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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

k6mfw fund NASA to match programs directed? (348 comments)

President and Congress direct NASA to carry out such and such programs but fail to provide enough budget. Yes, same whiney post like everyone else.

3 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

k6mfw Re:Mr. Fusion (562 comments)

You can get a DeLorean but Mr. Fusion will never make it to commercial markets because of ITAR.

4 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

k6mfw Re:credibility of article is doubtful (562 comments)

Interesting read about this Mk-54 (Davy Crockett) with 10 or 20 ton yield. There was a program on History Channel back when they had documentaries on history which described this beast and footage of it being fired. You fire the cannon (actually recoilless rifle) and then jump into a ditch to avoid radiation exposure. I was thinking what if cannon charge was a dud and only throws it 100 feet. One of the people they interviewed said Davy Crockett was "as practical as an atomic grenade." Can't throw it far enough.

4 days ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

k6mfw Re:Eaten by a bear (122 comments)

That's why they carry firearms unless new procedures are otherwise.

about a week ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

k6mfw Leonov was in Milpitas! (122 comments)

In late 1990s I think. I saw a small article in San Jose mercury news he had a table and some his artwork (yes this cosmonaut is an accomplished artist ) but most passerbys didn't recognize him. If I knew he was on tour I'd ask him to autograph my Apollo Soyuz poster. Arrg. Also few years ago one of his paintings and a photo of him showing it that was up for auction. Next year is his 50th anniversary of that spacewalk and 40th anniversary of Apollo Soyuz.

about a week ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

k6mfw Re:The Russian space program was amazing (122 comments)

If you see the Russian spacecraft, it's amazing how determined they were to compete, relatively successfully with the US space program,

James Harford in the 1997 book "Korolev" he interviewed several of Sergei Korolev colleages and one of them said when Kennedy announced the race to the Moon, the Soviets can either get in the race or not. They did neither. There were those in Politburo very interested in manned spaceflight, others that were not ("stop wasting resources with man in space which is only good for propaganda instead of actual military hardware). When Khrushchev was ":sent to Siberia" Korolev lost much support. He was able to proceed with Soyuz, N1 (he was also chief of many other programs) but their space program was not given all resources. So there was not enough resources for development and ground tests, N1 never had successful launch, Soyuz had it's growing pains and its first manned flight was a fatality.

I wonder if our space program is experiencing this "we're doing neither." No shortcuts are being taken in SLS and Orion development but there is no significant funding for landers and habitat modules. And where is US going? Moon, Mars, or an asteroid? Depends on who you talk to.

about a week ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

k6mfw Re:Am I the only one? (478 comments)

Here's a fun experiment: cover your bathroom floor and surfaces with tissue paper and flush the toilet (warning this may make you want to throw away your current toothbrush).

does this experiment include viewing water splatter from a UV source or something like that?

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

k6mfw Re:Am I the only one? (478 comments)

I ask the same as ebola is spread through bodily fluids but yet medical people where full suit outfits with masks. Probably can find helpful information but that's a lot of web surfing. Need to have some medical knowledge and political awareness to rid scare mongering articles. I read someplace that many doubt govt and medical officials because they see them doing blundering mistakes. I also think politicos have bankrupt their credibility after gouging the common people with years of costly wars and loose Wall St practices that damaged the economy. Although I'm certain there are highly competent people in CDC but they are under control of elected officials in DC.

about two weeks ago
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Proposed Hab Module For Asteroid Redirect Mission Could Support a Lunar Return

k6mfw Re:simply need a habitat module for habitation (55 comments)

well yes and their cellphones had global coverage, though no texting and video but didn't need zillion cell towers, audio was broadcast quality, and didn't have to futz with contracts and data throttling. And the women wore the mini-skirt outfits and go-go boots, big hair and heavy mascara (wow).

about two weeks ago
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Proposed Hab Module For Asteroid Redirect Mission Could Support a Lunar Return

k6mfw simply need a habitat module for habitation (55 comments)

as Orion has no toilet compartment, no sleeping bunks for off shift use, no air lock, no room for treadmill (kinds of stuff Shuttle orbiter mid deck had).

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

k6mfw Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

The terror of the self-checkout lane?

oh great, another place for TSA to go and stick it to you.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

k6mfw Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

which now means other countries encourage to do business with non-US companies?

about two weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

k6mfw Moller Skycar but I don't have a garage! (151 comments)

Well it does look cool and I remember in 1980s when they were promoting it will be on the market in a few years (which they've been repeating for 30 years like for past 60 years we will have fusion power in 10 years, or in past 50 years we will be on Mars in 20 years). Probably never will get off the ground but hey looks cool, and I don't have a pilot's license so what difference does it make.

Other than that, Paul Moller wrote a paper about vertical lift and he derived an equation of engine power and blade area. I think, I read it in 1980s and forgot a lot of details. Generally Moller wrote the Avro "flying saucer" car was doomed from the start because the blade area was too small, according to his equation(s) which mathematically showed even with a lot more power than Avro Car can provide, it will never get out of ground effect. His equations showed helicopters are the best efficiency for vertical flight because blade area is very large. Moller went on to say the disadvantage of helicopters is poor horizontal flight performance and need for complex control system. Which is why Moller car uses several ducted engines. During that time he taught at UC Davis, had a business that produced small UAVs and I also think mufflers that provide good sound suppression, block sparks (to field equipment don't start grass fires), and not have excess blockage.

