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Comment: When did slashdot become a blog for Bennett? (Score 1) 228

by oneiros27 (#46788039) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

It used to be that CmdrTaco or one of the others on the slashdot staff would occassionally post an article, but in general, the standard procedure would be that someone would write something on some other website, and then Slashdot would link to them.

And sometimes, they'd link to one blog over and over again so often that were just rehashes of press releases (eg, coondoggie & Roland Piquepaille) rather than containing any original information or commentary, and they crowd out actual good articles on the topic. ... but what is Bennett's link to the site? Obviously, it's stronger than coondoggies Network World spamming, as he's linking in articles rather than directly posting them.

It seems like Bennett might have some tech cred, and may specifically have experience in this particular area ... but he posts on such a wide area of ... I'd say expertise, but some of it's poorly informed crap.

It almost seems like his submissions are trolling from the slashdot 'editors'.

Comment: JWST? (Score 3, Informative) 100

by oneiros27 (#46685607) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Huh? The most expensive was $3B?

The James Webb Space Telescope is estimated to be just under $8B to make and launch, then another ~$800M for operations.

An article from 2011 suggested that they had already spent $5B (or maybe it was just that they had only planned on it costing $5B at that point). An FAQ from JPL states that as of 2011, they had spent $3.5B.

If they're smart on this Europa mission, they won't design the mission around low TRL technology.

Comment: restated as 4 tips for writing advice (Score 5, Insightful) 162

by oneiros27 (#46684163) Attached to: Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

1: Don't ramble so much that your audience stops caring about your recommended solution before you get to it.

2: Trim out all of the extraneous parts.

3: Give appropriate responses for your audience, their motivations and capabilities.

and maybe:

4: Use lists instead of long paragraphs so maybe we can identify which parts are important.

(yes, #1 is likely just a specialization of #2 ... but did you see that horrible post?)

Comment: Doubtful ... due to STRAW (Score 1) 46

by oneiros27 (#46678891) Attached to: NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

All NASA websites have to be renewed annually in STRAW (System for Tracking and Registering Applications and Websites). If they're not updated, they're supposed to get blocked at the firewall.

Of course, they never define what a 'website' is, so someone could claim that the item in question was a 'web page' that didn't have to be individually registered.

(I made the mistake of listing a webservice as a 'web application', and had much back & forth as I said there weren't any privacy issues ... of course, their definition was that a 'web application' is something that you give logins & passwords to.)

But my complaint was that the 'official' page is that there are other pages out there that are *not* trying to be comprehensive that are doing a better job than the 'official' page. I had contacted the NASA official responsible for, and asked him how they had sent out the call for information to put in there ... he said they didn't, they just added websites they found. I told him they'd be more complete if they just linked to the GCMD as their system hardly had anything in it. I also complained about how stuff was organized (not by mission, or investigation ... but by the websites they found ... never mind that a given archive might have hundreds of different heterogeneous datasets.)

And I seriously doubt that the projects are what you claim -- as someone who's tried to push some NASA-funded software to CPAN ... after a while, we gave up as the legal department made it such a burden to do so. (admitedly, this was ~8 years ago).

Comment: NASA's currenty catalog sucks. (Score 1) 46

by oneiros27 (#46665311) Attached to: NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

I gave up on it years ago, when I realized there were only 32 items in it. (2 have been listed as 'coming soon'). You'll find more open source software if you look at the lists that the individual centers maintain :

Or see the NASA Github page (34 items, but that includes '') :

The listed 'NASA Official' has changed since it was released ... maybe this one will actually care about maintaining a list, rather than doing the bare minimum to meet some requirement from the White House.

(which was my interepretation of the response I got when I contacted the previous official about ... of course, back then, it actually linked to places, rather than crap like the content-less )

Comment: How many vacation days do they get? (Score 2) 307

by oneiros27 (#46652567) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

I mean, realisticly -- if NASA sends someone on a one-way trip ... are they then obligated to keep paying them until they die?

What about once they get old, and the other people on the mission have to start taking care of them?

Or do you have to implement a euthenasia policy? And then the federal government has to approve it, which would likely open all sorts of protests, etc.

Comment: Oh, I wish. (Score 1) 291

by oneiros27 (#46643971) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

All it takes is one congressman inserting language in an appropriations bill about what countries NASA isn't allowed to work with.

But they'd never do something like that, right?

It was so bad, we had to get a legal opinion on if I was allowed to respond to a question e-mailed to the support address for one of the projects I work on. (they said yes, because the project was international in scope, and not just between us and China).

I also had a to pass up an invitation from the US Academy of Science, as it was for a meeting that was being held in China. (later, I was informed that it was Taiwan, which didn't count as China, but it was too late at that point).

ps. if it's not obvious, I work at a NASA center.

pps. and then let's not forget about earmarks and the like. Or how the shuttle was built all over the US and then brought together, to make congress happy that it was being built in their district.

Comment: MIT researchers? (Score 3, Informative) 70

by oneiros27 (#46598757) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

... Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT ...

At least this time we can blame Network World for the crappy headline, and not someone here at Slashdot. We can just blame them for not bothering to read the summary, much less the article.

Comment: And time in .beats? (Score 2) 224

by oneiros27 (#46595151) Attached to: Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

Are we going to have to use Swatch Time with this calendar?

All kidding aside, they mention:

Both minutes and seconds have a range from 0 to 59. If including a fraction of a second, write it as a decimal at the end: TC .

... so no handling of leap seconds. I know some people would be happy about this, but if you're not going to care about solar noon, why deal with leap days and such, too?

(and for those who complain that UTC shouldn't have leap seconds ... I say go and use TAI or GPS, but don't change UTC because you don't want to deal with the complexity)

Comment: Rat colonoscopies! (Score 1) 20

Last month, I was at the International Digital Curation Conference, and Atel Butte started talking about outsourcing lab tests .... and put video of rat colonoscopies in the talk. It's about 32 min in, but you should watch the whole thing for the context:

If a subordinate asks you a pertinent question, look at him as if he had lost his senses. When he looks down, paraphrase the question back at him.