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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

0123456 Re:Interesting comparison (101 comments)

When was the last time you heard anything controversial about the UN-run ITU?

Ha-ha! You want to jand the Internet over to the people who invented X.25. Good one!

13 hours ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

0123456 Re:Um, what does the publisher do? (282 comments)

That was the agreement - 30% to Amazon, and right now, 35%-35% split for authors/publishers.

Ha-ha. You actually think that publishers split their royalties 50:50 with authors?

For Stephen King, perhaps. For Joe Newbie, it's typically 75% to the publisher, and 25% to the guy who actually wrote the damn book, who then has to pay 15% of that 25% to his agent.

Most writers would earn a lot more with a part-time job flipping burgers than from writing a book.

yesterday
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Is the App Store Broken?

0123456 Re:Develop Business Apps (234 comments)

You mean you can make more money developing software to do things that people need than churning out the same old crap games and hoping to make money from advertising or in-app purchases?

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

yesterday
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

0123456 Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (185 comments)

Concorde was retired because it was 1960s technology in an era of fly-by-wire 'glass cockpit' designs, and passenger levels fell dramatically after 9/11, making it uneconomical to operate.

yesterday
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

0123456 Re:New flash: Humans get bored (185 comments)

But it works so well for aircraft. Look at AF447, for example.

Oh, hang on, they couldn't figure out what was wrong and flew the plane into the sea.

You're right, though: if a car requires a human to be there to take over at any moment, it's hardly 'driverless'. It just has a cruise control that can steer as well as control the speed.

yesterday
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

0123456 Re:If the average citizen knows your defence detai (95 comments)

When I lived in the UK, there was a big blank space on the official maps just outside town. Anyone who lived near there knew it was the local nuclear weapons dump, and any Soviet spy who drove past would see the buildings that mysteriously didn't appear on the map, and know it must be something important enough to hide, and therefore important enough to bomb in wartime.

The whole thing was just stupid.

3 days ago
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Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

0123456 Re:Send a robot (84 comments)

Hey, it's the Anti-Space-Nutter Nutter. Haven't seen you around for a while. How've you been?

4 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

0123456 Re:You having problems, John Galt? (114 comments)

I always pictured Elon as Francisco d'Anconia.

No, that was Alan Greenspan.

4 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

0123456 Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (132 comments)

True.

But the SLS should be able to lift twice as much as SpaceX's future Falcon Heavy and 10 times the current Faclon 9.

Nope. The SLS will launch up to 70 tons. It may one day launch more, but that'll require a whole load more development funding.

If we want to launch man into deep space, we are going to need something close to SSL than the Falcon 9.

Nope. You just need more launches. If NASA are going to send humans to Mars, they're not going to do it with a single 130 ton launch.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

0123456 Re:putting OP's bullshit into context (132 comments)

Most realistic estimates say it's only going to cost one billion per launch, not several.

It's going to fly once every couple of years, if you're lucky. It's going to require thousands of people to prepare it for launch. It's going to require all the facilities for those thousands of people, and more who aren't involved in the launch, but are involved in the rest of the program.

If you think NASA can fund that for $500,000,000 a year, I've got a bridge you might like to buy. Remeber, a shuttle launch didn't cost $1,500,000,000 because of the variable costs of each launch, it cost that much because of the fixed costs of keeping them flying.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

0123456 Re:putting OP's bullshit into context (132 comments)

SpaceX will be flying astronauts in their Dragon capsule. I believe the CST100 is designed to be Falcon-compatible, but it's unlikely to ever fly on one.

As for SLS, there isn't a single budgeted mission outside low orbit. And there's not likely to be, when it will cost billions of dollars every time it flies, due to the high development costs, low flight rate, and standing army and facilities required to launch it.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

0123456 Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (132 comments)

The SLS is a deep space vehicle.

Uh, no, it's not. There's nothing 'deep space' about SLS that's not 'deep space' about Falcon 9. You can launch a deep space probe on Falcon 9, and you could launch a deep space probe on SLS if it's ever built.

SLS, as designed, is just a very expensive way to put 70 tons into orbit. Maybe, at some point, if Congress funds it, it might become a very expensive way to put 100-130 tons into orbit. Well before then, Falcon Heavy should be putting 50 tons into orbit for less than 5% of the cost of an SLS launch.

about a week ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

0123456 Re:Why are they getting into the phone business? (168 comments)

They're getting into the phone business for the same reason Apple did; to tie phone users to their app/video/ebook/music stores.

I haven't looked in detail, but I presume the phone is using their version of Android, like the Kindle?

about a week ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

0123456 Re:surpising (168 comments)

They've been doing this for close to 20 years, you think that would be plenty of time to actually make money.

Dude, making money is just so 19th century.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

0123456 According to Wikipedia (132 comments)

They're short more money than SpaceX spent to develop the Falcon 9.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

0123456 Re:NASA (547 comments)

Yes. Even pilot astronauts are--or were--allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses. I believe the concern with laser surgery was about the effect of pressure changes on the eyeball.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

0123456 NASA (547 comments)

Last I looked, you couldn't become an astronaut if you had laser eye surgery?

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

0123456 Re:How is this news. (91 comments)

I would presume that TRIM marks the block as unused, so a background erase process can zero it when the drive isn't busy. From what I remember, the main goal of TRIM was to eliminate performance bottlenecks when the SSD had to overwrite previously-used blocks which the operating system had already freed up.

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

0123456 Re:Another unverifiable "encryption product"... (91 comments)

... treat it as a regular unencrypted drive and apply proper encryption on top. Next.

While true, the problem with that approach is that the SSDs compress the data you write to them to improve performance and wear-levelling. So, if you encrypt the disk at the operating system level, you lose all that.

Obviously, if most of your data is already compressed, it won't matter.

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

0123456 Re:My SSD already encrpyts its contents (91 comments)

It can loose it's own keys?

My current Intel SSD encrypts everything and has a special command to wipe the key to 'secure delete' the contents. So I'm not sure what's new here.

about a week ago

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