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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

trout007 Re:I don't care about NASA (141 comments)

You should be happy since NASA has paid for about 1/2 of SpaceX expenses so far. In fact NASA doesn't build much. The last A is for administration which is what it mostly does. Private contractors do the vast majority of the work. NASA just sets the goals and monitors the contracts. Some work is kept in house but most of that is so that there are people smart enough to manage the contracts.

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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

trout007 Re:As long as they get close it's a win (81 comments)

I'll try one more time. They have shown they can land from a stable position in Texas. If they can show they can get from second stage separation to a similar configuration over a barge in the ocean then it's a success. If they can it will show they have good enough control that range safety will allow them to fly back to try to land on land.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

trout007 Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Funny how you just throw the word profit out there without explaination. If your first statement is true that humans are brave and motivated by liberty and honor then the easiest way for corporations to make a profit is to sell people what they want. If humans were truely motivated by these ideals then corporations would be selling into that market.

4 days ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

trout007 Re:As long as they get close it's a win (81 comments)

You missed quoting the important part.

It doesn't really matter if they tip over over land too hard at sea.

As long as they show a good landing burn over the landing zone it doesn't matter if a pitching deck causes a landing failure.

4 days ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

trout007 As long as they get close it's a win (81 comments)

The goal isn't to land on a barge, but back at the launch site (or at least near it). If they can show over a couple attempts that they get close to the target then they can move to doing this over land. They have already proven they can do this in Texas many times. It doesn't really matter if they tip over over land too hard at sea. What you don't want is that it missed by a mile or cartwheels out of control.

5 days ago
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'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

trout007 Re:sometimes regrettable, somewhat necessary (61 comments)

I think it was Milton Friedman who explained there are 4 ways to spend money.

1) Spend your own money on yourself.
    You look for a compromise between cost and quality
2) Spend your own money on somebody else.
    You look mostly for cost
3) Spend somebody else’s money on yourself.
    You look mostly for quality
4) Spend somebody else’s money on somebody else.
    You really don't care.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

trout007 A Universal Truth at Work (398 comments)

We all want to have a monopoly on what we do for a living. We want limited competitor and supply s and be able to charge high prices. As consumers we want unlimited choices, lots of supply, and low prices. A free market will provide the latter and a command economy is required for the former. What we have now is the worst of both. Those with political power use it to restrict start up and small competitors while trying to have unlimited supply of cheap labor.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

trout007 Re:Wrong conclusion: not "unintended consequences" (118 comments)

It only takes one predator carrying a pregnant fish from one pond to another to eat it and having the eggs wash into the pond to start. I'm sure they take off pretty quick with no large fish predators in the water.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

trout007 Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

The difference is that this is the first compile and test of Orion and it costs a couple billion so don't mess up.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

trout007 Re:Overtime system provides the wrong incentives (545 comments)

I think the original reason is that employee benefits are typically calculated over 40 hours. So after 40 hours the cost of the employee actually goes down to the employer.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

trout007 Re:Why only women? (310 comments)

Especially since those evil men were most likely raised by single women and educated in schools made up almost entirely of women.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

trout007 Re:So if it were violence against white men (310 comments)

If men's lives weren't disposable think how hard it would be to get things done or have wars.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

trout007 Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (602 comments)

Not quite. I am talking about in place of the existing tax code.

So take this mine.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?...
Right now they pay $87M in taxes on $2789M in revenue or about 3%. So prices wouldn't go up that much. If anything their costs of tax complience would also go down quite a bit.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

trout007 Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (602 comments)

Not quite. The price of your labor is $50. That hour is worth less to you than $50 otherwise you wouldn't trade. That hour is worth more to your employer otherwise they wouldn't trade.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

trout007 Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (602 comments)

Of course they would for a price. But it's hard to compete with free which is what businesses pay today.

about three weeks ago

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trout007 trout007 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

trout007 writes "My company has been in the clam farming business for many years now. We realized that our clams are taking the CO2 out of the atmosphere and locking it up into their shells. We have decided to expand our business into the Carbon Sequestering Market. Our business plan is to find people that can invest $1000 in capital to sequester 1 ton of CO2. That $1000 will pay for the seed clams and labor to plant them in our lease in the Indian River, Florida. When we harvest the clams 2 years later and sell the clams at market the investors will get back their investment plus $200. So they can lead a carbon neutral live AND make money doing it. As a /.er I thought I'd write to see what people here thought about it. Our webpage has information on how the process works. www.carbonclamup.com"

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