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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Eravnrekaree Enabling wasteful spending on SLS? (107 comments)

It has been said by many close to these matters that part of the drain on NASA is SLS. Just throwing more money at it could continue to enable the boondoggle. Maybe the money should be contingent on funding launch platforms that can and will compete with other commercial systems to lower cost, to actually compete with Soyuz on cost. The criticisms are that it is a very poor value, and not well designed for reducing cost and efficiency. The result is a launch platform that is far too expensive. One of the core problems is developing a launch platform that is SOLELY for use by the government, this pretty much prevents the market from driving down costs, unlike other launch platforms such as the Ariane and Soyuz which service private companies and thus are incentivized as a requirement to develop better, cheaper technologies.

Maybe someone else can comment on this, but it looks like SLS will be more expensive and costly than anything else, giving us less for more money. Why even waste time developing this when we can use SpaceX, the Deltas, Atlas and so on, perhaps human rated versions of these.

SLS could not compete on price with Soyuz, which is a good sign it should be scrapped. The Soyuz so far has us beat on reliability, cost, performance. If we continue to fund white elephants which are more driven by beauracracy and pork rather than driven by technical innovations to lower cost and improve reliability, we will continue down the road of stagnation and falling behind.

It has often been said that if someone wanted to kill the US space program, the Shuttle and Space Launch System is exactly what they would do, to basically suck all of the resources dry on a far too expensive launch platform that is superior to everything else on the market, thus pulling resources away from the science and exploration missions.

It is true that SLS is a drop in the bucket compared to the F-35 and welfare programs, yet if its still more expensive than everything else for less than what you can get from other launch platforms, why waste the money? Why not go with a human rated SpaceX?

2 days ago

Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Eravnrekaree More ammo for debbie downer (285 comments)

When you give your spouse one at Christmas, Debbie Downer will be there to remind you of he ecological implications. :-). Out of all seriousness, its not bad to have an interest in efficiency, but, does a phone really consume so much power that it would make much of a differece, You could save a heck of a lot more using a clothesline.

3 days ago

The Truth About Solar Storms

Eravnrekaree Remote signalled disconnect switches. (90 comments)

This problem seems to be easily solvable by installing electronic cut-off switches near the transformers throughout the entire system. These switches could be remotely triggered by some in-band means, at least, such as an pulsing of the electrical current. This would protect homes and businesses as well as the power company infrastructure and it would seem would be a relatively inexpensive, cheap piece of electronics that could be widely deployed throughout the grid. When a solar flare is detected that would hit, the switches would be activated through the signalling. This would throw disconnect switches on each side of the unit. The switches could be turned back on with a pole later on when the event is over. Yes, this would temporarally bring down the electrical grid, but bringing it down for a few hours or days is a heck of a lot less of a problem than it being out for months.

3 days ago

SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Eravnrekaree Re:Sad (132 comments)

Yes but from what I have heard SLS isn't exactly the best bang for buck and has a lot of pork of its own, nonetheless, it is still small compared to other government waste. SLS has little credibility since basically, its repackaging of the shuttle technologies to keep the boondoggle going. SpaceX has found ways to do things much more cheaply because it can think outside of the box and is not bound into using a certain technology because it gets a congressman a kickback. They can do things based on technical merit rather than by political lockin and pork.

3 days ago

SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Eravnrekaree Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (132 comments)

Wasnt Elon Musk saying that he could send people to Mars for a fraction the cost of SLS or a NASA system and that he was going to work on the problem?

4 days ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Eravnrekaree Harden the grid (212 comments)

Why don't we harden the electrical grid for this? What technologies could be used to protect electrical systems from this? Maybe this would involve a system to suppress the surge but also a system of disconnect switches that could be remotely activated to disconnect the electrical grid? What sorts of systems could be installed to prevent such a catastrophe? Could we install disconnect switches around transformers and such? What about unplugging your household appliances and electronics? Would that protect them from being hit? Its astonishing considering this is the greatest threat we havent taken more effort to install protective systems.

