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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

0123456 Re:Against Clinton? Good luck. (339 comments)

The Republicans could put a Ham Sandwhich against Hillary and win.

The Republicans could have put a Ham Sandwich against Obama in the last election and won.

Unfortunately, they put up Romney, instead.

Never underestimate their ability to steal defeat from the jaws of victory.

5 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

0123456 Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (339 comments)

I disagree. There are several on your list of democrats who have yet to express any interest. This of course does not mean that they won't run but they have not done anything to express interest in pursuing the nomination so far.

They probably know they have no chance, if the Republicans can offer an electable candidate this time.

Oh, hang on... yeah, I'm surprised they haven't thrown their hat in the ring already.

7 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

0123456 Re:LOL (408 comments)

To be fair, SSDs seem to be progressing much faster than HDDs. If HDDs continue their sluggish capacity growth, SSDs will pass them in cost per terabyte in a few years.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

0123456 Re:Time for the H1-B program to die (319 comments)

I don't see anybody lining up to get into China or India.

As I understand it, foreigners can work in China much more easily than they can work in America, and some people I know have done so. The Chinese actually seem to want to attract the 'best of the best' to benefit their economy, rather than millions of unskilled illegals.

Of coure they'll probably kick most of those foreigners out when their own people can do the jobs just as well. But it's still probably less risky than an H1B.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

0123456 Re:But who's going to support the welfare state? (319 comments)

Keep it up idiots, your driving the Republican party off the deep end is going to make room for a new second party.

Oh, yes please. Replacing the Democrat-Lite party with a right-wing party is one of the best things that could happen to America.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

0123456 Certificate warnings (88 comments)

Browser vendors decided not to enforce TLS connection security; rather they push the problem down to the user in the form of a certificate warning.

That's, in part, because embedded software developers ship millions of devices with the same SSL certs. If the browser blocked a cert that doesn't match the hostname, no-one would be able to connect to them.

Of course, if they'd done that years ago, the embedded software developers would have had to find a more sensible solution. But it's far too late now.

2 days ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

0123456 Re:Funny as hell (152 comments)

That article missed mentioning the substantial deposits of green cheese.

That's because the Moon Nazis already ate most of it.

2 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

0123456 Re:I don't think hydrogen makes sense (280 comments)

But those people generally are rare and most normal people do want to stop to stretch legs and eat outside of the car, which means easily a 30-40 minute stop at a rest stop which is an ideal time to charge up.

Guess I don't know any 'normal' people, then. They regularly drive much further than a Tesla can without recharging, and might stop for five minutes at several different places, but don't stop for half an hour anywhere.

2 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

0123456 Re:next gen batteries (280 comments)

And you'd have to rent the battery, because no-one wants to take their brand new car with a brand new battery worth thousands of dollars to have it swapped for a ten-year-old battery that's on its last legs. Which means you're now tied to one specific battery swapping chain, which may or may not exist along your route.

Think about it for more than two seconds, and the whole 'battery swap' thing is just insane.

2 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:Back to barges? (96 comments)

Care to reference anything showing that? All the videos I can find are of first stage touchdowns.

Actually, looks like the specific video I was thinking of isn't an official SpaceX video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Do you see any landing legs on the second stage?

The first stage didn't have landing legs until it needed them, either. Ultimately, you have to start recovering the second stage if you want to dramatically cut costs, because replacing it soon becomes the major cost in the launch once you start reusing the first.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:He's not just speculating (96 comments)

Instead we waste billions on letting valuable tech burn back up and clutter up the orbits with garbage.

It's only valuable if you can reuse it. Hubble would probably have cost less if you just mass-produced them and launched another one every few years, rather than trying to repair the existing one; it only made sense if NASA could actually reach its original, highly optimistic, launch cost forecasts.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:He's not just speculating (96 comments)

What's the fascination?

Getting away from the perpetual nay-sayers?

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:Back to barges? (96 comments)

I have not seen any evidence that the second stage has ever been designed to soft land.

There are SpaceX videos showing it doing just that, though the big saving comes from reusing the first stage, which has nine times as many engines as the second stage. If you can reuse the first stage ten times, then reusing the second starts to make sense, because it would make up around half the cost of a launch.

Any Dragon capsule will still splash down in the ocean.

For now. Again, the plan appears to be to switch to a powered landing on land, as the same engines can then be used for launch abort, in-flight maneuver, and landing.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:Back to barges? (96 comments)

I thought the ultimate goal was to have the 1st and 2nd stages return to launchpad on their own. That would've been cool, but I guess they decided it was too hard.

That is the ultimate goal. In the meantime, they need to recover the stages in a location where they won't kill people if something goes wrong, and verify that they are reusable after recovery (e.g. no serious damage that would cost more to fix than building another stage).

SpaceX's whole program has been about making incremental steps, rather than trying to jump to a reusable launcher in one go. The fundamental problem with most previous attempts to build reusable launchers is that they require billions of dollars of risky investments before they can earn $1 of revenue.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

0123456 Re:"X-Wing" style? (96 comments)

So, what's this got to do with X-Wings?

Uh, there's four of them? Like, in an X?

3 days ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

0123456 Re:Really!?!?!? (145 comments)

Well, what else are they gonna do? No-one in the real world is going to hire them to do a real job.

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

0123456 Re:If you're not driving and not owning... (453 comments)

Because the cost of a taxi is mostly the cost of the driver. Cut that out and taxis become an economically viable replacement for more people.

1. No, it's not.
2. Why do you think taxi fares will come down, just because there's no driver?

Oh, sorry, you're presumably one of those Labour Theory Of Value nutters?

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

0123456 Re:Understanding cars. (453 comments)

These people are lefties. They don't care what people actually want, and consider forcing the middle class onto 'public transport' a form of punishment.

3 days ago

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