NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars
What I'm going to say will probably not be very popular but I believe that NASA is an organization that has out lived its usefulness. Back in the 50' and 60' when NASA was first formed it had a goal, to get us to the moon. An it did that goal very well.
But since then it hasn't really had a goal. It has had projects of which most of them it has pulled off spectacularly. The hunt for extra solar planets, probes to the outer planets, and rovers on Mars. But it hasn't had an organized goal for the whole organization. With out a clear and visible goal nobody cares. People lose interest, and without the people having interest congress starts looking for other places to send money.
I believe its time for NASA to be repuposed from a active research and exploration to a regulatory agency. Much like the FAA They set the regulations for safety in manned space craft like the FAA does. Nasa should also be in charge of tracking satellites and setting orbits for them.
Most of its former duties for space exploration could be handed over to private industry now. NASA could keep a small hand in exploration I believe but most of that could be handed over to private universities.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Hi. Damn I have been here along time.
Boeing Delivers Massive Ordnance Penetrator
Israel is not our friend. They are only nice to us because we give them money and keep other nations from stomping them flat. If they where truly our friends then why have they spied on us and stolen military secrets, executed US citizens in cold blood, sold military plans and equipment to nations hostel to the US. Israel as committed acts of piracy on the high seas against US and ships of other nations. In 1967 Israel committed an act of war against the United States when it attacked the USS Liberty in international water.
No, Israel is not our friend.
WiFi 802.22 Can Cover 12,000 Square Miles
I have satellite internet and I can reach a satellite in geo orbit with 1w. So depending on how effecent the reciever is, the answer is "not much."
WikiLeaks To Sue Visa/MasterCard
An you are quite incorrect in this reguard. The Supreme Court has already handed a ruling that freedom of press out weighs any form of government classifiation. So while the person who turned over those documents to the press is guilty of a crime, the person that published them, in this case Wikileaks, is not.
Time To Close the Security Theater
This is why the TSA is a farce that needs to be completely rebuilt from zero (and the policy makers transferred to GitMo)
This has been something that I've been saying for some time now. Any policy maker that makes a policy, be it a congress critter, a president, or department head, that is later declaired to be illegal or unconsititutional needs to be held accountable.
If you start fineing these damn congress critters for proposing crap like the patriot act or this TSA bullshit then you would have alot less of it. Hell, send some of them to prison. While your, at it you needs ot send some of these TSA goons to prison for it too.
Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?
I agree. The interactions between Anderson and Judge was magic. While there was a few episodes that dealt with the polictical issues, they where usually only one a season. I really hated episodes that involved that senator character.
Where in SG-U that crap was in every episode. Military vs the civiliians, Rush vs Young. I really hated that fucking shit. I want to see them go through stargates and explore strange new worlds, admitigly most of them looked like Vancouver.
I don't give a shit who is sleeping with who, and the military vs civilian shit can goto hell too.
GIMP 2.7.2 Released — Another Step Toward 2.8
Do people really use gimp? The last time I tried it I found it almost impossible to use. Granted this was a few years ago. Would it be worth my time to go back and look at it again?
Leonard Nimoy Turns 80
WTF??!!! Damn they had some good drugs back in the '60's.
Daylight Savings Time Puts Kid in Jail for 12 Days
I went back an read my past posts too. I couldn't remember that by pass post. I've come to one in escapable conclusion though. I'm a bigger asshole than I though I was.