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Comment: Re:Apollo 11 (Score 3, Insightful) 46

by Brett Buck (#47563639) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

You are kidding, right?

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

And of course the "moon landing hoax" nitwits have already convinced themselves that NASA, every involved contractor, all the astronauts, and our bitter rivals the USSR are part of the conspiracy. It would be a small matter to assume that the LRO pictures are also faked. That the fundamental nature of stupidity.

Comment: Re:So, 40 years and beeelions spent.. (Score 2) 46

by Brett Buck (#47563291) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Lunakhod was only on the moon, and was driven at relatively high speeds using live drivers looking at TV to see where to go. This is patently impossibly on Mars due to the light travel time. Semi-autononomous navigation is far more sophisticated.

    It eventually died because of what might be characterized as a driving mistake, they came to close to the edge of a crater, scooped some dust on the solar array, then closed the lid, dumped the dust on the radiators, then overheated when the lid was opened on the next lunar day.

Comment: Re:Political/Moral (Score -1, Flamebait) 305

by Brett Buck (#47357507) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Remember the collapse from the housing bubble burst? Who predicted that? Precious few men and women knew it was coming, and damned near none had any idea how bad it could be.

    Jesus H Christ! How about everybody aside from lefty morons? It was inevitable as soon as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were more-or-less required to lower their lending standards by legislative fiat.

      Go back into the record and note the conservative opposition to these bills, based on exact the perfectly predictable end results you are whining about.

      We had something like 2000 years to develop standards for loaning money, guess what, when you piss that away for social engineering, this is exactly what it going to happen. The current "fixes" actually make it worse, so you also have to have a spate of new regulation to prevent the banks from kicking people out of their house for the insignificant problem that *they can't afford to pay for it*. Then you bail out the banks with taxpayer money. It's a death spiral.

        Brett

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 3, Insightful) 561

by Brett Buck (#47321789) Attached to: Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

It's not particularly good among "groups", either.

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion. Most of the people who I know are Mensa members are the type that couldn't get accepted to any other club.

Comment: Re:That's odd (Score 2) 66

Hmm, I am surprised that they don't know. I think there are plenty of other people who do. RF effect from meteorite trails is a well-known phenomenon from radio (people were using it to bounce messages in the 30s)

    Here are some people using it to track meteorites - very near the frequencies in question:

http://spaceweather.com/glossa...

        The necessary condition for bouncing a particular frequency is that the path lengths of the plasma are the right length (say, half a wave length or maybe 2ish meters) which seems entirely plausible as a distance associated with the width of the plasma trail. It would not be at all surprising if a tiny amount bounced back and forth like a cavity resonator, OR, reflected ambient signals that the telescope wouldn't have otherwise detected.

So it doesn't seem that mysterious.

Comment: Re:3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (Score 1) 363

by Brett Buck (#47172451) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

    What point is there in calling this a "first-world problem"? Of course it's a first-world problem, the first world is the only place with enough overkill wealth to consider these impractical baubels like electric luxury cars with batteries that get melted down and rebuilt from scratch every 1800 miles. And are used going back and forth to Starbucks, while you whine about the injustice in the world caused by the 1%ers.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."

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