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Comment: Re:Obvious missing option -- ELECTIVES! (Score 1) 313

by andydouble07 (#46376883) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
This isn't a very useful option because it doesn't describe WHY it should be an elective. Elective programming courses are already the status quo, so when the question asks "should it be a required curriculum", your answer is saying "No, because it isn't". Maybe there are other good reasons why it shouldn't be a required course, but "it should be elective" isn't one of them.

+ - Kerbal Space Program Played By Real Astronauts and Space Scientists

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Kerbal Space Program is the indie sandbox game that lets you build rockets that are simulated using a physics engine, it's popularity has spread beyond gaming into space industry professionals. Former Astronaut Ed Lu, who's day job includes 'saving the world from killer asteroids' sat down with Scott Manley to see if his experience would help him. And it turns out that there are employees at JPL who are quite obsessed with the game."

Comment: Re:"JUST" 12 light years? LOL. (Score 1) 420

by andydouble07 (#42336673) Attached to: Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away
Right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberth_effect It seems counter-intuitive, but doing a burn as close as possible to the sun (probably getting there using a bi-elliptic transfer) will give a huge boost to velocity, as compared to just flying in a straight line away from the sun, given a high enough delta-V budget.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.

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