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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars? 262

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-does-roe-v-wade-say-about-this? dept.
StartsWithABang writes: The next great leap in human spaceflight is a manned mission to a world within our Solar System: most likely Mars. But if something went wrong along the journey — at launch, close to Earth, or en route — whether biological or mechanical, would there be any way to return to Earth? This article is a fun (and sobering) look at what the limits of physics and technology allow at present. If you're interested in a hard sci-fi, near-future look at how a catastrophic Mars mission might go, you should read an excellent novel called The Martian by Andy Weir.

Comment: But... always? (Score 2) 188

by Shavano (#48011805) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

I would assume that most lightning injuries wouldn''t have any observable effects on personality, because more often than not they're not going to hit the brain. But that could be a wrong impression. Maybe a high voltage jolt to the peripheral nervous system always carries back to the brain along nerve fibers and does damage there.

Comment: Re:Another way to deal with the problem (Score 1) 334

by Shavano (#48010957) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Iowa Code 322.2.16. "Retail installment contract" or "contract" means an
            agreement, entered into in this state, pursuant to which the title
            to, the property in or a lien upon the motor vehicle, which is the
            subject matter of a retail installment transaction, is retained or
            taken by a retail seller from a retail buyer as security, in whole or
            in part, for the buyer's obligation. The term includes a chattel
            mortgage, a conditional sales contract and a contract for the
            bailment or leasing of a motor vehicle by which the bailee or lessee
            contracts to pay as compensation for its use a sum substantially
            equivalent to or in excess of its value and by which it is agreed
            that the bailee or lessee is bound to become, or has the option of
            becoming, the owner of the motor vehicle upon full compliance with
            the provisions of the contract.

Comment: Re:The "old boys' club" (Score 5, Informative) 334

by Shavano (#48010935) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

The State is right. Tesla is breaking the law:
Iowa Code 322.3.1 A person shall not engage in this state in the business of
            selling at retail new motor vehicles of any make or represent or
            advertise that the person is engaged or intends to engage in such
            business in this state unless the person is authorized to do so by a
            contract in writing with the manufacturer or distributor of such make
            of new motor vehicles and unless the department has licensed the
            person as a motor vehicle dealer in this state in motor vehicles of
            such make and has issued to the person a license in writing as
            provided in this chapter.
Iowa Code 322.3.14. A manufacturer or importer shall not directly or indirectly
            be licensed as, own an interest in, operate, or control a motor
            vehicle dealer. "

You need to change the law first, THEN you can sell cars legally. Were I in Iowa, I wouldn't buy a Tesla. There's a risk that it may be impounded as evidence in a case against Tesla.

Comment: Re: Stallman would be proud (Score 1) 208

by Shavano (#48010769) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Apple isn't into commercial software.
  They make their $$$ off the hardware that is handsomely marked up.

What do you call Aperture, Logic Pro, Final Cut, Mainstage, Compressor and Motion?
What's the difference between a Mac and a PC if it's not commercial software?
What's the difference between an iPhone and an Android phone if it's not commercial software?
What is Mac OS and all the apps that come with it if not commercial software?

You seem confused about what it is that differentiates Apple's products.

Comment: Re: Stallman would be proud (Score 1) 208

by Shavano (#48009207) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

"more secure?" Have you been paying attention?

As for having the "users interest" in mind, I'm not so sure about that either. Commercial software has a whole different idea of what the user's interest is. Apple and Microsoft think it's what the user is willing to pay for. That view is not entirely wrong. Google thinks that the user's interest is whatever the user expresses any interest in.

None of them are very prone to thinking about what is in the user's BEST interest. I think they don't feel entirely competent to judge.

The FOSS community has very definite opinions about what's in the user's BEST interest, and they tell you what it is and try to enforce it.

And I don't know if their idea of what's in my best interest is in my best interest.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.