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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

K. S. Kyosuke Re:What a monstrosity posing as a webpage (184 comments)

Uh, no. I'm inserting no tags.

So are you telling me that these TT tags get inserted into your posts by themselves? Now how exactly does that happen?

47 minutes ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Just say no to NASA (184 comments)

Do you know how scientists with an interest in spaceflight finally got the resources to build something that might actually make it to space? By piggybacking on the ambitions of the Nazis. A team of some of the brightest German scientists had the Nazis pay the bill for building some of the first rockets that could just about make it to space. The catch of course being that they carried explosives and for the most part 'landed' on England.

Which from my point of view is absolutely awesome, because these scientists killed two birds with one stone: 1) they developed significant expertise in designing, manufacturing, and operating advanced (for the time) liquid-fueled guided rockets, which came in handy later for peace-time projects, and in doing so, 2) they diverted an equivalent of 150% of the whole Manhattan project budget from the German war-time economy to something absolutely useless for advancing the German war objectives.

about an hour ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Should have gone with ruby.... (192 comments)

Obviously, Apple doesn't want any of that Chromium stuff in their app store.

2 days ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Vaccines (553 comments)

If your definition of safe is "completely devoid of any possibility of risk," then I wonder how you justify getting out of bed every morning.

Probably by the fact that lack of movement leads to significant health issues?

2 days ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Vaccines (553 comments)

Aren't vaccines statistically safer than surgeries (with all those MRSAs, VRSAs, potential post-op cardiac arrests and embolisms etc.)? Are anti-vaxxers refusing surgeries?

2 days ago
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Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Whats the take home? (191 comments)

4.5K a month. Nice apartment close to work will cost 1500 bux, insurance/gas/car payment 500 bux, leave you 2500 a month, basic utils 500 bux.

I knew Texas was kind of more independent in the past, but not that they had their own currency...? What's the current exchange rate between bux and US dollars?

2 days ago
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VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Don't Mess with April Fools (144 comments)

Hah, high time for him to apply to have his name changed from "Durov" to "Durakov". ;-)

2 days ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

K. S. Kyosuke Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (175 comments)

Actually, I thought that the business world produces sociopaths almost as fast as a baker bakes bread rolls? Asking for sociopaths not to be present in business environment seems pointless.

2 days ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Please change the name! (349 comments)

Based on my superior knowledge of Indo-European etymology, I assert that the name means that this implementation will be able to take on some extra pounding from the attackers.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

K. S. Kyosuke Re:By what definition of "rich"? (307 comments)

Well, in a land full of poor people without as much as basic health insurance, being in the top income decile is hardly something that will guarantee you carefree life.

2 days ago
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Lovely Concept, but the true answer (72 comments)

Well, I guess all measures work only to a certain extent. You could equally ask if a paid data backup service covers the case of a 10km asteroid obliterating all life on Earth, or a nuclear war. But that doesn't mean that botching it by not adopting reasonably workable measures is justified by these extreme examples.

2 days ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Peak During the Day? (454 comments)

Perhaps mass spread of smart appliances and a bit of weather prediction could change things a bit. Your dishwasher, washing machine, accumulation heaters etc. would use the generated electricity whenever it would be available but not desirable to sell back.

2 days ago
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Lovely Concept, but the true answer (72 comments)

Also, when it comes to handling all simple 404, there could be a browser extension that would redirect you to archive.org. People would be able to use that on existing content. It's what I'm already doing manually, only this would be faster.

By the way, I always thought that URIs were supposed to handle precisely this - that they were supposed to be unique, universally accessible identifiers for contents and resources - identifiers that, once assigned, wouldn't need to be changed to access the same contents or resources in the future. Oh, hell. Now we have to add extra layers on top of that?

2 days ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

K. S. Kyosuke Re:I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 year (178 comments)

Furthermore, they completely forgot the obvious ethical dilemma of an InfoWorld web site programmer tasked with implementing multi-paged articles.

2 days ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Peak During the Day? (454 comments)

Uh...you reorient the solar panels? (If you don't have solar trackers already, that is.)

2 days ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (454 comments)

I don't object to a fair "base rate" that actually covers the maintenance overhead; seems fair to pay that even if you're a net seller to the utility.

That much is perfectly fine, but why should a customer who decreases his electricity consumption by, say, 5 kWh per day by means of installing solar batteries be treated differently than a customer who decreases his electricity consumption by 5 kWh per day by means of buying more energy-saving home appliances?

2 days ago
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Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

K. S. Kyosuke Dangerous experiments... (86 comments)

We can't have scientists doing experiments like these! Think of all the minimum wage jobs workers!

2 days ago
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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Rare Earth? (135 comments)

It's the editing of the submission that I find (mis)leading.

3 days ago

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Radio Contact Lost With Vostok Station

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "Russian scientists at the Antarctic Vostok Station, who have been trying to dig into the liquid heart of Lake Vostok, have suddenly gone silent.

The conditions in the lake are presumed to be similar to those of Europa and Enceladus and there is a hope that previously unknown forms of life could have found a niche in this unusual environment. Despite having been warned that their drilling technology (using freon and kerosene to lubricate the bore hole) may not be up to the task of reaching the lake without harmful enviromental side-effects, the Russians have decided to go on with the drilling. They haven't been heard from for the past five days."
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HP releases AdvFS under GPL

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "The battle for the "next-gen Linux file system" might have just become a little fiercer. Hewlett-Packard have just released their AdvFS file system under GPL. There is a press release on the HP web site, but the Wikipedia entry sports less PHB talk. The reaction of Sun and Oracle (each with their own advanced FS initiative, ZFS and Btrfs, respectively) to this might be interesting."
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