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Comment Re:Mars is impossible (Score 1) 310

Honestly, if they can't tackle the problem of putting someone on the Moon for a week, or a month (or at all) ... they have no way in hell of trying to solve some of the problems with going to Mars.

Yes.... and no. That's kinda like saying " if they can't tackle the problem of putting someone in the middle of the Sahara Desert for a week, or a month (or at all) ... they have no way in hell of trying to solve some of the problems with going to Antarctica".
 
It sounds reasonable to simplistic analysis - after all, the Sahara Desert is much closer to civilization than Antarctica, right? But the environments of the two are so radically different that it doesn't actually work that way. On the Moon, you can use a simple water boiler for cooling - on Mars, there's too much atmosphere for that. You can land on the Moon with a simple rocket engine - Mars has too much gravity for that. (But not enough atmosphere to rely solely on parachutes.) Etc.. etc... They're different not only in the details, but in the gross conditions as well. Practically no problems that you'll need to solve to stay on the Moon have solutions that transfer to staying on Mars. The ones that do, like long term ECLSS or logistics managment, are just as easily tested in LEO or even in an environment chamber here on the ground.

You want to go back to the Moon, that's cool. It's a goal I'm sympathetic to. But don't fool yourself for an instant that it's in any way useful as a precursor to Mars.

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 291

Yeah, government oppression NEVER happens [rolls eyes].

Tell you what. Go to ANY local store and buy a Blu-Ray player. Pop in a BBC disc (say, a recent Doctor Who), and try to skip the previews. Just try it. Guess what? The government FORCES companies to make DVD players to not allow certain bits to be skipped. Yeah, that is for the good of you and I, sure. [rolls eyes].

Now, have you EVER heard of this group called the "NSA?" They actually got the metadata from most (if not all) cell phone calls for a while (and maybe they still are). Yup, no warrant, like the 4th Amendment says they have to get. Get this... the government went after an honest person who told the American citizens how their own government was breaking the law. They are trying to accuse Snowden of treason. Treason is helping the enemy. I guess the government considers the common people to be the enemy. [rolls eyes]

Oh, our government has actually targeted journalists with surveillance, and even sent the IRS after people and groups based on their political stance. Yeah, that is OK, right? [rolls eyes]

If you trust the government, then you have not been paying attention. Stop being ignorant -- you have only yourself to blame.

Comment Re:Guns save lives (Score 1) 291

I have heard two better hypothesis. Maybe one or the other, or both, are true.

1) Lead in the environment. No more lead in gas and paint. Lead, if I recall correctly, has been shown to increase violent behavior.

2) Abortion becoming legal. With more abortion, you have less criminals.

Note that NEITHER of these are my theories, and I don't have any personal opinions on either one. I am just parroting what I have heard elsewhere.

Comment Re: I welcome our new robotic overlords' produce (Score 1) 161

Having said that, my observation is that I see little difference between conservatives and liberals in their contempt for working class people, either legally or illegally in the country.

Yeah, slashdot's a horrible place for empathy. Go out into the world and the libs/cons you'll find there are slightly more human.

Submission + - Push To Hack: Reverse engineering an IP camera (contextis.com)

tetraverse writes: For our most recent IoT adventure, we've examined an outdoor cloud security camera which like many devices of its generation a) has an associated mobile app b) is quick to setup and c) presents new security threats to your network.

Submission + - Patent troll VirnetX awarded $626M in damages from Apple (arstechnica.com)

Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 2014, patent troll VirnetX is back in the news, having been awarded $626M in damages arising from the 2012 Facetime patent infringement case against Apple.

Comment Re:Fix the summaries (Score 1) 1826

Finally, remember this is news for nerds.

Personally, I find it funny when someone says "this is a site for nerds!" in combination with "but cut out the acronyms and jargon". Honestly, if I don't know the acronyms and jargon, it's good odds I'm not even interested in the article. But if there's a enough meat in the summary to make me want to look up the acronyms, well, Google is just a few clicks away. That's real problem, all too often there's not enough meat.

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