Please let me know.

Ahhh, ground control this is Major Simonyi (5, Funny)

presidenteloco (659168) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666959)


We're experiencing loss of document format stability up here....

We just changed from the small platform to the larger one.

I don't understand what happened to the document.

I'm pulling off the access panel now. Seems to be a whole ratsnest of old embedded
OLE objects in there. Christ that's some ugly HTML.

Sproing! What the hell just happened to my paragraph format?? Oh my god, we have a backward compatibility failure!

Somebody open the hatch, quick! Open it! what do you mean there are two different opening standards!

Ahhhhhhhh!, We're losing all design integrity here. There are so many buttons. Don't know which ones to push......
Mayday, Mayday,

(Sure hope I land on my money pile. Oh, Sh***t)

Word is shutting down... (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667313)

Please save your work, grab your balls, and press restart.

Power will be restored once you hit the ground.

"Great Success!" (1)

ltcdata (626981) | more than 7 years ago | (#18666977)

roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan? Great Success!

'It looks like you're trying to fire... (2, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667017)

.. your secondary rocket boosters. Would you like help with that?'

Billions and Billions (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667029)

Is that

1) Billions and Billions of stars?
2) Billions and Billions of bugs he left back on Earth?
3) Billions and Billions of Bucks he earned while overseeing the project in #2?

Will he be.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667041)

Will he be helping out with the science experiments, or will he just be masturbating, getting drunk and smoking cigarettes ?

Wait -- this could be a really good thing (1)

ThousandStars (556222) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667047)

who helped develop Microsoft Word

Do you suppose it would be possible to leave him there?

Re:Wait -- this could be a really good thing (1)

session_start (1086203) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667061)

only if he had something to do with clippy should we leave him...

Re:Wait -- this could be a really good thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667693)

I remember Word being a pretty good product -- I think I liked it more than WordPerfect (Remember, everything was DOS back then, no Windows -- and it was showing bold and italic text on the DOS screen, which was pretty cool at the time). Even version 1.x and 2.x for Windows I thought was pretty good. The bloat and evilness started coming after that -- which I don't think Charles can be blamed for.

TV (1)

Noexit (107629) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667055)

Is that the same MS Word guy that was on "Identity" a week or two ago?

Word users:There are other people on board too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667147)

Don't wish evil things, mercy the astronauts.

Alternanative Headline (2, Funny)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667157)

Man Expelled from planet for crimes against Humanity.

Interesting (1)

RancidMilk (872628) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667197)

Send a person with more money than he knows what to do with, somewhere where he can't spend it. Leave him there and teach him a lesson.

+5 Soviet Russia jokes? (1)

iago-vL (760581) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667227)

Hey guys, where are all the +5 Funny-rated "In Soviet Russia...." jokes? I was looking forward to them!

In Soviet Russia... (1)

RancidMilk (872628) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667257)

>Hey guys, where are all the +5 Funny-rated "In Soviet Russia...." jokes? I was looking forward to them! ...We have better taste than that.

Re:+5 Soviet Russia jokes? (2, Interesting)

CompMD (522020) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667355)

In Soviet Russia, Word launches YOU!

In Soviet Russia: +1, Ingenious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18667529)


Sp[ace station heads to U.S. Billionaire.

P.S.: Fuck Bush

Ubuntu2 (1)

feranick (858651) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667241)

Does it mean that we are going to have a new Linux distribution, based on Shuttleworth's Ubuntu, maybe?

Kazakhstan? (1)

smithcl8 (738234) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667293)

Charles Simonyi : Rich Man of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Very Nice!

Planet Earth is Blue (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667333)

and there is nothing I can do...

Hmm, has the ISS screens turned blue yet?

Do we charge him rent? (1)

reezle (239894) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667437)

I understand the Russians get Millions to launch him there, but we spent quite a bit of our cash to build the station. Do we get anything for hosting him for the time he's up there?

That'd be lpszCharles lpszSimonyi, thankyouverymuc (1)

melted (227442) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667463)

That'd be lpszCharles lpszSimonyi, thank you very much.

OK by me (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667547)

I can't think of a product developer I would rather have measuring radiation exposure.

Voluntarily. Paying to do it. Explains a lot about Word.

Did He Take Clippy With Him? (1)

aquatone282 (905179) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667553)

Maybe Clippy will be shoved out of an airlock "by accident".

THIS JUST IN! (1)

icedcool (446975) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667629)

Successful Slashdot reader reads about billionaire going to space! More info Here [slashdot.org]

Cue MST3K theme: (2, Funny)

jimbo3123 (320148) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667683)

We'll send him cheesy movies.
The worst we can find.
(la la la)

He'll have to sit and watch them all
Then We'll monitor his mind.
(la la la)

Now keep in mind Charles can't control
Where the movies begin or end
(la la la)

Because he used those special parts
To make his Clippy friends.

Find the latest info at Simoniy site (1)

Kalle Barfot (147248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667699)

Charles in Space [charlesinspace.com] , includes a blog
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