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Comment: I lived there (Score 1) 47

I lived in Titusville for two years covering the end of the space shuttle program and the private space industry is not going to save that area. Most of T'ville's problems are self-inflicted and, even as businesses continue to close and young people can't move away fast enough, government leaders are not investing the kind of money in the type of projects it would take to attract new businesses.

For decades T'ville was anti-growth and most of the policies still cling to the dying relic of the area, which is a study in decay and abandonment. Titusville is a craphole and there's little to recommend the area. It's ironic they're still looking for space-industry solutions to save them.

Titusville is not yet Detroit, a city verging on complete decay.

The author obviously didn't spend much time there because that whole area is decaying. The restaurant he was talking about is called Dixie Crossroads down on Garden and it's not a place locals frequent, not that there are a lot of options.

And I'm still not convinced that NASA is the right organization to define the future of space travel, but that's a different discussion.

Comment: Libertarian talking point goes down in flames (Score 1) 720

So the idea that a higher minimum wage would drive automation is bullshit, as we suspected all along. Companies would automate jobs if they were being paid $2/hour. Humans get sick, they have a bad day and require training. Humans need managers, machines just need maintenance.

It was always a bullshit talking point. How many companies have a receptionist these days? Or a switchboard operator? A higher minimum wage never explained ATMs and online banking.

Maybe it was just Koch brothers brand bullshit all along.

Comment: Gadget enforcement never works (Score 1) 398

by HangingChad (#48194873) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

That's because they haven't, otherwise the city would be taking a victory lap. That's because gadget enforcement can't change human nature.

We won't see any real safety improvements until we take human nature out of driving and turn it over to machines.

Comment: As if we weren't ignoring them before (Score 5, Funny) 406

by HangingChad (#48141219) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

We were ignoring seat belt puppet show long before the FAA loosened restrictions on gadgets. Besides, if there ever actually was an accident, the chances of needing any of that safety equipment is pretty negligible. I don't think the little oxygen mask is going to be any match for blunt force trauma. At normal airliner speeds, the little mask would be wearing you for protection.

Comment: Just the kind of thing you'd expect from the feds (Score 1) 580

by HangingChad (#48117181) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

What a dumb as shit policy. That's almost as bad as the days they wouldn't hire anyone who smoked pot. When you fix those kinds of absolutes you start selecting for a specific personality type that's not always going to make the best agent.

It's so backwards it defies logic.

Comment: Too much oxygen? (Score 3, Insightful) 269

by HangingChad (#48101555) Attached to: MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

“If crops grown on Mars are the only food source, they will ‘produce unsafe oxygen levels in the habitat’ resulting in the first crew fatality after about 68 days due to ‘suffocation from too low an oxygen partial pressure within the environment,’ the consequence of a complex series of events stemming from overproduction of oxygen by the plants.

It seems like an over-production of oxygen on a planet with an abundance of atmospheric CO2 would be a solvable problem. Hasn't this been faced by every grow experiment ever performed in space?

One of the criticisms of the astronauts in the mood landing program was that we quit just as we were getting good at it. Right now we're not even working at developing long-duration space missions. We're not going to solve the problems until we start putting experiments and people up there to start working the bugs out.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.