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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

k6mfw Re:Not suprised (468 comments)

When I see the kind of shit my colleagues from Sunnyvale, who are on 80+ hours/week schedules, tend to release, I'm not surprised one bit. Of course I'm a lazy European socialist who only work 40-50 hours a week so what do I know.

"we Americans are becoming an ever-more-exhausted and accident-prone society due to sleep debt"

and this from a blog by Chuck Divine, "Some people argue that humans have not evolved to do intellectual work for more than a portion of a week that might be as low as 40 hours. Yes, you can go over that limit, but other things will suffer if you do."


Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

k6mfw Re:Ban caffeine! (468 comments)

if that were to happen all guvmint agencies will collapse as all are coffee drinkers.


World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

k6mfw Re:Why? (85 comments)

the movie "The Aviator" was fascinating to watch when they portrayed the hearing. Howard Hughes then turned the tide against Brewster with bringing up certain "contributions" the senator received including reference to the painting of llamas (first scene earlier in the movie where Howard was being sociable asking about where Owen got the painting. But he was really gathering information to be used for his benefit later). I believe movie script used was direct from the transcripts of that hearing. And there were other aircraft contracts of other companies that never delivered anything to the Army Air Corps.


World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

k6mfw Re:The Spruce Goose is your comparison? (85 comments)

maybe the chief engineer trying get this thing through bureaucracy got fed up and yelled at Politburu (or whoever at top govt), "If I can't get this thing to fly, I will leave China!" They probably then gave him the resources he wanted. Most likely not true but don't ruin a good story with facts.


How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

k6mfw Re:Professional Engineer here (89 comments)

What you can't do is hang up a shingle and run your own business as Joe Bloggs, Engineer, unless you have a license.

true but I've seen non-licensed people who call themelves consulting engineers instead of consultants. Though many of these people use "engineer" but whaddaya gonna do, place them under citizen's arrest? However, civil engineers are very strict on licensing unlike vast number of silicon valley engineers.

Engineers are exempt from overtime because they are "professional" (having conducted a course of advanced study), Technicians are not.

reminds me of Dilbert cartoon where he is working lot of unpaid overtime where the hardhat maintenance technician either gets to go home at end of day or gets 1.5 or 2 times normal wage.

3 days ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

k6mfw Re:news for nerds in the speculative future(or pas (212 comments)

reading all this stuff of potential disasters... is it numbing our sense of urgency? There was a time when we had no idea of many dynamics of the Sun (there were no spacecraft). It is scientifically interesting, an IRIS scientists said the solar system is a system, the sun is not constant and causes non-constant interactions to planets. Speaking of disasters that have happened, might happen, a nearby star can go supernova. Or there could be a nearby gamma ray burst. But looming catastrophe is shrinking reserves of water that is safe to drink.

4 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

k6mfw Re:Uncertainty/fear? (539 comments)

I second that. Yes, lots of people say it's safe, it's great, etc. but being one of the 0.01% is a chance I don't want to take.

There was PBS documentary about Mt Everest climbers, one of them went blind at altitude because his laser-surgery eyes deformed because of decreased pressure. Losing eyesight on that mountain is superbad because everyone else is struggling and leading another adds more difficultly and danger. He managed to get to lower elevations and eyesight came back. I don't know about other mentions in this thread regarding pilots and astronauts but I also heard that's why they don't accept those who had laser surgery because at pressure altitude of 30K they can lose eyesight.

4 days ago

NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

k6mfw Re:When politicians need to hide incompetence... (52 comments)

NASA already renamed the Dryden Flight Research Facility (NASA's part of Edwards in California) after Armstrong

not sure why this was marked down (unless all of us tired of hearing same complaints). I remember the hoopla about renaming DFRC and politicians on the house floor giving glowing speeches of Armstrong, and then later that day they cut the NASA budget $600 million.

