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Comment: Re:Absurd (Score 1) 178

Strong Navy

this is a hint on how to build a "solar system railroad" is to build a Space Navy. Paradigm of a "Space Force" has been modeled after an air force of airplanes to command the sky. But airplanes are short duration on a specific mission. A navy to command the seas needs ships of long duration and logistics ships to keep them on station for months at a time. So think of a Space Navy to conquer the solar system.

Though first commercial ventures to asteroids would not need a navy, unless "space pirates" are to appear which may happen. One country may observe another taking the lead and then license privateers to attack those vessels and steal their ore. It's happened before on the oceans.

Comment: Re:Y2K! (Score 1) 200

back on that fateful night of Dec 31, 1999 in Santa Clara County CA, all police depts and sheriff units had all three shifts and reserves on duty. May seem silly but local officials wanted to be sure just in case. So in middle of night, someone figures he's gonna rob a liquor store (for much of the county it was pretty quiet). 211 call comes in, many many units respond, and arrive on scene quickly. "Damn, looks like I picked the wrong night to do a stick-up!"

Comment: every time I see a F35 article (Score 1) 354

by k6mfw (#47422377) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
I remember back in 20th century when it began as the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter. Really. Planners were seeing every new fighter was far more expensive and prohibitively so preventing sizable quantities for adequate forces. I've read some but so many different viewpoints and analysis. I still wonder what went wrong.

Comment: Re:These don't seem "critical" (Score 1) 50

by k6mfw (#47417705) Attached to: DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

Pretty much everyone in my town knows where the local substations are

maybe remove these from maps both printed and Google? Yes it's ridiculous but I'm sure these ideas are kicking around. I read someplace that shortly after 9-11, some cities removed addresses of fire department stations because they felt if terrorists knew where these are they can disrupt first responders.

Comment: Priorities, and going to Mars is not one of them (Score 1) 78

by k6mfw (#47417617) Attached to: Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative
Except for a few people, nobody cares about Mars. Only need to see what the politicos and major decision makers are working on. Also from http://www.projectrho.com/rock...
"The Gobi Desert is about a thousand times as hospitable as Mars and five hundred times cheaper and easier to reach. Nobody ever writes "Gobi Desert Opera" because, well, it's just kind of plonkingly obvious that there's no good reason to go there and live. It's ugly, it's inhospitable and there's no way to make it pay. Mars is just the same, really. We just romanticize it because it's so hard to reach."

A manned mission to Mars has always been 20 years away and been presented like this for past 50 years (like fusion energy power plants are 10 years away which been presented like this for past 60 years). After a half century, maybe a different approach? Sorry I don't see how Orion or Musk's Dragon can reach Mars (supplies, food, machine shops to repair when things break down, radiation, microgravity, etc.). Then we got advocates always promoting their "One legged stool" http://hopsblog-hop.blogspot.c... for the Next Big Initiative.

Of all the stuff I read, Dennis Wingo in his book Moon Rush discusses real driver should be industrial expansion, "Deals of this size are done all the time, and think what having access to and rights over a billion kilos of platinum would do for your corporate portfolio." Wingo also discusses background of major programs Apollo, SEI, Augustine commissions I and II, and why certain decisions were made (and why many times nothing happened after). http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...

Comment: Re:Cynical attempt to lower tech wages (Score 1) 253

by k6mfw (#47416363) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

the U.S. economy was better when we had more wealth distribution, stronger unions, and a growing middle class.

Yes but then there will be complaints "it's socialism!" and protests against such practices (ironically by those working folks who will benefit). Or they will say, "too bad but that's capitalism." Yeah but I think in a capitalist system does not include rich people sending lobbyists to legislators to make laws against the competition or laws that game the system in their favor.

There was a time when tech companies provide training and additional education but then another company will poach them away. Then all the companies decide to poach employees instead of providing expense to give them more training and education. Now it seems instead of expense of educating people in schools, simply poach people from other countries.

That's my Gripe Of The Month for now.

Comment: Re:Mars Direct - Unanswered? (Score 1) 57

by k6mfw (#47408067) Attached to: Interview: Edward Stone Talks About JPL and Space Exploration
I probably could have added more content but re-writing much of its talking points? It also has a lot more material than just different space advocates arguing among themselves. Getting back to Mars Direct, a manned mission to Mars has always been 20 years away and been presented like this for past 50 years (like fusion energy power plants are 10 years away which been presented like this for past 60 years). After a half century, maybe a different approach? Sorry I don't see how Orion or Musk's Dragon can reach Mars (supplies, food, machine shops to repair when things break down, radiation, microgravity, etc.)

Comment: Re:Mars Direct - Unanswered? (Score 1) 57

by k6mfw (#47400609) Attached to: Interview: Edward Stone Talks About JPL and Space Exploration

At the same time, he's choosing to ignore the entire body of work that Dr. Zubrin (and now, Elon Musk is contributing to) which demonstrates that it is not too hard, nor too far away.

Yes and no. In meantime while "Space advocates have been divided into warring camps, each fighting for their version of a 1 legged stool." http://hopsblog-hop.blogspot.c...

Comment: Re:Myths are socially hilarious (Score 1) 198

One story, mildly amusing, I believe extensively discussed here was someone dressed in a gorilla suit and would greet hikers in the back country of a national park. He would greet himself as Bigfoot, welcome people to the national park and ask they not litter, stay on the trails, and not abuse plants and animals in the park. He had a friend take video with a camcorder which uploaded footage to Youtube became very popular. Park service protested and banned him from playing Bigfoot on grounds that he didn't have a film permit or a permit to stage a show on national park (or something like that, leading to lots of /. diatribes about IP, guvmint interference, etc.).

Comment: Listen to Bigfoot on 364.200 (Score 1) 198

sorry for OT but I could not pass this one up. You can here NORAD air defense command center, their callword is Bigfoot, on these frequencies, http://home.comcast.net/~kilow...
I actually have heard Bigfoot, NORAD's ATC base giving vectors for what I believe was a KC135, I scan the freq regularly. Not much traffic but occasionally hear something.

Comment: cellphone cam captures the unbelievable (Score 1) 198

An article talked about over the years people make claims they've done some incredible feats mostly unintended. Like someone going too fast on a skateboard off a ledge, board separates from rider, board bounces off a wall, lands on hand railing at same time rider lands on board, which then by chance the angle was just right the rider was able to smoothly land on clear surface and come to a controlled stop. Yeah right, oh wait! A friend got it on the phone and it's gone viral on FB!

OK, so where's the space aliens, Bigfoot, and Nessie?

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