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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.

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