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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

trout007 Re:This actually makes perfect sense. (76 comments)

There were a few horizontally integrated payloads but those were integrated in the Orbiter Process Facility (OPF) which is basically the hangar.

3 hours ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

trout007 Re:This actually makes perfect sense. (76 comments)

Actually nothing is loaded into the payload bay in the VAB. That is just where the stack was built up. The ISS payload were installed in the Payload Changeout Room (PCR) on the Rotating Service Structure (RSS) while the shuttle is actually on the Pad. This allows a later integration for the payloads and allows access to them late in the process.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pa...

5 hours ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

trout007 Re:Technical People (194 comments)

And if you don't go with the low bidder they can sue and drag out the procurement process. Again this doesn't happen in business.

2 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

trout007 Real problem is not understanding customers (364 comments)

In the end it is always the customer that pays the bills. If you are selling things to technical people then the engineers may have a better grasp on what the customer wants. I've been in customer meetings where we were selling a machine to the customer and both management didn't really understand the requirements. When I talked with the manufacturing engineer we both understood each other and were able to agree upon some real requirements that could be verified. In this cage management wasn't helping. Luckily they understood this and allowed the technical people to work together.

In other cases when I worked for a company that sold services to the government I had to learn to relize the business wasn't about doing a great job. They have the contract so the business goal was to milk the government as much as possible. This means doing exactly what you were contracted to do even if it wasn't technically correct.

2 days ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

trout007 Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Part of the problem is because of how contracts are awarded. A business is allowed to use their brains and not go with the low bidder because they obviously don't understand the job or have a history of being a pain to work with. The government is not allowed to do this. They have to write a perfect requirements document and put out an open request for bids. If anything in the requirements document is not perfect the contractor is legally allowed to mess it up on purpose and charge for fixing it. This type of behavior doesn't happen as often in the private sector because those firms get a bad reputation and go out of business.

4 days ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

trout007 Re:Question (218 comments)

Because we have the internet and I think asking people to do a little of their own research is better than linking to studies that I could have cherry picked myself.

The OP didn't link to stats but a Washington Post article. Go look up official crime stats from both countries.

about a week ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

trout007 Re:Not creative rock stars? (165 comments)

I work for the federal government.

I have all of the benefits you mentioned.

I telework over VPN so I can access all of the internal servers.
I get a flexible schedule and FSA.

I also can actually get paid OT. At my salary it's just straight time but still that's better than many in the private sector.

The big downside is congresses messing up the projects every year or so. This is not helpful when 3 months of a year are spent on budget fights when projects should be budgeted for 10 years.

about a week ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

trout007 Re:Question (218 comments)

Go look at the real data. Homicides are declining in Austrailia and the US. Since Austrailia banned guns the firearm murder rate dropped but it dripped faster than the overall homicide rate which means that quite a few killers still decided to kill even without a gun. In the same time the US had more guns and more people carrying guns and also saw a decrease in homicides. If you remove the places with strict gun laws the homicide rate drops even further.

about a week ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

trout007 Re:Lifetime solar power in FL (306 comments)

Unfortunately hurricane winds also contain debris.

about two weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

trout007 Lifetime solar power in FL (306 comments)

Panels don't last as long in Florida when a storm comes and rips them off your roof every 20 years. Also our electricity is pretty cheap here.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

trout007 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

Exactly. Once they stop defending their homeland and surrender to the occupying forces the conflict will stop.

about two weeks ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

trout007 Re:5 billion per launch already looking optimistic (132 comments)

NASA employes about 15k full time employees. That's about $3 Billion out of a $18 Billion budget. All the rest goes to contracts of various types. NASA isn't designing all of SLS. Most is contractors.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

trout007 Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (928 comments)

Don't forget that you can upgrade to A-List for $12.50 a ticket. If it's that important to board with your family pay for the upgrade.

about a month ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

trout007 Re:Should the United States accept more foreigners (377 comments)

Poverty doesn't cause obesity. There is a correlation in the modern world because food is cheap and the ability to delay gratification leads to poverty and obesity.

about a month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

trout007 Re:Welcome to engineering (372 comments)

I think the problem is that on many projects the requirements are not known enough for a complete definition. Agile and spiral design processes work well for these designs because requirements are discovered during each cycle.

about a month ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

trout007 Re:De-salination? (110 comments)

But you could burn away the carbon and have an unlimited supply of sea salt.

about a month ago
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

trout007 As someone that works at KSC (52 comments)

The real name of the building is M7-0355. This is most likely just going to involve a little sign in the lobby.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

trout007 Re:Cost of living tracks minimum wage (778 comments)

You don't need big data. If people have more cash they will buy more which is all the indicator a store needs to raise prices.

about a month ago

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trout007 trout007 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

trout007 writes "My company has been in the clam farming business for many years now. We realized that our clams are taking the CO2 out of the atmosphere and locking it up into their shells. We have decided to expand our business into the Carbon Sequestering Market. Our business plan is to find people that can invest $1000 in capital to sequester 1 ton of CO2. That $1000 will pay for the seed clams and labor to plant them in our lease in the Indian River, Florida. When we harvest the clams 2 years later and sell the clams at market the investors will get back their investment plus $200. So they can lead a carbon neutral live AND make money doing it. As a /.er I thought I'd write to see what people here thought about it. Our webpage has information on how the process works. www.carbonclamup.com"

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