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Comment: Re: It Has Begun! (Score 1) 39

by garyisabusyguy (#49501059) Attached to: Resistance To Antibiotics Found In Isolated Amazonian Tribe

I think that it is debatable whether the widespread use of antibiotics have exposed an existing population of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or if there have been recent mutations that have allowed bacteria to survive antibiotics

This paper discusses bot the existence of antibiotic resistance strains of bacteria, and the non-mutative processes that are involved in transferring resistant r-genes between different types of bacteria
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...

Comment: Re: It Has Begun! (Score 4, Insightful) 39

by garyisabusyguy (#49500839) Attached to: Resistance To Antibiotics Found In Isolated Amazonian Tribe

I would expect that to be the case

I would even go further out on the limb and suggest that antibiotic resistant bacteria have always been present

It is imply the presence of antibiotic substances that weed out the rest of the bacteria, leaving the resistant ones as the 'last man standing' so that we notice them

It is not so much the case that our use of antibiotics have caused antibiotic resistant strains to 'develop', we have simply eliminated the rest and exposed the resistant ones

Comment: Re:Why waste time on robots? (Score 1) 112

by garyisabusyguy (#49498493) Attached to: Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help

I'm thinking more like leveling the fields with tractors that have fricking lasers on them, using irrigation to distribute water and covering the canals with mylar

It works in many deserts that have agriculture, just spend some time looking at what is being used effectively instead of making up pipe dreams that are so expensive that nobody will ever use them

solar power robots, what a fucking joke

Comment: Re:First Experience With Tata (Score 2) 291

by garyisabusyguy (#49490623) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

My first experience working with people from India was in 1996.
Absolutely some of the most intelligent people that I had ever worked with
A decade later another Indian fellow that I worked with explained the selection process that lead to the slightest fraction of the top percentage of their people making it to the US in that time period
I would expect that the standards have been loosened somewhat since then

Comment: Re:Alighting on land (Score 1) 110

While watching the last landing attempt I had to wonder if the rocket experiences different amounts of lift when it is over water, as opposed to being over the barge...

Will this be a factor that is alleviated by landing on terra firma?
If they do make their next attempt on land, what are the potential take off and landing points?
Many people noted advantages to landing down range of the launch point, and not being able to launch over the continental US
Does that leave the options of
1. Launching from Brownsville Texas and landing at Cape Canaveral Florida
2. Launching from Florida and landing on some Island downrange
3. Launch from Kwaj (or at sea) and land at Vandenberg
4. Launching and landing at the same site, presumably solving whatever fuel issues there were
5. ???

Comment: Re:"Close" Only Counts (Score 3, Interesting) 340

Armstrong was an exceptional pilot, I read on old NASA report about him regaining control of a space capsule that started spinning before it could kill them. Something to do with a malfunctioning thruster rocket.

Here it is:
"And, make a decision he did. In a rule-breaking move, Armstrong manually disabled the OAMS thrusters and activated the re-entry control system (RCS) thrusters to stabilize the spacecraft. With hand controllers aboard the spacecraft now functioning properly, correct motion of the capsule was restored."
http://www.spaceline.org/fligh...

Yeah, they were 'hands on'

Comment: Re:misquote (Score 1) 117

by garyisabusyguy (#49475587) Attached to: SpaceX Dragon Launches Successfully, But No Rocket Recovery

OK, here may be some related items
Space-X leases Cape Canaveral pad for landings
http://spacenews.com/spacex-le...

Space-X breaks ground on Brownsville commercial launch facility
http://www.space.com/27234-spa...

So, that would prevent overflight of the continental US and landing to the East for use of limited fuel
Is there any indication that this is the actual plan?

The Space News article indicates that Space-x has plans to build a landing pad at Vandenberg as well. Any ideas what would be landing there?

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