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+ - Jet lag is worse on Mars 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Research and actual experience has found that adjusting to the slightly longer Martian day is not as easy as you would think.

If you’re on Mars, or at least work by a Mars clock, you have to figure out how to put up with the exhausting challenge of those extra 40 minutes. To be exact, the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn’t coincide with the human body’s natural rhythms. Scientists, Mars rover drivers, and everyone else in the space community call the Martian day a “sol” to differentiate it from an Earth day. While it doesn’t seem like a big difference, that extra time adds up pretty quickly. It’s like heading west by two time zones every three days. Call it “rocket lag.”

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Comment: Re:The US gets back what it seeded (Score 3, Informative) 241

by OzPeter (#49106107) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Why didn't they land a bit closer? Seems Americans' awesome knowledge of geography isn't a new phenomenon.

Because if you read First Barbary War you learn that the expeditionary force consisted of 8 Marines and 500 local mercenaries. Given that the US navy was only about 7 years old at the time, I doubt that they had the ships available to transport all those people.

Comment: Re:The US gets back what it seeded (Score 1) 241

by OzPeter (#49106031) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Islamic history that they don't teach at Harvard:

When American colonists rebelled against British rule in 1776, American merchant ships lost British Royal Navy protection. With no American Navy for protection, American ships were attacked and their Christian crews enslaved by Muslim pirates operating under the control of the "Dey of Algiers"--an Islamist warlord ruling Algeria. . . . In 1805, American Marines marched across the desert from Egypt into Tripolitania, forcing the surrender of Tripoli and the freeing of all American slaves

I know I'll probably be moderated into the dark depths for being a troll, but there is a certain irony in this history.

Comment: Re:Can this be fixed with technology? (Score 2) 241

by OzPeter (#49105683) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

I wonder if a similar thing could be made with a Koran-burning machine. The machine is configured so that every time the internet has a new message from Islamicists, the machine automatically dips a Koran in pig blood, burns it, posts the video on YouTube, and sends a Tweet giving credit to the Islamicists who triggered that action.

So your solution to extremists boasting about what they dream they could do, is to do something tangible that will piss off said extremists and give them grounds to point the finger at the west and say "See, they are a bunch of infidels that deserve what they get!". Which will do no less more than to push more people into extremism.

Have you ever heard of a positive feedback loop? Because that is what you are suggesting for "solving" the problem of terrorists.

Comment: Re:its all about the $$$ (Score 1) 93

Its been proven time and time again that red light cameras do more harm than good. how can anyone still support such bad use of tech???

OK .. simple question for you then. Given your position that red light cameras are simply a money grab, and do not do any good (something that I dispute, but is beside the point), what is your solution for controlling all the people who run red lights? I am regularly at a traffic light, watch it turn green, and then see some idiot fly though against the red well and truly after the light has changed. These people need to be "educated" about the dangers of their actions, and short of a T-bone accident I can see nothing other than a camera system to teach them.

So what is your alternate solution?

Comment: Re:Note that this is a little different from softw (Score 1) 207

by OzPeter (#49100697) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

For software, generally speaking the copy is exactly the same as the original. No one collects software (only their medium), and its unlimited.

I have known people in the warez scene who would beg to differ with you. They seemed to have pride in how many cracked software titles they had, regardless of whether or not they actually had any use for them.

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