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Astronaut Photographs Perseid Meteor — From Space

JavaBasedOS Re:Science is Beautiful (61 comments)

Hear! Hear! Most of my desktop backgrounds come www.nasa.gov's image gallery. The current one in use is titled "Sunrise over Mars", taken by one of the rovers.

BTW for the curious: I tried to find it on NASA's image gallery, and failed(was going to link to it). A Google image search for that title found it. :-) This is it, but not the higher resolution image I got from NASA's sight a few years ago.

That image blew my socks off! Wow! A picture from Mars I can relate to! I've seen many sunrises from good old planet Earth, but from another planet?!?!? It gives me goose bumps!

Speaking of which, I've been looking all over for a high resolution version of that beautiful image. Would you mind posting it somewhere to share? :)

more than 3 years ago
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Do Geeks Make Better Adults?

JavaBasedOS Re:Selection bias (335 comments)

Why would his penis have a glass jar full of needles to begin with?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

JavaBasedOS Re:Overlords (184 comments)

This tells us that 57 were identified in 2009. It could have grown since then.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

JavaBasedOS Re:This is just getting shameless (1018 comments)

The thing is that someone has to put themselves out for Wikileaks. Someone has to stand and defend its credibility. By putting himself out there, it's arguable that
he's doing it to ensure Wikileaks continues to be a presence.

I could be wrong though, maybe he is doing this for publicity. What we deem of his actions and what his rationale turns out to be are two different things.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Pan Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal

JavaBasedOS About time. (156 comments)

They're finally realizing that you can't let corporations have their way with the internet? Hopefully, this leads to a reversal that grants the FCC the proper powers to uphold these rules should they actually make the climb.

more than 4 years ago
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Noisebridge Attempts to Teach Science To Juggalos

JavaBasedOS Re:Fucking magnets, how do they work? (198 comments)

No. It isn't. Also, Santa Claus and the tooth fairy died when they collided in mid-air, and remember last year's rabbit stew? Yeah, that was the Easter bunny.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Expands Role of International Space Station

JavaBasedOS Re:I'd rather keep my money, thanks. (153 comments)

But why do you want to get the hell off your lawn? It's such a nice lawn...

more than 4 years ago
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Wake Forest Researchers Swap Skin Grafts For Cell Spraying

JavaBasedOS Re:At last... (123 comments)

Surgeon General's Warning: Prolonged exposure to this spray may result in one's skin gaining a metallic blue or red sheen. Yellowing of the eyes may occur.

more than 4 years ago
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Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off For Space Station

JavaBasedOS Re:Extended? (133 comments)

I would go with you calling Spirit "Serenity" pretty up there as an insult.

more than 4 years ago
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A Step Closer To Cheap Nuclear Fusion

JavaBasedOS Re:Fusion!? (404 comments)

Well, Coal hasn't yet destroyed a whole city ...

Yes, it has. Let's not forget the countless people that received suffered from black lung or have died in collapsing mine tunnels, asphyxiation from odorless toxic gasses, among other things...

about 5 years ago
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New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass

JavaBasedOS Re:Umm... (225 comments)

It worked for a good five seconds... They just need to come up with a more 'air-tight' mouse.

Speaking of which, they should come up with an underwater mouse that uses miniature "turbine" that lie on the same plane as the bottom of the mouse, but are orthogonal to each other! Then we can have underwater LAN parties as people used to have underwater tea parties.

more than 5 years ago
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Efficiently Producing Quantum Dots

JavaBasedOS Re:Water on Mars... (70 comments)

Yes, in the form of ice that sublimated right before the Phoenix lander's camera. I'll just give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were trolling. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon S3 Adds Option To Make Data Accessors Pay

JavaBasedOS This seems doomed. (80 comments)

Wouldn't the decreasing cost of space (i.e Moore's Law) mean that eventually that their business market would be doomed, or would it mean that they're going to get away with making more money as more space becomes more cheaply available? The going price of a 500GB Seagate internal HD seems to be well between USD53.35 to USD176.00.

Granted that I should know better than to use Google as a reliable source of information; that means the cost/GB ranges anywhere between USD00.11 and USD00.36. I'm a bit too lazy to calculate the set mean and the set standard deviation, but it would come out to be just about equal (in cost) to using this new "cloud" or just a bit more expensive (by a couple cents). However, in the long run, it would be much cheaper to just buy a hard drive. I don't know who they're trying to fleece, really.

more than 5 years ago
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Tooth Regeneration Coming Soon

JavaBasedOS Re:Well, now that just SUCKS. (289 comments)

Plus, if you still have your wisdom teeth

I don't have them ... my dentist finally convinced me to have them removed a couple years ago.

Wasn't there something recently about making stem cells from normal (I think) tissue in the reproductive system?

Why must it always boil down to choosing between something cool and losing our fertility? :(

more than 5 years ago
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Russian Hopes To Cash In On Emoticons

JavaBasedOS Re:Is this copyright worldwide? (213 comments)

Dear AndGodSed,

It is our duty to inform you that you have infringed on our clients' "frowny" trademark and therefore, you have been indicted.

As of right now, the trial for the class-action suit is scheduled to take place on December 1st, 2008.

We would also like to inform you that we have filed a patent for a time machine, so don't get any bright ideas, you jerk.

Regards,
The Smiley Industry Association of America

more than 5 years ago
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Urine Passes NASA Taste Test

JavaBasedOS The thing is... (404 comments)

... they still need to send some stuff up there to ensure that they get pure water, namely the iodine, which will take up a lot less space in a shuttle or an unmanned soyuz vehicle to keep water fresh.

Let's not forget that half of the water that's distilled will be used to give the crew oxygen too, so that might have positive returns on how many Lithium Oxide cells (do they still use those?)to change carbon dioxide into oxygen, so that's less of those shipped over.

Not only are we saving costs in materials (a tank full of iodine can last a long time), we're saving in space on those resupply runs to send more equipment for testing.

The thing that irks me is why vent the hydrogen out? Well, they should for now, but it would be put to better use having it supplement solar power.

It would give NASA an incentive to research and further develop what would be "fuel cell" technology and it would close the power loop as well as intertwine it with the water supply loop.

They could modify it from:
-100% water extracted from humidification.
-93% of water extracted from urine.
-50% of the purified water will be used for electrolysis to provide oxygen.
-Hydrogen is vented.

To the following:
-100% water extracted from humidification.
-93% of water extracted from urine.
+50% of water will be used for electrolysis
+15% of oxygen and hydrogen obtained from electrolysis will be used to provide supplimental power. (This might be used to make the entire loop cost nothing in power)
+The remaining oxygen will be used for breathing.

It's also possible to develop a module solely to create a hydrogen based generator. Then again, there are risks involved in that concept. Namely, the problem of space debris smacking it.

more than 5 years ago

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