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Comment: Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 4, Informative) 103

by ColdWetDog (#49362953) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

A seagoing vessel is probably a better analogy (boats fall apart just floating around) - while there are ancient boats still floating, pretty much everything in them has been replaced at one point or another. In a dock - which is a pretty benign environment. It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit. Look at how much effort goes into just putting a new refrigerator on the outside of the thing. We just don't have the technology to uncouple a module, re weld a section and bolt / weld it back together again.

We likely should be working on that ability but this sort of construction and repair isn't sexy enough, I guess. Space is hard. Very hard. Budget constraints have made it so the US and Russia are really just jogging in place on the ISS - very little real research (such as in orbit assembly) is even being contemplated.

ISS-2 will be put together on the ground and boosted into segments and snapped together in orbit, but it won't be 'built' in orbit. There won't be any machining, welding, wiring, insulating or any of those types of functions done in space. We are no where near being able to do that past the sound stage.

Comment: Gutsy (Score 1) 59

by ColdWetDog (#49362479) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Maybe not so smart. Sounds kinda blurry, like a Gen I night vision scope. I think I'd wait a little bit to make sure he doesn't grow things in inappropriate places or start photosynthesizing. But they do have the benefit of previous research as some form of chemotherapy so I guess it won't kill you right off.

Comment: Re:Long lasting (Score 3, Funny) 59

by ColdWetDog (#49361839) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

It's all designed for European and Asian body-weights. Put that stuff to regular wear in the U.S and it's gonna buckle under the weight quicker, that's just how it is. But I agree they could put some more thought into the products they sell over in the U.S.

I am unaware of the UNHCR dealing with American refuges. I'm sometimes a little out of the loop but I thought I would have heard of that by now. Is it that bad in Texas these days?

Comment: Re:I'd put a 'may' there (Score 1) 39

by ColdWetDog (#49361059) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

I don't know if SpaceX is leapfrogging ULA. The Alliance (why does that just sound wrong?) is responsible for a number of different booster programs spread out over time and territory. It never really was supposed to be efficient - except perhaps in the mind of a bunch of MBAs. SpaceX has narrower, more clearly defined goals.

That said, some pressure on the behemoths to tighten up their act might be helpful - but remember although the ULA is presumably private, it is very much beholden to the Military Industrial Complex which means it is very much beholden to the Congress which means different booster programs spread out over time and territory as much time and territory as is possible.

+ - You need a flamethrower->

Submitted by ColdWetDog
ColdWetDog (752185) writes "You've always wanted one, of course. Zombies, the occasional alien infestation. The neighbor's smelly roses. You just need to be prepared for things. You can get freeze dried food, AR15's, enough ammo to start a small police action (at least here in the USA, YMMV), but it has been difficult to get a modern, portable flamethrower until now.

CNET has an brief explanation on what is now available for your inner demon."

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+ - Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2948665) writes "There is not a week that goes by where regulation isn’t a hot topic when it comes to drones. But for any regulated industry where technology is advancing greater than new rules can be agreed upon, it will undoubtedly cause a few headaches. This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide the regulatory framework to allow RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) operations throughout Europe from 2016 onwards. Story by Ben Fisher."
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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 229

by ColdWetDog (#49360695) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Bullshit considering she didn't pass the top level security clearance. She had very limited access to classified materials.

Honestly, I think that if the Democrats picked someone who can't get a Top Secret clearance to be Secretary of State, Fox News would have been all over that. This goes double if the Democrats are getting ready to nominate her to run for President.

Think about this for a moment.... We don't have any sort of security clearance and we seem to be able to run this country better than the Powers-That-Be. Maybe this is a feature, not a bug.

Comment: Re:LOL .... (Score 3, Informative) 66

by ColdWetDog (#49355335) Attached to: US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Now, now. Yes, that's funny - and not a little true - but TFA goes into a bit more detail noting that there is a (rather expected) culture class between SpaceX and the Air Force / YoYoDyne / Lockheed (DBA as the United Launch Alliance).

And nominally intelligent people on both sides of the issue are working in what appears to be good faith to deal with it.

Sounds like a plan.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?