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Comment: Re:yes, there are a reasonable number of positions (Score 2) 237

by That_Dan_Guy (#44306865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?

Try SAS ( My wife programs that for Kaiser. So it's all medical research. But there are plenty of non-academic jobs in medical science.

Outside of that... hmmm, Engineering? Not really science so much as applying science to solve problems.

Geology will end you up with a big oil company searching for more oil, or other natural resources.

Comment: Re:None of the above (Score 1) 159

by That_Dan_Guy (#43634765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

Yes and no.

They care about ERM as it is what they see IT as doing for them. But don't forget that they need to be aware of the things that impact their ability to use it. Getting all 10 meg Hubs and running it on an old white box P3 will destroy their ability to do anything with it at all.

So things like the network and servers need to be described as important for it to function up to expectation. Doing this up front so they will be prepared to listen down the road is important.

Connectivity, availability and performance are dependent on things other than the software itself. You might mention them and tell them to expect they may need to upgrade certain part of the network to get this up and running. Disaster recovery is important as well.

Comment: Re:Leave those asteroids in space (Score 1) 76

by That_Dan_Guy (#43566699) Attached to: 2014: Planetary Resources To Launch Their First Satellites

Exactly! I do not understand why people are wasting their time writing about bringing this stuff back down the gravity well. We've got plenty of it here. What we don't have is any of it up there!

They'll make money from the volatiles (read FUEL) and selling it to satellite operators. Extending the life of satellite so they don't have to launch more would save these operators money and make Planetary Resources the money to keep the lights on until they are finished building a whole industrial complex and colonies from self-replicating robots/3-d printers.

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 250

by That_Dan_Guy (#43026697) Attached to: Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

I think many people are missing the point of what was being said in the article.

Cryptography is not just about keeping secrets, it's also about verifying identity. The article pointed out that if CAs are under pressure from their local Gov'ts to issue false certificates to them (happened in Turkey) the whole PKI is useless for identity verification as you can't trust any CA after that.


+ - California Professors Unveil Proposal to Attack Asteroids With Lasers

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday's twin events with invading rocks from outer space — the close encounter with asteroid 2012 DA14, and the killer meteorite over Russia that was more than close — have brought the topic of defending mankind against killer asteroids back into the news. The Economist summarizes some of the ideas that have been bandied about, in a story that suggests Paul Simon's seventies hit "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover": Just push it aside, Clyde. Show it the nuke, Luke. Gravity tug, Doug. The new proposal is an earth orbiting, solar-powered array of laser guns called DE-STAR (Directed Energy Solar Targeting of AsteRoids) from two California-based professors, physicist Philip Lubin (UCSB) and industrial statistician Gary Hughes (Cal Polytechnic State). Lubin and Hughes say their system could be developed and deployed in a range of sizes depending on the size of the target: DE-STAR 2, about the size of the International Space Station (100 meters) could nudge comets and asteroids from their orbits, while DE-STAR 4 (100 times larger than ISS) could evaporate an asteroid 500 meters in diameter (10 times larger than 2012 DA14) in a year. Of course, this assumes that the critters could be spotted early enough for the lasers to do their work."

Comment: Re:Hello, economics (Score 1) 223

The point that these guys are working toward is building a toe-hold economy in space. They really aren't interested in bringing it back down anytime soon. Much like the Europeans needed to build economies in their colonies long before they became economically valuable to them back home.

If you can send up a few self-replicating robots to build all this for you, it might not cost that much. It might take a long time, but once these things are up and building, that's all it is- a matter of time.

Comment: Re:Kudos to those pushing private space exploratio (Score 1) 121

by That_Dan_Guy (#42214397) Attached to: Golden Spike Working On Private Moon Flights

I don't get why everyone here thinks that some Rich adventure people are the target market for Golden Spike!

The target is any gov't that wants to do this, but doesn't want to spend all the money on the R&D to do the Rocket. Did anyone read any of the articles?!

