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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

surfdaddy Screwed up Congress (53 comments)

NASA has a lot of problems and bureaucracy. While I like the IDEA of NASA, unfortunately the current REALITY is quite different. NASA is full of bureacracy, it's horribly inefficient and risk-averse. Congress is micromanaging the tasks and budget. So when we criticize NASA for no mission, part of that is because they really can't do anything with any consistency. And Congress is mostly interested in preserving pork jobs in their own districts. So we get the SLS, a huge rocket that is costing billions, without a decent mission, and a low flight rate that will make it horrendously expensive....forever... Meanwile, an efficient upstart called SpaceX is actually DOING THINGS and being BOLD, and certain senators are trying to make sure they don't succeed because SpaceX is disruptive and endangers their districts' jobs. So the US is basically fucked - we aren't leading, we aren't spending our money wisely, and NASA has become an expensive shell of its former self. And our newest hope, SpaceX, is only there because of the vision of Elon Musk... and even he is having to play politics to make sure his company isn't shut out of future NASA business. Thank our corrupt Congress, where local district money is more important than the health and leadership of the entire country.

yesterday
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

surfdaddy As a private pilot... (66 comments)

...I can tell you that there are a myriad of problems here. It's not that easy to build an aircraft that is rugged for road use. Flying is particularly unforgiving of mistakes versus driving (think of all the idiot drivers out there). And the regulatory environment is hideously complex and expensive. Finally, think of all the traffic and fatalities with collisions if there were truly any significant number of "cars" commuting in the air. I just don't see it happening in any easy way.

about a week ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

surfdaddy Explains the leakers (78 comments)

First Snowden and now another leaker in the government. It's shit like THIS STORY which is why Americans are trying to rally and SAVE THIS COUNTRY. WHAT THE FUCK HAS HAPPENED TO THE USA AND THE CONSTITUTION?

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

surfdaddy I'm heartened (255 comments)

...to know that us Americans are not the only ones who are batshit crazy.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

surfdaddy Just like the NSA (33 comments)

...and it's "limited circumstances" under which it will, eh, errr, deviate from the fourth Amendment.

Yeah, right.

If you believe that, I have some promises from our political parties to guarantee for you, too.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

surfdaddy Microsoft, the former leader (178 comments)

They sat on their laurels too long under Ballmer and watched the market expand while they sat on the sidelines. They laughed at the iPhone when it first came out. Rather than putting Office on the iPad, they held it hostage to "protect" Windows. Five plus years later, they may finally do it. How much revenue did they give up there?

They chased Google with Bing. They've chased Apple with the Zune, their music store, and their Windows Phone. They put the name Windows on everything - their cloud, their phone, their ARM tablet, and their regular PC OS, even though all those products are different. They are a MESS. Good luck to Satya - he will need it.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

surfdaddy Bad argument (389 comments)

If Metro is for the non-power user, then why are so many of its capabilities not easily discoverable? Yes, I really expect grandma to figure out to swipe in from the side. That's just stupid.

about 6 months ago
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Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets

surfdaddy NSA will be all over this (39 comments)

Anything they can gather data on, they will. That's their new M.O. and the nuisance of things like "process" and "warrants" and "the Constitution" go out the window.

about 7 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

surfdaddy I have the perfect use (114 comments)

I need this for my wife. She can hear me, I can't hear her!

about 7 months ago
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Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

surfdaddy Not only in the US... (168 comments)

...are we batshit crazy. What the FUCK ever happened to science? We are descending back into the dark ages...

about 7 months ago
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Mystery Rock 'Appears' In Front of Mars Rover

surfdaddy That's not a rock... (112 comments)

...it's a SPACESHIP! The aliens come from a microplanet.

about 7 months ago
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Orbital Becomes Second Private Firm To Send Cargo Craft To ISS

surfdaddy Re:A field of Two (69 comments)

Most people don't realize that getting to orbit takes almost an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE more energy than getting to space (suborbitally). Given that Branson has taken 10 years to get (almost) to commercial suborbital flight, I wouldn't hold my breath for Virgin Galactic anytime soon. I suspect that running commercial suborbital operations will be more complex and difficult than he suspects, but I'm still glad he's doing it.

about 7 months ago
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New Class of "Hypervelocity Stars" Discovered Escaping the Galaxy

surfdaddy Those aren't stars... (150 comments)

Those are spaceships!

about 7 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

surfdaddy Not a surprise, but still... (464 comments)

I mean, what the FUCK? The land of freedom and liberty. That's what I was always taught. We have a Constitution, which includes protections against unreasonable search. And now my FUCKING GOVERNMENT is doing pretty much anything you can conceive of in the name of spying on everybody including the people of the United States. They are so FUCKING PARANOID that EVERYTHING is on the table, including the privacy and liberty of the citizens. I lower my head in FUCKING SHAME as to what has become of this country.

about 8 months ago
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UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn

surfdaddy It's good to know... (227 comments)

...that there's a country even more batshit crazy than us here in the USA!

about 8 months ago
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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

surfdaddy So simplistic (466 comments)

So you want to reduce use of fossil fuels? No technology is foolproof. Nuclear has its dangers. Solar energy would occupy acres of animal habitats. EVERYTHING is a tradeoff. The best solution of all is fewer humans. Do you care to sacrifice your ability to reproduce to help those eagles? I didn't think so.

How about a more balanced view? How many eagles would really die? How does that compare to the dangers from CO2, from other technologies? What about the habitat ruined by oil wells, natural gas wells, fracking, etc.? It's really not at all as simplistic as this posting implies.

about 8 months ago
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Spooked By His Sci Fi, FBI Looked Into Asimov As Possible Communist Tipster

surfdaddy Same story, different time (190 comments)

In those days, everybody was in danger of being a "Communist" and the government went crazy against civil liberties.

Today, it's all about being labeled a "Terrorist", and the government continues to go crazy against civil liberties -- only with much more ability to snoop.

What the FUCK is going on with this country?

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

surfdaddy FUD (510 comments)

The FUD is strong in these ones...

about 9 months ago
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How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

surfdaddy One advantage of Obamacare (507 comments)

The ability to deny coverage to higher risk individuals has been eliminated with Obamacare, and that's a good thing. If you are filthy rich you cover yourself. If you are poor you are covered by the government. If you were middle class and had some health condition you were screwed if you didn't have employer-based insurance. It didn't take much to be denied - things like macular degeneration or asthma or hyperthyroidism would deny you. One big sickness away from bankruptcy. In the richest country in the world.

about 10 months ago
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Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet

surfdaddy Common sense (375 comments)

So USA, the "land of the free" has an amendment to its Constitution protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. Yet it's the Japanese who have to use some actual common sense to show us how it is done and what that phrase really means. This is sad.

What the FUCK has happened to the USA?

about 10 months ago

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HP To Release webOS As Open Source

surfdaddy surfdaddy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

surfdaddy (930829) writes "We've speculated a long time about the future of WebOS, going from Palm to HP's aborted efforts. And now we read that HP is going to Open-source the operating system. Is this good or bad? Does it mean that HP, in the end, couldn't find any way to generate some sort of profit off this OS?

It looks like Meg Whitman's arrival helped make the decision."

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