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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

tsotha Re:Orbital Vehicle? (53 comments)

If we combined a rather large vehicle meant to return with a shuttle-type profile (ceramic heat shield and glide control)...

I'm not convinced the shuttle has much to teach us beyond "don't do it this way". Powered landing has all sorts of advantages over wings, and I think that's where we should be concentrating our efforts.

about 1 month ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

tsotha Do we need this? (53 comments)

Can anyone explain to me why we need the SLS when SpaceX is on track to provide the same functionality for a tiny fraction of the price?

about 1 month ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

tsotha Re:Why? (625 comments)

While that's probably true it has nothing whatsoever to do with the legal concept of obesity as a disability.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

tsotha Why? (625 comments)

It is seen as especially significant because of rising obesity levels in Europe and elsewhere, including the US.

Eh... no. This decision will have no effect on the US whatsoever. Or are you trying to say obesity in the US had some effect on the European decision? Either way, it's not relevant.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

tsotha Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Australia has a pretty high cost of living, too. But more importantly, Australia has a more sensible immigration policy than the US and hasn't flooded the low end of the job market with unskilled labor.

about 4 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

tsotha Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Yes. We can look and see the relatively high cost of living that goes along with it, plus a very high youth unemployment.

about 4 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

tsotha How many years? (190 comments)

How many years have I been hearing this? The South Bay was too expensive. Everyone was moving to Vegas, or Austin, or Massachusetts. They moved all right - to the only place outside Manhattan that was more expensive. Like real estate prices you have to believe it can't go on forever, but it can go on a lot longer than you expected.

about 4 months ago
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ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

tsotha Re:Article summary doesn't match article content (103 comments)

That's what I was thinking. Putting earth bacteria on mars is like dropping naked people on the north pole and saying "go forth and multiply". I can't imagine them colonizing anything except in tandem with humans.

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Files Suit Against US Air Force

tsotha Re:"Contract is not up for competition" (176 comments)

Less cynically, Air Force brass have been burned over and over again by companies who lowballs bids and can't deliver. It's human nature to try to steer contracts to companies that have made good on promises in the past.

My was in the Air Force and worked on big contracted projects. You would not believe how often the AF has to deal with companies taking progress payments and then declaring bankruptcy.

Of course the really big contracting decisions are all made on Capitol Hill *cough*F-35*cough*.

about 5 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

tsotha Re:Frist pots (341 comments)

Oh, I'm willing to grandfather in people who are already retired, since finding a job at that age isn't a trivial undertaking. But I don't see why someone who is 60 gets to retire at 62 just because that's what he was planning.

about 5 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

tsotha Re:Frist pots (341 comments)

I'm suggesting people who were planning to retire at 62 should work until 67 like I'll have to. What kind of planning do you have to do? So they didn't plan to work longer? Boo hoo. I don't want to work longer either.

about 5 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

tsotha Re:Frist pots (341 comments)

That's what pisses me off about the way they raise the retirement age. Here in the US you always hear "yes, it's going up, but it's going up slowly - only five years (or whatever) over the next thirty". If I'm set to retire in thirty years it didn't go up slowly. It went up instantly. And since I'm going to have to work until age 67, the people who are fixing to retire at 62 this year can damn well work until 67.

about 5 months ago
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Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

tsotha Re:Not practical as contact lenses (99 comments)

The latest infrared goggles actually integrate infrared and normal vision. Probably be awhile before we can fit all that processing into contacts, though.

about 6 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

tsotha Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (449 comments)

In the actual real world (outside of your worker's paradise) having companies lay their own cable works better, because otherwise there's no incentive for the company that owns the cable to keep overhead expenses down. That's the way it was done in my town, and it works quite well.

about 6 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Re:Any actual police work? (234 comments)

Can you imagine a scenario where an FBI informant would be able to lead a principled gun control advocate down the path of importing machine guns and rocket launchers? Can you imagine a scenario where a clean politician is even associating with the head of the SF Chinese mafia?

about 6 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Re:Any actual police work? (234 comments)

Is anything real? Are you?

about 6 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Did anyone read the idictment? (234 comments)

it's wild. Apparently the guy running the show was the "Dragonhead" of a tong in San Francisco. Seriously? They still have titles like that? It's like a freakin' Bruce Lee movie.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

tsotha No (704 comments)

We should use the ability of our medium to show players the issues first-hand, or give them a unique understanding of the issues and complexities by crafting game mechanics along with narrative components that result in dynamics of play that create meaning for the player in ways that other media isn't capable of.

No. I do not want to be preached at while I'm gaming, and if you put that kind of crap in the game I won't buy it.

about 6 months ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

tsotha Re:Fanboy Glee (302 comments)

The problem is while the java platform is extremely important to you and me, it costs money for Oracle to maintain and they don't see much benefit from it. I don't blame them for trying, in some small way, to monetize it.

about 6 months ago

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