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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

bob_super Re:That's how we CS people roll (175 comments)

CS people are raised on "Do or do not. There is not Try"

about 2 months ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

bob_super Re:The law is for the little people (325 comments)

Plea accepted.
I thought I had gone far enough beyond believability on that one.
It says a lot about the state we're in, when even at that level it can be taken seriously.

about 8 months ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

bob_super Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

It's similar to saying nukes are a proof that you can make nuclear reactors.
It's kinda wrong, but it points out that once you know a way to release a massive amount of energy, the next step is to find a confinement to release it in a controlled and safe manner.

We know, at the fundamental level, that we have the math, techniques and materials to initiate the release of energy. There is no indication that we can't contain and channel it with current or future techniques.

about 8 months ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

bob_super Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

At last check, the sun was still working.
Did you systematically disprove the theories used to underpin the construction of ITER, before you so vehemently claim that it won't pay off?

about 9 months ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

bob_super Re:The law is for the little people (325 comments)

That's a dumb comment for the 2014 US, because it's like money equaling free speech.
You are free to spend up to $10k to be above the law, in the same way that you are free to spend millions to get your favorite congressman elected.

Don't blame the rich for doing something advantageous, blame the idiotic "little people" for not participating too.
Thanks to living in the Land Of The Free, they are allowed to!

about 9 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

bob_super Re:It's not a bug (149 comments)

National Spying agency...

They do provide the right companies with expertise on security for securing important technology, and justifying compliance to said recommendation for sale of sensitive products. I don't know how many of the 40000 employees do that, but that's one "Security" feature that they _do_ offer.

about 9 months ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

bob_super Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

I'm so glad you're smarter than all the scientists working on it.

On the other hand, how does $3.9B over 6 years compare to the annual cost of securing US fossil energy sources?

about 9 months ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bob_super Re:Godwin's law. (270 comments)

Jest if you want, but the "One $company" slogan has been used by my last two employers and at least 4 companies I worked with.
While it somewhat makes sense in the case of recent mergers, it's mainly just one of the recent CEO buzzwords.
We know that most CEOs are sheep who just follow groupthink to be safe ("everybody else agrees it's the right thing now")
Wouldn't you, if you had that much at stake?

about 9 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

bob_super I've got mod points (510 comments)

but I can't find how to mod TFS as troll.
Glad the comments are unanimous so far...

about 9 months ago
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In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

bob_super Re:And? (78 comments)

Actually, the people with enough disposable cash to use in-flight internet are the most likely to have an impact if they protest being spied on.

about 9 months ago
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In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

bob_super Re:Hoping to catch procrastinating terrorists? (78 comments)

At least one was eager to find out "how to light my wet shoe/underwear bomb"
The problem is that he first needed the answer to "how do I fend off a hundred angry passengers?", which is harder to type than he expected.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft To Allow Code Contributions To F#

bob_super Re:What happened to C#? (100 comments)

Let me elevate the question: why do we need yet another programming language? (insert oblig XKCD here)

Outside of not being on anyone's resume but necessary for that next job (with 10 years experience, of course), what is the benefit of F# ?

about 9 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

bob_super Re:Reality Check: Go for your dreams (161 comments)

Stats are formal that the average person with a degree makes a lot more than the average without. It's still true, even if the numbers have been changing.

And when HR is sorting through 20+ (or 2000) resumes for a position, failing the "BS required, MS preferred" is the easiest and most lawyer-free way to send yours to the recycle bin.

How did you finance your startup? Can you still afford to finish college? The bankers prefer to lend money to people with a real degree...

YMMV, but the odds are against you. It's just gambling the rest of your life.

about 9 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

bob_super Re:Clarification (277 comments)

Fine, I'll just go buy N wrenches.

about 9 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

bob_super Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

I'm not convinced the weapons manufacturers agree with your simplistic view of their design and qual processes.

about 9 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

bob_super Re:Somewhat cheaper... (496 comments)

If you have a camera embedded inside a side panel and it needs to be replaced, the cost of the camera will often not be your biggest issue...

about 9 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

bob_super Somewhat cheaper... (496 comments)

When you see the cost of replacing a mirror, it'd be cheaper to have a camera and a 7" screen inside.
On the other hand, night vision would suffer from having a screen on.

And I know more than one person who has saved their cars' doors by having the mirror remind them how close they really were to that post...

about 9 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

bob_super Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Use your gun analogy properly: make the astronaut push the launch button, and the manufacturer is immune from any harm...

about 9 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

bob_super Re:Think of the Children!! (402 comments)

I apologize for not having mod points.

about 9 months ago

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