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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

AikonMGB It's not a miracle (203 comments)

As Jim Lovell put it:

From now on we'll live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle, we just decided to go.

There seems to be this perception that space travel is this incredible thing. It is awesome for sure, but it is fully within our grasp to do with as we please. One of my favourite arguments against the conspiracy theorists goes: if NASA were willing to fake the Moon landing, they would have done something else by now.

Let's reach for the stars again!

2 days ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

AikonMGB Re:Great for India (85 comments)

I would have modded you "+1 Insightful" instead of funny. As I mentioned above, this is a high-technology field that brings national prestige, fosters education, and can bring in foreign money. You are spot on.

about three weeks ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

AikonMGB Re:Great for India (85 comments)

Further, this is a high-technology field in which India can excel and become a prominent provider. This brings national prestige, foreign investment and support, provides (some) high-value jobs, and fosters better education. No, it's not going to solve India's problems over night, but it can help.

about three weeks ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

AikonMGB Re:Makes a lot of sense (85 comments)

It really depends what your target inclination is. In general for a non-polar orbit, you want a launch complex with a latitude close to that inclination to minimize plane changes. This is why the ISS is at 51.65 degrees, to make it "easily" accessible from Baikonur. So yes, Sriharikota's proximity to the equator will be beneficial for low-inclination (near-equatorial) launches.

This particular launch, however, was to a sun-synchronous polar orbit. Your launch complex's latitude is much less important when launching to a polar orbit.

about three weeks ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

AikonMGB Re:Bad move (280 comments)

Unfortunately, since fusion would be an incredibly revolutionary technology, there is a tremendous amount of money to be gained by being "first to the post". Any investor with money already in one technology will push hard for only that technology to be funded, at the expense of all other lines of research. Fusion research is sadly driven by economic politics.

about 2 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

AikonMGB Re:I have a really hard time caring... (355 comments)

Cables are also rated for maximum voltage, as it drives insulation thickness. This, combined with the current rating, is a maximum power rating. In the race for cheaper cables, don't be surprised if they are only just barely good enough for the existing specifications.

about 2 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

AikonMGB Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

As a bicyclist you (should) pay very close attention to what's going on in the right turn lane, are they slowing down? Have they seen me? *CAN* they see me? And trust me, I assume that all drivers are idiots playing on their phone will trying to eat a sandwich - having a indication that the driver turning right is absolutely blind and oblivious to my presence just means I can react a second earlier.

Perfect! Since they are playing on their phone, even if their mirrors were intact, they would not be looking at them. Since your assumption of the driver's habits is the conservative one, it doesn't matter whether their mirror is a mirror, a camera, or a shattered piece of useless plastic.

about 4 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

AikonMGB Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

How can you spot cars that are long-overdue on having their brakes serviced so that you can be careful around them as well? This is a terrible reason for requiring mirrors on a car. As when driving a car, one riding a bike should always be careful and never rely on other drivers being 100% responsible, regardless of the condition of a vehicle.

about 4 months ago
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Puzzled Scientists Say Strange Things Are Happening On the Sun

AikonMGB Re:Global warming.. (342 comments)

When will people finally realize that anthropogenic solar cooling is a real issue that affects all of us?

about 8 months ago
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How Long Can the ISS Last?

AikonMGB Re:Why not use it as a site to build the next one? (112 comments)

The ISS's inclination is actually as high as it is to allow the Russian launch vehicles to be able to make the trip; the use of the STS merely capped how polar they could go.

about 10 months ago
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Google Play Services Supplants Android As Google's "Platform"

AikonMGB Re:DroidWall (182 comments)

You can turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while in airplane mode if you so choose (possibly NFC as well, but I haven't tried).

about a year ago
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Dyslexia Seen In Brain Scans of Pre-School Children

AikonMGB Arcuate Fasciculus (105 comments)

There's a typo in the summary, the correct spelling is "Accurate Fasciculus".

about a year ago
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FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

AikonMGB Re:No updates in 6 years? (197 comments)

