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Comment: Re:Nothing that money can't buy (Score 1) 65 65

by NixieBunny (#49963455) Attached to: Mauna Kea Telescope Construction Slated To Resume
I work on one of the telescopes that is on Mt. Graham. My father was an astronomer who did the initial site surveys for the Mt. Graham observatory and spent a good bit of time on Mauna Kea as well. He took his family to several observatories in Arizona and Mexico; I never thought of observatories as "desecrating the land". Rather, they are quiet places in which solemn work gets done to better understand our place in the universe.

My current boss's husband is the guy who made the special legislation happen that allowed the scopes to be built. He's proud of his underhanded accomplishment. I'm also friends with several Earth First!ers who were on the other side of this fight.

I think both sides on this war are assholes.

Comment: Apple ][ was a great product (Score 4, Interesting) 74 74

by NixieBunny (#49744061) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days
I worked at a Byte Shop in 1978-9 as their repair department. I was in high school. We sold Apples, TRS-80s, S-100 bus stuff, etc. The Apple was the most impressive machine, by far. It was apparent just from looking inside it, that the design was the way of the future.

Comment: Yes, really. (Score 1) 158 158

by NixieBunny (#49652033) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:
My wife has more than I do. My 1958 Chevy is not GPS-enabled. My 2011 MBP laptop is not either. My older Nikon DSLR, nope. That leaves my iphone, and the iphone that a friend found on the street and gave to me. I suppose I could include the GPS receiver I bought for the never-finished SCRA [cathodecorner.com] Scope Clock project.

Comment: Re:to drive (Score 2) 280 280

by NixieBunny (#49587031) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
I've heard of averages, but "4211 BTUs per person" is meaningless. I often drive either my 1958 V8 Chevy by myself, or my Prius full of 4 kids and me. Neither uses 4211 BTUs per passenger mile, or anywhere near it. Same thing with buses. In Tucson, buses often have 2 or 3 passengers. My Prius beats those by a lot. Commercial aircraft are the only vehicles that have a fairly consistent passenger mileage, because they are always full and all are designed to fly with about the same efficiency.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries

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