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+ - Rosetta's "Ambition": science fact meets sci-fi

Submitted by Trapezium Artist
Trapezium Artist writes: The European Space Agency has released a cool short science-fiction film called "Ambition" to help build the excitement and engagement as the Rosetta mission is just weeks away from making the first ever attempt to land on a comet.

Made by Polish VFX and film house, Platige Image, directed by Oscar-nominated Tomek Baginski, and starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Aisling Franciosi (Jimmy's Hall), "Ambition" was filmed in Iceland and shows a Master and Apprentice transforming the desolate landscape into a giant solar system, in search of answers to fundamental questions about humankind.

The film revolves around key human traits of being adaptable, ambitious, and willing to take risks in reaching for the stars. In much the same way, Rosetta has become the first mission to rendezvous with a comet, to escort it, and on 12 November, to attempt a soft-landing on one, all in search of clues as to the origin of Earth's water and complex organic materials.

Comment: Re:Not news worthy (Score 2) 188

by Rogerborg (#43553167) Attached to: Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

You don't "lay off" in order to recruit "new people". In many jurisdictions, you can't do that legally.

Not that EA has ever cared about silly little things like employment laws.

Incidentally, I work for a 10,000+ employ software company, and to my knowledge and belief, they have never "laid off" anyone, ever.

I'd better tell management that consistent year on year growth - and regularly heading up the best companies to work for lists - is "abnormal" and "unhealthy". They're doing it wrong!

Comment: All estimates are bullshit anyway, and here's why (Score 1) 297

by Rogerborg (#43530649) Attached to: Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

Because by the time anyone who could come up with accurate estimate is asked for their opinion, the product has already been sold and the contracts signed.

Prioritise the order of development and get on with it. It'll be done when it's done, you'll get paid or you won't. Wasting time producing imaginary numbers has never fulfilled a contract, ever.

Work without a vision is slavery, Vision without work is a pipe dream, But vision with work is the hope of the world.

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