I remember in early 1990s when there was a mini air show of sorts at Yolo County airport and Paul Moller had on display a mockup of the 2-seat version. It had much of the prototype electronic systems, I looked and said, "Hey, those are 7400 type ICs instead of mil grade 5400 type ICs!" He replied no need to use expensive components for design testing. Lockheed will use them because they have only one customer, the government, so they can charge whatever expensive costs.

Getting back to flying car, there is the roadable airplane that does exist. And DeLoreans are promoted as "flying cars" as they do look distinctly different than other cars and have an interesting history. Ugh, according to the movie all those flying cars and conversion kits will be common place next year (yeah right).

about two weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

k6mfw Re:Russia not equal to USA (96 comments)

Goes to show what's happened with this country. it seems much of Obama's policies are extension of Bush. Both parties put highest priority on surveillance of the people and in meantime more and more people struggling financially with feeling both political parties and higher ups are more interested in themselves rather than what's good for the country. Then there's foreign policy debacles in Middle East. Perfect timing for Putin to expand his empire and ISIS to go on their rampage because now it's difficult for this country's leaders to rally up the people to assemble an effective response.

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

k6mfw Cheerleaders (242 comments)

What I find interesting is NFL cheerleaders are quite accomplished dancers of skills as demanding like for professional dancers on Broadway shows. Those I've met and read about have extensive dance training from ballet to modern, all needing to be in top physical shape. It's more than just looking good, you have to be ***good***. Auditions are demanding. Those who fail, cry. Those who get accepted, cry (all those years of training finally paid off). Once they are accepted, it doesn't get easier. Rehearsals and choreography is demanding, some candidates get washed out because they cannot project that "show presentation" (they either have "it" or they don't). Choreographers know what "it" is when they see it but cannot describe it.

Unlike NFL football players, cheerleaders don't make the big bucks. I read they have to be employed or a student in college. Raising a child is equivalent to being employed. They get some compensation per game. I guess those that pursue this occupation do it for the experience.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

k6mfw Streisand Effect? (280 comments)

Just wondering. It seems there's all kinds of characters besides drag queens that use fake names. Plus so many entertainers use stage names, but their drivers license and passport don't have those names. I'd not be surprised there is a Randall Stevens promoting people to let him handle their investments even though he does not exist ("Shawshank Redemption").

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

k6mfw Re:Streaming videos (209 comments)

A friend has a grandfathered account and sometimes we use his phone for streaming video hotspot, cost = $0. And doesn't seem to have throttle issues. They keep calling him about free upgrade plans. Otherwise using our phones we have to pay quite a bit (video adds up the GB very quickly) and only lasts for an hour when cell company "slams on the brakes."

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

k6mfw Re:I call BS on this one.... (575 comments)

What is the difference between Democrat and Republican again?

One is "Team Red" and the other is "Team Blue"...duh!

Really. US politics are like football games, only two teams. Each team has strategies which they don't share with other team and the spectators. Prior to plays, team huddles to discuss plans for a play but spectators can only observe, kind of like what politicos do when they huddle in closed rooms. Teams know strategic plans and actions to be taken, spectators can only cheer or boo but have little influence on what team will win or lose.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

k6mfw or kinds of people that get lots of tickets? (261 comments)

ok, I'm going OT. These days you better pay that ticket, show up for court, or you will be issued a FTA (failure to appear) and you will be issued a bench warrent. Result is next time you are pulled over, it is mandatory arrest, as dispatch radios back to officer the 10-28/10-29 info.

But it wasn't like that back in the days. There were people that accumulate tickets which they never took care of i.e. as portrayed in "American Graffiti" of John Milner's "CS files." A relative of mine who died decades ago but I heard he was one of the worst drivers. When aunt and uncle going through his stuff after he passed away, they found piles of tickets. Or maybe he simply paid the fine and went on to the next. I believe back then you can just pay the fine but these days after number of moving violations in a certain period of time you lose license. Back then there was no CLETS and NCIC (there was but not all depts were "online" or it was really slow). I wonder how one can get away with so many tickets.

On subject of quotas, I ask my cousin, deputy sheriff, about quotas. He said there is none but if supervisor reviewing activity log and see deputy lacking in pullovers when was not dispatched on calls, then supervisor will wonder why deputy not active. Cousin said it's easy to find violators, somebody is always doing a traffic violation. Other times he has no time to pull people over because he is getting one call after another.

Heh, here's a story for the reading multitudes. As a child and mom going to night school, I had a baby sitter who was a strict Baptist. One day I said a "bad word" (I don't remember what it was) but my baby sitter made me wash my mouth with soap (yuck). Then on one occasion when she went to the store and brought along the children, me included. She got pulled over and she got really mad, was yelling at the cop, cussing like a sailor (I didn't get the words but I knew they were bad). Cop was calm about it all, insisted she sign the ticket. He gave her a copy which she screamed and cussed, crunched it up and threw it to the floor. When we got back home, she continued to yell and cuss, kicked the crunched up ticket to the ground. I wondered if she paid for it or not. Was an FTA issued?

about three weeks ago
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

k6mfw which carries more serious charges? (46 comments)

Stealing US Army software or stealing IP and proprietary data related to Xbox Live? I kind of skimmed through the article, with the photo my first thought was stealing UH60 training material that goes into actual capabilities of the Blackhawk helicopter. Now it looks like gamer software but that may have longer sentences as The Business considers piracy most serious crime.

about three weeks 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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