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  1. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    Wish there had been one; I'd love to take a quick trip to Alpha Centauri...

    Wish there had been one; I'd love to take a quick trip to Alpha Centauri...

  2. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    Sadly, no (if I understand your Battlestar Galactica reference correctly). What they mean is a suborbital flight of the craft to test various systems for the orbital version of the craft. The...

    Sadly, no (if I understand your Battlestar Galactica reference correctly).

    What they mean is a suborbital flight of the craft to test various systems for the orbital version of the craft. The first couple of videos on this SpaceX YouTube playlist give a pretty good idea of what will be happening (they're from SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle, built to test Falcon 9 reusability concepts).

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  3. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    Absolutely, the engines and computers/sensors are definitely assembled indoors, but can you imagine ULA or Arianespace hiring a water tower company to build the body of a rocket outdoors?

    Absolutely, the engines and computers/sensors are definitely assembled indoors, but can you imagine ULA or Arianespace hiring a water tower company to build the body of a rocket outdoors?

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  4. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    As amazing as that is and as excited as I am for it, what I'm most blown away by is this tweet from Elon. They're building a full-blown orbital spacecraft in an open field in Texas!

    As amazing as that is and as excited as I am for it, what I'm most blown away by is this tweet from Elon. They're building a full-blown orbital spacecraft in an open field in Texas!

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  5. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    A good teacher/professor can definitely make or break a computer science course. Glad you were able to keep learning on your own! :)

    A good teacher/professor can definitely make or break a computer science course. Glad you were able to keep learning on your own! :)

  6. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    Definitely agree with you on that, and I've always found many of the arguments they make to be hilarious, especially the "America was founded as a Christian nation" one. Plus, as someone who was...

    I also think a lot of hard-line Christians in America want a Christian theocratic government.

    Definitely agree with you on that, and I've always found many of the arguments they make to be hilarious, especially the "America was founded as a Christian nation" one. Plus, as someone who was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools, the main message that I've gotten from Jesus' teachings is that we're supposed to take care of and love everyone, especially women, the poor, and the oppressed, which seems to be the opposite of what many conservative Christians in government spend their time trying to do.

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  7. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    Yeah, that's roughly the way my high school did things, and I think it's probably the best way. The logic and thought processes that are useful for programming are much closer to science and math...

    Yeah, that's roughly the way my high school did things, and I think it's probably the best way. The logic and thought processes that are useful for programming are much closer to science and math than they are to those required for learning natural languages.

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  8. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    Really? That's interesting. Did you take advantage of that? If so, how do you feel about it in retrospect?

    Really? That's interesting. Did you take advantage of that? If so, how do you feel about it in retrospect?

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  9. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    Posted here in ~misc since this seemed to have too much crossover between ~humanities and ~comp to fit well in either. As someone who spends a lot of time programming and working with computers, I...

    Posted here in ~misc since this seemed to have too much crossover between ~humanities and ~comp to fit well in either.

    As someone who spends a lot of time programming and working with computers, I have to agree with the author of the piece. Programming languages are so different from natural languages, and they definitely fill different slots in terms of a complete education.

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  10. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    I'm very interested. The beginning of the Iron Horse cover of Enter Sandman was hilariously unexpected and surprisingly good, and I'd love more surprises.

    I'm very interested. The beginning of the Iron Horse cover of Enter Sandman was hilariously unexpected and surprisingly good, and I'd love more surprises.

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  11. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Oh, ok. That makes sense.

    Oh, ok. That makes sense.

  12. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Wan't dissing the look, sorry if it came across that way. I think it's really cool.

    Wan't dissing the look, sorry if it came across that way. I think it's really cool.

  13. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I'm going even further into the realm of sheer speculation here than I have before, but I really feel like there's a chicken or the egg issue going on here, especially if one goes with an estimate...

    I'm going even further into the realm of sheer speculation here than I have before, but I really feel like there's a chicken or the egg issue going on here, especially if one goes with an estimate of two years before the foldable experience is great (an estimate that I think I agree with).

    If users have a buggy or sparse software experience for these first few months/years, they'll probably move away from the foldables, and, if they've moved away, there'll be no real incentive for manufacturers to keep working on them or for developers to keep trying to support them. Again, speculation, but I feel we may be on the verge of another Windows Phone type of event in the mobile device market.

  14. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Now that is a fascinating phone! I had no idea that any player as big as Samsung had tried a combination flip/smart phone like that. It looks like a Galaxy with a flip phone bolted on the back,...

    Now that is a fascinating phone! I had no idea that any player as big as Samsung had tried a combination flip/smart phone like that. It looks like a Galaxy with a flip phone bolted on the back, but it's got a weird charm to it.

  15. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    You're definitely not wrong. I may not be seeing the whole picture or the possibilities for folding phones when I write them off as mostly a gimmick, but I just can't shake the feeling that there...

    You're definitely not wrong. I may not be seeing the whole picture or the possibilities for folding phones when I write them off as mostly a gimmick, but I just can't shake the feeling that there will be a lot of UI and general clunkiness issues with them once the mainstream really gets hands-on with them in the coming months.

  16. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    That's really interesting. What did you end up going with? I imagine it was really difficult to find a modern phone that wasn't a wannabe iPhone anytime recently.

    That's really interesting. What did you end up going with? I imagine it was really difficult to find a modern phone that wasn't a wannabe iPhone anytime recently.

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