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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

k6mfw about time (73 comments)

unlike a few Shuttle cockpit shots. Or previously few seconds clip from a Gemini re-entry that's replayed zillion times like the Saturn interstage separation between first and second stages. My question has Elon released any such footage?

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

k6mfw Re:I wonder if... (424 comments)

Those Cuban Exiles better shut the fuck up, because if we don't get Cuba on our side, Russia will, and I don't want to live through another Cuban missile crisis because some whiny right-wingers are so goddamn certain that if we keep turning the screws on Cuba, Fidel Castro will finally step down.

ummm, Russia (or Soviet Russia) don't have the resources to place missiles in Cuba like they used to have. Regarding Castro, he has outlived just about everyone trying to knock him off the island.

4 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

k6mfw Re:These old farts are funny (176 comments)

Seriously, even these days I can find enough quality shows and even movies to watch on YouTube.

but (at least for me) I have to use AT&T or comcast for internet service, which I find is marginal for watching video. Work site is great but that's not what work is for. Other than that, Youtube can be a huge time pit with so many interesting things posted by various people.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

k6mfw Re:This isn't really surprising at all (176 comments)

I've never bought a new car, always used cars (around 40K to 60K in mileage) and drive them till they drop (around 200K). Last one had 220K but failed smog check as one of cylinders had a leak of some sort. Other vehicles that got up to 200K I dumped because their transmissions failed (replacement costs more than the car). My latest is a 2008, I prefer an older because windows of new cars are getting smaller but yet MPG of this vehicle is much better than my previous vehicles.

It seems there are some people who buy a new car every two or three years, that's were those like me pick up what they don't want. Speaking of keeping cars for a very long time, I remember in 1980s a Volvo commercial, "with a large interior and a average lifetime of 16 years, this is the space vehicle that will take you to the 21st century!" showing one of their station wagons superimposed against a background of stars. I know a couple research scientists that owned this same type of Volvo. One even had the classic rack on roof with the bars wrapped with carpet to prevent scrapes on stuff they carry.

about two weeks ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

k6mfw Re:Longtime employees? (74 comments)

We must purge them completely every few years.

and replace them with corporate types like Wheeler! yes, regulatory capture at its finest.

about three weeks ago
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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

k6mfw Re:The 60's (70 comments)

Pictures of astronauts will be as quaint as black and white pictures of Victorian men with handlebar mustaches and top hats.

I think what will happen is astronauts will become a mythical character of sorts like the pirate and the cowboy. Though pirates and cowboys did exist, they were nothing like what is portrayed by Johnny Depp and John Wayne. I believe in a hundred years many people will have mixture of fact and fiction of the spaceman. In fact I encounter people these days who get 1960s astronauts confused with fictional characters.

about a month ago
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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

k6mfw ISS is not forever (70 comments)

It may happen sooner than you think. There was a time when people thought Shuttle will fly forever (like the B52), in fact before 2003 Columbia crash there were upgrade plans to continue Shuttle fleet into 2030s. Then in 2004 VSE announced Shuttle will stop flying in 2010 though many were in denial. All of sudden no more Shuttle which some felt like they were caught with their pants down. "What? we gotta buy seats from the Russians? Elon doesn't have something ready now?" I feel this may happen with ISS. US will pull out and nothing will be there to go. However, lots of stuff can happen between then and now.

about a month ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

k6mfw single source company town (46 comments)

Seems to me obviously Spaceport has only one company. If Dallas Airport had only one airline that flew only one type of airplane, and if structural failure accident occurred, the entire airport will be shutdown for a long time.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

k6mfw Barbie Remix (561 comments)

http://caseyfiesler.com/2014/1...

