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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

mrego Re:Sulfuric acid (198 comments)

Forgot to mention future robotic mining of Venus for elements like aluminum, iron, titanium, manganese...

4 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

mrego Re:Sulfuric acid (198 comments)

Corrosion is well understood and can be handled. Where else (outside of earth) can you find 1G, near earth temperature/air pressure, free energy (solar), radiation shielding, an atmosphere from which you could make water if not air, and a relatively short (6 month) trip away ?! None of those are on Mars. Combine with a skyhook/elevator and drones to fly below the clouds and there are plenty of opportunities for exploration especially of the Maxwell Montes (11km high!) and Maat Mons (highest volcano). And perhaps could become a base to explore Aten/Apohele asteroids.

4 days ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

mrego On the bounce (132 comments)

On the bounce, while the Roseta is bob, bob, bobbin' along... keep bouncing.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

mrego Re:This is so stupid. (698 comments)

Usually it is all over in 7 minutes. But by then many people could be dead unfortunately.

about a month ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

mrego Re:Big woop (170 comments)

Your new meme is actually as old as time. And the 80s and 90s were not the "unusually calm" periods you think they were. Obviously you did not live through them and/or are ignorant of history. Not that things are great now and couldn't be better and weren't better years ago.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

mrego wasted money (698 comments)

No doubt it can be defeated with loud recordings played from cell phones, etc. How long before students conspire in many locations to do these simultaneously at dozens of schools, thus making the millions spent wasted?

about a month ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

mrego Only if you are insecure (441 comments)

So what's wrong about "feeling different"? She must be an insecure person. Get over it. You are the diversity if you think different (that was Apple's motto wasn't it?). What I want to know is: Do Nursing, Cosmetologist, or Secretarial blogs (or whatever traditionally female predominate occupations you want) fret about the lack of diversity in their industries? Or are only perceived male-dominate industries (like tech) subject to criticism?

about a month and a half ago
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Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

mrego Re:units (94 comments)

Note that there are about 260 hectares in ONE square mile.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Probe Reveals What a Comet Smells Like

mrego Refueling source? (53 comments)

Seems like enough chemicals to possibly use for fuel.

about 2 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

mrego Re:Obviously? (279 comments)

I take it back. Admiral Dr. Nicole Lurie is in charge. Supposedly.

about 2 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

mrego Obviously? (279 comments)

Admiral Boris Lushniak (US Surgeon General), Dr. Wanda Jones, and Slvia Burwell would be in charge.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

mrego A better option: 30 miles above Venus (219 comments)

A better, more hospitable place to visit and colonize would be the upper atmosphere above Venus (about 30 miles). This position would offer perfect gravity, plentiful solar energy, nice temperature, good pressure to hold breathable air in place, CO2 and nitrogen for growing plants, natural radiation shielding, materials (silicon, iron, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium) easily available (a space elevator would help), and several times the available room on Earth. Sure there would be issues avoiding corrosion and you would probably need to bring your own oxygen and water (as you would to Mars), but it is doable. Billions of humans could one day float happily there.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

mrego This is old news... happiness is what matters (447 comments)

Or maybe other people (relatives) paid for the big wedding? But I read the same thing about couples who have big weddings tending to stay together 30 years ago, so this is VERY old "news". My theory is that these couples just did not want to spend a similar amount for another wedding and figured that they could not count on many gifts from the same people who were invited the first time after that marriage flopped. But none of these studies tell you how HAPPY people are in their marriages, which is the most important thing. Next we may have a wave of same sex divorces which may change this analysis in ways I can't predict.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

mrego mentioned? (547 comments)

Has RPG been mentioned? Or languages such as BLISS ? BCPL ? WATFOR? SPITBOL? SAIL ?

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

mrego Re:All application systems are "broken". (389 comments)

Yes. More broken is the graduate school application process that asks for (although they may not consider) undergraduate grades that may be decades old. And even more broken is a job application process that also asks for such grades and... WORSE only cares that you were once merely accepted to certain schools deemed elite by New York/New England firms by people that themselves could never graduate from. How well you actually did at such schools is unimportant.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

mrego Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

What really matters is Productivity. If it took 100 hours to get the nice program compiled and working perfectly in a language, verse only 5 hours in another language that would be very significant. Ease of coding, number of errors, and maintainability (i.e. understandability from the readableness of the code) are secondary. Readability obviously is enhanced by the 'meta-code' in other words COMMENTS that could be added to nearly any language. So what language are coders most productive in? (Naturally that depends on the application.)

about 3 months ago

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