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  1. Humans (Channel 4/AMC)

    Yay! Excellent news 8)
  2. SpaceX--Spacecraft, rockets, and Mars

    Surely payload isn't the only factor in determining which is more advanced? Would you say the Falcon 9 is much less advanced than the Saturn V and SLS because it has a much lower maximum payload? But that has nothing to do with the percentages. No costs are given for the SpaceX, Boeing, and Orbital ATK programs, so 14% has no meaning. You could reduce NASA's share of the Orion costs to 14% by paying the contractors 8 times as much for the same work, but that obviously wouldn't be a good thing. And writing off development as "overhead" is ridiculous. The Apollo program had spent $60-$65 billion in 2010 dollars by the end of 1967 (60% of the total budget), a year before the launch of Apollo 8. If the SLS is only spending $43 billion to reach the same point, it's not doing too badly. I'm not saying the report's recommendations are necessarily wrong, but this is a bad article, biased and failing to make any real case for the recommendations.
  3. SpaceX--Spacecraft, rockets, and Mars

    That's an ideological position, not a scientific one. There's nothing about gross numbers in the article, and nothing inherently good about budget going to contractor overhead instead of NASA overhead. If NASA is being inefficient, then that's a problem that needs to be addressed, but the article doesn't make any case for that. Other way round. Though a better comparison would Spitfire vs F-15. I'm assuming the SLS is significantly more advanced than the Saturn V.
  4. SpaceX--Spacecraft, rockets, and Mars

    They're including development in overhead. What are they supposed to do - just say "hey, build us an SLS - it's some kind of rocket thing" instead of providing detailed design specifications? All the article is saying is NASA gets a bigger share of the funds if it does more of the work. Oh, and it also compares the costs unfavourably to the Apollo project, which is like complaining about a 747 costing more to make than a Spitfire.
  5. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    You think "realistic" or the actual facts have any bearing on this whatsoever when selling a story to a Republican audience?
  6. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    Rock tiara magic!!!
  7. Humans (Channel 4/AMC)

    I haven't gotten round to watching Westworld yet, but I'll be very surprised if it's as good as Humans.
  8. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    I hope he's feeling better soon... Though I'm afraid it's much too late to stop the Sith from taking over
  9. I assumed they did notice, were aware it had been reported to the proper authorities, and were told not to respond. I didn't have a problem with them wanting to get the credit, but blowing up the ship did stretch credibility a bit. Watching Clone Wars doesn't make his survival any more plausible, though they do make good use of him. I would have liked him to stick around longer in Rebels. Force visions, I assume. And from what Obi-wan said, it sounds like his absence from the preparations for the assault on Lothal could have serious repercussions.
  10. Trivial, certainly. It just struck me as weird when I watched the episode.
  11. The dark underbelly of Facebook groups

    They know for sure that there's either a two mile high ice wall, or an infinite plane, but they don't know which? Ok, that makes sense.
  12. One issue - Luke appears absolutely tiny! It looks like they've forgotten that there are steps down to the dome entrance so the visible part is only about a metre above ground, and that Luke is the same age as Leia who we saw last season.
  13. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    Well yes, diverting funds from the ludicrously over-inflated military budget to more worthwhile endeavours would certainly help a great deal, at least for the US (would have helped the USSR too). That wouldn't stop massive inequality from being a problem, though.
  14. The dark underbelly of Facebook groups

    Does this group have any moderators? All those people should have been banned immediately, let alone the particularly obsessive creep.
  15. What if there's an earthquake that knocks the pot over and the key gets lost? Not a big risk in the UK?
  16. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    That sounds like treason to me; an excellent excuse to nationalise their businesses.
  17. US Politics: Speak Into the Microwave

    I'm sure she was relieved...
  18. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    I am honoured to serve you, Master.
  19. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    Who said anything about people not being able to have their own stuff? Socialism is about not being able to have other people's stuff. You can still own your own house and books and clothes and so forth, anything for the use of yourself, friends, and family. You just can't have stuff to charge other people for the use of, like extra houses to rent out, factories, etc, which isn't at all relevant for most people. It's collective ownership of the means of production, not of personal property. Some, possibly, but there are some people who believe pretty much anything. It's certainly not mainstream leftist thought. Individual liberty is really important to me, but it has to be liberty for everyone, not liberty proportional to how wealthy you are. Automation is certainly going to have a big impact, but if most of the working class is no longer actually needed to work, their power is greatly reduced. Robots don't go on strike. Democracy doesn't mean anything goes. Eg people should not be given a choice in the matter of murder being illegal under any system. And you can have democratic control over how the health system etc is run. Eg should extra resources be put towards cancer research or better food in hospitals? Should euthanasia be permitted, and if so, how should it be regulated? When healthcare is privatised, it's mostly free of democratic control, ie undemocratic. More than half of the bottom 70-80% don't vote at all (in US presidential elections). A huge part of the problem is there's nobody worth voting for who actually stands for their interests, and it's effectively impossible for a party that represent their interests to grow into a real contender under the current system (without financial support from the 0.1% they don't have the resources to get their message out and look credible, and if they do get any significant voter support they just bleed votes away from the Democrats and guarantee Republican victory). Does it make an impact on yours? Returning the top marginal income tax rate to 90% would have zero effect on the overwhelming majority of people. While it wouldn't stop tax evasion, it would compensate for it somewhat, and at no risk whatsoever to everyone else.
  20. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    It's more what you'll continue to have. If I'm not appointed as a Spamperial Inquisitor, I'll have to find something else to do with my lightsaber, and I suspect you're quite fond of most of your body parts. But seriously, I'm a loyal supporter of the Spampire who pledged my allegiance immediately upon its announcement, and you need someone to hunt down rogue Jedi who threaten the new era of Spamperial order.
  21. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    That sounds reasonable to me. Naturally! Yay!
  22. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    I think I'd make a good Inquisitor...
  23. TTTNE 469- A New Order of Imperial entanglement

    Are you implying that this wasn't actually ab's plan all along?
  24. 'Ghost in the Shell' Live Action(?) Hollywood Edition

    The problem is the studios are more likely to interpret poor box office as meaning "we shouldn't make female-lead SF/action films" so we lose either way