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

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain (874202) 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

by dorre (#44882499) Attached to: Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
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

by dorre (#42249246) Attached to: High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech
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

by dorre (#41408767) Attached to: Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing
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:Steam (Score 1) 835

by dorre (#38160468) Attached to: The Myth of Renewable Energy
Water consumption is needed to maximise efficiency. With evaporation cooling you can almost have vacuum after the turbine (increasing pressure with~1 bar over turbine) thus producing much more power.
the alternative is air cooling and then efficiency becomes dependent on ambient temp.

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

by dorre (#37680778) Attached to: Behind the Scenes: How Conflict Photographs Come To Be
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.

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