top NASA Visualizes Asteroid Grab Mission
One thing the video didn't address was the capture process. I keep wondering how this whole fly-up-and-bag-it thing would work. I find it unlikely that the rock just be sitting there waiting. It would have some rotation. If we've learned anything from recent close encounters with asteroids, it's that they are rotating on multiple axises. Even a small rock like the one in the video would have a lot of inertia to overcome in order to bring it to a stop. I doubt that little docking clamp they showed would have enough fuel to do the job.
top The Smog To Fog Challenge: Settling the High-Speed Rail vs. Hyperloop Debate
The casinos should fund the LA-LV hyperloop. It would be a great demo project and image how quickly the casinos would recoup their money if people could make that trip in 20 minutes.
top Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting
And now you can kiss what's left of the "Massachusetts Advantage" goodbye. Welcome to the Silicon Deathbed.
I have to wonder if the increase in revenue from this will offset the loss in revenue as income and sales moves out of state. In the short term it will but in the long term this will definitely be affecting many business decisions.
top NASA's "Opportunity" Rover Finds New Evidence For Once-Habitable Mars
It was just less than two weeks ago that NASA
announced the 100th discovery of water on Mars. Being the true trend setters that they are, NASA continues to discover water where it is previously been discovered before. about a year and a half ago
top Confirmed: Water Once Flowed On Mars
AP - Today at NASA there was a celebration. For the 100th time it has been able to confirm that there was water on Mars. Vint Norgecrack, Director of Mars Water Confirmations, said, "This time we really know it. Again. Honestly, truly, really, for real, pinky swear and all that."
NASA use this news to appeal to Congress to fund the Mars Planetary Water Finder. The MPF is a $22 billion project meant to send smaller probes to all currently existing landing sites and confirm that the confirmations of confirmations of water on Mars can in fact be confirmed.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?
It's not hating change if the option is to "upgrade" to a piece of crap.
It's interesting to see what people think after they've introduced a change. They will say that there are two types of people: geniuses and those who hate change. The idea that their change may not be good does not enter the equation.
about a year and a half ago
top Take Hands-Free 360 Degree Panoramic Photos With an iPhone (Video)
This obviously requires the most perfect conditions to do what this advertisement says it does. I tried it on every table in my home and all I did was shake loose some embedded dust and annoy the cat. The phone never moved.
top Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt
This is one of the problems with robotic missions... these weird, out of the ordinary events. If this had been a robotic mission it would have been Galileo all over again. "We didn't think this would be a problem so we didn't build to solve it. Now we have to live with the workaround."
Robots are fine for simple things but as the complexity of the machines increases it becomes easier to go with the count on the army of humans who would be willing to make the journey.
top Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?
One of the things the poster misses is that the rich will buy autonomous cars, use them frequently, but not actually drive them. Consider:
- Send the kids to school and pick them up
- Send the car to the grocery/Starbucks/liquor store where a order send via the Net is filled and loaded into the car - Avoid drunk driving charges (OK, it's a use but no actual driving) - Let their teens use it so the teen can text merrily while the car drives - Send the car out with a dashcam so they can get vids of morons trying to road rage a machine - Have the car scout ahead to see if there are any cops on the path they're about to take at lightspeed in a manual drive car
top Could Curiosity Rover Moonlight As Part of a Sample Return Mission?
I second the "lack of excitement" comment. Think about it, the main proposals for the past few years have to send another rover or orbitter to Mars. Until there's a goal beyond more of the same, the money will continue to dry up.
top Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?
While all the bleeding edge Dotters here scream "Upgrade" I'd like to ask why? How many web pages are actually using the new capabilities of the upgraded browsers? And how many pages just changed one minor widget? I maintain there's _zero_ reason to tell people they can't view a page without upgrading. It's the old days of "Best if viewed with Internet Explorer" all over again. As you all say, disk drveis are getting huge and the old pages take almost zero space. Add note saying it's not supported and here's a link to the latest and greatest. People who want the new abilities will upgrade.
Remember, you're not the not the only provider on the net. If people only the choice of: 1) Change their entire web serving experience to increase the job security of yuor web developers, or 2) Leave your site, you and your shharreholders might not like the answer.
top Water Droplets In Orbit On the International Space Station
I just couldn't get past the thought that he was able to get knitting needles onto the space station but would never have been able to get them onto a commercial airline flight.
top Google's New Design
Google has been playing catch up for years, but now they're changing their UI in gratuitous and overly animated ways without giving the users notification or a "classic" path out of it. Wow, they finally caught up to Facebook!
top Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers
I don't mind the idea of not supported. What I hate is the idea of whining loudly and interupting the workflow because the user isn't on the bleeding edge. If you can detect the browser version then just don't use the new features on the pages. Don't force me to click a popup or make a decision every time I bring up your page (Google Calendar). Noisily announcing that something doesn't work completely harkens back to the bad old days of user interface design. Very unHTML-like.
top NASA Satellite Shows Southern Tornadoes From Space
Insurance costs represent the true cost of a disaster, not just the physical pain. For example, what if the power plan is damaged and my web site is down for 12 hours. There was no physical damage to my servers but I lost the capacity to do business.
top Is Daylight Saving Time Bad For You?
DST starts roughly 80 days after the solstice and ends roughly 50 before the soltice. Changing clocks based onthe season rather than the actual amount of daylight or the time of sunrise is wasteful.
top Drivers Blamed For Out of Control Toyotas - Again
I've experienced problems with my Toyota but it was because the cruise control sucks. When the car starts losing speed (caused by hill or headwind), the cruise control doesn't slowly apply gas until it gets back to the set point. Oh no. It downshifts and races the engine hard until the car is at least 5 MPH past the set point. So much for fuel economy. And I can see how this would cause an unprepared driver to freak out and make things worse.
I haven't seen signs of bad engineering, just sloppy engineering or cheaping out. I also have a problem with any car company who's saying, "We're perfect, it's our drivers who are stupider than average."
top New Mexico Bill To Protect Anti-Science Education
At least this means that teachers can't be threatened for completely slamming Intelligent Design.
top Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?
Ozzie always confused me. The world has been moving closer and closer to integration and, as soon as he got to MS, they went in the other direction. MS restructured so that OS, Office, Gaming, and many others were their own profit centers. They were given bonuses or blasts depending on how they did individually. Now if that meant that OS did something that hurt Office, that was fine as look as OS got a win out of it.
top Xmarks May Not Be Dead After All
And these "organizations who might be willing to buy the company's assets and keep the service going" would be planning to do what with the (hopefully) aggregated data?
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