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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

wooferhound Re:The back slapping on this mission... (197 comments)

. At least then the Saturn V launch rocket was being tested as well.

The early Apollo test missions were on a Saturn 1B

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

wooferhound Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

Is there more than a single singularity ?

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

wooferhound Re:No problem if it runs Niggerbuntu (574 comments)

/. doesn't have a "Report this comment" feature when its truly needed.

What is that little flag on the righthand side of every post ?

about two weeks ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

wooferhound Re:Longer charge times (88 comments)

There is some power being used by some of the systems even when the lander is in standby mode

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

wooferhound Re:the dire equations (88 comments)

Not to mention that they don't know where the lander is.

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

wooferhound Re:Oh no (297 comments)

It wasn't a car analogy so there was no meaning . . .

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

wooferhound Re:Colonoscopy (297 comments)

How can you tell difference between a Male microbe and a Female microbe ?
Pull down it's jeans .. .. ..

about a month ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

wooferhound Re:Excellent! (104 comments)

Realtime attacks as they happen
http://map.ipviking.com/

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

wooferhound Re:And? (145 comments)

Go to SugarString.com for sugarcoated news

about 1 month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

wooferhound Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

So, the pope is saying that God Created Evolution . . .

about 1 month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

wooferhound Re:Orbital (443 comments)

In the news conference they said that the rocket lost upward momentum at 12 seconds and the Range Safety Officer pressed the destruct button at 20 seconds

about 1 month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

wooferhound Re:Real reason (324 comments)

Hungary is hungry for a hungry tax collector . . .

about 2 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

wooferhound Re:Spoiler (191 comments)

Elevator traffic. At some point you reach an elevator event horizon where adding a new floor on top means losing one or more floors at the bottom due to needing more elevators to move people to those new floors.

You could make the tower into the Anchor Point for a Space Elevator.

about 3 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

wooferhound Re:Spoiler (191 comments)

Or pneumatic elevators, 2 tubes go up and 2 tubes go down.

about 3 months ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

wooferhound Re:A good slice of luck. (35 comments)

The lander does not have any capability to steer itself once released. The orbiter will reduce it's orbit down to 10km and the lander will be pushed away from the orbiter at walking speed, if there is a boulder underneath, there is no way to maneuver away to another landing location. This is why there is a lot of luck involved.Gravity is very low, if there were an astronaut on the surface they could jump off and achieve escape velocity. The lander does not have any way to slow down when it nears the surface and when it makes contact it will harpoon the surface and use screws to secure it down securely.

about 3 months ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

wooferhound Re:Does it look like a potato? (35 comments)

My God . . . it's full of stars

about 3 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

wooferhound Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Regular glass doesn't contain any ions, in the same way that regular vegetables don't contain any genes.

I think that you misspelled that, it should have said "regular vegetables don't contain any jeans"

about 3 months ago

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Chinese Space Probe flies around Moon and returns to Earth

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a month and a half ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "China has completed its first return mission to the moon with the successful re-entry and landing on Earth of an unmanned probe, state media reported. The mission was launched to test technology to be used in the Chang’e-5, China’s fourth lunar probe, which aims to gather and return samples from the surface in 2017. The military-run space project has plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually to send a human to the moon.
Plus a nice picture of the Moon and Earth in the same frame
http://www.planetary.org/blogs..."

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FedEx Carbon-Neutral Envelope to minimize your carbon footprint

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about 3 months ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "FedEx selected BP Target Neutral, a not-for-profit provider that gives companies like FedEx the chance to offset their CO2 emissions by funding projects aimed at neutralizing global CO2 emissions. Target Neutral is monitored by the Independent Assurance and Advisory Panel to ensure that projects meet the highest international standards and funds go to verified emission-reduction projects.
When FedEx pays to offset the emissions associated with shipping via FedEx Express envelopes, every penny goes directly to projects that prevent the release of CO2, or remove it from the atmosphere."

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Harrison Ford hurts ankle on 'Star Wars VII' set

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about 6 months ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "Harrison Ford suffered an ankle injury while filming the next "Star Wars" installment, Disney Studios said Thursday.
The injury happened on the set of "Episode VII" Thursday, a Disney statement said. "He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."
A number of images from the secretive "Episode VII" set have appeared online, showing, among other things, a replica of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon under construction."

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Chicago Gun Ban Declaired Unconstitutional

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "- A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.

"The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government's reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang."

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Cord-cutting: Pay-TV companies lose 113,000 customers in quarter

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "This year will probably be the worst for the pay-TV industry in terms of customer retention, according to a report Tuesday by independent research firm MoffettNathanson.

Veteran Wall Street media analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson calculated that the pay-TV industry — which includes cable, satellite and phone companies offering video service — lost 113,000 subscribers during the third quarter.

Cable operators lost 687,000 subscribers in the period, according to their estimates. That was a far steeper decline than the year-ago period. And though the satellite TV and telephone companies picked up about 574,000 subscribers, it wasn't enough to erase the net loss for the industry.

"The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever," Moffett and Nathanson wrote."

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Remote Control Breast Implants

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "mother of two had both breasts removed. Her next step, reconstruction, but doctor Ankit Desai said the process can often be long and painful. There's usually not enough skin to insert an implant after a mastectomy, so doctors have to stretch the patient's tissue with an expander and inject saline into it.
"They have to have a needle that's stuck through the skin. Sometimes that can cause some discomfort for patients," Ankit Desai, M.D., from the East Coast Institute for Research, explained.
As part of study, Michele is trying out a new tissue expander using a remote control. It allows patients to expand their breast tissue at their own pace in the comfort of their own home."

