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Comment: Re:Umm, what? (Score 1) 158

by fireslack (#30008526) Attached to: AT&T's City-By-City Plan To Up Wireless Coverage
I think what he means is that they have no way of knowing how much extra bandwidth they need in certain areas. There's no way to measure how much more you need, the yard stick is clipped at 100%. You can only add more incrementally until your cell sites are no longer saturated. Only then would you be able to determine how much you need.

Comment: Re:Sorry (Score 1) 123

by fireslack (#29956322) Attached to: NASA Trying To Reinvent Their Approach

What it's supposed to do is stuff that's valuable to humanity, but costs a lot of money and isn't expected to make a profit. This is essentially the role of any government organization: Do the things that will benefit everyone, but that businesses are unwilling to take on because there isn't enough money in it.

That may be true of the former Soviet Union and some modern European countries, but but the United States government was established to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity..." What you said may be A role, but its not a major role and certainly not "essential".

Comment: Re:Not unusual (Score 5, Interesting) 341

by fireslack (#29608445) Attached to: Exoplanet Has Showers of Pebbles
Am I the only one who is deeply impressed that we even KNOW a planet is there? It is difficult to observe Mercury because of its proximity to the sun, but we can see a planet that is 1.7 Earth radii, 42 light years away, and is so close to its parent star, it has an orbital period of 20 hours. Hours! That means it is insanely close to its star. Solid rock or lava be damned. How about a pat on the back for finding any exoplanets at all?

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