It seems to me Neil would want that NASA facility to remain under Hugh's name. Armstrong flew the X-15 but it was Dryden who was instrumental in creating the X-15 program.
Who Was Hugh Dryden and Why Should We Care? (page 163)

I heard verbally from someone they renamed Lewis Research Center after Glenn to discourage politicians from closing down the center.

Rumor has it they want to rename Ames Research Center after Sally Ride. Of course Sally is a fine person and but consider Joe Ames was the first NACA administrator and later he kept the NACA alive when Herbert Hoover tried to eliminate it and transfer its duties to industry. And here's another from a NASA history page (I kept this but lost the url):

"Ames accepted a nomination by Air Minister Hermann Goring to the Deutsche Akademie der Luftfartforschung. Ames then considered it an honor, many Americans did, and was surprised to learn about the massive Nazi investment in aeronautical infrastructure, then six times larger than the NACA. Ames urged the funding for a second laboratory and expansion of the NACA facilities to prepare for war. " It was these facilities and infrastructure that helped allies win WWII, helped US aerospace industries, laid down the foundations for NASA able to make Neil the first man to step the moon.

about a week ago

A Look At NASA's Orion Project

k6mfw Orion for beyond LEO? (108 comments)

I find something lacking, a habitat module. I see lots of articles, PPT, etc. describing how Orion will go beyond but yet I haven't found much on additional space for food, supplies, tools and parts (yes, things can break down needing replacements and repairs), exercise equipment. Maybe there is but I haven't seen anything consistent (I admit I'm not involved in Orion or other HSF programs, and haven't fully searched the internet for references). I see lots of articles about Orion and SLS launch vehicle but that's it. Perhaps a little here and there for habitat modules but no major development program like someone getting a big contract to design and build modules.

I view Orion as a high speed entry vehicle when screaming back into earth's atmosphere but other than that it is limited. It carries only four people, has no airlock, no toilet, not much space for supplies, and has less room per person than the Shuttle Orbiter.

about a week ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

k6mfw Re:Really? (125 comments)

is that who that is? I find frequently on my answering machine something pertaining to cardholder, I don't bother to listen as it sounds like another telemarketer, I hit delete button without bothering to listen to the rest of message. I have been getting a slew of calls from some kind of collection agency leaving a phone number with area code I don't recognize. And long distance too so I ain't gonna call.

I am surprised of an agency like FTC actually doing something that can benefit us little people on the user side of the "tubes."

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

k6mfw Re:Enigma (244 comments)

A layperson might call that a "typewriter".

imagine if they thought it was some useless kind of foreign typewriter, put it for sale at a flea market for $5.

about two weeks ago

With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

k6mfw Re:We know it's a Goddamned planet (128 comments)

I guess if you're old enough to remember when the world was only two pieces (US and USSR along each their allied countries), Pluto was a planet and many think it still is. At least for me it still seems like a planet. Though that's for the astronomers to argue it out.

I believe we are fortunate that money and effort was devoted to New Horizons to examine Pluto. Imagine what the surface is like, what would the sun look like at Pluto? Yes, much smaller than here on earth but kind of fun to imagine.

about two weeks ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

k6mfw quote from book "Moon Rush" by Dennis Wingo (181 comments)

"Deals of this size are done all the time, and think what having access to and rights over a billion kilos of platinum would do for your corporate portfolio."

yes, I think this phrase is worth repeating.

about three weeks ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

k6mfw Re:Absurd (181 comments)

Strong Navy

this is a hint on how to build a "solar system railroad" is to build a Space Navy. Paradigm of a "Space Force" has been modeled after an air force of airplanes to command the sky. But airplanes are short duration on a specific mission. A navy to command the seas needs ships of long duration and logistics ships to keep them on station for months at a time. So think of a Space Navy to conquer the solar system.

