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Quadrocopters Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum

Rik Rohl Re:science (103 comments)

The way we're going?

I'd put my money on the robots.

about a year and a half ago

Half-Life of DNA is 521 Years, Jurassic Park Impossible After All

Rik Rohl Re:But what about... (315 comments)

Forget that. I'd like the see the gigantic mosquito that can drill through amber to get to the tasty, tasty dinosaur within. :-)

about 2 years ago

Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

Rik Rohl Re:Start menu is still there (396 comments)

Except for the fact that it's the ugliest POS ever.

And yes, how it looks has a massive impact on how people perceive its usefullness.
Funny thing is, its effect on me has been to ensure that I'll never buy a Windows-based tablet or phone.

about 2 years ago

Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat

Rik Rohl Re:How the hell can you bump NASA? (242 comments)

This is supply and demand in action. The Russians have been granted a (possibly temporary) monopoly on the supply of transport services to the International Space Station. They have in turn, decided to sell seats to the highest bidder. The Russians have been selling access to the ISS for some time now, and it is not their problem that NASA has decided to discard their manned spaceflight capabilities with no alternate method of getting there.

I do not believe that the United States has any kind of say over who the Russians elect to send (though I am happy to be corrected on this if there is official rules to that effect), nor do i believe that they are required to give preferential treatment to NASA coming in at a lower price than what the market will bear, since if they did, they would have prevented other private passengers from doing this previously. They have voice their displeasure over private passengers, but have been unable to do anything about it.

Also if NASA is thoroughly displeased about this situation then in the true nature of capitalism they can vote with their wallets, and attempt to procure their transport services elsewhere and cease to purchase any transport services from the Russians. What? There's no one else that can do this? Tough noogies.

As to profit/subsidies etc, the Russians have been using the venerable Soyuz rocket for decades now and have always ran their space program on a shoestring budget. They are quite efficient at producing them and I would believe that they make a reasonable profit selling those seats off (people previously have paid $40 million for a ride) and wouldn't think that their is a subsidy provided by NASA, as going against their wishes and potentially losing that subsidy would not be a profitable move. Since neither of us have factual support to our respective arguments, we'll probably have to let that go.

In short, if NASA wanted to procure that spot, they should have bid higher.

about 2 years ago

Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat

Rik Rohl Re:How the hell can you bump NASA? (242 comments)


The wonders of capitalism, that's how.

Shouldn't every American commenting in this thread be celebrating that communism is dead, and the invisible hand of the market is guiding the Russians?
Or does that only apply when it benefits the US?

about 2 years ago

Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

Rik Rohl Re:Oh, Glenn... (413 comments)

No, he achieved that all on his own.

about 2 years ago

The Deepest Picture of the Universe Ever Taken: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field

Rik Rohl Re:Wow. (185 comments)

So god wrote Genesis out by hand himself then?

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Gearing Up for Drive to Next Study Location

Rik Rohl Re:Ah, Ye Olden Times. (73 comments)

NASA has. They chose metric.

about 2 years ago

Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

Rik Rohl Re:I'm part of the 96% (342 comments)


That is fucking frightening.

Either one of them is going to owe massive favours to their 'constituents' if they get elected...
Why isn't that getting plastered all over the media? Sorry, dumb question, the media are just as involved in this shitfest too.

about 2 years ago

Leaked Photo Shows Touch-Screen BlackBerry 10 Phone

Rik Rohl So... (112 comments)

does it have rounded corners?

about 2 years ago

Apple and Samsung Ordered Talks Fail - Trial Date Set

Rik Rohl Re:Yeah, no surprises (165 comments)

What the judge needs to do is issue a global injunction to both companies preventing them from shipping any tablets until the entire legal process is finished, including any appeals. That'd get them both talking real quick.

Pity that can't happen.

more than 2 years ago

Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia

Rik Rohl Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (204 comments)

The crocs only eat the bears once they've run out of tourists.

more than 2 years ago

From MIT Inventor To Tea Party Leader

Rik Rohl Re:Why is it news (815 comments)

So what does that make me?

Way too logical to ever have a chance in modern politics unfortunately.

more than 2 years ago

Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism

Rik Rohl Re:fearmongering (266 comments)

a god "jump-started" creation and left the universe alone after that

What I don't get is:
If that's what people believe, WTF are they worshiping such a lazy asshole for?!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft-Funded Startup Aims To Kill BitTorrent Traffic

Rik Rohl Re:Peer ban hammer (601 comments)

What makes this legal?

The fact that it has a large corporation with lobbyists behind it

more than 2 years ago

European Parliament Takes Step Toward Burying ACTA

Rik Rohl I don't think so... (53 comments)

Bury it? Yeah right.

They're just waiting for the new cheques to clear and people to start looking the other way again.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case

Rik Rohl Re:Duh? (327 comments)

you're suggesting that ATT is legally obligated to ensure they can sustain 100% of theoretically possible 3G bandwidth at every possible location in their network where there is any viable signal at all?


more than 2 years ago

Building a Case For Telecommuting

Rik Rohl Why management should love telecommuting... (230 comments)

The beauty of it is, if you can telecommute to do your job, then some dude in India can do it too for half the price!

more than 2 years ago

European Parliament To Exclude Free Software With FRAND

Rik Rohl Standard? (219 comments)

If it costs anything, then it excludes some people/groups from implementing it, therefore it ISN'T A FUCKING STANDARD!!!

more than 2 years ago


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