4 days ago

Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Eravnrekaree Flash support (194 comments)

I know some will mock this, but there is a heck of a lot of Flash content out there, and Firefox really should work with Adobe for an unloadable plugin for getting an up to date Flash player on all platforms. There is really far too much Flash content out there to ignore this need. Make it something that can be disabled, and unloaded as a plugin, sure. If you don't want it, you won't have to have it loaded, so it keeps everyone happy. I think that getting Ogg support into the browser and other open codecs will help us transition away from the Flash over time, which is something i support, especially with Google doing flash-free on most of its new Youtube content, for instance. But there is a lot of existing Flash content out there and its not going away any time soon, so we need the capability to view it.

about a week ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Eravnrekaree Bluray is the best way to go. Streaming is hype (350 comments)

Given that there are large araes of the country with only slow DSL or no broadband at all, DVD/Bluray delivery is still important. The fact is, as well, we dont have the internet infrastructure to deliver massive HD streams to everyone over the internet. Even FIOS would be totally overwhelmed by this. From a technical position, its also fairly inefficient use of resources since if you have 20 people in the same block watching the same channel, the channel has to be broadcast 20 seperate times over the local capacity, slowing things down for everyone else. Your also just not going to get the same perfect HD picture quality from some jerky streaming service that you can get from a Bluray disk. The picture and sound from bluray is second to none. Bluray delivery is very efficient because it prevents us from loading video watching on already overtaxed telecommunications lines and it helps keep the postal workers employed.

about a week ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Eravnrekaree anti-intellectualism (608 comments)

The normal humans he talk about are "normal" only if you consider low IQ to be normal, which may be the case. Most of the world has an IQ average well below what the average 100-110 IQ among some populations.

What he is saying is absurd as well in that programming does require special skills so its sort of an oxymoron to say that people who do not have special skills should get involved in something that requires it. Its sort of like saying that we should whine about a heart surgery only being done by heart surgeons and how these heart surgeons should be reviled for having special skills and how we need to open up heart surgery so that any joe off the street can do it. Obviously absurd. With the disasterous affects of the say the OpenSSL bug, the UPNP bugs in 80 million routers at one point, these are cases in point of why you must have conscientous, aware, meticulous people who really know the ins and outs of what they are doing to develop software.

We should encourage people to have any interest, anyone who wants the knowledge, to be able to study heart surgery if they want to, and even become one.

The parent article displays sort of an anti-intellectualist as well. if people want to become a software developer, please do, its not an off limits thing that where only people pre-selected at birth can do it. Anyone can, you just need to learn the skill sets to do it. But he seems to suggest people who don't have a clue should meddle in something they dont understand and that we should almost promote such ignorance, that we have to dumb things down for people who are too clueless to understand things.

about three weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Eravnrekaree Re:pay em what they're worth (401 comments)

Thats really not realistic as a public policy position, however. It would be much easier politically to kill the H1B program than it would be to do wage controls. Thats why killing the H1B program is what must happen. We dont need it, all it is doing is putting hard working American IT workers out on the street. I think what we need to do is create PACs and such to advocate for abolishment of the H1B program and to do battle with Mark Fuckerberg and other anti-american worker jackasses.

about three weeks ago

Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

Eravnrekaree Re:KDE, Canonical, Mozilla, and GNOME (71 comments)

Nonsense. No one forces you to use the multimedia applications if you dont want to. I do want to be able to watch a video on KDE, and actually have something where you can do things with multimedia. I don't see how this in any way affects your ability to do whatever you do. The comment made was about the desktop metaphor being abandoned by Unity etc. Multimedia applications work well with a desktop based UI are not opposed to it. KDE does still provide a desktop metaphor. If you don't like the high level of functionality in KDE, you can feel free to use FVWM.

about a month ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Eravnrekaree Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

I looked at this, its nonsense, in regard to high tech jobs especially. The immigration levels are not historically tied to economic performance, in fact, the last period of major economic growth that benefited common Americans was the 50s and 60s and there were very low levels of immigration during that period. The low levels of immigration assured that the jobs in the growing economy went to Americans and this lead to a growing middle class because immigrants were not constantly distorting the US labor market. Democrats are liars who actually hate the US and the middle class, they are doing everything they can to destroy the middle class with immigration which drives down wages, and then they complain about low wages they create themselves. Another fact is that in history, during periods of high unemployment the immigration level was restricted, as well, as a RESPONSE to unemployment. This is one reason why immigration levels went down in the 1930s, But immigration levels kept on going down in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, a time when the economy was booming. Restriction of immigration does NOT cause economic downturns, restriction of immigration has been done in response to economic downturns. But the fact is, immigration is harmful, not beneficial

The real way you create demand in the economy is through monetary policy tools, immigration runs contrary to economic recovery and hinders it, you actually want to stop all immigration. This assures the jobs from the increase in money supply will go only to citizens who are are trying to help, not to immigrants.