Though first commercial ventures to asteroids would not need a navy, unless "space pirates" are to appear which may happen. One country may observe another taking the lead and then license privateers to attack those vessels and steal their ore. It's happened before on the oceans.

about three weeks ago

Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

k6mfw Re:Priorities, and going to Mars is not one of the (78 comments)

It's been there for years only needing "a few weekends of work" but he's always watching TV on the weekends instead of being in the garage.(Car analogy for /.)

good one, I'll remember this.

about three weeks ago

Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

k6mfw Re:Y2K! (205 comments)

back on that fateful night of Dec 31, 1999 in Santa Clara County CA, all police depts and sheriff units had all three shifts and reserves on duty. May seem silly but local officials wanted to be sure just in case. So in middle of night, someone figures he's gonna rob a liquor store (for much of the county it was pretty quiet). 211 call comes in, many many units respond, and arrive on scene quickly. "Damn, looks like I picked the wrong night to do a stick-up!"

about three weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

k6mfw every time I see a F35 article (364 comments)

I remember back in 20th century when it began as the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter. Really. Planners were seeing every new fighter was far more expensive and prohibitively so preventing sizable quantities for adequate forces. I've read some but so many different viewpoints and analysis. I still wonder what went wrong.

about three weeks ago

DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

k6mfw Re:These don't seem "critical" (50 comments)

Pretty much everyone in my town knows where the local substations are

maybe remove these from maps both printed and Google? Yes it's ridiculous but I'm sure these ideas are kicking around. I read someplace that shortly after 9-11, some cities removed addresses of fire department stations because they felt if terrorists knew where these are they can disrupt first responders.

about three weeks ago

Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

k6mfw Priorities, and going to Mars is not one of them (78 comments)

Except for a few people, nobody cares about Mars. Only need to see what the politicos and major decision makers are working on. Also from
"The Gobi Desert is about a thousand times as hospitable as Mars and five hundred times cheaper and easier to reach. Nobody ever writes "Gobi Desert Opera" because, well, it's just kind of plonkingly obvious that there's no good reason to go there and live. It's ugly, it's inhospitable and there's no way to make it pay. Mars is just the same, really. We just romanticize it because it's so hard to reach."

A manned mission to Mars has always been 20 years away and been presented like this for past 50 years (like fusion energy power plants are 10 years away which been presented like this for past 60 years). After a half century, maybe a different approach? Sorry I don't see how Orion or Musk's Dragon can reach Mars (supplies, food, machine shops to repair when things break down, radiation, microgravity, etc.). Then we got advocates always promoting their "One legged stool" http://hopsblog-hop.blogspot.c... for the Next Big Initiative.

Of all the stuff I read, Dennis Wingo in his book Moon Rush discusses real driver should be industrial expansion, "Deals of this size are done all the time, and think what having access to and rights over a billion kilos of platinum would do for your corporate portfolio." Wingo also discusses background of major programs Apollo, SEI, Augustine commissions I and II, and why certain decisions were made (and why many times nothing happened after).

about three weeks ago

US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

k6mfw Re:Cynical attempt to lower tech wages (253 comments)

the U.S. economy was better when we had more wealth distribution, stronger unions, and a growing middle class.

Yes but then there will be complaints "it's socialism!" and protests against such practices (ironically by those working folks who will benefit). Or they will say, "too bad but that's capitalism." Yeah but I think in a capitalist system does not include rich people sending lobbyists to legislators to make laws against the competition or laws that game the system in their favor.

There was a time when tech companies provide training and additional education but then another company will poach them away. Then all the companies decide to poach employees instead of providing expense to give them more training and education. Now it seems instead of expense of educating people in schools, simply poach people from other countries.

That's my Gripe Of The Month for now.

about three weeks ago



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."
Link to Original Source

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.""

Link to Original Source

Cars: The Next Victims of Cyberattacks

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "From IEEE Spectrum,, "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."

Link to Original Source

STS-135 ET to Transmit Video During Re-Entry

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  about 3 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "STS-135 External Tank to Transmit Video During Re-Entry
M0ODV on 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

“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

“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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