9 posts • joined 17 Sep 2007
So the Air Farce recruiting commercials are lying too!
In the commercial they show a shot of the world's largest office building, with a voiceover claiming something like 3 million attacks every day.
Yeah, sounds to me like someone is pulling numbers out of their ass.
I hate to nitpick but...
SEALs don't drive that boat. The Special Boat Teams do.
...the modern day patent system and modern day civil litigation.
Modern business models at their finest. Flood the obviously flawed patent system with CRAP, then when your bullshit patent finally makes it through, use it to SUE your competitors instead of trying to be better than they are.
Overheard at a tradeshow recently: "I know, they got SCO'd as soon as ____ realized it was a money generator!" (didn't recognize or retain the company name).
It becomes more and more clear to me that the story of David and Goliath would have turned out entirely differently had it gone to court or arbitration.
To all the REAL innovators out there in hiding, I would like to offer my condolences that your efforts will result in your idea either being stolen before you can legitimately patent it, or it will result in your doom in a civil court because someone will find a way to wedge their patents in.
Wah wah wah
I can see this whole thread dragging on like all the others out there.
Since this has turned into the ubi "which is better" thread, it's time to scream "DEAD HORSE!!!"
Like Matt alluded to:
The right tool for the job is the one that does what you need it to do the way you want to do it.
Don't forget to hit the lights.
It's no defense at all against those shifty Canadians.
"The offending structure can be found at Bougainville Road, US Navy Exchange, San Diego"
It's Bougainville Road, at NAB Coronado, in Coronado, CA. Across the bay from San Diego.
I have to admit though, I thought these were worth a chuckle (don't kill me!)
"When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris."
"There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Chuck Norris lives in Oklahoma."
I think Conan O'Brien is the only person (still living) that openly mocks Chuck in the mass media.
That's all well and good, but when you bring it in with an obvious physical problem that is totally unrelated to what the OS even touches.... I mean, unless Linux has evolved into such a beast that it can control the case too....
Oh no! One of the little rubber feet came off the bottom of the case! Quick, break out the Vista recovery disc!
Space vs. undersea vs. medical vs. whatever funding aside....
So it's expensive and risky. Let privately funded groups do it. Give them huge tax credits or access to government sites/data/something. It'd still be cheaper than big Gov doing it alone. Not to mention the SPEED of development would be (first bad pun....) light-years ahead of a government project.
AND, so people die here and there. I seem to recall that people called "explorers" in the history books died quite a bit, or at least someone in the party did. Apollo 1 anyone? And to think that NASA kept at it. Nowadays such a disaster leads to years of inquisition and pink slips. How many humans have died in the development of modern aircraft? So just get over it, and let them put their lives on the line if they want to. To use the airline's model of statistics, more people have died in car accidents on the Earth in the last couple of days than have died in all the years of human payload rocketry, right? I'm sorry if that angle offends, but let's face it, like a previous poster said, there's a difference between investigation and exploration.
The only way we're going to get over all the years of "it's too expensive" "it's too dangerous!" "I might muss my hair!" is to have someone just go. My bet is private industry beating big Gov. to the punch. Followed by a neck in neck second by Russia and China. 5+ years later the US will at that point be ready to send their third automated lander to the moon (having been successful with 1.0 and 2.0, they dare not risk a human being on 3.0.) After all, they changed the paint scheme and the landing gear surfaces....
Oh, and to make a rant even longer..... Why in the H.E. double hockey sticks is NASA taking so friggin' long to get back to the moon? You've already gone before! So modernize a little here and there and just go already. 2012? 2020? WTF? Refine as you go. Just move the big erector set in the sky to orbit around the moon, or build another one. Stage supplies at ISS and the moon-ISS. We humans have THAT tech down already right? So stop wasting billions on robots to "test" the technology and just frickin' go! Business already knows this: Quantity leads to lower costs. Get the rest of the space-faring (bad pun two...) countries in on it, and spread the cost. The Russians have heavy lifters and long term cosmonaut experience. The US has the lunar experience. Rutan and co. have already proven sub-orbital flight can be "cheap", so help refine it. Etc. Etc.
Take the risk and just go. There are plenty of people out there, that are NOT rocket scientists but are mentally stable enough, that would sign up to go up regardless of risk. Going to orbit is old hat. I mean, no disrespect to the *nauts and all.
I can't believe I'm going to post this drivel... Too wordy, to disorganized, and not enough beer. Sorry. *faceplants into keyboard*