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#1 OFFLINE   crp

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:16 PM

don't know how I missed the story but anyway , here is a somewhat humorous take on it.

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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~C. S. Lewis

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:32 PM

The US can screw up much better than the French - we have more money.

MARS CLIMATE ORBITER TEAM FINDS LIKELY CAUSE OF LOSS

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The peer review preliminary findings indicate that one team used English units (e.g., inches, feet and pounds) while the other used metric units for a key spacecraft operation. This information was critical to the maneuvers required to place the spacecraft in the proper Mars orbit.
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Way to go, "scientists".

BTW, whet does "Merde" mean?
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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:51 PM

View PostWebb, on 15 June 2014 - 11:32 PM, said:

BTW, whet does "Merde" mean?

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:04 AM

I knew, I was just shining you. :shifty:
The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error. - HAL-9000

You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I don't understand what's gone wrong with it.  - George Hanson, 1969

A bad day at golf is better than a good day at work.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:58 AM

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:11 PM

nice stories.
the nasa problem wasted more as it was unrecoverable.
the article about the train was lol-funny! well written.
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