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+ - NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software->

Submitted by sabre86
sabre86 (730704) writes ""At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP, software that allows users to construct full aircraft models from simple parameters such as wing span and fuselage length, under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Says the website, 'OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.'""
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+ - NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design and Modelling So

Submitted by sabre86
sabre86 (730704) writes "At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP, software that allows users to construct full aircraft models from simple parameters such as wing span and fuselage length, under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Says the website, 'OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.'"

Comment: Re:No thanks (Score 4, Insightful) 245

by sabre86 (#33321062) Attached to: Open-Source 2D, 3D Drivers For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
Bruce said "we've got to reward the companies that do this" not "we've got to punish the companies that don't." The former is pragmatism -- seeking to achieve and support a positive result (vendor provided open source video drivers) through reasonable means. The latter is zealotry -- seeking to punish a group through not following the "one true way".

Working vendor supported FOSS drivers are useful as the abilities to repair, improve, share and modify the drivers are all of considerable utility to the graphics card using community (even if not to one particular person in it). I do agree that the drivers should be at least servicable before anyone should buy a product. But servicable is all they need to be to be useful now.

--sabre86
Games

Portal 2 Gets Release Date 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-been-a-long-time dept.
AndrewGOO9 writes "After what has seemed like an eternity since Valve initially announced a sequel to their lauded puzzle title Portal, a release date has finally been attached to the game. Originally slated to be released before the end of the year in time for the holidays, Valve instead opted to delay the game, citing reasons such as, 'making games is hard' as well as continuing their tradition of releasing games when they're finished as opposed to rushing them out the door. Either way, mark your calendars for February 9th, 2011, and in the meantime, brush up on thinking with portals." There's some new gameplay footage available, and Valve announced that Stephen Merchant will be lending his voice to the game.

Comment: Re:It's refreshing (Score 1) 518

by sabre86 (#33255412) Attached to: Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout
I believe that once asylum is granted in the US, it's permanent. And, yeah, getting rid of the black market for drugs would go a long way to fixing a lot of problems.

A country is not a property like a home. No person or collective owns the United States. Furthermore, a lot of the illegal immigrants do ask permission from the federal government, they simply get rejected. Moreover, there are plenty of American residents and citizens who welcome the Mexican immigrants, so there are already plenty of people who have just as legitimate a claim to the US as "home" as you or I welcoming these immigrants, both legal and illegal.

There's plenty of room for debate and discussion as to what extent the federal government can be considered a steward, an owner or merely a servant regarding the nation as a whole and furthermore public property. Consider it this way, the government being able to dictate what guests I have in my home because they are illegal immigrants is a violation of my property rights.

Potential, even active, competition for resources is not harmful. Refusing to share an abundance of resources with the needy is causing harm. How needy Mexicans and immigrants are, I can't say. Nor do I know if the US as a whole is facing a resource shortage. I strongly doubt immigration is a major contributor to any water shortages. And even so, better that we open the border and use the influx of labour to improve our ailing infrastructure. Because, frankly, one of the biggest reasons why illegal immigration is large is because cheap labour is one resource that seems quite scarce in the native population.

Thanks for the discussion.

--sabre86

Comment: Re:It's refreshing (Score 5, Informative) 518

by sabre86 (#33248982) Attached to: Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout
If there's a war in Mexico, then we should be giving shelter and asylum to refugees trying to escape it.

I don't think you did a good job of self-censoring. Furthermore, I don't really know how you'd "close the border" without harming a lot of people who aren't a threat to your home, self or country. Mexico -- or at least parts of it -- looks like a hell hole to me at the moment, so it seems pretty reasonable and rational to flee to the United States. I think only the most unreasonable of people would object to a individual or nation acting in genuine self-defense, but to the ethical risking the lives of non-threatening people is still reckless endangerment and killing them is, minimally, manslaughter

Could you back up your murder and kidnapping statement? Just looking at the FBI murder figures for 2009 for cities over 100,000 population, Phoenix has a murder rate of about 8 murders per 100,000 capita per year. DC's murder rate is 3 times that.

Wikipedia has a page for the 2008 data. New Orleans tops the list (as it does in the 2009 data at 52 -- there seems to have been a significant drop in murder rate in 2009). Phoenix looks to about 28th on that list with a about 11 murders per 100,000 in 2008 -- less than a sixth of New Orleans's rate and about a third DC's.

Kidnapping seems like it's a lot harder to quantify because cases of missing persons are not necessarily kidnapping. This is the best discussion on kidnapping I could find in about 15 minutes of searching. It gives further support to the idea that Mexico is a hell hole at the moment, as well

.--sabre86
Television

How High-Tech Gadget Trends Differ By US Region 51

Posted by kdawson
from the you-say-potato dept.
Ant writes in with news of a study revealing differences in gadget preferences by US region. The survey is not rigorous, based as it was on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers. The company plans to run the survey annually. "...in the smartphone category, the state of Maryland came out on top with 48 percent more households owning at least one such handset than elsewhere in the country. ... In iPad use, the state of New York took top honors. According to the survey, 52 percent more households have at least one iPad in the Empire State. ... Massachusetts beat out the rest of the nation in e-reader adoption..."

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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