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Comment: Sounds good on paper... But (Score 1) 165

by Phoenix-IT (#23271718) Attached to: Proposed Telescope Focuses Light Without Mirror Or Lens
According to TFA the slotted lens would be much lighter but also MUCH MUCH larger than traditional setups. Also, the distance between the lens and the camera is so large that a second spacecraft is needed. Trying to maintain the alignment of two spacecraft would be difficult at best. Now consider that they would need to fire thrusters and move one of them every time they need to focus on a different object. How much fuel would be used up just looking at 10 different objects? I would expect a lot. Add to this what micro-meteors and the random castaway screw driver would do to the foil over time and you can see some real limitations to this. Not saying it's impossible, just that they need to work out some ways around the obvious problems.
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State Lawmaker Wants To Ban Anonymous Posting Online 471

Posted by Zonk
from the didn't-know-kentucky-was-so-powerful dept.
bfwebster writes "According to a local news article from last week, Kentucky state lawmaker Tim Couch wants to ban anonymous posting on the internet in order to 'cut down on online bullying', which he says has been 'a particular problem in eastern Kentucky.' His bill would require posters to register with their real names and e-mail addresses under threat of fines. Looks like another battle in the right for anonymous free speech."

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