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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

rossdee Re:Plastic socket wrench? (139 comments)

Maybe, but don't forget its hard to exert much torque when you're in zero G

Anyway the ISS is one of the few places where a 3d printer is justified.

yesterday
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

rossdee Does this mean (60 comments)

That we don't have to worry about asteroids any more?

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

rossdee Re:Scandalgate! (651 comments)

And I would like people to stop calling charity events that last 24 hours [activity]-athon
The plain of Marathon is a place in Greece, athon is not a suffix meaning an endurance event.

2 days ago
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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

rossdee Misleading Headline (40 comments)

Sounds like the start of The Andromeda Strain

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

rossdee A watch is not clothing (229 comments)

you still have to pay the sales tax.

3 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

rossdee Blame (139 comments)

The Auto industry obviously

3 days ago
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Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

rossdee Re:Time to build a picorocket, then. (21 comments)

"If only it was a bit easier to put 1g into orbit..."

Pico is 10^-12 so if a normal satellite is 10,000 Kg then a picosatellite would be only 10 micrograms
While it might not take much energy to accelerate that to orbital speed in a vacuum, its not going to be easy to get it out of the atmoshere.
Its also not going to have much in the way of sensors on it.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

rossdee First one there (189 comments)

I was taught in school that Robert Peary of the US was the first one that got there, doesn't that give USA a claim

5 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

rossdee Re:"safe" (281 comments)

"Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.” - Arthur Dent

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

rossdee Re:You don't know your Bible or your history (876 comments)

"So, Christianity (or at least Catholicism) as we know it today was very much the work of Constantine"

But Jesus Christ is still the Founder, and that was a couple hundred years before Constantine.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

rossdee Re:Despicable tactic, but... (266 comments)

When the generics become available, the insurance companies will say they will only pay for the generic drug, after all they are thte ones paying.

about a week ago
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Cardboard Hits Half a Million Mark, Gets an SDK

rossdee Recycle (28 comments)

Yeah there are lots of cardboard boxes this time of year

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

rossdee Oh No (465 comments)

The Aliens will never find out where to land now

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

rossdee Defaults (183 comments)

Won't google just change the default news site (on chrome, chromebooks and android devices) to news.google.com and have a link there for espanol...

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

rossdee we'll kill the fathead, coughed the Knight (244 comments)

She's got electric boobs, and mohair pubes, you know I heard it from a Pakistani...

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

rossdee wrong extinction (329 comments)

"First, what's pretty definite about the Permian Extinction is that a really big meteor hit near Chicxulub, in the gullf of Mexico, at the right time to contribute to it."

The Chicxulub impact was at the end of the Cretaceous 65 million years ago

The Permian ended 252 million years ago, and the initial event that started that extinction was mass vulcanism, but the methane release added to the CO2 warming, and over 95% of species were wiped out.

If man made C02 emmissions continued at the current rate for long enough then it could happen like that again, some life will survive of course, but probably not H-Sapiens unless we go elsewhere (off of this rock) before it happens.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

rossdee Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

"The Cosmos season one Episode 13 explains it quite a bit."

Hs there been more than one season of the (Neil Degrasse Tyson) Cosmos?

Or are you refering to the original (Sagan) series.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

rossdee Re:Byebye supercooling, hello pressure containment (80 comments)

I guess at the center of a black hole there is unlimited pressure, but only god knows what goes on inside the event horizon.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

rossdee pure? (125 comments)

Back in the day a command was pure if it could be made resident in memory and called repeatedly without having to be reloaded from disk.

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

rossdee Tabletop? (90 comments)

Tables come in all sorts of sizes, from card tables through ones used for a state banquet.

about two weeks ago

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