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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

ks*nut Re:No Community Consensus Here (116 comments)

ARM has nothing to do with going to Mars other than as an excuse to build a really big rocket. Elon Musk is planning to go to Mars and I bet he will do it cheaper and more safely than NASA. Asteroid redirect is nothing more than a very expensive stunt.

about 2 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

ks*nut Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater (246 comments)

It's a tossup, but I would really like to spend a couple of weeks exploring the area in and around Meteor Crater. After all, it's the "poster child" for, "It Can't Happen Here." Next would be the Grand Canyon and I'd like a couple of years to sort that out. At least a couple of rim to rim hikes and it would be cool to retrace the steps of Colin Fletcher and the less treacherous Butchart routes. And in both locations I would like to have a 40 cm Newtonian along to see what's "out there" at night.

about 4 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

ks*nut Different Business Model (455 comments)

Inernal combustion vs. electric motor. The electric motor just runs. Internal combustion engines need maintenance. That is why the dealership exists. Remember those ink-jet printers you could buy for a hundred bucks and then pay close to that for a thimble-full of ink? Internal combustion vehicles have become more dependable over the years, but they will never beat the electric motor for reliability. Which car manufacturer was featured in a movie about killing something years ago? It name has two letters and it is involved in an extended recall mess...

about 6 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

ks*nut Elephant in the Room (187 comments)

There is a disconnect - there is an incredible amount of nuclear waste from our power generation plants and from weapon production. That waste needs to be safely stored for thousands of years. Somehow steel storage tanks don't address the reality of the situation.

about 7 months ago
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FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

ks*nut Re:Democrat? (182 comments)

He is a former lobbyist - M-O-N-E-Y

about 7 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

ks*nut Re:Environmentalists are starting to support nucle (568 comments)

If they're supporting nuclear then they aren't environmentalists. Yes, the plants have a different design and they don't have the same level of risk. But they still have a certain lifetime and then you don't know what the fuck to do with the tons of contaminated metal and concrete. The real elephant in the room is conservation, but addicts don't want to give up their fix.

about 8 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

ks*nut Fouling the Nest (568 comments)

What's really cool is that we're consuming all of the carbon assets, armed ourselves to the teeth with conventional and nuclear weapons and we've progressed to point where we settle our differences by throwing rocks at one another. I hope our alien overlords take pity on us and snuff us in a quick and painless manner. But they'll probably want to make an example of us - ruin your home planet at your peril.

about 8 months ago
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U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX

ks*nut Controlled Airspace (128 comments)

Controlled airspace is just that - by definition you must obtain permission before entering. I remember more than a few years ago hearing the unmistakable sound of a sonic boom. When I called the local airport they new exactly what the aircraft was - an SR-71 on a speed run from LA to Washington D.C. Sure the computer, being just an assemblage of silicon chips, didn't recognize that the U2 was harmless at 60,000 feet (whatever a foot is, you customary unit morons). And oh yeah, bring on the UAVs - what could possibly go wrong?

about 8 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

ks*nut Science for Profit (279 comments)

What could possibly go wrong? They'll "prove" that fracking doesn't pollute groundwater, nuclear plants and their waste products are safe and global warming is a myth. Oh yeah, the Earth is 6,000 years old and Intelligent Design is science. We, our children and our grandchildren will all profit from this!

about 9 months ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

ks*nut Reall? (185 comments)

This country pisses away billions of dollars a year funding its war machine and can't fund planetary science which serves as a legacy to be passed down to future generations. It will be very clear in the years ahead where our priorities were.

about 9 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

ks*nut Comparing Whole Foods and Creationists, Really? (794 comments)

I haven't heard of any threats of Whole Foods attempting to demand any changes to textbooks while the creationists are attempting to cram their religious doctrine down our children's throats. If you don't agree with what Whole Foods is selling, don't go to Whole Foods. I'm more frightened of the growing monopolies within the food industry, a la Monsanto, Tyson and ConAgra. If you want to compare those folks and the creationists then I think you're onto something. Personally, I enjoy Science and choosing to eat healthy food.

