GPM is a joint mission with Japan. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has provided the primary science instrument, the Dual frequency Precipitation Radar, and the launch vehicle. This is the same arrangement we had with Japan for GPM's predecessor, TRMM, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. Besides the primary goal of better understanding the processes that drive our planet's weather there is the secondary goal of fostering international scientific cooperation.
Please do not confuse launch services with space exploration. NASA hasn't directly been in the commercial launch service since the dawn of the space age was over. Commercial satellite operators contract directly with commercial launch providers such as ULA, Orbital, Space-X, Arianespace or ILS.
I am in complete agreement with your point about lack of political support for space science and exploration. While there has been no real support for space exploration for decades, the past decade has seen a real drop in actual support (that is, money) for space science. I suspect that is true for science in general, but space is my business.
Serious question - which open firmware is the best choice for current router hardware? years ago, I put DD-WRT on my WRT54g (v2.0) and it worked great, but there's been a lot of forking since then and its not clear at all to me which firmware is the best choice for modern open friendly hardware like the boxes from ASUS.
A "secure" password does nothing to mitigate keyloggers. The only thing that does is two factor.
I think the comments regarding the password strength were general, and basically the usual Slashdot topic drift.
IMO it's way past time for two factor everywhere. Federating logins makes that much more feasible.
actually the encribed version is easier to read than the PDF from IEEE (we have a site license to IEEE pubs where I work).
I personally replaced thousands of those deathstar drives. Thats how you get the left side of the bathtub curve.
Does anyone actually use drives in a commercial environment that are more than 3-4 years old? By the time they are that old they aren't worth the space they take up and the power they consume, i.e. 1TB per form factor as opposed to 3TB in the same form factor.
I worked at an on-line service for several years way back in the late 90s and early 00s and this data is consistent with the data I collected then over perhaps an order of magnitude more units. While 25K drives may not be a lot in the scale of today's internet services it is more than enough to draw statistically valid conclusions, as opposed to that, oh, 1 drive in your desktop gaming system that failed 1 day after the warranty expired.
happens all the time where I work.
public affairs photog says "do something scientific looking"
the ought to know better than to have that enabled at launch. You need to characterize the wheels on orbit and be sure that the limits are good before you turn that one on.
Thanks, that was a great article, but apparently it could still use more debunking, because that myth seems to be as firmly entrenched as ever.
Essentially all rocket and spacecraft technology is on the US munitions list, whether it makes sense or not.
wake me when the feds file suit
yup, and JWST incorporates a bunch of the pie in the sky ideas that have been floated in this thread like a giant sunshade and mechanical cryo-coolers.