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Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 178

Although funny enough, those with actual money and marketing research seem to think it is more important to listen than those that want to make up statistics from their mother's basement.

It's simple economy. They tend to want to cater to people who are inclined to buy their games instead of loudmouthed bitches who certainly won't.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 178

How is this overreacting? If she wants to see a guy's butt in a game, she should get one written. Keep your dirty paws off my games and get your own done if you don't like them.

You know, there's something you can do if you don't like it: Not looking. I tried it on her videos and guess what? It actually does work, ignoring her really makes me feel better.

Comment Re:I can understand small first batches (Score 2) 65

Since you have experience... I've often had interest in physical computing, but have never gotten around to learning / messing around with it. What would you find to be a good "introductory" system (for someone with lots of programming experience but only grade-school/100-in-1-electronics-kit/basic soldering/etc level electronics experience) for the purposes of, say, controlling steppers, variable-RPM drive motors, taking voltage readings, etc?

Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 2) 50

If you gather together enough unclassified information, you can frequently distill from it facts that are considered classified.

Like tracking the tail numbers of international flights to uncover the CIA's rendition program.

Not to mention that a staff directory is exactly what you want for spearfishing campaigns.

Comment Re:Kessler, anyone? (Score 1) 36

Of course they're taking business from other players - but that's not the question. The question is if they're making new business that otherwise wouldn't be there. Thusfar, I haven't seen anything to suggest that.

But, the potential is there in the future if they can keep bringing down costs, as they're hoping.

And IMHO, we're not even remotely near the point where space junk is going to stop us from launching things into space. Not even close. Particularly in LEO where orbits decay relatively quickly. It's always a threat, a threat that rises with the launch rate, but as far as being prohibitive... no. And there's some good evidence that things are moving in a positive direction - increasingly, nations are passing laws mandating that satellites be moved to disposal or graveyard orbits at the end of their service life, rather than just leaving them out there as potential collision/debris generation hazards.

Submission + - SpaceX sets target date for next launch: February 24th

Rei writes: After some consternation about the pacing of Falcon 9 upgrades, SpaceX has announced that it plans to launch again from Cape Canaveral with a target date of February 24th. While the primary mission will be to place the SES-9 communications satellite in orbit, this will also mark their fourth attempt to land the first stage on an autonomous drone ship, after their last launch touched down softly but fell over when one leg failed to latch. SpaceX is working to significantly accelerate the rate of production and launches — they are reportedly moving the factory from 6-8 cores produced per year to 18 at present, and expect to reach 30 by the end of the year. After the upcoming launch, they expect to launch one rocket every two to three weeks.

Comment Re:virtual mars better than a virtual fantasy worl (Score 1) 36

Why not combine the two? Use their virtual environment as a frontend for a collaborative colony-building simulation (with our "best knowledge" data on the likely distribution of minerals and such incorporated), everything from mining, refining, production, goods transportation, installation/assembly, etc. People could contribute modules that accomplish tasks, with varying levels of design maturity (everything from stub modules that simply take a given set of inputs and yield a certain set of outputs, to actual nuts-and-bolts level of detail systems with rigid-body physics models and CFD chemistry calculations, all the way to real-world tested systems), along with code controlling how individual systems behave in different circumstances. All components would have defined realistic wear and tear over time / various consumables. The ultimate goal for participants would of course be a setup where every module is highly defined, down to the level of nuts and bolts, and every individual component in them can be manufactured by some other system on the planet, in a manner such that the net throughput is sufficient to produce all of hardware required to keep all systems operational plus enough to keep the associated humans alive and comfortable - while having the net mass that would have to be shipped to Mars as low as possible.

It wouldn't be something your "average gamer" would get involved in, I'm picturing something more for engineering students, active/retired engineers, etc, with some funds set aside for real-world testing of the more mature systems. You could generate interest by making clear that systems developed in the environment that reach a sufficient maturity state (passing real-world testing and showing a valuable service to future colonists) would be slated for actual deployment to Mars when the opportunity presents itself.

Detailed 3d environments aren't really a critical aspect of that for some systems (such as refining). But for others, such as transport, they're a critical part of the picture. Even for things like mining, having a good grasp of the types of environments that particular minerals occur in would be quite important - does X occur in this area on hard to access cliff faces, surrounded by dune fields, deep in craters, etc? How can we get it out of there and get it back to where we need it? How can we position each component so as to minimize transport requirements to all others (since one won't find all mineral deposits in the same location)? Etc.

Comment Re:Minecraft version (Score 1) 36

Oh geez, if any group ever wants to hack a website "for the lolz", they should totally hack NASA's server for this service and insert some ancient ruins or a monolith or something. ;) The prank would hit twice - first by the people thinking it was proof of aliens, and then when NASA corrected it, people thinking it's a coverup ;)

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 259

associated by who?

Pretty much everyone, including law enforcement.
The media loves to link Bitcoin to "the dark web" and terrorism.

invested hundreds of millions of dollars into blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology is not virtual currency, it's merely a distributed/verified ledger of transactions.

Lots of companies want to get involved with using the blockchain concept, not all of them want to get involved with using Bitcoin.

Even SWIFT, the 800 lb gorilla of financial transactions, is trying to figure out how to revamp their business to use blockchain technology as the foundation. Likely a private blockchain which they can control.

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