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Comment Re:If NASA can't afford to explore with robots... (Score 1) 185

This is not the only attempt to say that NASA can't afford to continue to use resources they've already developed and launched.

If you look at the SOFIA Project, you will find that the aircraft recently reached a fully operational status. This is a platform that should run for about 20 years collecting data and expanding our scientific understanding. They were scheduling and assigning people time slots for years on out before this budget release.

The budget proposal shows other priorities. NASA has been asked to mothball this platform to save the money that would be required to operate the airplane.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am not an uninterested party. My spouse is a civil servant working on that program. We are close enough to retirement to handle these types of priority changes. But I do feel sorry for the younger people who moved from AMES and bought a house here expecting to collect scientific data for years to come.

Comment Re:Typical.... (Score 1) 176

It is possible that different Centers have different codes, but Dryden (or should I now say Armstrong) does not enforce a dress code. I wear a tie for personal reasons but that means I am overdressed.

ACES typically sends out low skill people who can swap parts. The brighter ones realize that their customers may be engineers who would be considered power users in any organization. When the ACES people listen to their customer, they frequently find a good solution. But then they have to go back to their pointy-haired-boss and explain what happened. Their is no escaping the bureaucracy though.

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Journal Journal: BETA - Botched Enhancement To Abomination

What is going on here? Have the new owners totally misread the Slashdot community? The Betas I have tested throughout my career were designed to collect early feedback to fine tune the improvements. I do not see any simple way to fix the proposed new look. I am glad they still have the Classic option available, but how long will that last? I am not suggesting that any change is bad. But I am afraid that forcing the new site down our throats will cause my community to flee in droves. The

Comment Re:Protesting too much - (Score 1) 803

the level of animosity directed at OWS is more telling about Slashdot than about the movement itself.

So what does my animosity tell you? I find it hard to parse your comments. I may see myself as part of the 99% who will struggle making a living for the rest of their life, but that does not mean I will turn a blind eye to the stupidity involved in the OWS movement. I do think about how OWS is relevant. I enjoy reading the comments from others about how it is relevant. But then again, I am only looking at 148 of those comments since 412 are too abbreviated for my consideration as it currently stands.

Of course your MMV and you are free to set your threshold wherever you want.


Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex 397

An anonymous reader writes "According to OK Cupid's survey of 552,000 user pictures iPhone users have more sexual partners than BlackBerry or Android owners. By age 30, the average male iPhone user has had about 10 partners while female iPhone users have had 12. By contrast, BlackBerry users hover around 8 partners and Android users have a mere 6. As the blog's author's wryly observe: 'Finally, statistical proof that iPhone users aren't just getting f*@ked by Apple.'"

Comment Re:Get over it (Score 1) 283

What it comes down to is that people on this site believe themselves to possess a God-given right to enjoy other people's work without paying, and they'll demand that "right" be defended by any means necessary.

Thank you for letting me know what kind of person YOU ARE.I will now judge you by your own words. And for those who may want to condemn me for my righteous indignation, I cannot tell you how many times I had to respond to my ISP because I believe running Tor is a good idea.

Comment Re:BAD (Score 1) 403

OF COURSE anyone with half a brain knows why you did it. Nobody thinks you are incompetant or stupid - we just think you are greedy and unethical.

This seems to be the point of his article. He obviously was caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Now he wants to tell everyone how dull the truth is. He has set himself up as a poster child for the saying, "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

Time will tell how successful he is explaining his stupidity. Maybe be can win that campaign. He did not want to see the truth before and that reminds me of another saying, There are none so blind as those ...


Submission + - Electrostatic Magnet Motor Made from Kitchen Stuff (

Sterling Allan writes: "Scott F. Hall, an associate professor of art at the University of Central Florida, was tinkering around with stuff in his kitchen and came up with a continuously rotating mechanism that appears to harness electrostatic energy from the atmosphere — or something. The gizmo spins at around 80 revolutions per minute, and is constructed from a can of dog food, tooth picks, refrigerator magnets, a pencil, spring clips, and a small corner cut out of a box. Three toothpics are formed into an inverted tripod and spin atop the fourth toothpick held vertical by a spring clip that has magnets situated around the base. A graphite pencil is held over the the point of the inverted tripod via another spring clip sitting atop the can of dog food. Hall (suitable last name) posted a video at YouTube showing the gizmo running. The next day, he posted another video showing a round paperweight spinning (though not continuously) via magnets placed on its perimeter, with magnets on two adjoining dog food cans."

GTA IV Delayed Into Next Year 138

1up has the news that Take Two is moving Grand Theft Auto IV's release out to Spring 2008. Sam Houser (the executive producer for Rockstar Games) says that the demands of creating games for the new consoles, along with the scope of the game, forced their hand to maintain the quality they wanted. "'With Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar is setting a new standard for next generation video games,' stated Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two. 'Certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected, especially given the commitment for a simultaneous release on two very different platforms. We all recognize that perfecting the game is vital and I can assure everyone it will be worth the wait.'"

Comment Re:Required reading (Score 1) 290

I think that when people accuse academics of using confusing terms and concepts, the issue is actually more with the listener than the lecturer.

Much like when a speaker is giving a lecture on Comdex you wouldn't expect him to explain email, internet, or describe what exactly java, .net and terms like that mean, you can't expect Umberto Ecco when talking at an event geared mostly towards literature historians to cross the interdisciplinary divide and clean up his speech for the techies.

Think of this "The more clearly you can state a complex idea, the better the author." next time you are trying to explain issues in mozilla cross-platform development to a person with little or no training in that field. Sometimes it's just not possible, most often it's not really worth the effort. In order to get something out of some academic discussions, one needs a foundation to participate.

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus