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Comment: Public land closures (Score 4, Informative) 48

by pablo_max (#48653355) Attached to: Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity

It may not seem like a big deal, but things like this are used more and more to justify land closures.
For what ever reason, the government has seen fit in the last 2 decades to make more and more public lands off limits to the public. Normally under the umbrella of "protecting" the lands or the public.

Comment: Black holes are not black (Score 1, Redundant) 129

by pablo_max (#48529053) Attached to: How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

Actually, no, it is not black. In order to have a color, light must reflect off of the object. In a black hole, light does not escape it and therefor it has no color.
In fact, you cannot see a black hole at all. You would only know it's there because of the objects orbiting the event horizon.

Comment: Queue the Apple apologists (Score 4, Insightful) 327

by pablo_max (#48397405) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Seriously, look at this fellow's posts. Doesn't matter what Apples does, it is not their fault, or it is their fault but it's Apple, so there is a good and just reason.

I just understand this mindset. TRIM has been around for a long time now and it works. Plain and simple. It has worked perfectly on my mac after I enabled with a 3rd party hack.
No, this is only a clamp down in order for force you to buy their SSD for double the price.

I am 100% positive if MS sold SDDs and suddenly blocked TRIM, this turkey would be screaming at the top of his lung about power grabs and anti-competitive actions. But, since we are talking about Apple....

Comment: Crowdfunding (Score 4, Interesting) 73

by pablo_max (#48238761) Attached to: First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

I would think that something like a moon hab or station would be perfect for crowd funding.
I think that space is one thing that tons of people are willing to spend money on. I would be willing to put up a few hundred bucks, even if I get nothing in return. So long as the idea is realistic and gets us going in the right direction.
Maybe I will never be able to go into space. At my age, it is likely I won't, but I can at least dream that my kids will go.

Comment: Not even then! (Score 1) 267

by pablo_max (#48012809) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

The only safe ship is the one that never leaves harbor...

Not even then.
There are loads of examples of ships sinking in harbor or while tied to docks.
That the thing about life, it's just too damn easy to die and there isnt any way to prevent it. So, may as well risk it.
Hell, you could be killed by space sitting in your chair at home!

MS-DOS must die!