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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Squidlips So where is JPL in all this? (184 comments)

I see no mention of the highly successful missions by NASA / JPL such as the Mars rovers and the Pluto & Ceres missions. All Bolden cares about is the manned pork missions that accomplish nothing scientifically. Of course, since is an ex-astronaut....

2 hours ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Squidlips There are two NASA's: 1) Pork 2) Science (184 comments)

There are two NASA's: 1) There is the pork-laded manned mission NASA out of Houston with power friends on Capital Hill. Their mission is to keep the pork flowing for things like the ISS and the Space Launch System. Bolden is a Houston guy 2) Science: This is the Science Directorate which is JPL out of Pasadena. They are the guys who actually do scientifically meaningful missions such as the rovers on Mars or the Cassini orbiter around Saturn or the probes reaching Pluto and Ceres next year. They are politically weak and constantly have to fight Houston to restore their funding which is always being poached for pork. Carl Sagan started the Planetary Society to stop the poaching but it is stronger than ever.

5 hours ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Squidlips Re:Severe error in summary (149 comments)

So the greater the threat, the more funding they get so the results are not too surprising.

yesterday
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

Squidlips Internet service should be free (126 comments)

Why should we have to be paid to be spied on? The Gov is going to spy on us, give us free access. Someday we will all be required to carry Stalin's Dream (cell phones - for our own protection) and we will be required to pay for that also.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Squidlips PDP-11 (694 comments)

They never die. VLSI, baby

3 days ago
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Squidlips Additictive drug for mathematicians (60 comments)

Typeface work is an addictive drug for mathematicians. Look at the decade lost by Knuth on this....ugh.

about a week ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Squidlips No telecomputing allowed (150 comments)

A lot of unhappy programmers....

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Squidlips Lord Byron's words are still true (217 comments)

"Man marks the earth with ruin; his control Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain The wrecks are all thy deed," We are still kidding ourselves if we think we can control the sea

about a week ago
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Using Supercomputers To Predict Signs of Black Holes Swallowing Stars

Squidlips Impossible (31 comments)

How can a black hole swallow a star if the star's clock slows to a stop as it approaches the event horizon?

about two weeks ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Squidlips He has always been a Lame Duck (97 comments)

Name one thing he has done....not all at once there [crickets...]

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

The solution to the Pioneer anomaly is soooo much more boring than the alternative, speculative theories. I will never forgive the Planetary Society for ruining my dreams of MoND theory.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:2nd best "flagship mssion" for 2010s (100 comments)

Not even close. The International Space Station flying pork machine cost 150 billion, a large part of which was supplied by the USA.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

Based on recent actions, if Congress gave NASA the money, NASA would divert it to manned space pork. Congress want planetary science to continue at NASA, but NASA and the Administration seemed determined to kill it. The whole reason Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray started the Planetary Society was to stop the poaching of funds from planetary science (such as a Europa mission) to fuel manned spaceflights. Sagan must be rolling in his grave now: http://www.planetary.org/blogs...

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

The Bush admin was responsible for a lot of current missions such as the Curiosity Rover on Mars. Obama Admin? Nothing.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:Thick ice layter (100 comments)

Europa is constantly being resurfaced and even has a for of tectonics in which fresh brine water is brought to the surface like the mid-ocean ridges on Earth. Also there are plumes and other ways that the ocean water gets to the surface.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

Show me the article that says this. At this point we have to assume that the plume are similar to the plume on Enceladus and coming from the ocean. And even if it was near-surface melts, the ice originally derived from the ocean and thus, because of the constant re-surfacing of Europa, it would still have organics, if there are organics in the ocean. So MrSquid; why are all your post negative? [I think I know why...]

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:Just go already (100 comments)

Yup, NASA has been planing this for a decade at least. The latest design, the Europa Clipper seems like the most sensible, but NASA does not want to fork over the $2b it would cost for the mission so they fiddle and fuss and pretend that they are serious. If the Clipper was fully funded today, it would get to Europa in 2027.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips It is all about priorities at NASA (100 comments)

Some expenses: --Space Station: the estimates start at roughly $35 billion — which is what the Government Accountability Office says Congress has appropriated for the station project since 1985 (PDF file) — and rise to $100 billion, which is roughly what the GAO said would be the total cost "to develop, assemble and operate" the station (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/14505278/ns/technology_and_science-space/) --The Space Shuttle Endeavour, the orbiter built to replace the Space Shuttle Challenger, cost approximately $1.7 billion. --Launching the Space Shuttle is about $450 million per mission --The MSL Mars rover ~$1.8 to build and another ~.5b or so to launch and run. --The two MER Mars rovers: $800 million --Second toilet for the Space Station (purchased from the Russians): $17 million. --Amount of money allocated to the Europa Missions in 2015: $15 million.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Squidlips Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

The plumes make it possible to directly sample the water under the ice and look for organics; a very, very tempting prospect.

about two weeks ago

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Science reporting reaches a new low

Squidlips Squidlips writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Squidlips writes "It always amazes me that news agencies assign the science illiterate to do science reporting, and that it makes it through the editors. This article (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080613214545.vk) from Breitbart starts off describing how the Phoenix lander has discovered "millions of years of life on the Red Planet"!"
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