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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Squidlips The worst joke foisted on programmers in history (169 comments)

C++ has always been a steaming pile of hacks build on top of an insecure, unsafe language that was glorified assembler. No amount of new hacks on top of the old hacks will ever fix this software disaster. It created one software disaster after another such as Netscape 6.

yesterday
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Squidlips Re:What could possibly go wrong? (147 comments)

Nope. Not even close. Trees are slow growing and decay back to CO2. Better to grow fast-growing crops like corn or grass and burn to form long-lasting charcoal. Better yet, much better, move everyone to solar power.

yesterday
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Squidlips The ambulance chasers will LOVE this (147 comments)

Did you dive your car under a beer truck in the snow? Sue. Was your flight cancelled because of the weather? Sue. Did it rain on your picnic? Sue. The possibilities are endless.

yesterday
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Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

Squidlips Excercise (106 comments)

Their bodies are not challenged during the day

about two weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Squidlips Re:Panama Canal took 33 years, 4 countries (322 comments)

No, Yellow Fever was the Big Problem. I think it killed the wife and daughter of the guy in charge

about two weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Squidlips Re:Money pit (322 comments)

and it did Bankrupt the French. I hope everyone has read "A Path Between the Seas"

about two weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:Dig? (109 comments)

There will be a core-ing tool, at least.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:MOXIE is a lame and idiotic politcal stunt (109 comments)

I have tremendous respect for JPL and if the JPL crew is enthusiastic about MOXIE then I withdraw my objections to it. But couldn't you simulate the high-G launch and EDL with a centrifuge and simulate the radiation exposure and low atmospheric pressure here on earth? OK, I guess it is not the same as the real thing and it will be good for publicity so OK...

about two weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:Flying a TECHNOLOGY DEMO? WTH? (109 comments)

Yup. It is a stupid, idiotic waste of space, but I guess JPL has to give this concession to the manned-space porksters at NASA HQ. You just know that the engineers at JPL are rolling their eyes when presented with this plan. Gawd, when can we get a new administration at NASA and clean out the anti-science, pro-pork, manned spaceflight lobby in the NASA HQ? I would like to see equal representation of the Science directorate in top NASA management, not yet-more ex-pilots.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:How about wheels that work? (109 comments)

Wow, this post is almost precisely the opposite of reality (you must be a NASA contractor working SLS, etc.). MOXIE is pointless but the other instruments will be very valuable in looking for past signs of life .

about three weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:How about wheels that work? (109 comments)

The MOXIE is the most idiotic experiment to fly in a long, long time. This is an experiment that could easily be done on Earth in any of a hundred University basements. The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) experiment on MLS (Curiousity) was another concession to the all-powerful manned spaceflight lobby at NASA, but at least the RAD told us something we could not figure out here on Earth. It gave us some useful info on the radiation levels in flight and on the surface. MOXIE, on the other hand, is pointless.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips Re:MOXIE is a lame and idiotic politcal stunt (109 comments)

What's the point of MOXIE? Sending humans to Mars is 100 times the cost of what is in the NASA budget now for Manned spaceflight so it is just not going to happen. Everything on Mars except the low gravity is easily simulate-able on Earth for a fraction of the cost. MOXIE is just plan idiotic. It is just a stunt by the Human Spaceflight Directorate at NASA to get in on the action. They finally realized that the real excitement in spaceflight are the unmanned probes so they want a piece of the action. It was like Bolden sitting at JPL during the MSL landing pretending he had something to do with it. As you know, Carl Sagan started the Planetary Society to stop the Human Spaceflight Directorate types from stealing money from the planetary missions to fuel their bottomless well of cost overruns. Nothing has changed. Bolden tried to kill off planetary missions and had to restore funding after a public outcry. I am sure that NASA's pointless asteriod-capture stunt will be have huge cost overruns and Bolden will use it to try to grab funds from Planetary missions. Look at the SLS and its costs. What is each launch going to cost now? Billions I assume...

about three weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

Squidlips MOXIE is a lame and idiotic politcal stunt (109 comments)

I am sure the crew at JPL is rolling their eyes about the MOXIE CO2-->O2 "experiment". Here is an experiment that could easily be done at any of, say, a hundred universities here on Earth. What is the point of taking up valuable space, electricity, and engineering effort just to shlepp this stunt to the surface of another world? The point is that JPL was probably forced to do this by the Human-exploration Directorate weasels that run NASA or JPL is doing it to appease them so they don't get their funding cut when their asteroid-capture stunt goes over-budget as it surely will. And why split CO2 for rocket fuel when there is nothing to burn. Wouldn't be easier to split ice/H2O and you get H2 for fuel if you want, but, of course it is harder to gather and purify the ice. But anyway I am all for it if that is what it takes to get another rover to Mars....

about three weeks ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

Squidlips Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

> the suits at Warner Brothers That would be leisure suits, sunglasses and gold chains, right?

about three weeks ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Squidlips For 5 billion you could do a lot of real science (132 comments)

5 Billion pays for a Mars Sample Return mission 5 Billion pays for two Europa Clipper missions Manned spaceflight is such a scam but NASA is hopelessly in the bag for manned pork. All the top management are ex-flyboys. Ugh. Hopeless

about three weeks ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

Squidlips Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

The orbiters do not have the fuel to move out of the way and besides it will be a big cloud of dust and vapor and ice; impossible to avoid. They best that can be done is orient the spacecraft in some way to minimize the potential damage. As far as images, well maybe. The orbiters are designed to look down, not up so some fancy maneuvering will be needed but I think it can be done. The photos will show a fuzzy blob, but more interesting will the readings from the spectrometers and other instruments. MSL (Curiosity) will be able to take pix from the surface depending on the orientation and timing; it has taken astronomical photos before.

about three weeks ago

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Science reporting reaches a new low

Squidlips Squidlips writes  |  more than 6 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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