And the problem isn’t even that Barbie isn’t a “real” computer scientist because she isn’t coding. (I am one of those mostly-non-coding computer scientists myself, though now I’m tempted to make a game about robot puppies shooting lasers anyway.) The problem is the assumption that she is a designer, not a coder, and the coders are boys. (There are also problems with nonsense explanations for computer viruses, taking credit for other people’s work, and inexplicable pillow fights.) I happen to study remix, so one of my first thoughts upon seeing this was: someone is obviously going to remix this. I figured, why wait? I also have at my disposal my roommate Miranda Parker, a student of Mark Guzdial, who studies computing education and broadening participation in STEM. So with her input, I rewrote the book with a slightly different spin. (I also kept her as a “computer engineer” even though she’s really more of a computer scientist, software developer, etc.) I hope you like this new narrative better, too!

about a month ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

k6mfw lots of luck with that (106 comments)

Reminds me of free wifi by Google in Mountain View, slower than dialup. But I occasionally use it to test Ubiquiti long haul products.

about a month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

k6mfw plug for Tektronix test equipment (186 comments)

I remember watching the episodes though got bored watching the same approaches and barrel rolls of colonial fighters. I remember seeing the racks of Tektronix test equipment. Front panels of that gear was real "space age" (though trying to find power switch the o-scopes was always a challenge, other controls were easy). I wonder if the company got extra business with so much of the gear "advertised."

When they did the remake, I found it amusing the only Battlestar that survived massive Cylon attack was Galactica because it was an old vintage ship (captained by an old guy with old school military thinking) with PDP-11 computers, Tektronix gear, Mocom-70 communications systems, etc. stuff that lack network systems so they were not hacked.

Getting back to Larson, I wonder what other ideas he had that never made it to the TV? Maybe they will find some story ideas, probably much better than typical remakes of decades old genres.

about a month ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

k6mfw Re:"Computer" (81 comments)

Funny. I always thought of Michelson as of one of the two guys involved in the "failed" mirror experiments that allowed A. Einstein to come up with the theory of Special Relativity.

What also impresses me is him and Morley were wondering how fast Earth was moving through space during the times of cowboys and indians. Because their mirror set kept producing same c, they continued to build more elaborate sets (which were more complex engineering feats).

about a month ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

k6mfw Big question is... (138 comments)

in 25 years will we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ames Research Center or celebrate 25th anniversary of Google International Airport? People criticize NASA for screwing things up by saying they used to do all kinds of really great stuff years ago. But then NASA doesn't have the budget or resources like they had years ago. People should know what NASA does, it is written in the Space Act, and they (should) serve the people. If not, then complain or complain to elected representatives. Google doesn't have to say what they do, they serve themselves and shareholders. Nothing wrong with a business serving themselves within reason as long as customers pay money, But govt agencies and private businesses are two different thigs (it gets confusing i.e. private companies performing government functions like police services).

about a month ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

k6mfw Re:Didn't google allow NASA (138 comments)

not really, from what I heard that was intended but to do research flights then instrumentation and other mods would void their FAA certification (135 I think) for using commercial airports. And other things like carrying passengers.

about a month ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

k6mfw Re:Some thoughts... (151 comments)

uh, capitalism is where man exploits man. With communism, it's the other way around.

about a month and a half ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

k6mfw Re:Some thoughts... (151 comments)

Excellent post, you also illustrated wars are decided by a few politicos and not common folk. What is your analysis of the 2003 movie "Goodbye Lenin!"?

about a month and a half ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

k6mfw Goodbye Lenin! (151 comments)

A movie made about fall of Berlin Wall where the mom awakened from a coma but doctor tells son his mom must not get too excited. However, while she was in a coma the wall came down so he has make it convincing things are still the same (their resident was on the east side). He gets help from friends including one who wires up a TV set to a VCR and they create various programs from East Germany. There's a few things he has to mitigate like explaining the big Coca Cola billboard that appears in her window view. An interesting film that also illustrates some German culture of the time. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt03...

about a month and a half ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

k6mfw kind of scary (334 comments)

though nice to see lower gas prices, but all things considered from global politics to increasing CO2 content in atmosphere plus fracking and crises in middle east in addition to this year's elections. I find it somewhat scary why prices are lower and wonder if they will jump way up. Govts are seeking revenue (they get less from the rich) there are plans to tax mileage so with lower prices more car traveling which working smucks that have long commutes will bear more of the burden. Oh well, my morning gripes.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

k6mfw their success is getting people to buy stuff (112 comments)

"they sell the product to Amazon.com customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it,"

So the product goes unused, doesn't seem false to me (ok, so I didn't RTFA like everyone else). It reminds me what my cousin said. Sales and marketing has been so successful is why we see good business in storage places and huge consumer debt. The S and M convinced millions to go into debt buying stuff they don't need.