about 10 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

ks*nut Planetarium? (201 comments)

Yes, a planetarium is a nice way to portray what goes on in the sky, but I prefer an observatory where you can look at the real thing. And yes, I am on the staff of two observatories where my greatest pleasure is turning people on to the universe.

about a year ago
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

ks*nut Nonsense (363 comments)

The utility should pay a fee for being able to have power generated by their customers. After all, the customer is footing the expense of installing the solar panels. What would be really interesting is if there were some competition (gasp!) and the consumer would be able to provide power for the utility that offered the best price for their product.

about a year ago
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CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

ks*nut Enough is Enough (361 comments)

The NSA is operating outside of its charter and heads need to roll. What's is really embarrasing about this mess is that other countries are (properly) telling the U.S. to knock it the fuck off. We need to go back to 9/12/2001 and restore the privacy and freedom portions of The Constitution before this country evolves into the most dangerous police state ever.

about a year ago
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Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

ks*nut Yes, But... (266 comments)

Shit happens and I bet their voter turnout is better that here in the U.S. - for national elections, I know there's a better turnout for American Idol.

about a year ago
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South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

ks*nut Re:wait a minute (185 comments)

South Africa, where they dig up gold and diamonds.

about a year ago
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NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

ks*nut Re:Nothing like real life (97 comments)

Not quite true; the shuttles had outlived their usefullness and were extremely expensive ways of reaching LEO. The real tragedy is that NASA didn't come up with an alternative in 30+ years and now a seat in a Soyuz costs around $70 million. And, when engineers speak managers should listen.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

ks*nut Alarmist Horseshit (388 comments)

Yes, Tesla stock dropped after this story came out. And millions of people are happily driving the Prius and will be driving the Tesla. And the news industry (is it really journalism?) will find another story with more victims and gorier details.

about a year ago
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Voyager 1 May Be Caught Inside an Interstellar Flux Transfer Event

ks*nut Incorrect Premise (120 comments)

The claim that Voyager 1 has left the Solar System is incorrect. Voyager 1 was thought to have entered the interstellar medium, but it may be another 30,000 years before it crosses out of the Oort Cloud and finally leaves the Solar System.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

ks*nut It Should Have Been a Single Key (665 comments)

Right hand or left hand I would certainly know which finger to use - the single finger salute.

about a year ago

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But Wait, She Wasn't Quite Done

ks*nut ks*nut writes  |  about 2 years ago

ks*nut writes "It's pretty easy to see why Mairssa Mayer is smiling so much; she's not only forbidding Yahoo employees from working from home, but she's going to have a very soft landing with that platinum parachute."
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Navajo Nation Likely to Lose Internet Service

ks*nut ks*nut writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ks*nut (985334) writes "From CNN:

'The thousands of Navajo Nation residents who rely on the Internet to work, study and communicate across their 27,000-square-mile reservation will be out of luck Monday, if their service provider shuts access as planned.

"It's going to be a sad day," said Ernest Franklin, director of the tribe's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

A tribal audit last year revealed that Utah-based provider OnSat Network Communications Inc. may have double-billed the tribe, and it raised questions about how the tribe requested bids for the Internet contract.

Those discoveries led the Universal Service Administration Co., which administers the service under the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program, to tell the tribe March 28 that it would withhold $2.1 million from OnSat.

Each Navajo chapter received a grant for computers and Internet access from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Native American Access to Technology Program in 2000. But it wasn't possible to establish dial-up access — or create a wireless grid — because the reservation largely lacked wired telephone service.

So the tribe's Division of Community Development contracted with OnSat in 2001 to provide satellite Internet service to the chapter houses — even though satellite Internet technology is costly, slow and unreliable.

The tribe eventually would have stopped using OnSat, Franklin said, but it needed to sustain the satellite connections for at least two years until a wireless grid is completed on the reservation.

"It's not like it's not being used and it's just going to go away," he said. "It's used tremendously by the public. It's just sad that this has to happen."'"

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