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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

painandgreed Soon to be just another service (24 comments)

Eventually, and soon with luck, going to space will not be grand projects requiring investing in new tech, it will just be services that NASA will hire. Things like the bidding war between Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada for a space ship will be a thing of the past, and NASA will just look for the cheapest bidder to get their stuff up much like paying for shipping on a package. Sierra Nevada should keep working on their Dream Chaser because the days where somebody else will step in to pay them to develop and build it as a new project are hopefully growing near their end.

4 days ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

painandgreed Re:Ambiguity (120 comments)

Why "right-handed"?

I suppose the scientific response is, "No, shut up; we just defined this confusing and nonstandard wording as X."

Pretty much, but it is a bit more complicated that that. Right hand rule refers to the cross product dealing with current, magnetic force, and the way it is taught. Essentially, physics follows a pattern that is mimicked by using the right hand and assigning certain related forces and fields to the thumb and fingers. This is known as the Right Hand Rule.

4 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

painandgreed Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

I'm not standing up for Apple... this was a stupid mistake. Didn't any of their beta-testers wear skinny jeans and keep it in the pocket?

Probably did, but this is happening to probably to one hundredth of a percent of people. Their testing probably only included a few hundred people carrying the phone if that many. Still, with large sales, enough for it to be noticed. Much like the antenna issue with earlier phone. Affects practically nobody, but that's still enough to be an issue with the numbers they are selling the attention it is getting. Add in that they seem to assume that people will use cases (and most do IME, I seem to be the only phone user that goes 'bareback' that I know) or just not put a phone under the stresses that it is getting.

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

painandgreed Re:So wait (197 comments)

The Russians are going to take sixteen years to do theirs. Best wishes!

Pretty much, but I doubt they'll actually go. Sixteen years out is a pretty long time to take. I bet they don't even up their space spending this year. ...or the next. Sixteen years from now will be somebody else's probably rather than Putin's most likely. My cynical take is that it will go exactly where all of Bush's talk in each Presidential address about going to Mars went, nowhere past the news reporters.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

painandgreed Re:Why is this on Slashdot (475 comments)

Dur wut? Obama is the one who caused this by creating, funding and arming ISIS in the first place. There would have been no war in Syria for the last 3 years if the United States and it's pals Qatar and Saudi Arabia weren't sending a steady supply of guns and fighters. The Saudi Arabia that chopped off the heads of at least 8 people last month.

My understanding is that the US backed the Free Syrian Army (along with Turkey, France, etc) which did fight alongside ISIL for a while against the Assad government but ISIL finally turned on the FSA and has been fighting them also for the last year or two.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

painandgreed Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

No, political persecution was invented about a couple millennia or so earlier. The Nazis needed scapegoats. The Jews were different and low in number, therefore convenient. Like political hectoring today, it had nothing to do with reality. Hitler's religion had nothing to do with his goals or implementation.

Hitler's, the NAZI party's, and even Germany's hatred of the Jews goes back farther and is much greater than just the need of a scapegoat. There are times on the Eastern front where more men and material would have made a big difference, but in the end, Hitler ordered that more Jews be sent to the camps rather than supplies and troops to fight the Soviets. It wasn't just Hitler's usual bad tactical judgement, but a determined decision that exterminating the Jews was a greater goal than winning the war.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

painandgreed Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

space mining appears to be the most viable way of acquiring some rare substances

Which ones, and do you have a cost analysis ?

The ones already in space that don't have to be drug out of a gravity well to be used in space.

about a week ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

painandgreed Re:Yikes (241 comments)

All I can see here is the Soviet Union rising again.

I'd say this is more like the rise of Imperial Russia again than the USSR. Russia has always had a chip on its shoulder concerning the rest of Europe. Not that the USSR was that much different from Imperial Russia.

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

painandgreed Re:Bananas vs Grapes (127 comments)

The reason it became a widespread thing was that it was actually a widespread thing. In the late 1800s bananas became so popular that coupled with the practice of the day to leave garbage out on urban streets, rotting banana peels were in fact a noted hazard.

In other discussions on bananas, usually on the demise of the Gros Michael banana, I've heard it stated that such incidents were the major driving force behind public trash cans in cities.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

painandgreed Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

Why wouldn't it be stable? More gravity means more fusion, not less.

That's exactly why you might expect it not to be stable for long. The mass transfer to the neutron star would be presumably quite large since it is inside the companion, and then, at some point, it will go nova again. Would the companion star survive that?