  There is no shortage of IT workers, in fact there are twice as many IT workers in the US as there are jobs for them. Obviously an h1b visa is simply taking jobs away from Americans. Many of us have known young college graduates who cannot find work while at the same time they see companies filled with foreign Indian labor and companies offshoring to India. If I hear "lets expand the h1b program" again I will scream. Its a scam that I think is rooted in hatred of Americans and a sadistic desire by Liberals like Zuckerberg to steal the country from Americans and screw over American workers.

One of the issues with IT jobs and many other jobs is that they really can be finite and do not necessarily respond to demand in the economy, which is contrast to manufacturing jobs where there is a more direct connection. This is because tech jobs often deal with design of product which only needs to be done once regardless the number of units sold.

Immigration does not create job growth either because, since while it drives down wages, the decreased wages are kept by elite and are removed from the general economy, this leads consumers with less money to spend. There would be much more demand in the US economy for goods from American citizen college graduates filling their homes if we were to stop stealing their jobs and giving them to Indians, now these American citizens are living in their parents basement. You want to create demand, stop giving away Americans jobs and get these young Americans out of the basement and into the jobs by getting rid of the Indian theives. Because of evil bastards like Mark Fuckerberg and other supporters of H1B visas, people cannot find work. The H1B visas for a whole host of reasons are job killers and that destroying not only americans lives but also the economy.

In related news, reports have showed the US birth rates are dangerously low, especially among whites, the birth rates are far below replacement, this means that white people are basically going extinct. Its obvious why this is, people such as Zuckerberg and other liberals and the US Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street Journal, et al, are giving away Americans jobs to Indians. The result is it is almost impossible for a college graduate in this country to find a job because the Indians have stolen all of the jobs. Every Indian that takes an American job causes an American to not be able to find one.

What we need to do is we need to incentivize White americans to have more children and this can be done through killing the H1B program, banning abortion, placing a moratorium on contraceptives, deporting all of the Indians and getting American citizens into these jobs, and creating a college grant program that for persons who have 2 children by the age of 25, if they fianance college for those first two their next 3 children will have free college. We also want major tax cuts for middle class families, for every child they have should reduce the tax rate significantly. to take advantage of these benefits fully they must have 2 children by age 24, and 4 by age 27, and 5 by 31, but the tax cuts continue for lifetime. Also replace social security with a filial responsibilty system whereby instead of paying 5% of income to social security, we pay 5-10% of income up to 0-40,000 directly into our own parents social security private retirement accounts. This incentivizes people to have more children in order to increase the size of their retirement accounts, only income up to 40k is used for this purpose, the median income, to encourage that this responds only to the number of children they have, rather than the level of education, because it is quantity that this is designed to incentivize.

I suggest with immigration we seal the borders. The fact is we can put people who are on welfare into the jobs. Only about 10% of Mexicans work in Agriculture. The rest are in "softer' service industry jobs. One community devastated by the illegal immigration is the black community as Mexicans are stealing jobs Blacks rely on. IF we were to deport the mexicans and do welfare to work for Black Americans, watch the unemployment rate for blacks tumble.

