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+ - Back to the moon - in four years->

braindrainbahrain writes: Gene Rush, a former division chief at NASA Johnson, is running a five-part series on how the US can return to the Moon in four years. And not just land there, but actually build a base on the Moon.

How is this feasible? Hint: A public/private partnership between NASA and and a private space travel company.

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Comment: Re:Symbolism over substance (Score 2) 378 378

At least, if people had to pay for phones directly (instead of indirectly trough outrageous monthly fees), they would probably be more likely to spend money on a phone compatible with most standard networks, meaning they dont have spend more money if they change network.

This would mean that networks using "non-compatible" equipment would be in a worse position as people would hesitate more to drop money on phone only compatible with one network, driving developement towards more standardized networks and thus allowing direct competion. How is regulation not increasing freedom in this case?

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 395 395

This certainly a current and intersting subject. I wonder if someone care to enlighten me (and I suppose a lot of other people as well).

I am very uncertain why this millisecond trading is so important. What in the market makes this a viable way of doing business? Appearantly most bids in the market has a lifetime of 3 ms or less and are never realized. To me this seems like a way of manipulating the market. Personally I think available bids or offers should be secret. Only realized deals should be common information. This way it would not be possible to affect the market without cost. E.g. by leaving a bid or offer just to withdraw it milliseconds later.
Another thing I am uncertain off is how a buyer and seller is matched? When I leave an offer to buy shares for a specific price. What happens next? Anyway, I think these are important aspects to understand whether highfrequency trading provides a real value or not.

Comment: Re:more privacy oriented Bing search engine (Score 1) 266 266

In my opionon it doens't matter if their practices at this point of time is as bad as everyone else. If ad campaigns like this makes any difference, companies will start to realize that privacy does matter to a large enough number of people will decrease profits (or losses increase, in the case of Bing...).

Comment: Re:Should be obvious (Score 1) 178 178

Personally I think a picture can be described as objective if it depicts what the photographer saw or feel he saw.

Cameras do not lie. Photographers take pictures to pass on a message. This is not a lie nor a truth. It's what the photographers message and should be treated no differently than a written article. The photo journalist's task is not to truthfully document what he sees, it is to provide illustrations to an article.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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