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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Squidlips For 5 billion you could do a lot of real science (131 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

3 days 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.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Squidlips Good luck with that deadline! (322 comments)

"By next year" sounds like a deadline and an impossible one. I guess he felt that employees were not stressed out enough, and needed impossible deadline to whip them into shape.... Why would anyone work there now?

4 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Squidlips Lame excuse for spying in the last sanctuary (60 comments)

Of all the lame reasons, this one is the worst. The last place we have privacy, in the home, is now under attack. I am sure that someday soon we will all be required to wire our homes and carry Stalin's Dream (a cellphone), ...."for our own protection".

4 days ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Squidlips Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

There is sure to be a Dead Sea effect and MS's long-term prospects cannot be great if they have lost / will lose their best people

5 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Squidlips Ice-9 (190 comments)

All the tin-pot dictators wanted it...

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Squidlips God forbid they pay overtime to their employees (350 comments)

The is the great thing about corporations; greed has no limit. Take the soft drink manufacturers; sugar is dirt cheap, but not cheap enough so they go for high-fructose corn juice and even that is not enough profits so they try to find the absolute cheapest crapola high-fructose garbage they can.

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Squidlips De-salination? (110 comments)

Could it be used for de-salination

about a week ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Squidlips Re:Not on Arrakis (97 comments)

ACK, you are right. What I meant to say is that the total volume of land above water is a lot less than the total volume of seawater. Earth is a water world. If it was not for plate tectonics then there would be no land masses except possibly some hotspot volcanos (i.e. like Mars) poking up to the surface, but no continents.

about a week ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Squidlips Not on Arrakis (97 comments)

That proves it is wrong... Actually Mars probably had a northern ocean but we do not know if ever supported life. I suspect that Earth is in a delicate balancing act. Not too much and not too little water. BTW, if you averaged all the elevations on earth, none of it would be above the level of the ocean. If plate tectonics stops, as it probably will in a billion or so years, then all the continents will be eroded to nothing and Earth will be a water world.

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

Squidlips Re:Speaking of the future... (108 comments)

We need NASA (JPL specifically) for its highly-successful unmanned probes such as the Mars rovers, the Cassini Saturn orbiter, Voyager, etc. We do NOT need a manned spaceflight program; it is an almost total waste of money

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

Squidlips Re:Speaking of the future... (108 comments)

Better still if you could divert the 3b to planetary science such as the Europa mission... The problem is that NASA is run by ex-pilots and ex-astronauts and they need to keep the manned spaceflight pork train running and to hell with real science.

about a week ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Squidlips Pointless? (156 comments)

Living in a cave on the moon? Why?

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

Squidlips Oink, Oink (108 comments)

Manned spaceflight pork and a pointless mission to an asteroid. The money would be much better spent on unmanned robotic probes to Europa and other places of interest.

about a week ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Squidlips including the destruction of a defunct Chinese... (118 comments)

> including the destruction of a defunct Chinese weather satellite in 2007 Which was highly irresponsible and obnoxious on their part because to sprayed deadly space debris all over the place....

about two weeks ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Squidlips Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (214 comments)

Even with pessimistic estimates for the terms of the Drake equation, the galaxy should be teeming with intelligent life, some much older than Man. If warp drive was possible, the galaxy would be single race's playground. But there is no evidence of that

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Squidlips The US media used to lap up Ruskie Propaganda (503 comments)

Will they continue to? This will be interesting.... And how the heck did Russia end up with the block boxes?

about two weeks ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Squidlips Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (214 comments)

Dark energy for instance. Then the Type 1A supernovas at extreme distances were found to be fainter than predicted, so all of a sudden someone decided that some mysterious force was ripping the universe apart. This was immediately taken as gospel. But shouldn't more mundane, but much less fun, explanations be thoroughly exhausted first? Maybe these types of super novas were inherently less luminous 10+ billion years ago? Maybe there is some intervening material that has made them appear less luminous (I think that this has been discounted)? Maybe they are further away than we think (i.e. the redshift was different in the past).... Now Geologist/Paleontologists take this to the opposite extreme and they never seem to adopt a new theory unless dragged kicking and screaming. I'll bet there are still Ivy League rockhounds who still think the Cretaceous era was terminated by climate change. It took decades of overwhelming evidence to get most of them to change their hidebound ideas on this.

about two weeks ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

Squidlips Been there, done that (50 comments)

That was already tried by JPL/NASA, but the penetrators failed.

about two 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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