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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:Seriously, Nobody? (392 comments)

It comes down to motivation, really.

An exclusively female crew?

Are they sliced sandwich pickles or whole dill?

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (392 comments)

Precisely.

We think we know what to expect when humans go to live on another rock, but big picture, we have no fucking clue the traits that will be selected for off planet. No diversity, no survival.... it's a statistical certainty on the bizzaro order of winning the lotto.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (392 comments)

Right you are.

Following the same line of reasoning, isn't it most likely human life will propagate the universe as eggs and sperm with robotic delivery? Even keeping a single human teacher alive for many interstellar travels would be such a waste of resources, and in many cases impossible.

It will be an interesting moral conundrum when it becomes possible, because then our immortal offspring may not remember us. It's plausibly how we came to be on earth.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:TFA is exactly sexism (392 comments)

Diversity, including that of the genders, is one of the tricks life itself uses to flourish on our biosphere.

It follows, rather fundamentally, that men and women would be but two considerations for a diverse interplanetary expedition.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (392 comments)

Lucky, since under this story line's premise, he's still going to be using the hell out of his remaining appendage.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

rmdingler Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (392 comments)

Another reason to favor the female of a species for an extended space mission involving possible settlement(s) is the total waste of resources to ship a living male for reproductive purposes.

Literally millions of diverse fathers can be shipped in much smaller containers requiring minimal upkeep.

2 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

rmdingler 2 Many Variables for the School to be 1st priority (128 comments)

The factors associated choosing a university, at seventeen or eighteen years young, are often a combination of location, price, opportunity, and parental preference.

Though there tends to be an irrational tribal loyalty to one's alma mater, hiring properly should primarily consider how the individual's talents (& weaknesses) fit the opening and the firm.

3 days ago
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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

rmdingler Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (99 comments)

I have a hunch a desperate West African dying in a tent, surrounded by strangers wearing astronaut uniforms, will take either one... first come first served, aay?

I remember someone here shared the notion that x white people had to get the disease to get a vaccination underway. Maybe the tipping point was actually x hours of news coverage.

Whatever the motivation, thank you Canadians! This never was a we versus them problem. We are them and they are us, all earthlings.

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

rmdingler Re:Tit for tat (328 comments)

True.

And the NFL isn't doing very well with their Beats women & children shenanigans either.

4 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

rmdingler Option In Absentia (223 comments)

Myrtle, did you know we had Nigerian relatives?

4 days ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

rmdingler Keep walking as Long as you can (34 comments)

Ah, it's the cardio version of the Hoveround.

Especially for the elderly, though it hurts none of us, it is vital to keep up the physical exertion that even walking provides.

Though an admittedly small sample, I've seen a number of elders get down on the motorized seat and never get back off.

5 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

rmdingler Great News (407 comments)

Perhaps some of them could be repurposed as emergency management shelters.

Hurricanes, flooding, and the occasional viral outbreak would be much easier to weather if some known infrastructure was already in place.

5 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

rmdingler Re:Haven't we heard this before? (395 comments)

Right.

No matter how high a duck flies, you can always break a window with a hammer.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

rmdingler Copper Conductors (395 comments)

Really good post.

Electricity tends to flow only so deep in copper wire. High electrical demand industry, like aluminum smelters, tend to use large hollow copper pipes rather than wire as most of the electricity flows near the wires surface.

This would affect your weight calculations.

about a week ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

rmdingler Re:Of course they're giving a 6-year transition (259 comments)

The Irish may drink too much, they may care too much for their football, and maybe they don't always love the Queen.... but bloody hell mate, they give not a rat's arse for what the other countries think about them.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rmdingler Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (546 comments)

Totally true - and programs like slashdot should insist people use simple passwords.

The equivalent of putting a luggage lock on your luggage, as opposed to a real lock.

Among other things, it will discourage people from reusing a slashdot password for something that pales in comparison.

Your bank account? It's just money. You've blown it before and earned some more.

Your e-mail password? Well, you definitely don't want just anyone posing as the relative of your long-lost cousin of royal Nigerian descent.

But Slashdot? Imagine the destruction wrought with your account in the hands of APK for 24 hours.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

rmdingler Re:What happens with no ID? (124 comments)

I don't see why you need a driver's license if you're not currently driving a car... Children probably get through the checkpoint just fine.

They do. I flew with mine, completely uneventfully, multiple times, prior to admitting an 18th birthday had been reached. Note to self: dishonesty is the second best policy. Despite a school-issued photo-ID, they held my son out of line nearly long enough to cost us all the scheduled flight.

"The rest of you can go on ahead," they said, as if we mighty fly on despite the loss of a teenager. I have been talked to like a five-year-old more times than I care to remember during quality time with the TSA.... an exception to the rule, I am certain.

Does this all mean we'll see a rise in baby-faced terrorism?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

rmdingler Re:The irony is off the charts (578 comments)

Or:

If you're graduating college, their prime recruiting age, and you say you've never illegally downloaded anything they assume you're a bloody fscking liar.

about two weeks ago

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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 5 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 6 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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