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Los Angeles School Students Promply Crack iPad Security

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. More than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games. At Roosevelt High, it was the unanimous opinion of more than a dozen students that the school district's security setup was so weak that even the most tech-challenged parent could have gotten past it. All one needed to do was access the tablet's settings, delete the profile established by the school district and set up an Internet connection."
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Your Flying Car will be ready Next Year

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "Terrafugia, Inc., the Woburn, Mass., company developing a flying car or “roadable aircraft” called the Transition, says it received special exemptions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The exemptions, which are particular to vehicles that fly and drive on roads, will allow the company to begin delivering the Transition when it is ready late next year.
Last month Terrafugia said it would delay deliveries of the vehicle because of production challenges and problems with suppliers. The company says it expects to deliver the first production vehicle late next year. It previously said deliveries would start late this year."

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Congress wants Athiest Chaplain to Councel Military Troops

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "The effort to create a chaplain for atheists and "humanists" has been building over the last several weeks. While the title might sound inherently contradictory, supporters say the point is to give atheists in the military someone who will pro-actively reach out to them and facilitate meetings.
Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers, claims that 23 percent of those in the military ranks assert no religious preference. And he argues chaplains are not providing enough "positive outreach and support" in the way "they do for all of those beliefs that aren't their own."
As might be expected, the campaign is running into some heated criticism."

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CBS forces CNET to pull "CES Best of Show" award for Dish Hopper DVR

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wooferhound (546132) writes "There’s some saying about lemons, life, and lemonade, which is exactly the predicament that Dish recently found itself in as a result of the big controversy surrounding CNET’s voted-then-retracted “Best of Show” award at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
So, how has Dish responded to the entire affair? Exactly what you’d expect a company to do when one of its products, the Hooper DVR, was revealed to have been a finalist for said award – well, technically, it won it outright as was later revealed.
Dish has now started advertising the Dish Hopper DVR as the “Best in Show” product at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show – with an asterisk, of course.
“*What’s an asterisk doing in our award? CBS will go to any lengths to keep you from enjoying ad-skipping technology – even censoring its own writers and throwing out their decision to name Hopper ‘Best In Show.’ Your vote is the only one that really matters,” reads Dish’s explanation."

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Russia starts building Moon spaceship, eyes Lunar base

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wooferhound writes "Russia has started building a spacecraft for manned Lunar missions with the first test scheduled in 2015, the project developer said Thursday. "The work has already started. The unmanned tests are scheduled in 2015, the first manned mission is planned in 2018," head of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building Gennady Raikunov told local media. These spaceships are designed to land on and lift off from the Moon, work as space tug boats and service modules for other space vehicles, Raikunov said."
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Skydiver Leaps from 18 Miles Up in 'Space Jump' Practice

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wooferhound writes "A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today (July 25), moving one step closer to a so-called "space jump" that would set the record for the world's highest skydive.

Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his custom-built capsule at an altitude of 96,640 feet (29,456 meters) above southeastern New Mexico, officials with Red Bull Stratos — the name of Baumgartner's mission — announced today.

In today's jump, Baumgartner experienced freefall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a top speed of 536 mph (863 kph), project officials said. Baumgartner then opened his parachute and glided to Earth safely about 10 minutes and 30 seconds after stepping into the void."

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Both Voyager Spacecraft using Backup Thrusters

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are each equipped with six sets, or pairs, of thrusters to control the pitch, yaw and roll motions of the spacecraft.
These include three pairs of primary thrusters and three backup, or redundant, pairs. Both spacecraft are now using all three sets of their backup thrusters."

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China completes second space docking

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "China completed its second space docking on Monday, state media reported, as it moves closer towards fulfilling its ambition to set up a manned space station.

The move comes 12 days after the Asian nation successfully completed its first ever "kiss" in space, when the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft joined onto the Tiangong-1 experimental module 343 kilometres (213 miles) above the Earth."

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Boulder Votes for Amendment to Abolish Corporate P

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "Last night Boulder became the second city in the nation to pass a ballot measure calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people and reject the legal status of money as free speech. At midnight, with 93% of the ballots counted, the measure was handily winning with 74% of voters in support.
Boulder’s campaign is the latest grassroots effort by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood."

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Congress Keeps "In God We Trust" as USA Motto

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "The House on Tuesday passed a non-binding resolution reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the national motto.
The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Randy Forbes supports and encourages the motto's display in all public schools and government buildings.
The vast majority of his counterparts agreed, approving the measure with a vote of 396-9 and two abstentions.
Mr Forbes said the resolution was needed because President Obama had once called 'E pluribus unum' the national motto.
The gaffe occurred on a presidential trip to India in December, and prompted its addition to the new Capitol Visitors Center."

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NASA unveils next spaceship — a hybrid shutt

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "WASHINGTON — After months of debate, NASA has settled on plans for its next spaceship — a space shuttle hybrid that will fly twice in the next decade and cost $30 billion through 2021, according to senior administration officials and internal NASA documents.

That NASA decided to recycle elements of the shuttle is not unexpected. Last year, Congress and the White House agreed NASA should reuse equipment from old programs and the new design — which includes a giant fuel tank and two booster rockets — largely reflects that compromise. The most noticeable change is the plane-like orbiter will be replaced by an Apollo-like crew capsule atop the tank."

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Hollywood New Ultraviolet, Media Interoperability

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "Six of Hollywood's largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). Complementing the physical DVD and Blu–ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones."
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Congress Funds Cancelled Ares Rocket till March

wooferhound wooferhound writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wooferhound writes "KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA contractors will continue to build the now-defunct Ares I rocket, even though it was canceled by the Obama administration.
Since Congress voted to extend the 2010 budget, the Ares rocket will continue to be funded as planned.
It will now cost an estimated $500 million to fund the project until at least March 2011, according to the Orlando Sentinel."

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