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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

decsnake Re:I Am an Astrophysicist (but you do not salute m (234 comments)

agree 100%. It worked for me. I learned physics and astronomy OTJ. I already had the technical skills. Besides the skills mentioned in the parent post, real-time programming and controls can get you into the other end of the process, sensors, and their associated control and data acquisition systems. In addition to the places mentioned above, many universities, national labs and FFRDCs have space science programs. Also, while its totally obvious, but nobody else has mentioned it, there's NASA and its contractors. If you have the skills and you really want to do this you can. You need to use your imagination, keep your eyes and ears open and be willing to relocate.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

decsnake Re:Seriously? This is a post? (232 comments)

... they keep reinventing the flat tire.

awesomesauce!

I am absolutely going to say that in the next meeting I go to

about 3 months ago
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DARPA Bolsters Blueprint To Build Robotic Services For Satellites

decsnake Re:Screw DARPA, give it to NASA (10 comments)

There has been a satellite servicing project at NASA/Goddard for about, uh, 3 decades. While for most of its existence it was focused on servicing performed by astronauts, there has always been some work going on in robotic servicing. One of the recent accomplishments was a robotic refueling demonstration

http://ssco.gsfc.nasa.gov/robo...

The only time the robotic effort was funded it a relatively high level was during the space station freedom era, and that only lasted for a couple of years before congress pulled the plug. To make matters worse, most of the money that was appropriated went to Martin-Marietta for concept studies

http://www.astronautix.com/cra...

about 3 months ago
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Google Building a Domain Registration Service

decsnake Re:New term (69 comments)

abgoogled doesn't really roll off the tongue. May I suggest goobandoned instead?

about 6 months ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

decsnake Re:Twas Ever Thus (120 comments)

Indeed. Back in the '80s when I worked for a Corporation that made Digital Equipment, we had an group that purchased our competitors equipment, evaluated it against our products in the same categories, and published a document called the Competitive Handbook. Outside of our financial information, the Competitive Handbook was one of our most closely protected documents.

about 6 months ago
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NASA's Broken Planet-hunter Spacecraft Given Second Life

decsnake Re:Ithaco Space Systems made the wheels that faile (55 comments)

Is this: "crappy company delivers badly on contracts" or "company specializes in class of components that have a relatively high failure rate"?

While RWs are way more complex than you would probably guess and have a history of failures across the industry, I still think in this case it is the former rather than the latter. After it started looking looking like there were systemic problems with Ithaco wheels, we developed our own wheels in-house. They haven't been perfect but there have been no mission ending problems with ours (so far; knocking on wood etc), unlike the Ithaco wheels.

about 7 months ago
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50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

decsnake Re:Was FORTRAN really that hard? (224 comments)

It wasn't so much that BASIC was all that much simpler than FORTRAN. Rather that to run a FORTRAN program required mastering not just a little FORTRAN, but also JCL (or the UNIVAC equivalent) and the keypunch. Using BASIC was an interactive experience. The job control and editing functions (as primitive as they were) were built into the language. // EXEC VSF2CG //FORT.SYSIN DD *

about 8 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

decsnake Re:About time! (306 comments)

no argument about the basic evilness of comcast, but their core network engineers are really, really good.

I'm running V6 at home thru a tunnel and the only major sites that I see supporting V6 are facebook and google.

What this says to me is that the really big players have already gone to V6 out of need, as you pointed out about comcast.

about 8 months ago
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Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

decsnake Re:And it'll be... (180 comments)

nah, IPX

about 10 months ago
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GPM Satellite To Usher In a New Era of Weather Observation

decsnake Re:Remember when... (31 comments)

GPM is a joint mission with Japan. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has provided the primary science instrument, the Dual frequency Precipitation Radar, and the launch vehicle. This is the same arrangement we had with Japan for GPM's predecessor, TRMM, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. Besides the primary goal of better understanding the processes that drive our planet's weather there is the secondary goal of fostering international scientific cooperation.

Please do not confuse launch services with space exploration. NASA hasn't directly been in the commercial launch service since the dawn of the space age was over. Commercial satellite operators contract directly with commercial launch providers such as ULA, Orbital, Space-X, Arianespace or ILS.

I am in complete agreement with your point about lack of political support for space science and exploration. While there has been no real support for space exploration for decades, the past decade has seen a real drop in actual support (that is, money) for space science. I suspect that is true for science in general, but space is my business.

about a year ago
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Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

decsnake Re:LinkSys (Cisco) sucks Microsoft balls (189 comments)

Serious question - which open firmware is the best choice for current router hardware? years ago, I put DD-WRT on my WRT54g (v2.0) and it worked great, but there's been a lot of forking since then and its not clear at all to me which firmware is the best choice for modern open friendly hardware like the boxes from ASUS.

about a year ago
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Two Million Passwords Compromised By Keylogger Virus

decsnake Re: Secure password vs keylogger. (174 comments)

A "secure" password does nothing to mitigate keyloggers. The only thing that does is two factor.

I think the comments regarding the password strength were general, and basically the usual Slashdot topic drift.

IMO it's way past time for two factor everywhere. Federating logins makes that much more feasible.

1 year,13 days
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

decsnake Re:How to be a Star Engineer (361 comments)

actually the encribed version is easier to read than the PDF from IEEE (we have a site license to IEEE pubs where I work).

about a year ago
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25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

decsnake Re:Remember IBM Deskstar failures and correct stat (277 comments)

I personally replaced thousands of those deathstar drives. Thats how you get the left side of the bathtub curve.

about a year ago
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25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

decsnake Re:Only four years? (277 comments)

Does anyone actually use drives in a commercial environment that are more than 3-4 years old? By the time they are that old they aren't worth the space they take up and the power they consume, i.e. 1TB per form factor as opposed to 3TB in the same form factor.

about a year ago
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25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

decsnake this is consistent with my data... (277 comments)

I worked at an on-line service for several years way back in the late 90s and early 00s and this data is consistent with the data I collected then over perhaps an order of magnitude more units. While 25K drives may not be a lot in the scale of today's internet services it is more than enough to draw statistically valid conclusions, as opposed to that, oh, 1 drive in your desktop gaming system that failed 1 day after the warranty expired.

about a year ago
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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

decsnake because photo op (86 comments)

happens all the time where I work.

public affairs photog says "do something scientific looking"

click

et voila

about a year ago
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NASA Finds, Fixes Small Glitch in LADEE Moon Probe

decsnake sounds like torque-tach mismatch fault detector (44 comments)

the ought to know better than to have that enabled at launch. You need to characterize the wheels on orbit and be sure that the limits are good before you turn that one on.

about a year ago

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