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+ - Hidden Apollo 11 artefacts found in Neil Armstrong's closet after over 40 years->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Over 40 years after Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 space travel, a hidden bag full of artefacts has been discovered by his widow Carol Armstrong. Carol found the bag after Neil’s death in 2012 shortly after he underwent a heart surgery. The bag contains a total of 20 items including the priceless 16mm movie camera that recorded Apollo 11’s descent to the surface of the moon, optical alignment sight used by crew for docking manoeuvres, and Waist tether among other things. The purse and the contents are now on loan at the National Air and Space Museum for preservation, research and eventual public display."
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Comment: Re:Yay Canada! (Score 1) 231

by MakerDusk (#49020307) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules Ban On Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional

As a canadian living in an isolated city, let me say this: the police are more likely to join in on the harassment than to stop it... if they even show up in the first place. Law enforcement seems to exist for free timmies (a coffee chain where you can't go more than 5 blocks before the next one), parking tickets, and for consuming drugs/drug money they 'confiscate'. It's hard to get police out for serious crimes, even if you have the entire affair recorded on video.

Because of this, what rights people are actually accorded depends directly on their community. A 'we're in this together' type mentality. If you have problems, you get your friends together and go deal with it. Sadly, in more recent years, actual investigative work has become the domain of the mafia in the area (sadly that's still a thing). In a world where you call your weed dealer when you're robbed, instead of the police, do you really think Canadian civil rights count for anything? When the only source of justice comes from the criminal community, civilization has already fallen: all that remains in the illusion held within people's minds.

+ - Dark matter found in Milky Way's core->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A team of researchers that the measured speeds and calculated speeds of stars near the center of our galaxy don't agree. This suggests that there is dark matter in the Milky Way's core that is affecting the motion of these suns. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation.

, demonstrating that dark matter does indeed play a role in the inner galaxy. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation."

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Comment: And then the grant ran out... (Score 2) 61

by MakerDusk (#48734001) Attached to: The Next Big Step For Wikidata: Forming a Hub For Researchers

The main problem with scientific data is retention. Often the results are kept, but the data that led to the results is long lost. Even 5 years later, it's hard to find the data. There is a reason for this: there's a lot! Regardless of what their database size, most particle physics experiments can fill it in less than a day. It's not technologically feasible to gather the information into one system, at our current level of technology.

While wikipedia has editing and flame wars problems, this project would end with similar problems surrounding deletion. What do you keep? How do you know where the break throughs will be made: the ones that make revisiting old experiments and data necessary? One cannot predict the path inspiration will take. Who decides what gets deleted: an editor, an admin, by public vote? This is what will cause the project to fail out of the starting gate. In the event they do succeed, what happens when their funding runs out? We've already established that the main problem is from too much data for practical backup... that only leaves the inevitable fall into oblivion.

In closing, I do offer a ray of hope: the time is fast approaching when we will reach the prerequisite technological level. Take a look at the work HP is currently doing: http://www.engadget.com/2010/0... This technology, at the optimal level, (I crunched some numbers, and it definitely would not be the case with the first iteration) can store all the world's data, and then some, on a device the size of a garbage can. At that point deletion, and all the problems outlined above, become nullified. Until we reach that level, this is a pipe dream, doomed to fail in a quagmire of politics.

Comment: Re:So much envy from America (Score 1) 109

by MakerDusk (#48289335) Attached to: China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission
Just a FYI:

The first mars rover that crashed as an international undertaking. In fact, that's one of the reasons it went wrong: us Canadians were responsible for the final calculations. We assumed, Americans being Americans, that the measurements given were in feet. (Yes, our stereotype has Americans pegged as being so backwards that the entire nation doesn't know System International, or are too prideful to use the standardized system.) However, the Americans had been kind and already converted to meters. Needless to say, that rover crashed hard.

The incident is still repeated at my university, to this day, when collaboration with American physicists is suggested.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 191

by MakerDusk (#48065571) Attached to: Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

Like the Person of Interest fictional organization Vigilance? Domestic Privacy Terrorists using computer skills (on the organization level) and varied member skill sets (on the operational level) to insert themselves temporarily into high ranking corporate, and governmental, positions to: gather information, expose ongoing criminal activities, and to 'deal out justice'

hmm... slashdot...

hmm... computer skill and varied skill sets...

It's sad that there a need, and that the people needed to found such an organization can be recruited here. Next thing you know, there will be American Revolution book ciphered /. posts detailing operations to take back our freedom. Only for the subsequent discovery that we were in fact being manipulated by a government intelligence agency, seeing as they have much more experience in hidden espionage/financial manipulation/assassination operations along these lines.

Comment: Re:Deja vu (Score 1) 311

by MakerDusk (#47138733) Attached to: Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production
Considering the panels are capable of melting snow... this could very well mean that they would not have to deal with snowplows or sand. That would be interesting to see, and is easy enough to test using a parking lot. Imagine a Walmart parking lot that always has the snow cleared. If successful, the next benchmark would be monitoring the physical condition of the panels, over a few years, for durability.

Comment: Re:More for Avegant Glyph then Oculus (Score 1) 53

by MakerDusk (#46313285) Attached to: Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift
It's actually really easy to track head movement with the rift. The problem with this technology is that it works best with CG. It's one thing to put the player in a predefined grid of 3D objects, but it's an entirely different beast to create the models and grid while shooting live action. For this to work, all movies would have to be filmed in a green room; or be completely CG.

Comment: Re:Universe and perfect simualtion are equivalent (Score 1) 745

by MakerDusk (#46262339) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
So, you're suggesting that we'll never find a cure for Alzheimer's disease? Note that the memory loss only effects those who aren't actively using their mind for higher functions. How hard would it be to have an algorithm target a subset by age, and utility to whatever the purpose was... and then add in an exception if they are still serving a viable purpose?

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