I wouldn't really expect the mass transfer to be that great. The neutron star is quite small and the red giant, quite large. Also, the neutron star, while inside the red giant, is most likely in a very low density region, it just happens that what is in that low density region is very hot plasma. There might even be other conditions such as a hot boundry layer around the neutron star that prevents too much from falling in like a stellar Leidenfrost effect. Sure, it's not stable, but the lifetime of such a thing is probably lasts far greater than our ability to watch it.

about two weeks ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

painandgreed Re:Possession is nine-tenths of the law... (213 comments)

How do you know? Also, if that's true, was it ever molten, does it have a high density metal core?

Not sure how UnknownSoldier knows that. It certainly doesn't jive with what I've been hearing for the last 20 years since I was in school for physics. Current theory is that the proto Earth was hit by a proto Moon about the size of Mars. Part of the proto-Moon ejected from the collision, unfortunately, the heavy metal cores of both the proto-Earth and proto-Moon stayed with the Earth so the moon does not have a similar metal core and is mostly mantel material. Also, the proto-Moon ejection formed two bodies which re-collided fairly non-violently as things go with the other bit now smooshed onto the back side of the moon.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

painandgreed Re: RT.com? (540 comments)

Wrong. Full blown communism requires tyrants. How else are you going to confiscate all the private property, and constantly suppress voluntary economic interactions?

Have everybody turn it over voluntarily and refrain from such because they think it is an outmoded and barbaric practice, essentially Star Trek. Sure, there will be detractors, but society won't really be set up any more for them to take advantage and exploit such. They'll be pretty much eccentric hobbiests at best and at worst probably be visited by a counselor to see if they are mentally stable but still allowed to go about their business so long as they are not hurting people past a certain point determined by law. Sort of like people who enjoy acting out Gor novels in the privacy of their own homes currently.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

painandgreed Re:Antiquated Policy (540 comments)

Honestly, it's time to give up this embargo. It's antiquated, outmoded, and even a little bit hypocritical. We don't have an embargo with China and China is a communist nation. What could it hurt to drop the embargo?

If the Chinese expats of CA were screaming for an embargo against China and large enough to sway the vote of the state, we might see an embargo against China. As it is, until the population of the swing state of Florida wants the embargo lifted, I doubt it will be.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

painandgreed Re:How much! (405 comments)

Am I the only person here who thinks MS are nuts for having paid so much for a product placement. Surely $400,000,000 could have been better spent through other advertising methods.

Yes, they could have just payed less to have the announcers call whatever the teams were using "Microsoft Surface Pro tablets" and avoided all this mess.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

painandgreed Re:Hell no (363 comments)

How do you define wisdom?

3d6

about three weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

painandgreed Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (341 comments)

A hipster is somebody who would suddenly get a different taste if (and because) you'd like their taste.

It doesn't necessarily contradict your statement, but from living for two decades in the "hipster part of town", I can pretty much say that a hipster is pretty much any early college age person doing what all the other 20 somethings are doing, just like they pretty much always have. The title stays the same as the looks, clothes, and music all continue to change. The people that most often use the term are usually no longer 20 somethings who are not in touch with youth culture any more, if they ever were.

about a month and a half ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

painandgreed Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

We still have the original meaning, but it is has pretty much been limited to college logic classes for most of the last century. Giving pedants and excuse to bitch on the internet has probably boosted the original meanings usage an order of magnitude. If anything, the new meaning has probably saved the old meaning from obscurity and erosion.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

painandgreed Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

It stands for RINO - these clowns are being bought off by ULA (http://www.ulalaunch.com/) just like the bought and paid for dems (http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000057934) . SpaceX is threat for those that suckle at the big government teat...

The Republicans, the party of Lincoln that preserved the Union, has never been a small government party. The only RINOs are the Dixiecrats that joined the Republican Party under Nixon, were cultivated for their money and votes by Reagan, and now call themselves the Tea Party. How else do you think there came to be a Republican party that rules the South, claims to be state's rights, and is angry there is a black man as president?

about a month and a half ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

painandgreed Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

The tea-party needs to be their own party, not a group trying to change the republican party.

They had one. They were called the Dixiecrats. Nixon invited them to join the Republican party as part of his campaign plan.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

painandgreed Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

Found a record of the interview: "Rickover tells one applicant he has 10 seconds to make him mad or flunk the session. The midshipman hears Rickover tick down the seconds, then suddenly sweep’s half the contents of Rickover’s desk onto the floor. “I’m mad,” Rickover concedes before hiring the young officer."

about a month and a half ago

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