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Comment: Re:I'm already invisible (Score 1) 150

by ksheff (#49168403) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
I know. But it's not so much about "complain about not getting in their pants" as much as the total absence of anything resembling politeness by most people, especially women these days. Oh well, I guess I can always charge up with some greasy chili containing lots of beans & onions to make their evening a memorable one. :) That was usually a good way to keep the drunks away when I used to record shows for bands.

Comment: Re:Ummm - Use a commercial pasta machine.... (Score 1) 91

by ksheff (#49142899) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens
They are probably going after the users who want more control & flexibility over the final output product that the existing commercial machines currently do not give them. The people that create customized food for parties or other special occasions will be some of the first adopters.

Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 2, Interesting) 496

by ksheff (#48797643) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Also, explain to this Canadian why NASA is researching climate. Isn't NOAA supposed to be the agency for that?

When I worked at a US Geological Survey office that also archives all the US Govt satellite and aerial imagery, there was a memo that was sent out around 1993 or so. All research projects had to show how they were helping the study of global climate change. If they didn't, they were candidates for having their funding cut. The only exceptions were the ones that were being paid by external agencies or governments. So NASA is researching it for the same reason other agencies are: they have some expertise that can be useful and the funding keeps other projects alive.

Comment: Re:As a proportion of the budget... (Score 1) 287

by ksheff (#48751509) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
The key phrase is: non-military discretionary spending. Medicare, Social Security, interest on the national debt, Federal pensions, entitlements, etc. are all considered "mandatory spending", not discretionary. It is also about 2/3 of all Federal spending. The discretionary stuff is what most of the political fighting is over and it isn't what is driving the increase in the debt. Yes, the percentage of that remaining 1/3 that's being spent on NASA has gone down in part to the expansion of government since the 60's. If NASA could spend that $18 billion without having to scatter it across a huge number of Congressional districts, they might be able to use what they have more effectively. Until then, they need a better excuse for pork spending on NASA instead of some other pet project.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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