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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

kharchenko Re:Well (594 comments)

They never made it to orbit. The projects were canceled ...

Which was my exact point!
btw., layering all your answers with personal insults really makes you sound like an expert!

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

kharchenko Re:Well (594 comments)

You'd say that if you knew nothing of the early American space program. Of course, having demonstrated no knowledge of that history your opinion on the matter is pretty much worthless.

Perhaps you know of some secret space plane that went into orbit before Apollo, but this would be news for the rest of the world. So cite or STFU.

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

kharchenko Re:Well (594 comments)

Space planes were actually the preferred method of getting to space before the Apollo program.

Considering that no space plane actually went into orbit until the Space Shuttle, the space plane must have been the preferred method for getting into space in the same way that teleportation is preferred now.

about three weeks ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

kharchenko Re:if i voted (97 comments)

Sure, monopoly is bad, but I'd much rather have a monopoly that has to listen to the votes rather the one that doesn't.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

kharchenko Re: Not a Fifth AMendment issue (424 comments)

We all now know that money==speech, so in fact it's a first amendment issue :)

about a month ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

kharchenko Amateur hour (64 comments)

Whipping up a few lame PHP scripts, leaving all the logs, using real name, your own static IP and a personal Dropbox account?! Is that what cuts for a hacker these days? With a million dollar payoff? I am starting to think I am not optimizing my earnings potential :)

about a month ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

kharchenko Re:In short... (232 comments)

They'd have to buy an AWFUL lot of cable services to do that.

No. They would instead invest into the company and then shove AWFUL service down your throat to turn profit.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

kharchenko Re:What? (104 comments)

DevOps is a niche. Get over it.

about a month ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

kharchenko Re:Perfect (171 comments)

or just cover it with shrink-wrap to keep the dust out

about 4 months ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

kharchenko Re: If true. If. (200 comments)

And we could take solace in this, if not for the fact that this is now somehow considered a radical liberal agenda.

about 4 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

kharchenko Tuttle (242 comments)

Finally, silly bureaucratic holdups will no longer preclude Mr. Archibald Buttle's addition to the terror list!

about 3 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

kharchenko Re:So what happens... (162 comments)

you forgot the part about bankrupting the country along the way...

about 4 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

kharchenko Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (162 comments)

Her usual pharmacy didn't have it in stock, so I had to find another that did.

That sounds familiar. These prescriptions can be a bitch to fill. My father was in a really bad shape after a fall and the doctor prescribed him oxycodone (I don't think it was pure, may be percocet). I drove around the city half the night trying to find a pharmacy that would fill that prescription. After the fourth pharmacy, seemingly innocent "oh, we don't carry that" excuse sounded really disingenuous.

about 4 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

kharchenko trolling on Facebook (353 comments)

I wish the penalties for trolling legislation would be at least half as severe ...

about 4 months ago
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3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

kharchenko nauseating (72 comments)

I was looking forward to using rift at work, but this looks like a guy is desperately trying to type in a "deploy parachute" command into the terminal while tumbling through the air at horrible speeds.

about 5 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

kharchenko Re:...paper replacement (321 comments)

Every time I have to sign the receipt at an Apple store with my finger, I feel Jobs mocking me from beyond the grave. "Ha! Those guys would go back to living in caves wrapped in animal skins if only I told them it was cool!"

about 6 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

kharchenko Re:Market saturation (333 comments)

Heck I used to build a new computer annually, but I just rebuilt my computer about 2 weeks ago that I had been running since 2009. Not because it was too slow, but because half the USB ports had died on the motherboard.

It's not the computers - it's you getting older!

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

kharchenko Re:The problem is that too much of it is state bas (135 comments)

We had tens of thousands of engineers working for the military industrial complex and then the cold war ended... result? Many of them were out of a job. And guess where many of them lived? California. It was and still is a big defense contractor state. And what did those engineers do? Most of them found jobs in the private sector and to a large extent their technical contribution made the tech explosion in California happen. Suddenly business had access to a glut of engineers.

Not only that, they also had access to all kinds of expertise that was developed using these precious federal dollars. Network communications, microprocessors, software architectures ...
How many of those talented engineers would've matured to that level if not for the cold war investments? You can certainly argue that government oversight of all this talent was misplaced, but you can't deny that it provided the essential opportunity for that talent to develop.

about 7 months ago

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