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But when you see, for example, huge arguments over the fact that SpaceX doesn't do vertical integration and hence shouldn't be considered for certification, it does make you wonder.

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Unfortunately vertical integration makes things hugely easier for the organization doing the certifying, and avoids the issue of two contractors blaming each other (and the gov't) when the integrated solution fails.

It's a difficult problem that only gets made more so as visibility and pressure on the project increase.

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I think that you are using a the more general meaning of vertical integration, but in this context it means putting the payload on the rocket while the rocket is standing upright and not on its side.

SpaceX is dramatically more vertically integrated as a company than the ULA (their competitor for government launches).

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The main platform for Marine STOVLs is pocket carriers; littoral assault carriers that lack cats and traps. Quite often they also carry amphibious landing craft as well.[0]

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphibious_assault_ship

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Low and slow the A-10 can out turn just about all air superiority fighters (vectored thrust fighters being the largest exception); as the old saying goes "get down low and go go go". The true enemy of planes like the A-10 is 4th+ gen missiles combined with look down radar.

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And yet I have met, and I suspect that you also have probably met, people that have worked their proverbial behind off their whole lives and have wound up with not much. There is more to success that hard work. In the converse I have met some people who haven't and still don't work hard and have been very very successful.

The true key to success is to work smarter not necessarily harder (working harder can sometimes help in a relative sense), and also a some luck.

But all those who work hard and are also successful, I have found, tend to diminish the input of luck and information advantage (i.e. it's not what you know but who you know etc).

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True, but this is because a large number of credit unions don't issue Visa / Mastercard credit cards directly; typically they do it through their banking partners (who are registered as banks as opposed to credit unions who for almost all cases are not banks), if they do it at all.

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git has tools to accept email patches, it's just most people don't use it. I'd accept email patches as long as they merge in a sane fashion.

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Unless of course if you put in your grant application that the code will be licensed under GPLv3 or any other license that requires submittors to provide a license for patents.

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You're both wrong; most people at the point of browsing don't care that much for privacy. Most users would hand out their passwords for a chocolate bar! [0] How much less would they care about their privacy let alone understand how one browser is better than another.

[0] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3639679.stm

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A manager who feels he has to micromanage is redundant and unnecessary, as far as I'm concerned.

Everything you said is bang on, but this is one of the salient comments said so far in this thread.

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Also there is the issue of recidivism; permanently branding someone drastically reduces the chances of rehabilitation. For many crimes a life sentence of shame is not appropriate; criminals should be given the chance to change for the better, especially as no one is perfect.

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And not to forget that people get branded for things they didn't do or were misinterpreted or for one-time mistakes. Should these people have to live with that forever?

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In situations like that, much like in real life, it's prudent to have evidence (comments, emails, server logs, whatever) to protect your reputation and show the facts, but that isn't necessarily the same as having these things aired publicly.

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