* Posts by Grinning Bandicoot

19 posts • joined 30 Jan 2014

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Entrepreneurship Hizaah

Since I had read Heinlein's 'Man who sold the Moon' I've been the type that believed that it would take a similar entrepreneur to get man looking and going outward. The funds spent in development of his project are spent on the ground to people that had practiced delayed gratification in LEARNING. And as far as Seattle's homeless problem the more that has been done to shelter and more that appear. The US has a active underground news service that offer advice on where and how to beat the system. Seattle nor any where else will never under a free culture not have homeless because some people do not want to follow shelter rules. Mandated internal personal passports with compulsory assigned housing with job movement only by official permission and the problem will go away. Oh wait! I think that was done and the participants didn't like it. TANSTAAFL

In the Monty Python collection there is a line about the effects of wealth distribution as the Uppers are in rags and the proles have the finery. I am of the opinion that anyone who will pay $2.50 for a cup of coffee has more disposable income than necessary and some should be transferred to me so that i can get a Cayenne though if I want to avoid snow I'll go with a Maybach - tis fair 'cause I aint got the bucks to spend on high test coffee.

A problem with taxes that the guy with few a million or two can afford and really must have an accountant and tax lawyer to complete the forms. The guy with a few thousand cannot afford the high priced labor to complete the taxes and as a consequence is unable to find and use the various tax deductions.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Undecimate?

OBJECTION: The Earl Cornwallis came in second to GW so after a bit of political wrangling the United States was documented. Often noted as US which is the object case of WE properly what you call colonials should be WEians. Canadians might qualify as colonial but that is one for you to fight with them!

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Re: Centuries

Units were formed as a 100 recruits and remained that unit through its life. As men died or left wounded the unit shrank.

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Re: Undecimate?

Having read down (display newest to old) I must at this point state this comment is one good reason to follow the comments at the Register. Somewhere in a comment section at this point in the US the point would divert away from the topic and have an extweaker inserting Biblical text and the Hillaryite and the Trumpist would start with an exchange of ad hominen steer manure (does not rise to the level of bull ); but here knowing what decimate means and how the usage differs found an erudite explanation of

undecimate which I confess was not what I had imaged.

For an educational exercise: The type that follow the money should compare Western US mines financing with Musk's finances

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Great Headline, Register

Noted elsewhere but one short was Monument. I believe there was a second that covered later in the story. One thing about Clark that he is credited for the geostationary comsat and for using the moon as a tax haven

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Re: Great Headline, Register

If memory serves correctly since its in the vicinity of 60 years but Clark wrote a short story "Monument" that served as the framework for the opener and there was another short story that had served for beginning of the main story.

Will Jenkins (Mauray Leinster) held the patent of the system used for those great space shots.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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The expensive part of the launch program after the politics is achieving orbital. The trick would be to build a local recycle point (a Trojan Point). Some day when left-handed phlamistrand type B is needed a trip to the local dump with a minor delta V might be a paying proposition.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Tactitus is still appliable

The question behind the whole deal starts with an oath to support the US and its Constitution by these people. But in their hearts the feeling is if the rules are just rubbed solidly and just slightly bent it is for a good cause. These little minor things compound like interest. So the question then is "Who will guard the guardian?"

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hive mind informs climate change believers and sceptics

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Kant and Religion

Are we not treading through waters that have been previously muddied? Does not the true believer approach the infidel with the same fury as that displayed during the Hundred Years War?

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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What else would you expect of Texas

I am curious about the circuitry. A schematic would be of interest because an AC driven bomb is not very portable. Since most of command detonated IEDs use c-fones, it is my sincere hope that the police is detaining those with hoax IED detonators. Having read the school policy and read quotes from the Chief of the Irving Police I wonder if anyone in local government is sane.

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Re: Next up: Crazy Eddie

Mage, I believe it was Pournelle who used the laser boost from Baja California.

Anyone remember Echo from the 50s., its orbit was altered and the balloon was deformed from the solar pressure that should have been proof of concept.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: By Jingo!

Also one for cynics

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A proposal

Revanchism as a practice is one that one that one who thinks before the leap (obviously not the Argentine delegation) should consider because the ship has already sailed. The country code for amateur radio has been established for nearly 100 years and never been challenged.

If any other pseudo-nationalist thinks that revanchism is the ticket, they are looking for a wild west shoot out in a dark, foggy night. Let's try this one on for size: Argentina was part of Spain so assign them the Spanish coding (es). Oh wait! Spain was part of a Moorish empire and before that part of the Roman Empire but was settled by Pheonician who displaced Celts, Basques, and Iberians. All of which replaced Neanderthals so the code for Argentina (ar)should be changed to one supporting the rights of the poor down trodden Neanderthal. Let us all petition the United Nations in the name of the Argentinians to restore the ancient homelands of the Neanderthals or at least those not in Argentina

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Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Re: illuminati watch out ...

Do I have get under a glass pyramid or will going to the lake in Nevada, USA be enough to gain the hidden wisdom thereby gaining a paper that indicates an education (or edukation) from Oxbow at Incident in Wyoming. Look all one sentence and more or less grammatical is that not edukation?

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Invitation for faculty at moneybags

Needed a few more cynics to staff the new school being established. Oxenford University will offer a DN, DNE and a Diploma in GPW. Interested cynics please apply with outrageous demands included including the amount of the swag expected.

DN = Doctorate of Nonsuch for those that need to impress

DNE = Doctorate of No Ethics for those intending high government position

Diploma in Government Paper Work for those civic minded people wishing to keep thr transfer payment people employed.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Parkinson et al are right

If you are in government service, it is expected of you that you will manage your portion of the people's money in a safe and prudent manner. No innovation, no changes unless the outcome is known to be successful. If not, a tar-and-feathering is the result. So change is not in the works. CYA and don't make a new policy.

Now if the government entity is a money making (cash in exceeds cash out), money will be borrowed (a tax) by politicos to be used for a pet project. The politician as a master of the public's good knows that change in the industrial world will get the politician unemployed so again no innovation is likely.

Unions are large corporations with the membership being its customers who are also voters then supports the politician in the status quo. Again innovation suffers.

A private corporation risks the money of people that are willing to accept the risk. The private corporation innovates to maintain customers (or screams for governmental intervention) and has a viable means of determining its success (marginal revenue > marginal cost and marginal gain > average costs). This all being done with money freely chosen to be risked - no coercion present as opposed to a tax.

The net outcome of this being that governmental organization will suck up capital in order to fullfill its function of staying in power whereas a private must move quickly to keep the costs from exceeding revenues. Note this assumes that the user has free choice in product selection

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Psion hinge

My problem with the Psion was in the hinge. I used in the field to cut down on scrap notes, business cards the like. Initially the plan worked would get home and then copy to the big box. Soon as I moved the cover/screen all that I entered flushed. Somewhere, some place in a storage box it resides and if I had documentation, I probably completely destroy it trying to make it fly faster. It was fun while it lasted.

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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