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Comment: Re:huh? (Score 3) 267

by Enry (#48002909) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

That's kinda the point. This wouldn't be any different from putting hidden cameras in your house when the babysitter is over. You're not in a public place, so you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. You don't lose that expectation just because you were invited into someone else's property.

I'd put a sticker on the window "car has recording technology installed" and maybe a notice on the dash when the car starts or goes into that mode. That's pretty easy to do. Well, not so easy after the fact. Maybe next model year.

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Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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Comment: Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 1) 200

by Enry (#47996841) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

That would be a valid point if the two orbiters were exactly the same. They're not. India is much closer to the equator than Florida, so launch costs are significantly reduced. Labor costs are reduced. Material may not need to be shipped as far and thus cost less. Maybe NASA and its suppliers have contracts for materials that are more expensive at a point in time, but avoid fluctuations over a long period of time.

I'd add that this isn't the first mission to Mars that NASA has made. They've been doing iterative approaches to get there for the past 40-ish years. According to Wikipedia, the Viking program (two orbiters, two landers) cost $3.8 billion in FY14 dollars. I think they've done a good job at cost reductions.

Comment: Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 1) 200

by Enry (#47994307) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

The reason I compared a car and a truck is because they're built for different purposes. You wouldn't use a $5000 car to safely move all of your possessions across the country - most people would get an 18-wheeler to pack up their stuff and move it. That doesn't mean you can't drive across country in it, it's just not designed or built to haul your stuff. I wouldn't use an 18-wheeler to go get groceries - it's overkill for what you need.

Comment: Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 1) 200

by Enry (#47994273) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

If the orbiters were made to do the same things and one was cheaper, I'd agree with you. My point is they're not built to the same specifications or for the same purposes, so comparing on cost alone is just a waste. And I'm not disparaging what India did. I hope they and NASA are able to learn from what each did and make it even more cost effective.

Comment: Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 5, Insightful) 200

by Enry (#47992739) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

The article spells out the differences - the India probe took longer, weighed less, has fewer experiments, and probably won't last long. Meanwhile the NASA probe got there quickly, weighs 4 times more, has twice the number of experiments, and can serve as a communication relay for probes on the ground.

I can drive across country in a $5000 car, a $50,000 car, or a $500,000 truck. Each of them have different purposes and will get you there in different ways. To say NASA needs to only use the $5000 car isn't in our long term interest.

Comment: Re:Good episode of Frontline (Score 1) 119

by Enry (#47899063) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

No, far later than that. Slaves brought from Africa in the 15th and 16trh centuries came with Yellow Fever and Malaria. Since they either already had it as children or had better genes to handle the disease, they were usually okay, but Europeans who were in the colonies would get sick for a year and possibly die. They made a connection, but didn't do anything about it.

Comment: Good episode of Frontline (Score 5, Informative) 119

by Enry (#47898643) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

For those of you in the US, the PBS show Frontline had part of an episode dedicated to what's going on. While it is very hard to get, cultural problems there make it really easy (mourners touch the dead). People in remote villages are scared to tell doctors that they have symptoms since they'll be whisked off to the clinic, never to be seen again, just like almost everyone else that went to the clinic. In the larger cities, some nitwits are spreading the rumor that Ebola doesn't exist and the government is just trying to steal blood from the patients. So bands of people think that patents bleeding from every orifice needs to be rescued(!).

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