Just think how annoyed the Chinese would be if the Japanese got to the Moon first, for a tiny fraction of the money they're spending? And I think the Japanese KNOW IT!

1.4 Billion is not private citizen money. It's Gov't size money. Maybe Huge corporation size money if they can figure a way to get an ROI.

All this talk about someone with a fortune the size of Bill Gate's going to the moon is loony. Getting countries to send some people up for the national prestige is the point. AND I'll bet the guys involved here are thinking that if they can get Japan and a few other countries to buy seats it'll get the US off it's duff and back into the business again of expanding Human Frontiers just the way NASA used to do back in the '60s.

Comment: Re:Research (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by That_Dan_Guy (#41618181) Attached to: US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"

I"ve gotta stick in the video from Neal deGrasse Tyson here on this very topic of "The next big thing"

Lots of people talking about hitching a ride with other people doing the research and work are foolish. You do that to catch up, not to lead. If you wait for someone else to pass you so you can follow them, you'll end up at the back of the line.

Comment: Re:Prediction (Score 1) 283

by That_Dan_Guy (#40384547) Attached to: Shenzhou 9 Sparks Renewed Debate On Space Race With China

Docking with the ISS is like going where hundreds have gone before. This is the perfect place for a private business to go. The trail is blazed the risk factors known.

Getting to Mars with people is a whole 'nother thing. I hope he can do it, but I think it will take a lot longer and require a lot more ground work than some people think. I don't doubt he is aware of it, but I do think he's generated a fan boy base that isn't. Because another thing he has said is he wants to go there with NASA. Therefore, his estimates of getting there in 10-15 years if things go well include going there with NASA. If he can't get NASA to help I think it is easy to assume it'll take a bit longer.

Historically it has been governments that have sent out the trail blazers. Private businesses that can't estimate the costs and risks don't bother. They wait until the government has blazed the trail and then follow (East India company for example).

Poke around Youtube for Neil deGrass Tyson for an expansion on that last point. He puts it together very well. And while you're at it, sign the petition so NASA has the money go to Mars with Elon.

Comment: Re:maybe not developing? (Score 1) 402

by That_Dan_Guy (#40154033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

The only other job you could look into is writing computer manuals. Still not going to pay much better than teaching English.

I lived in Taiwan for 3 or 4 years goofing off (teaching English) before I found those kinds of jobs. Other friends of mine took as long to perfect their Chinese before getting a good job. A friend of mine in Japan is doing IT work remotely for a couple US consultants I found him.

So, yeah, your trip to China is not likely to get you much monetary compensation. I'd dive into the language and try to find students who need higher level business/IT English skills. That will get you the contacts and may lead to jobs later down the road.

Comment: Re:There's no starship with just an ion drive (Score 1) 589

It is absolutely stunning that Neal deGrass Tyson hasn't been quoted here yet.

Here is a good 5 minute video by him:

On Innovation while under file by people like you:

Tyson testifying in front of Congress:
Pointing out you didn't have to have speical programs trying to convince students to be scientists and engineers "it was self evident."
"Will reboot America's ability to innovate"
"How much would you pay to launch our economy? ... How much would you pay for the Universe?"

If you can spend more than 5 minutes reading you can read his case for space here:

You will have to read through to the end. In this article he only cites one specific cross pollination technology that has saved countless lives of Breast cancer victims. But in other places you can see him citing example after example. Just go down to your local hospital. Check out the MACHINES in the hospital. Which one was made via targeted spending by people with the attitude of "Why spend money up there (or over there in physics) when we could be spending money on health science?" I'll give you a clue: NONE. MRI, Xray machines etc.

Space exploration taps ALL science subjects. They bring everything together.

You ask why should we be spending money up there instead of down here? WE ARE SPENDING MONEY DOWN HERE. How much are we spending "up there?" Do you really know? Most people think it is 5 or 10 cents on every tax dollar. During the space race it was 4 pennies. Today it is less than HALF a penny. Are you really telling me you are unwilling to spend even a penny for the Universe?

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