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Comment: Re:Completely Missed the Point (Score 1) 87

And the NASA HEMD guys say that to do that, you first need to have a deep space flight "with training wheels," i.e., one to something like high retrograde lunar orbit (far away to be serious, and actually test the deep space parts of the mission, but close enough you can meaningfully abort) and that, in practice, to both get the money for the test AND to make the test more realistic, the astronauts need some goal for spending 2 weeks orbiting outside the Moon, and the ARM provides that.

If the Earth had a well placed "mini-Moon" at the present, we could go to that, but as of right now, we don't appear to.

Comment: Re:No Community Consensus Here (Score 1) 87

He seems to be looking at money spent on an asteroid project as money that could have been spent on HIS asteroid project. Meanwhile the money that is being spent is ultimately being spent to reduce further expenses on future space projects, maybe even his if he considered the potential merits of this mission he's seeking to squash.

I am not 100% sure that he is, but you are correct, he gives that impression. What is (IMHO) much more likely is that, if his ideas carry the day, ARM will be canceled and nothing will take its place and (with all due respect to Elon Musk) we will be set back another decade on going to Mars.

Note, however, that the asteroid survey mission could not be finished in time to provide a target for the first stage of ARM (or, to put it the other way, the ARM timetable does not allow for starting and running a survey mission from scratch). That means that HEMD (human space flight) is lukewarm on the survey mission and is not going to pay for it. Now, I regard that as a mistake, but I understand it.

Also, note that $ 200 million will not pay for a survey mission. That would be more like discovery class, i.e., $ 500 million or more.

Comment: No Community Consensus Here (Score 3, Informative) 87

He has been saying this for a while, most recently (to my knowledge) at the recent Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) meeting in DC. I was there and have to say that the community (at least, the sample of the community in that room) did not come to even rough consensus on his proposal, and was in fact split roughly 50-50. There is, however, a pretty strong consensus on the funding of a asteroid survey mission, an infrared telescope on an interior orbit to the Earth to find most of the possible "city-buster" NEA. This is pretty much what the B612 foundation is proposing, but they haven't raised the money yet, nor is on any NASA funding plans.

My own personal opinion, FWIW, is that Binzel is wrong and that the ARM mission is a first good step to Mars.

Comment: Re:8.0 percent? (Score 3, Funny) 76

by dotancohen (#48267441) Attached to: "Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

Sure hope that's a typo, or heart attacks are really fatal over there.

It's probably due to the conversion from metric. Notice how 100 KPH was rounded off to 60 MPH in the summary? The submitter rounded off whatever 8% in metric is.

The use of a decimal type instead of integer type was the key to figuring this one out.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 232

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48265833) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

You know that you don't have to just add useless and uninteresting words to something that already had substance, right? At least borrow some quotes from Socrates' Dialogues to spice things up: There is admirable truth in that. That is not to be denied. That appears to be true. All this seems to flow necessarily out of our previous admissions. I think that what you say is entirely true. That, replied Cebes, is quite my notion. To that we are quite agreed. By all means. I entirely agree and go along with you in that. I quite understand you. I shall still say that you are the Daedalus who sets arguments in motion; not I, certainly, but you make them move or go round, for they would never have stirred, as far as I am concerned. If you're going to say _nothing_, at least be interesting about it, post anonymously, or risk looking more clueless / foolish. This is why the moderation system is in place, and mods typically don't listen to inanities like "Well said" when deciding on what to spend their points.

1. I'm too busy to sit around thinking up additional words to throw in so I can score "mod" points

2. The people I like on Slashdot are too busy to read a bunch of additional words I only threw in so I can score "mod" points

3. It's not in my nature to waste words, or to waste time

Comment: Re:Great. (Score 1) 232

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48265487) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

If other posts here on Slashdot are any indication, "Mr. Councilman" is just as likely to lose political points by supporting the poor.

Actually this particular councilman represents an extremely high-rent district--Manhattan's upper east side. I doubt there are many wealthier neighborhoods in the world. He's not doing this to 'score points', he's doing it to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48264991) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

It is my opinion that poverty is partially systemic. Our economic system depends on there being a pool of available workers (unemployed and underemployed). So as long as there is capitalism and a functioning free market, there will always be poor people. That being the case, we have a responsibility to make sure the basic needs of everyone are met. Increasingly in order to succeed in school and in life, Internet access isn't really a luxury.

Well said

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 232

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48264925) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

shutup. just shut the fuck up. you neither know you are talking about, nor have any valid point to make. its not about solving the digital divide any more than the housing thing is about solving poverty. its been widely and clearly shown that there is an increase in opportunity and outcomes between homes with and home without internet access. you're essentially complaining about improving someones potential opportunities to enrich themselves and make their life better and maybe even get out of that housing you mock. but again, you have no valid point, so therefore theres little sense in talking sense, like pointing out to you that without subsidized housing many of these people would be on street, homeless, increasing both crime rates and homeless and deaths among the impoverished. Theoretically we are a civilized nation. But a civilized nation doesnt advocate intentionally making it harder if not impossible for those most disadvantaged to improve themselves, nor advocate for them to die quickly and get out of the way.

Well spoken, bro

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 232

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48264907) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People
The "digital divide" is a real thing. It's the difference between spoiled people like yourself growing up with a computer in your home, and inner city kids who have no computer access at home and have to wait on line at the public library to get a 15 minute time slot.

If you don't recognize that in this society those without computer access are at a disadvantage, you are as stupid as you are uncaring.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 627

by cheesybagel (#48264887) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

AFAIK the Orthodox also include the apocrypha. Blame Martin Luter for including it in a separate part of this translation of the Bible (probably couldn't be assed to translate the entire thing in one volume) and maybe the Jews because it actually isn't in their Ancient Testament (whoops). Allegedly the earliest copies are in Greek.

Heck I dunno.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 627

by cheesybagel (#48264745) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Supposedly the angels, also created by God, are immortal too. Calling them gods is extreme. They are supposedly supremely powerful but still servants of God. Although since they possess free will they can rebel. As that other dude you talked about.

What I find a lot more fascinating is the story about angels from the sky killing a Dragon. Since this matches more or less Japanese myth as well. For the story to spread that far it must be pretty old.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 627

by cheesybagel (#48264591) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Well the Ark of Noah episode is actually a rather blatant ripoff of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Well perhaps ripoff is too strong a word since the Jewish people allegedly also migrated from Mesopotamia and the story was probably transmitted orally along the ages. It's in Summerian and Akkadian myth.

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