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+ - Mars (One) Needs Payloads->

Submitted by mbone
mbone (558574) writes "Mars One has announced that their first, unmanned, lander, targeted for 2018, needs payloads. Along with their 4 experiments, and a University experiment, they have two payloads for hire :

Mars One offers two payload opportunities for paying mission contributors. Proposals can take the form of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations, marketing and publicity campaigns, or any other suggested payload. “Previously, the only payloads that have landed on Mars are those which NASA has selected,” said Bas Lansdorp, “We want to open up the opportunity to the entire world to participate in our mission to Mars by sending a certain payload to the surface of Mars.”

The formal Request for Proposals for all of this is out now as well."
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Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 349

by mbone (#47410521) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Actually, as someone who is a pretty conservative driver, I welcomed the option to let worse drivers subsidize my premiums in exchange for them tracking my driving for a while. I could care less that they know (for example) that I always signal turns and lane changes and don't aggressively accelerate or stop. I could also care less that people who can't demonstrate the same behavior are seen as a higher risk and charged a higher premium.

...except you, of course, since you're on my \. frinds list and all...

Well, if you ever get divorced, better make sure you have never driven anywhere your ex-wife's attorney could make hay knowing about.

Comment: Buy? (Score 2, Insightful) 150

by mbone (#47407471) Attached to: Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

I haven't bought any of this, don't know anyone (personally) who has bought any of this, and don't know why anyone would buy any of this.

I guess, however, some people may have more money than brains. I wish they would put it into Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Rockethub, instead of this crap.

Comment: Re:Ken Starr is a bad example. (Score 1) 150

by mbone (#47407461) Attached to: Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

Sure, he did all kinds of dirt-gathering in order to try and impeach Clinton, but no one took him seriously.

Susan McDougal called. She wants to have a word with you.

I predict that if some fine day a Federal prosecutor (independent or otherwise) decides for some bogus reason that they want to hassle you, you will take it very seriously indeed.

I agree Whitewater was, like Benghazi, a fake scandal, but fake scandals can hurt real people.

Comment: Flagship Missions (Score 4, Informative) 45

by mbone (#47395335) Attached to: Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

Viking, Voyager, Galileo, Cassini - these were the so called "Flagship" missions - big, envelope-pushing missions intended to substantially advance our knowledge of the solar system. (MSL is really another, but Mars is special for NASA and so they don't call it that.) They have somewhat fallen out of favor, as they are very expensive and prone to delays and overruns, but it is hard to see how there can be substantial advances, particularly in the outer solar system, without them.

The next mission of this class will, Congress willing, be the Europa-clipper, which is slowly getting to the AO stage. I can hardly wait.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.