Deport all illegals. Seal the border. Kill the h1b program. Replace the mexican workers with welfare to work programs.

about a month ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

Eravnrekaree Far too dangerous (199 comments)

This was actually a very smart regulation. The fact is, the newspapers likely would have ended up filled with stories of people who had gotten a buzz cut or even seriously injured after being hit by a drone. The idea of sending a drone into neighbourhoods and relying on a computer algorithm and finicky electronics, hoping that nothing goes wrong and that it can avoid hitting something, perhaps even killing someone, is bonkers. There are too many things that can go wrong. A bug in code, a bad sensor reading, or simply something not being where it is expected to be, could send the thing headfirst into some kid riding his bicycle.

about a month ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Eravnrekaree Be careful what you wish for (254 comments)

Many here would basically diss ads, but they might sing another tune when all of this stuff you get for free now, like email, news content, etc, ends up costing even more money out of your pocket in addition to what you spend on the internet connection itself. Be careful what you wish for. This is the sheer stupidity of the "ad busting" thing, how the hell do you think that the companies that provide these free sites to you pay their bills? Do you realise that without the ads these sites would not exist or would go behind a paywall?

about a month ago

TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Eravnrekaree Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

The situation is probably what it was stated to be, that the developers do not understand the code and its more trouble to try to unravel a poorly written software project than to do it over again. THis is a common problem with open source. Software code is NOT self documenting, but open source people think it is. To really understand a big project in reasonable amount of time you really, really need good documentation and an overview of the system

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Eravnrekaree manucturer dealers could be worse (455 comments)

Most things are not sold directly by the manufacturer but by retailers. The variety of things that can be bought is too large to have a seperate store for each manufacturer out there, its nice to have product catagories in one place. With smaller objects of lower value, it seems this is strongly preferred. Cars are a very large, expensive item so there is more of a tendancy to have stores that specialize in just them. This sort of reduces the natural retailer/manufacturer seperation.

The fact is dealers do provide added value, however. The value comes from of course, the lot, of being able to actually see a car before you buy it. The cost of running this will be there whether the manufacturer runs the lot, or whether an independent dealer does. The market does operate to regulate prices for dealers, since its a part of the car price, it can be argued that having independent dealers may give people more choice regarding who has a more efficient lot operation.

Many aspects of the dealership people find unpleasant will still be there with a manufacturer run dealership. One of them is the credit checks for the loans. Bargaining is not necessarily exclusive to independent dealers but could also occur at a manufacturer dealer. A lot of the qualities of the independent dealer will still be there with a manufacturer dealer, therefore. Since you have no choice of dealers to work with, it could even be worse.

Maybe people should have the option of a direct buy from a manufacturer, but, a manufacturer locking out independant dealers from providing an alternative is also not a great idea. The vertical integration could be anti-competive and lead to overly monopolistic qualities.

about a month ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Eravnrekaree Its only career preferences that determine this (435 comments)

I don't think that it has anything to do with sexism or anything else. There really is little or no employment discrimination going on. It is all based on who is skilled and qualified. I think it is due to the fact that certain demographic sections are just not as interested in IT work and they decide to go into another field. The only reason that we are seeing this pattern is because certain groups are more likely to decide one career path over another. And that is their right. So, why are we trying to force people into jobs they really don't want to do and don't like, and why do we keep trying to punish and slant things against the people who actually do like to do those jobs? A lot of women go into nursing, more than men. A lot of men go into IT. This is because of their own CHOICE and shouldnt it be? But you have people talking about how we need to force women into IT jobs when they are happier in a nursing job.

As well, "diversity" is a deceptive, and overused term. I strongly believe that the citizens of a country should have equal opportunity to pursue jobs they want to do. If a male wants to become a nurse, please do. If a female wants to do IT, please do. But dont do it because of all of this political correctness/diversity crap. But you have these "Diversity" people out there that dont believe in that, they want to force people into jobs they really do not like. Diversity for the sake of diversity is an absurd and ludicrous idea and I reject it.

about a month and a half ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Eravnrekaree Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

as I recall, despite the advantages of all electric cars, what about the acceleration, climbing issues, and mileage? Will it have trouble climbing a hill or a mountain. Only being able to get 200 miles per charge makes it useless for long trips if you have to wait 8 hours for a charge. I heard of the idea that the battery pack in the EV could be easily swappable so one could stop at a service station, swap at the pack with a freshly charged one, but Ive not heard anything more about that.

about a month and a half ago

"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Eravnrekaree Re:GMOs are toxic and will be shown to cause cance (396 comments)

My goodness, it has everything to do with refined wheat and the super high gluten varieties of wheat today that cause obesity causing problems. The stuff throws metabolism and blood sugar all over the place.

about a month and a half ago


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