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Comment: City? (Score 2) 95

by Translation Error (#49631757) Attached to: NASA Will Award You $5,000 For Your Finest Mars City Idea
What I want to know is where in the world the word 'city' came from in the article's title. There's nothing anywhere close to a city mentioned in the article itself, with the goal of the challenge being to 'establish a technically achievable, economically sustainable human living space'. I don't know about anyone else, but to me, that sounds like an outpost rather than anything like a city.

Comment: Charges (Score 1) 251

From another article:

He is currently facing a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of harassment by computer, which carries with it up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

I'm kind of surprised they aren't threatening him with much harsher penalties. Not that I think they should. I'm just surprised they aren't.

Comment: Re:Soooo.... (Score 1) 634

by Translation Error (#49568891) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers
Is this a sore subject for you? Who said these things aren't meaningful; if anything, the idea seems to be that the societal significance of these things should be emphasized to make the subjects more interesting to women. Don't you think we can convey it better than this exciting description of Civil Engineering:

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

It's not about putting down the existing programs. It's about better presenting their true significance.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.