Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?
I will never understand the quasi-religious fervor some people have about space.
If we, as a species, don't get off the earth, and fairly soon in terms of our evolutionary history, we're going to die. That's a fact. If it's not a gamma ray burst, a meteor or comet fragment the size of Texas, or a wandering neutron star, something is going to come along and kill everything on this planet, including us.
What I will never understand is short-sighted people who only care if the planet lasts long enough for them to get theirs and piss on future generations.
Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist
just that they never collapse further than the state that gravity can overcome the speed of light.
It sounds like a new term like "black star" rather than "black hole" might be in order. Because the stars at the center of our universe are orbiting around something really heavy that doesn't emit any visible light.
If I'm reading this right there's something really big and heavy there, we just can't see it.
City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros
I remember when the Redmond faithful used to go on about needing Windows to get "real work" done. My work must not be real because I can do it on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS. I find myself using my Android tablet more and more for work and all my social media promotions.
The operating system is becoming less relevant every day. People are choosing devices, not operating systems.
CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
First the militarization of small town police departments, SWAT teams for serving routine warrants, rising incidents of shocking brutality and now law enforcement has devolved to the point of being little better than a band of petty thieves. This is getting pathetic and scary. Foreign countries are issuing warnings about the conduct of U.S. law enforcement personnel. Am I the only person who has a problem with that?
Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light
Sounds like someone figured out the basis for the holodeck on the Enterprise.
IT Job Hiring Slumps
there are always people in third world countries who will do the same work as you for peanuts.
I remember spending hours untangling Bangalore Spaghetti Code. One application used a 2,000 character url string that passed the administrator user name and password in plain text. Cheaper does not mean better. People over there can work for peanuts because they live in cardboard ghettos. Maybe we want our people to have indoor sanitation, running water and electricity.
Maybe we should be considering trade barriers instead of feeling like we need to compete with starvation wages in every third world hell hole on the planet.
Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday
All our hopes and dreams revolving around deflecting asteroids and comets all hinge on being able to detect them far enough out to make an intercept. Makes me think we should really reconsider the priority we put on manned space missions, particularly generational missions. Otherwise we stand a good chance of getting snuffed out as a species if we hang around here long enough. Asteroids and comets are not even the most dangerous threats we face.
Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet
Attackers have used the Linux vulnerabilities on unmaintained servers to gain access, escalate privileges to allow remote control of the machine
Holy misleading headline, Batman! Any server that's not maintained is vulnerable, how is this news other than it's a Linux server botnet? OMG unpatched servers are vulnerable to hackers!
Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets
They have the vision and agility that NASA lost in the sixties.
I get smacked down here for suggesting that NASA is no longer the best agency for moving the space program forward. SpaceX soft-landed two boosters in the ocean and are ready for a land trial. They did that in their spare time. It would have taken NASA 10 years and $20 billion dollars to replicate that achievement. NASA also relies on contractors with obscene overhead rates.
SpaceX is living proof that NASA wastes billions.
Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars
When you look at the problems they have yet to solve, compared to the problems they've already solved, they don't look that menacing. To me it looks like a prototype that has been fantastically successful.
that the car wouldn't be able to spot a police officer at the side of the road frantically waving for traffic to stop
Well, can't solve that problem so lets hang up the entire concept of self-driving cars because of a handful of hypothetical obstacles. Never mind the lives and money saved, never mind the productivity salvaged by all that extra time. Can't see a cop waving so hang it up. No progress for you!
NASA's Competition For Dollars
How can SpaceX come up with innovative rocket designs for a fraction of what it costs NASA? And they can produce those designs faster. SpaceX soft landed two boosters into the ocean, it would have taken NASA 10 years and $20 billion dollars to replicate that development.
I spent years in Titusville to cover the end of the shuttle program and walking away my opinion was that NASA is a flock of risk-adverse mid-managers flying in formation with a rusting theme park endless replaying clips of their glory days. There are some really good people there, some of them doing amazing things, but they're handicapped by a management structure that's too fat and doesn't have an aggressive vision for the future. NASA depends too much on contractors that can't produce anything on budget and there's no penalty for not performing. Some of that is political, not all their fault.
If we're going to explore space then we have to face the fact that it's unlikely we're going to get there with NASA as it exists today. And we have to find a way to fund that exploration so it's more insulated from politics. Otherwise we're stuck on this rock until a giant comet, asteroid or neutron star wanders by or we get fried by our own sun or a gamma ray burst.
Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory
Operating with cutting-edge technology out of a trailer in rural Illinois...
They'll more likely come to the conclusion that the universe is 16 years old and pregnant.
Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time
This means the developing thymus would not be a tissue match for the patient.
It would seem like organs grown in animals would contain animal proteins and cell receptors. I wonder how they get around that in the patient ready organs? Freaking amazing. Not quite as amazing if the recipient has to live on anti-rejection drugs the rest of their lives, but still impressive.
Researchers also need to be sure that the transplant cells do not pose a cancer risk by growing uncontrollably.
Slight problem there.
Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated
you should give it another try
Why? What compelling features does Windows offer that I don't already have? I want to know about Window's value proposition. With software as a service becoming the predominant model, the software you need to get work done is available on any platform. At home I work on Linux, when I travel I take my Android tablet and work just fine on that. I can write and post stories, with pictures and video, from anywhere.
A few years ago the Microsoft faithful used to make such a big deal about if you wanted to do "real work" you needed Windows. Doesn't seem to be the case anymore. It's great the blue screens are mainly in the past but I'm still missing a reason to get a Windows device.
Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition
Or just dig into the regolith.
Finally. I could never figure out why the idea of either partial earth-shelter or underground shelters weren't considered for Mars. A shallow tunnel with an inflatable habitat inside would seem to be the ideal shelter. It would be easier to keep warm and shielded from radiation. It's not like you have to worry about flooding. Digging equipment would be a heck of a lot easier to get to Mars than depleted uranium. I remember holding a 30mm DU round and couldn't believe how heavy it was. You could blast holes or caves, although blasting doesn't always yield a stable void. Or just pile up dirt around the structures and cement it in place.
Any of those should be feasible if DU shielding is on the table.
Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients
Here's the list of Community Health Systems locations in case you've been to the hospital recently. Fortunately they don't have any in our area.
Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived
In space no one can hear you snore.
NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue
If I don't get the games on terms I want, then I'll go do something else, watch movies on Netflix or play video games and your advertisers can go pound sand. What a bunch of arrogant, self-entitled bastards. Fuck you and the corporate jet you rode into town on.
Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science
Just put a payload experiment in orbit and see if you can drive it around. If the scientists running the experiments accounted for the motion of waves on a beach five miles away, I'm pretty certain that makes it worth a payload slot. We could dick around down here for years arguing about whether the results are valid or not, or we could put one up there and try it.
Sounds like the perfect cubesat experiment.
35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Personally I have almost no debt, just my car payment.
We opted out the debt economy years ago. We froze our credit reports and paid cash for our last house, car and motorcycle. We could have some dinky medical bill or something that slipped through the cracks in collections and not even know it. We might not even find out about it until we update our address when the credit freezes expire and we need to renew them.
You don't need credit cards, car loans, or mortgages. We're living proof. We fly, stay at hotels, rent cars all the things people think they need credit to do. We don't pay more for car insurance, though we do have the occasional utility deposit.
Nothing you can buy with credit feels as good as opting out of the debt economy.
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