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+ - How To Die On Mars->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Many space-related projects are currently focusing on Mars. SpaceX wants to build a colony there, NASA is looking into base design, and Mars one is supposedly picking astronauts for a mission. Because of this, we've been reading a lot about how we could live on Mars. An article at Popular Science reminds us of all the easy ways to die there. "Barring any complications with the spacecraft’s hardware or any unintended run-ins with space debris, there’s still a big killer lurking out in space that can’t be easily avoided: radiation. ... [And] with so little atmosphere surrounding Mars, gently landing a large amount of weight on the planet will be tough. Heavy objects will pick up too much speed during the descent, making for one deep impact. ... Mars One’s plan is to grow crops indoors under artificial lighting. According to the project’s website, 80 square meters of space will be dedicated to plant growth within the habitat; the vegetation will be sustained using suspected water in Mars’ soil, as well as carbon dioxide produced by the initial four-member crew. However, analysis conducted by MIT researchers last year (PDF) shows that those numbers just don’t add up."
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Comment: Re: Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

by frdmfghtr (#49711735) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

I think an important distinction is being missed here. The author is calling out the ISPs, not the end user. I'd prefer my ISP not inject their own ad blocking into the stream (or worse...their own substitute ads) and leave the blocking up to the user.

Now, if the author extends that moral judgement to the end user, that's another story.

Comment: Re:"Ends spy agency bulk collection of phone data" (Score 2) 142

by frdmfghtr (#49687185) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

I was thinking the same thing. To really see what it does, you have to get the original text and apply the bill to it. Otherwise, yes, it's just a bunch of patches. I'd like to see more bills written in a form that replaces the entire section so the change can be seen in context.

+ - Lawmaker's Facebook rant threatens media for "unauthorized" use of his name

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, a local Maryland politician ditched his civics class the day press freedoms were discussed. How else to explain Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter's recent Facebook rant in which he threatened a local newspaper with litigation because—wait for it—his name was used in print without his permission. 'Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for an Attorney. Your rights stop where mine start,' Kirby Delauter, the councilman, posted on his Facebook page. He added: 'So let me be clear.........do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an authorized form in the future.'

+ - Limiting the teaching of the scientific process in Ohio->

Submitted by frdmfghtr
frdmfghtr writes: Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article:
"Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information."

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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 200

by frdmfghtr (#46491519) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Thanks for the clarification. When I read WinRT, I thought it was shorthand for "Windows RT".

Knowing that, I'll stand by my original comment and clarify that I meant "Windows RT", the tablet OS that looks and feels like Windows but won't run regular Windows apps like a Surface Pro can (or am I mistaken about the Surface Pro too?) then it needs to go away or a name change. It generates confusion. I mean, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro is the feature set, but they run the same applications. The difference between a Surface and Surface Pro is much greater than that, unless you consider "running the same applications" just a "feature."

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by frdmfghtr (#46488603) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Before I agree or disagree, I have to ask: are you equating the Modern UI with WinRT? Unless I'm mistaken, they are not the same thing. WinRT uses the Modern UI but the Modern UI is not exclusive to WinRT.

Having said that, I would disagree and state that WinRT does need to go away; if it looks like Windows and feels like Windows but doesn't run Windows apps then it's confusing.

At the same time, I recently upgraded my laptop from Win7 to Win 8.1 (I got the $15 upgrade to Win8 Pro way back when) and I'm getting used to the Start menu now being the Modern UI Start screen. When I remote in using Remote Desktop from my iPad, it feels quite natural and useful. When I'm at my machine and using a mouse, not so much.

Comment: Re: It's not so bad really (Score 1) 2219

by frdmfghtr (#46195993) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Ok, after using a little more...

-I don't see the link to return to the classic or mobile sites at the bottom of the page

-as has been pointed out, quoting the parent is a manual operation. Boo hiss...

I agree with the idea of keeping classic as an option but still developing the beta until it works just as easily as classic.

Comment: It's not so bad really (Score 1) 2219

by frdmfghtr (#46195871) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I got the beta site going on my iPad and it's not that bad really. I can clearly see the comment entry boundaries, the text is easy to read, no wide white spaces on either side...maybe it's because I'm on an iPad, so I'll try it later on my notebook.

My only issue so far is that logging in on my iPad doesn't seem work. It just spits me back to hand main beta page with no indication of being logged in or out.

Comment: Re: Time for another letter (Score 1) 462

Don't think I haven't considered it.

I'm of two minds regarding politics:

(1) I'm so sick if the Washington nonsense that sometimes I wish I could just forget the whole thing, tune it out, and just go on with my life. That usually lasts two minutes, because it does, and will, affect me whether I want it to or not.

(2) actually run and bring back as much inside info as I can, to REALLY inform my employer (the CITIZENS I represent) of the nonsense that goes on. Really try to do some good and represent We, the People.

What worries me about (2) the most is the intense pressure that comes from big donors. I'd be concerned that I'd become just as corrupt, power-hungry, and full of myself as those in Washington.

Comment: Re: TrueCrypt (Score 1) 462

You know what? Even though I don't travel with my laptop, I'm thinking the same thing.

With the recent revelations of the ability to intercept hardware en route and infect the firmware with spyware, I wonder if there's a possibility that TruCrypt could be circumvented. I suppose it could, since the data must reside in RAM unencrypted for use by the processor.

I also don't know if whole-drive encryption is really necessary (why would I encrypt my system files?) or if it has an adverse effect on SSD life.

Comment: Time for another letter (Score 5, Interesting) 462

Every time I read about a new attack on the Bill of Rights, I write to my Congressional representation. I also vote to replace my representation since clearly they aren't representing We, the People.

I'm getting tired of writing these letters, yet I'll do it again and remind my "representation" of my position. Anybody else?

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.