top NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission
NASA has a lot of problems and bureaucracy. While I like the IDEA of NASA, unfortunately the current REALITY is quite different. NASA is full of bureacracy, it's horribly inefficient and risk-averse. Congress is micromanaging the tasks and budget. So when we criticize NASA for no mission, part of that is because they really can't do anything with any consistency. And Congress is mostly interested in preserving pork jobs in their own districts. So we get the SLS, a huge rocket that is costing billions, without a decent mission, and a low flight rate that will make it horrendously expensive....forever... Meanwile, an efficient upstart called SpaceX is actually DOING THINGS and being BOLD, and certain senators are trying to make sure they don't succeed because SpaceX is disruptive and endangers their districts' jobs. So the US is basically fucked - we aren't leading, we aren't spending our money wisely, and NASA has become an expensive shell of its former self. And our newest hope, SpaceX, is only there because of the vision of Elon Musk... and even he is having to play politics to make sure his company isn't shut out of future NASA business. Thank our corrupt Congress, where local district money is more important than the health and leadership of the entire country.
top Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)
...I can tell you that there are a myriad of problems here. It's not that easy to build an aircraft that is rugged for road use. Flying is particularly unforgiving of mistakes versus driving (think of all the idiot drivers out there). And the regulatory environment is hideously complex and expensive. Finally, think of all the traffic and fatalities with collisions if there were truly any significant number of "cars" commuting in the air. I just don't see it happening in any easy way.
top EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in
Jewel v. NSA
First Snowden and now another leaker in the government. It's shit like THIS STORY which is why Americans are trying to rally and SAVE THIS COUNTRY. WHAT THE FUCK HAS HAPPENED TO THE USA AND THE CONSTITUTION?
top Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice
...to know that us Americans are not the only ones who are batshit crazy.
about a month and a half ago
top FBI Drone Deployment Timeline
...and it's "limited circumstances" under which it will, eh, errr, deviate from the fourth Amendment.
If you believe that, I have some promises from our political parties to guarantee for you, too.
top Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices
They sat on their laurels too long under Ballmer and watched the market expand while they sat on the sidelines. They laughed at the iPhone when it first came out. Rather than putting Office on the iPad, they held it hostage to "protect" Windows. Five plus years later, they may finally do it. How much revenue did they give up there?
They chased Google with Bing. They've chased Apple with the Zune, their music store, and their Windows Phone. They put the name Windows on everything - their cloud, their phone, their ARM tablet, and their regular PC OS, even though all those products are different. They are a MESS. Good luck to Satya - he will need it.
top Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
If Metro is for the non-power user, then why are so many of its capabilities not easily discoverable? Yes, I really expect grandma to figure out to swipe in from the side. That's just stupid.
top Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets
Anything they can gather data on, they will. That's their new M.O. and the nuisance of things like "process" and "warrants" and "the Constitution" go out the window.
top Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass
I need this for my wife. She can hear me, I can't hear her!
top Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed
...are we batshit crazy. What the FUCK ever happened to science? We are descending back into the dark ages...
top Mystery Rock 'Appears' In Front of Mars Rover
...it's a SPACESHIP!
The aliens come from a microplanet.
top Orbital Becomes Second Private Firm To Send Cargo Craft To ISS
Most people don't realize that getting to orbit takes almost an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE more energy than getting to space (suborbitally). Given that Branson has taken 10 years to get (almost) to commercial suborbital flight, I wouldn't hold my breath for Virgin Galactic anytime soon. I suspect that running commercial suborbital operations will be more complex and difficult than he suspects, but I'm still glad he's doing it.
top New Class of "Hypervelocity Stars" Discovered Escaping the Galaxy
Those are spaceships!
top Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA
I mean, what the FUCK? The land of freedom and liberty. That's what I was always taught. We have a Constitution, which includes protections against unreasonable search. And now my FUCKING GOVERNMENT is doing pretty much anything you can conceive of in the name of spying on everybody including the people of the United States. They are so FUCKING PARANOID that EVERYTHING is on the table, including the privacy and liberty of the citizens. I lower my head in FUCKING SHAME as to what has become of this country.
top UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn
...that there's a country even more batshit crazy than us here in the USA!
top US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry
So you want to reduce use of fossil fuels? No technology is foolproof. Nuclear has its dangers. Solar energy would occupy acres of animal habitats. EVERYTHING is a tradeoff. The best solution of all is fewer humans. Do you care to sacrifice your ability to reproduce to help those eagles? I didn't think so.
How about a more balanced view? How many eagles would really die? How does that compare to the dangers from CO2, from other technologies? What about the habitat ruined by oil wells, natural gas wells, fracking, etc.? It's really not at all as simplistic as this posting implies.
top Spooked By His Sci Fi, FBI Looked Into Asimov As Possible Communist Tipster
In those days, everybody was in danger of being a "Communist" and the government went crazy against civil liberties.
Today, it's all about being labeled a "Terrorist", and the government continues to go crazy against civil liberties -- only with much more ability to snoop.
What the FUCK is going on with this country?
top Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government
The FUD is strong in these ones...
top How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System
The ability to deny coverage to higher risk individuals has been eliminated with Obamacare, and that's a good thing. If you are filthy rich you cover yourself. If you are poor you are covered by the government. If you were middle class and had some health condition you were screwed if you didn't have employer-based insurance. It didn't take much to be denied - things like macular degeneration or asthma or hyperthyroidism would deny you. One big sickness away from bankruptcy. In the richest country in the world.
top Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet
So USA, the "land of the free" has an amendment to its Constitution protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. Yet it's the Japanese who have to use some actual common sense to show us how it is done and what that phrase really means. This is sad.
What the FUCK has happened to the USA?
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