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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Wizardess Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

There is a downside to that?

NASA has outlived its usefulness to society. We need to start over without all the old baggage. Note that our first astronauts were sent into dangers we did not fully understand. They also understood that the chances of their deaths were not negligible. They went anyway. Some died. Most did not. These days NASA could never deliver men to the Moon when faced with the same odds as they faced in the 60s. We need an old NASA equivalent with intestinal fortitude rather than paralysis by fear of failure.


about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Wizardess Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Um, the CEO of a corporation is employed by the board of directors and ultimately the shareholders. That said the CEO is in charge of everything else related to the day to day operation of the company. So the hiring (and firing) is his responsibility usually delegated to various high level employees in Human Resources.

In this specific case there is no evidence he ever acted against the inclusive culture of the Mozilla projects. Yet he is being hounded into losing his job by a collection of ravening hyenas. Shame.


about two weeks ago

Without Plutonium, Deep-Space Probe Missions May Sputter Out

Wizardess Buy it from Iran or NORK? (268 comments)

We could simply purchase it from Iran or North Korea, I suppose.


about 7 months ago

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Wizardess Re:Scientific Linux 6.4 (627 comments)

That is why I use Scientific Linux here, too.


about 8 months ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

Wizardess Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

First I had was an 8080 at 2k or ram. Subsequent to that I had a 1K AIM 65 to kick around. Now I have only 24 GIB. And my virtual machines are making it feel constrained. 12582912:1 sounds good. It needed a >10 million option. {O.O}

about 9 months ago

China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

Wizardess Ask China about port 21543 (242 comments)

My wee little DSL account received some 5000 probes from well over 100 Chinese domains and a small sprinkling (tens) of domains in other nations just a few days ago. Are they going to tell me that this was the US government probing my machine? It's far easier to believe it is their government getting a burr under the saddle over one small single Internet address in Southern California that houses a small business in a small niche market. Scroom.


about a year ago

Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

Wizardess I've filed (160 comments)

I am patenting C2H6O. Sorry guys. You'll have to pay me big time!


about a year ago

Local Emergency Alert System Hacked, Warns Dead Rising From Graves

Wizardess It's not hard to hack that system... (235 comments)

I programmed this into a news room video application for a customer of mine. It is quite hackable. I've been waiting for something like this to happen. It's only real security was its, then, relative obscurity. It has other quaint problems, too. I presume they will get discovered the hard way with time.


about a year ago

Thirty Years of Clamshell Computing

Wizardess Historical perhaps - stable certainly not (135 comments)

I remember the Grid Compass computer complete with its HPIB connected hard drive all too well. It had tremendous potential and crashed more often than AmigaDOS 1.0. On top of that of the 6 computers our group of 4 developers had we barely managed to keep one working machine per person on the floor at any given time. But hooboy our military customer loved their sexy look.


about 2 years ago

Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

Wizardess Naw - oct 32 == dec 25 no longer works (725 comments)

This destroys an important feature of a somewhat humorous observation relating two dates celebrating more or less opposite things, at least for Christians. You'd no longer be able to declare that Halloween and Christmas were the same thing, 031 == 25, after all. {^_^}

more than 2 years ago

World's Biggest Gold Coin Minted In Australia

Wizardess Pocket change? (171 comments)

I'd like to meet the guy who can use this as pocket change. The Jolly Green Giant comes to mind, though. So the meet should be at a safe distance, I suspect. {^_-}

more than 2 years ago

Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

Wizardess Re:It's like watching a train wreck. (462 comments)

Before blaming it on the Bush tax cuts go find the 2008 taxable income tables and compare it with the 2011 (non)-budget. Look for where you can obtain the money needed to balance the budget or at least keep dept from growing at Grecian rates. I picked 2008 as a fairly prosperous year except at the end. Then look at who makes the investments in new jobs for most people. It's the low end of the rich scale. Tax them out of their savings or profits and they throw up their hands, "Why bother?" Hence we have more and more people out of work. Investors make jobs. Governments unmake jobs of every kind other than the masturbation known as public sector employment. Your politics of envy don't survive the tests of reality. Taking 100% of the wealth, not taxable income, but wealth of the top 1% and you run the country for a few days. Go down all the way to $150k/year and take 100% of the taxable income and you don't make it through a year. And you've killed any investment for the next year. We need more freedom, less government, and reduced taxation at all levels. That demonstrably works everywhere it is tried. The tax, spend, and entitlements approach fails everywhere it is tried. It leads to Greece, Portugal, and Spain for glaringly obvious examples. It's a shame your mommy never taught you that money does not grow on trees. (And it's a real shame nobody hear will read this and take it to heart.) {^_^}

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When the Rapture Comes?

Wizardess Take the bets (673 comments)

Take any and all bets that the world will end at whatever odds the bettor wishes to make. If the world does not win, you keep the money. If the world ends, who's going to be there to pay? {^_-}

more than 2 years ago

Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

Wizardess Gee, what's so bad about 16? (497 comments)

At 10 to 20 watts each 16 wall warts is less than 320 watts or roughly 3.5 amps drain. That's not enough to blow anything or generate smoke. It does generate fearsome cord tangles, though. {^_^}

more than 3 years ago

FTC Staff Discuss a Tax on Electronics To Support the News Business

Wizardess Whale oil lantern subsidies anyone? (381 comments)

Let me see here. If we had adopted this philosophy for whale oil lanterns and buggy whips we'd still be supporting those two moribund and obsolete industries.

This should stifle progress and prove the big government capability to tax "because we can and you have no choice."


more than 3 years ago

SpamAssassin 2010 Bug

Wizardess Re:crapola (115 comments)

Or simply run "sa-update" as root to fetch down the updated rule. {^_^}

more than 4 years ago

This Is the Way the World Ends

Wizardess We can do it ourselves without any help. (394 comments)

It will happen due to a simple slip-up by an 11 year old playing with his Kiddie Gene Splicing Kit that produces a universal killer virus.

That is to say, we'll to it to ourselves by simple mistakes.


more than 5 years ago



Wizardess Wizardess writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wizardess writes "Left hand meet right hand.

On January 12, 2007 Science Daily published an article about a find that was major support for the "Out of Africa" modern human evolution scenario. This can be found at 'Out Of Africa' Theory Boost: Skull Dating Suggests Modern Humans Evolved In Africa.

But wait, on the same day Science Daily also published an article dating the earliest evidence yet found of modern humans in Europe at 45,000 years ago. This one can be found at Earliest Evidence Of Modern Humans In Europe Discovered: Artifacts May Date Back 45,000 Years.

Now, how does a skull dated as 36,000 years ago prove the out of Africa scenario when human activity has been detected in Europe 9,000 years earlier?

As I said, left hand meet right hand. I guess that's the peril of web publishing in too big a hurry.



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