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Countdown To NASA's Kepler Mission

Neuropol CCD Arrangment (27 comments)

How cool. They matched the CCD arrangment in order to macth the most effective pattern of target stars for corevage and efficientcy:

from the article: "The squares show the FOV of each of the 21 CCD modules. Each is 5 sq deg. Note that the gaps between the CCD modules are aligned so that about half of the 15 stars in the FOV brighter than mv=6 fall in these gaps."

about 6 years ago

hello #jism

Neuropol hello (1 comments)

use the horse, Luke. use it. use that horse.

about 6 years ago

RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is False

Neuropol It was a trap (141 comments)

It was a marketting ploy, conceptualized, designed, and brought to fruition by the music industry: the same people that have the power to turn shit in to gold records.

Most likely a ploy to see who would fire up thr bittorrent clients and start going crazy. Never believe this crap until your certain the laws have been written, passed, and every one is truly in the clear.

more than 6 years ago

Does Obama Have a Problem At NASA?

Neuropol An open letter to Obama (479 comments)

We need space exploration. We need to learn about our planet, our solar system, and our planet's function and relative essence of existence in that system. The more we learn, the more we can adapt knowledge to far reaching places. By hindering NASA's progression, you are hindering our future in ways you are not willing to acknowledge. Why is this? Please, get on track with Universe around us and our mission objectives of exploring it and learning from it in order to grow ... as human kind. You have a good plan for the people, but take it this necessary step further. Thank you.

more than 6 years ago

UN Plans Asteroid Response Framework

Neuropol I truly do not (152 comments)

believe we should be messing with the natural occurances of the solar system. Asteroid collisions are how we got here, how we will end, and how a new smarter, more capable species will come again.

Let it happen naturally. End of story.

more than 6 years ago

1.4 Billion Pixel Camera To Watch For Asteroids

Neuropol Astronomy Magazine (138 comments)

I think i just read some thing about this in Astronomy Magazine from earlier this year. The sensitivity and rapid ability to shoot large areas in a short amount of time will allow for this telescope to scan and record the entire Hawaiian skies every 3 days in search of Asteroids, Supernovae, and other phenomenon.

more than 6 years ago

Ubuntu To Pay for Upgrades To the Free Software User Experience

Neuropol Not so fast ... (546 comments)

This last weekend, I had the biggest scare in the last 3 years of using Ubuntu. After downloading and installing the latest XML update for some thing, I rebooted (because I felt like it), and Gnome, my usual windowmanager, absolutely would not boot up. I couldn't even get safe-mode to boot so may uninstall the update, if that were even an option if I did get it to boot. Being that I have about 20 other options for window managers, I began logging in to see which other ones had fried in the process. Luckily, none of the other ones had bzzzt'd.

Because I've used linux for the last 9 years, 3 years of full-time-no-windows-any-more, I have come to acknowledge the unexpected, irreversible errors that have plagued me and my choices of software in Linux.

I've noticed a move towards lack of backwards compatibility for many apps along the way in the last two years. Luckily, I have only had to rebuild a Ubuntu install once, the rest of the additions have been welcomely handled by fairly painless updates (except when Ubuntu blew up xorg on every one and one couldn't boot back to an actual functioning video screen) [...]

This move away from backwards app compatibility and support was a common trend when RedHat was growing out of its diapers and moving towards being a popular, viable Open Source option. This is some thing that eventually drove me away from using RedHat, due to essentially, cutting their core users off at the most crucial time in order to expand in to a more wide reaching market in enterprise Linux.

To understand what took place on my gnome issue, I know that I trick out the desktop in such a way that any good programmer would look at me, take my machine, and say, 'nope, you are not supposed to do that, mine now'. BUT, it works, and always has ... until an xml update blew stuff up.

If Ubuntu plans to keep its core supporters, stuff like this just can't happen. It's a pain to have to rebuild an entire usable desktop option so I can go back to editing Astrophotography Images in DS9. For me, it's a few curse words and a lot of time.

On the other hand, consider a fresh-off-the-windows-boat user, had this happened to them, Ubuntu would lose those customers left and right, no questions asked - back to windows - because that just doesn't happen in windows. In the 10 plus years I've actually seriously been messing with computers - again, 9 of which have been Linux (the 80s & 90s don't count), I've never seen this happen with either Windows or Mac - and it better never again, or Ubuntu will be losing a long-time dedicated user because I just can't spend my days rebuilding what some "update" broke due to lack of backwards compatibility - and no subsequent follow-up bug fix has been released ...

I like Ubuntu due to its simplicity on the front end, yet it comes with every thing that makes Linux good under the hood. Just don't kill it for the those who have supported your efforts.

more than 6 years ago

First Oort Cloud Object May Have Been Discovered

Neuropol interraction with the Kuiper Belt (110 comments)

This leaves me wondering if an object from the Oort cloud may have met a fateful ending with what is now the objects that form the Asteroid Belt. There has long been the notion that the debris that makes up this particular region of our solar system was once a planet that may have been destroyed early in the formation of our star system. At some point a major solar system even took place some time during the mid stages of the planet formation. The scarring of the Moon, Mars, and other inner planets indicate such an event took place.

I'm willing to go as far as to say it was one of these objects that was responsible for the destruction of a now ghost planet between Mars and Jupiter.

more than 6 years ago


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