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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

confused one They're going to miss the target date (108 comments)

OMB reviews, independent budget reviews and internal NASA reviews all say that at the current funding rate, the system will not be ready for such a mission for a decade beyond 2025.

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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

confused one Re:PPC macs were awful (233 comments)

Right, so this is the infamous mac os 7 era right? Powermacs? Where motorola code was emulated to work on PPC? Apple being led by non-jobs? When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week? That was the most shitty Apple period ever.

The emulator was key in allowing users to use older 68k apps on the new PowerPC chips, until the software houses released versions built for the PowerPC. A lot of companies (including Apple itself) hurt the platform by delaying their PowerPC update releases. The OS did have some issues; I'm not going to sugar coat it. Apple also took a few journeys down dark alleys with poorly designed hardware during the '90s. Of course the alternative at the time was Windows 3.1, which wasn't a utopian dream either.

4 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

confused one Re:But does it have more KILLING POWER? (90 comments)

No, the thing it caries from the ship, through the surf zone, over sand and onto hard ground that has the killing power are the U.S. Marines.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

confused one Future proof... (504 comments)

Not art.

If she's not college material, send her to trade school to learn a construction trade. Having a trade means she'll be employable. Some jobs are never going to go away -- there will always be construction jobs.

If she's college material I'd recommend two paths: lf she has a math or science bent, engineering. If STEM isn't her thing, as a first step send her to an accredited business school. Follow that with a good trade school. Having the business degree means she'll be able to operate at a higher level in the industry, handling the business with the background necessary to not screw it up.

Engineering and construction jobs will never go away. You have to keep up with new technologies, techniques and trends but you'll be able to find a job.

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about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

confused one Re:Over 190 comments in this thread so far (504 comments)

Teaching is a worthwhile pursuit but there are too many of us that know that teachers are poorly paid and constantly under attack. I can't, in good conscience, recommend that career to anyone who hasn't already expressed a strong interest.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

confused one slow mover (282 comments)

I seem to be a slow mover. 5-8 years between job changes.

about two weeks ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

confused one no problem (187 comments)

a few taps with a hammer, a little Bondo, some paint and everything will be just fine.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

confused one Re:My takeaway on this: (118 comments)

We don't need to print small one room huts in the U.S. We have more than enough old shipping containers lying around to fulfill this requirement.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

confused one Re:Is it safe? (118 comments)

Based on the number of concrete buildings that collapse in China due to earthquakes, I suspect it's not as durable as you think.

about three weeks ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

confused one $20 (196 comments)

Replaced the 3-way bulb in a lamp with a Cree LED 3-way bulb. They think very highly of their product... and price it accordingly. If it doesn't exhibit any issues I'll start converting all the CFLs I bought 5 or 6 years ago to LEDs as they need to be replaced.

about three weeks ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

confused one Re:Oddball (196 comments)

The light does work on 120V.

about three weeks ago
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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

confused one Re:Nook! (51 comments)

They've already announced that they're no longer going to build their own hardware. The color Nook HD and Nook HD+ series is going to be replaced by a re-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

confused one Re:I'll buy it if the seller pays for shipping (112 comments)

How do you plan to handle delivery? An Earth sized chunk of carbon might require delicate handling as it is drop shipped on your home. BTW, a signature will be required.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

confused one Re:job security (710 comments)

I didn't miss the point. That was sarcasm. And, for what it's worth, the employer didn't see it that way -- they insisted I work to a project completion schedule and on-call schedule that required 80 hour work weeks. Either I got the work done or they wrote me up for missing deadlines. I would have left but I had no other job to leave to (there was a recession, remember). As soon as an opportunity presented itself, I was out of there.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

confused one job security (710 comments)

what were we talking about? sorry tired. Hey, my 80 hour work-weeks are what kept me employed during the recession. They couldn't fire me -- I was doing too much work for next to no pay. Yeah, I made a few mistakes. But I fixed 'em. Sure, my salary history will work against me when I go apply for another job. At least I stayed employed in my field. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need some more coffee before I pass out at my desk.

about a month ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

confused one Re:Missing Option: (139 comments)

Yeah... that meme is getting old. Some of us are married over 20 years now. I started reading /. in 2000. Lost my older UID when I left for a few months, came back, but couldn't recover my password because I no longer worked at the company that owned the email address I registered with. UID name I'm using dates back to the mid-'80s. Some of us have been around a while.

Trust me dude. You might have it better... My wife is definitely not a morning person. Nothing like waking to the sound of your wife shouting at the children to get your day started right...

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

confused one Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

intel fabs are in the U.S. The packaging, the wire bonding. That's done in Malaysia. But you have a point. Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, and a number of others have facilities that are quite capable of making high quality high performance processors.

about 1 month ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

confused one Re:Great! We can take it out of the ground (139 comments)

oil is not getting cheaper, it's getting more expensive. The only reason the recycling of plastics and depolymerization of biomass is becoming "economical" is that the cost of crude pulled from the ground is exceeding the threshold for processing these other materials.

about 1 month ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

confused one Re:2 trillion tons (139 comments)

You start with one 10 ton/day reactor. Next quarter you build a 50 ton/day reactor. Then you build a 250 ton/day reactor. Then you build a 1000 ton per day reactor. Once you hit maximum scale that's economical, you reproduce the reactor and work on efficiency. Most petroleum refineries are not one big giant crude oil distillation unit. They're many systems working in parallel. And there's more than one refinery...

about a month ago

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