However, some other kind of paradigm can come in and *poof* Amazon goes bust or becomes irrelevant.

about a month and a half ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

k6mfw kids can learn calculus? (273 comments)

There was a thread of this title on a article about they should get into some aspects of calculus instead of endless arithmetic problems that become more like punishment like in the army (long repetition of menial work). I gotta go back and find that article (like everybody else I didn't fully read it). Although arithmetic is important, having lots of "drill and kill" tests are not. I think they should get into drawing curves on graphs, figure out the areas under the curves, slopes of lines, etc. and this will also be fun with art.

about a month and a half ago

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Yuri's Night: April 12, 1961 first human spaceflight

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "April 12, 1961 USSR launches Yuri Gagarin making the first human orbital spaceflight. This is when both countries USA and USSR got real serious on developing human spaceflight capabilities. April 12, 1981 USA launches Space Shuttle making the first reusable spacecraft flight but for nearly 20 years it had no place to go. But the Russians have a space station so both countries teamed up on International Space Station. April 12 becomes the perfect date to celebrate space, technology, art, sciences, and engineering."
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Military surplus a bonanza for law enforcement

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "from the article: "San Francisco may be known for antiwar movements and peace rallies, but when local law enforcement agencies needed help with supplies, they've turned to the U.S. military."
"A total of 163,344 new and used items valued at $26.2 million — from bath mats acquired by the sheriff of Sonoma County to a full-tracked tank for rural San Joaquin County — were transferred last year to state and local agencies.""

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Cars: The Next Victims of Cyberattacks

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "From IEEE Spectrum, http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/embedded-systems/cars-the-next-victims-of-cyberattacks, "Every year, automakers endow vehicles with more brainpower. But the computer hardware engineered to keep cars from crashing or to keep drivers entertained might soon be co-opted by criminals intent on attacking a single driver or causing widespread havoc. Several research groups have independently demonstrated smart cars’ vulnerability to cyberattacks. Security firm McAfee reported an incident where a disgruntled former employee at a Texas car dealership used a remote car deactivation system to simultaneously shut off the engines of 100 vehicles."

Personally I don't like the trends of car design, i.e. button to start/stop engine that is a computer input instead of direct on/off of ignition system. I also don't like trends towards less visibility (shorter windows) which lead to higher chances of collisions. And uni-body construction, a basic fender bender may be extremely expensive to repair."

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STS-135 ET to Transmit Video During Re-Entry

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "STS-135 External Tank to Transmit Video During Re-Entry

http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?303039-Space-Shuttle-s-ET138-Video-downlink
M0ODV on QRZ.com writes:
âNASA engineers have installed a camera on the external fuel tank (ET) which will transmit live pictures of its destructive burn up on re-entry. The live FM transmitted signal will be on 2272.5 MHz at 10 watts. The camera captures images at (NTSC) frame rate of 30 frames per second and will burn up over the Pacifc Ocean over the east coast of New Zealand, entry interface (EI) will begin at 400,000 ft over southern Australia and can be seen with the naked eye.”

STS-135: External Tank death camera ready
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/sts-135-atlantis-tcdt-external-tank-death-camera-ready/

“We have not yet been able to analytically confirm if a plasma blackout condition will present a TV reception problem prior to breakup.”

STS-135: Tank Camera modification aimed at filming footage of ET-138’s death
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/sts-135-camera-modification-aimed-filming-footage-et-138s-death/

“The prospect of footage from the tank itself — as it vents and starts to disintegrate — on the final ever shuttle mission, may not be up to the high standards of the Soyuz ‘Flyabout’ footage of Endeavour and the ISS, but it would provide a potentially stunning viewpoint of the final Shuttle ET, prior to its demise.”"

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