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Comment Don't hold your breath (Score 3, Insightful) 125

They're talking about 2029 as the earliest launch date with a flyby perhaps a year earlier. All of this, of course, depends on funding. Which doesn't seem like such a bright spot:

n September, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos announced that it will send a lander, Luna 25, to the Moon's south pole in 2024. After touchdown, the lander will investigate the lunar surface for future lunar bases. The Luna 25 mission was initially proposed in 1997 and has since suffered a number of delays, but it seems that with Europe's aid the mission could finally get the jump-start it needs. Construction of the spacecraft has already begun.

So, they are trying to send an unmanned probe to the moon that was supposed to be launched 18 years ago in another nine years. And you thought NASA has budget problems.

And they want to send a whole metric shit ton of equipment - six booster loads full. From a scientific point of view it sounds great. But it doesn't sound particularly realistic.

Comment Re:It's not Obama (Score 1) 337

And this is totally unlike what every other president did who had a 747 to hop on to?

Ooh, good retort! Anything that another asshole in the white house did before Obama totally excuses him, even if he's wagging a finger at us driving cars while he rides in a fucking airliner.

When did it become OK to be patriotic and yet call the elected leader of this country "that asshole" instead of The President?

Anyone who hasn't called a president an asshole isn't a true American.

I have more respect and love for the country

Do you really not understand the difference between a politician and the country?


Comment Re:Best Modern Advance in Mental Health Care (Score 1) 27

That and what do you do if the patient is having an allergic reaction? Wait a month?

At best you're going to see 'smart patches' - something that you can apply to the skin that might have a month's worth of medication (like some birth control patches now) and later on, devices that can control the distribution of the bug. Besides, the gut transit time is 24 hour or so, it would have to attach itself to the gut wall somehow. Whatcouldpossiblygowrong?

Comment Re:WTF??? (Score 1) 110

All of the Sturm und Drang aside, these sorts of devices are probably OK for much of their intended use - getting some pics of the the teenage lowlife that trashes your apartment looking for something to fence. These people are not even going to unplug the phone or power. They're going to grab and run.

No, it won't protect your million dollar stamp collection from the Ukrainian mafia boss who has been salivating about some particular bit of old paper. It's not designed for that. Of course, adding some real security would not be all that hard and we should hammer these idjits, but get a grip. This is about the same level of protection that a typical alarm company offers you.

Some, not all that much.

Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 261

If you were handy, we'd do a little test. I'll take four different size multi-rotors up to 400' when you're not looking, and then we'll see how well you can tell where they are, which direction they're going, or if you can even hear them at all.

Then, I'll bring one in for a quick vertical landing at the same time a UPS diesel panel truck rolls up next to you to make a delivery, and you can tell me where the drone is, using only your ears.

You're speaking without experience, or deliberately trolling.

Comment Re:Americans...why ? (Score 1) 261

The massive amount of people killed each year

You mean the number that is far lower than the number of people killed through preventable accidents in hospitals? Or in car accidents? That sort of thing? The number that's been going steadily down for 30 years? The number half of which are suicides? The murders that are highly concentrated in just a handful of some sections of some urban areas that also feature high numbers of knifings, beatings, and other kinds of murders? Take those few urban areas (run, every one of them, for decades by progressive lefty legislatures/councils and executives) out of stats, and the murder rate in general (to say nothing of those that happened to involve the use of a firearm) are below 16 other modern western democracies including in Europe. In other words, "Americans" don't want to shoot anything/everything, but there are some urban areas in the US where politcal correctness and lefty politics have cultivated acute local crime problems. These are also the areas with the most draconian gun control laws, of course.

If you think your guns let you defend yourself against the government, you really need some help.

Which comment of mine are you replying to, exactly? Please be specific.

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