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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

The Rizz Re:Not worth it ? (594 comments)

Death rate is not a clear indicator of how dangerous something is. Something more dangerous usually has tighter safety controls, and people are more careful and pay much more attention to what's happening around them in more dangerous jobs.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

The Rizz Re:Well (594 comments)

You're missing the point. Pushing the possibilities of one type of craft can lead to design insights that can be used in other types of craft. Advancement of scientific knowledge can only help the understanding of related fields.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

The Rizz Re:Well (594 comments)

You think it's leading to a dead end. You may even be right. But you don't know that for sure. If they milk millionaires for funding to experiment with aerospace technologies, then as long as they're not being reckless in their risk-taking I see no problem.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

The Rizz Re:Not worth it ? (594 comments)

the venture (but not really the death of pilots) is worth it.

That's a naive way to look at things. Advancements in flight have always held dangers for the test pilots, and the test pilots know it. They want to risk their lives pushing the envelope - if they didn't, they wouldn't have spent their lives reaching for the job. That's not to say they're doing ti for the danger, but they are doing it for either the adventure of being at the forefront of something new, or out of a sense of wanting to advance the human race.

The job is dangerous, yes. But so is race car driving, or firefighting, or any number of other jobs. Just because an accident happens at one of them doesn't mean its justifiable to shut down the whole industry. Lessons are learned, safety is improved (hopefully), and things get better.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

The Rizz Re:Well (594 comments)

SpaceShipTwo is not going to bring the human race into a new age. It's not a craft that can be used to reach space, no matter how much you test or develop it.

We already know how to reach space. This is not how. This is just for thrills.

This is the sort of thing that leads to further understanding and optimizations of underlying technologies. These technologies are also integral to space travel. So, while these ships may not be directly leading to an advancement in reaching orbit, there's a definite possibility that they will be influential on new designs and technologies that do.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The Rizz Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

You want it both ways

You want surveillance when it may be to your advantage
You do not want surveillance when it may work against you

You're missing the entire point of cameras on the police. If the police are there, you're already being watched - by the officer, if nothing else. In the absence of a camera, what the officer "sees" is whatever he says he sees.

The camera is not there so much to watch you, as it is to watch the officer. In any court, if you and an officer disagree on a series of events, the officer is always assumed to be telling the truth, not you. The purpose of a camera on every cop is to know what actually happened - the point is to put a control structure back in place so the police cannot make ridiculous claims, or plant evidence, or whatever other dirty tricks they can use when unsupervised. Not all cops do this, but enough do that it has undermined the public's trust in the police in general. The point is as much to document police corruption and abuse as it is to have evidence for use at trials.

about 3 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The Rizz Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Slashdot cracks me up
Red faced and angry about the coming Surveillance State
Damned happy to have every cop be a walking surveillance unit
Anybody else see the irony?

No. The cop's entire presence is one of tacit surveillance.

You're equating a camera on every corner, in every business and (where possible) even in people's homes with the concept of agents of the government, while on duty, having a camera with them. With the former, everything is recorded all the time; with the latter, you're only recorded when you're in the presence of the cop/his car. You know when you're being recoded, and when you're not, so unless there's cops and cop cars everywhere it is not the same thing.

about 3 months ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

The Rizz Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

I picked up a collection of Hugo Award winners, as edited by Isaac Asimov - I found the writing incredibly pretentious and the stories almost seemed to take a back seat. They were a massive disappointment to me.

Hugo winners are often incredible stories - I've read a lot of them, and while some of them are crap, a lot of them are very, very good. Really, it depends a lot on the year they were written - if the collection you read was from the 70s, then I can see why you thought they were crap; the popular scifi writing style in in that decade was ... well ... pretentious. It's also possible that you just don't like the same kinds of stories Asimov likes - as editor, the stories were chosen by him.

about 3 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

The Rizz Re: Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

Some dimmers are on sliders (like old-style equalizer controls).

about 4 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

The Rizz Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Yes, but none of them modified the game itself in any way, and were not implemented as one-time-use codes. You could easily get most of the items cheaply on eBay or Amazon Marketplace right after the game came out (and still can). Try to reliably get a one-time code (that most people put in right away), and if you do, trust that it's unused (and try to prove that you didn't use it if it's not).

about 4 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

The Rizz Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Actually, the pre-order bonuses should be something outside the game, like the ones Dishonored did. Tarot cards, a game-themed USB lamp, etc.

Give us something tangible, none of this "exclusive content" crap that's either pointless (different in-game clothing, a slightly-better starting weaon that you won't use past 15 minutes into the game, etc.), or is cool but will be available in DLC/GotY/etc. in six months.

Make it T-shirts, skinned USB sticks, or something else that we might still give a crap about by the time the next game comes around.

about 4 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

The Rizz Re:Confusion? Really? (207 comments)

Blame trademark law. They have to go after everybody or lose the mark.

Incorrect. They have to stop people from using the mark in a generic way, such as using it to refer to all similar styles of products. You cannot lose a trademark because someone unassociated with you refers to your products by that name; that is specifically what trademarks are for - identifying the origination of a product.

about 5 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

The Rizz Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

The US government is doing everything it can to make him a martyr.

Actually, they're doing everything they can try to NOT make him a martyr. If he's a martyr, it's makes the PR issue even worse, and can lead to others taking up his cause. They want to discredit him, turn public opinion against him, and then destroy him. (See: Julien Asagne)

They're the good guys, he's the bad guy, mission accomplished.

about 5 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

The Rizz Re:secure by default (248 comments)

The only reason this is a "scandal" is because scandal-addicts have been starved for one.

No, it was a scandal because we were given actual proof that it was happening, and on a larger scale (and across more countries) than we thought.

about 6 months ago
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Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity

The Rizz Re:I don't believe in relativity (120 comments)

Not sure what a British rock group has to do with a German/Swiss/American physicist's work, but whatever...

about 6 months ago
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Report: Verizon Claimed Public Utility Status To Get Government Perks

The Rizz Re:Corruption (140 comments)

Decentralization isn't the solution to this. If you think the system is a clusterfuck now, just think about how much worse it would be if instead of one law there were 50+ (states + DC + territories) - or, thousands (county/city level). It would keep small businesses from easily doing work outside of one area, while allowing mega-corps the ability to even more easily venue-shop for their headquarters.

You want a solution that gives more authority to regional/etc. agencies? Simple: Allow each agency, at each level, to throw up a challenge to this type of shenanigans. Verizon pulled some bullshit costing NYC $4.4billion? Then NYC can turn around and enforce the Type II requirements, and send a ripple up the chain to have the feds declare it so nationally. However, you have to be able to stop some in-Verizon's-pocket federal agency from telling NYC, "no."

about 6 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The Rizz Re:No, YOU'VE got it backwards. (462 comments)

Taxes on businesses are *always* passed on to the consumer.

I never said they weren't. I just said that the zero-emission cars were the tax levied against the non-zero ones. Consumer-, dealer-, or manufacturer-level tax, it's all the same in the end.

about 6 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The Rizz Re:Indirect tax (462 comments)

You've got it backwards. The zero-emission cars are the tax. They're how CA is "taxing" the car manufacturers for the emissions their vehicles cause, while simultaneously reducing those emissions.

about 6 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

The Rizz Re:They need to learn to let it go (301 comments)

Hack the software and you're suddenly 100% liable for any crashes or other problems instead of the car company - regardless of whether your hack could have caused the problem.

about 6 months ago

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