FLAC is asymmetric; lots of computrons to encode, but not very much to decode. I had an old iPod Video, and the battery lasted longer playing FLAC in Rockbox than it did playing MP3s in the native Apple software (or in Rockbox, for that matter). Despite being done in software, FLAC is just so stupidly easy to decode that it's nearly a moot point.

about a year ago
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Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time

AikonMGB Re: Wait for the retraction (364 comments)

He knows.. which is why he corrected himself...

about a year ago
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Researcher Evan Booth: How To Weaponize Tax-Free Airport Goods

AikonMGB Re:WTH does tax-free have to do with the subject o (288 comments)

You missed the point: you can bring in large empty bottles, or small bottles filled with liquid, but not large bottles with a small amount of liquid. The regulations are arbitrary and near-useless.

about a year ago
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WebKit Developers Discuss Removal of Google-Specific Code

AikonMGB Re:Good luck with that (92 comments)

The video is for Chrome(ium), WebKit, and now Blink developers, not for the end users or the browser(s).

about a year ago
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Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

AikonMGB Re:Sort of pointless (103 comments)

Heh.. Proof right there that you're not affiliated with a US government agency.

That's right, I'm not, and neither are the developers of STRaND-1. I'm not even American. The world is a big place, not all of it is funded by the US government.

about a year ago
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Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

AikonMGB Re:Sort of pointless (103 comments)

Off-the-shelf hardware, though - that would be a bigger deal. It's doomed to failure, but if somehow it could work that would be huge.

Why do you say that? We use COTS hardware pretty much everywhere in our missions. It turns out that the radiation environment isn't really that terrible if you are below the Van Allen belts. Why pay through the nose, both in terms of dollars and in terms of horrendous lead times, for space-qualified parts when commercial, industrial, and automotive parts work just fine?

about a year ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

AikonMGB Re:I can think of a few rea$on$ (573 comments)

Precisely; her comments have absolutely nothing to do with the demand of higher speeds and quality service, but rather the supply. Her argument is circular -- we don't offer good options, so customers don't choose good options, therefore customers don't want good options, thus there's no need for us to offer good options. That's an awesome flow chart you got there, TWC.

about a year ago

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RIAA Awarded $222,000 in Copyright-Infringement Ca

AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AikonMGB writes "From Wired:

DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties.
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"This is what can happen if you don't settle," RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think we have sent a message we are willing to go to trial."
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The case, however, did set legal precedents favoring the industry. In proving liability, the industry did not have to demonstrate that the defendant's computer had a file-sharing program installed at the time that they inspected her hard drive. And the RIAA did not have to show that the defendant was at the keyboard when RIAA investigators accessed Thomas' share folder.
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GM Erases Retiree Obligations

AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AikonMGB writes "General Motors has agreed to a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) aimed at decreasing costs and increasing competitiveness with foreign automakers, particularly Toyota Motor Corp. The core of the new deal revolves around the establishment of an independent retiree trust fund managed by the UAW. GM will hand over $35 billion to the trust fund, which will take over responsibilities for retiree obligations such as health care. This will allow GM to wipe these obligations off its registers, which will in turn raise GM's credit ratings and lower GM's borrowing costs."
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AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AikonMGB writes "A young computer science student from Pittsburgh (PA) has come up with an ingenious way to look for a summer job: auctioning himself off on eBay. Andrew Warshaver is appealing to the internet community to bid for his skills as a computer programmer for a 12-week summer job in any major U.S. metropolitan area. The current bid is listed at US $6,100.00, with the auction winner paying Warshaver the total bid amount prorated on a bi-weekly basis as pay. Warshaver posted a copy of his resume along with his ad, and is offering potential bidders a chance to interview him before placing their bid."
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AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AikonMGB (1013995) writes "It seems Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) is trying to cut the wind from ATI's sails, looking to stop all sales of ATI Radeon chips. The suit quotes patent #6,650,327, awarded to SGI in November of 2003. This suit came in shortly before DAAMIT announced its hopes for their new "Fusion" CPU/GPU combination."

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