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Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 491 491

The govt shouldn't be in the business of trying to mold or target my behavior. I fail to find in the US Constitution where that is one of its few, enumerated responsibilities and rights...

You're looking for the General Welfare Clause, which has been a hotly debated topic since shortly after the constitution was ratified if not before.

Comment Re:Entire government departments should work this (Score 1) 99 99

The question I have on all that is where is the other 300k going because THAT appears to be going for "pictures and websites"... and that simply baffles me.

Besides restoration, the plan also includes documentation of the suit including photos, a 3D scan, online display of that 3D scan, climate controlled case, and special stand for the suit that will climate control the inside of the suit also so it can all be ready for the 50th anniversary in 2019.

Link to BBC

Another video that is a bit longer that states that the documentation will also include a research into the complete history of the suit and address the price question.

Comment Re:Face palm. (Score 1) 99 99

Idiot. Alright - WTF is in that suit that people haven't been preserving for hundreds of years already?

As posted upthread, they don't know. The records are incomplete. They'll have to start by hiring a historian to try and find out what it is made out of, what changes have been made to the suit, and what condition it was in when it was on the moon. If they can't they'll have to find somebody who can find out in a non-destructive way. Then they'll need somebody to figure out how to preserve it as well as somebody to do the work. Then comes taking the 3D scan of the thing. Then they'll probably also need somebody to make stands for it, set it up, and transport everything. Add in a project manager as well as somebody else that will have to manage the KS as all those people who donated money will be wanting updates as well as the stuff they were promised. There's salary for about ten professionals before even talking about what actual equipment is needed.

Comment Re:During Pluto's day - how light is it? (Score 1) 63 63

I suppose I could do the math, but since I'm lazy... if it were possible for you to be standing on the daylight side of Pluto, does anyone know how bright/dark would it be? Is there enough light that you'd be able to see the terrain, at least dimly?

I did the math once based on the supposed camera settings they were shooting at, and from my experience since I do concert photography, it was about as much light as a band on stage lit by four red stage lights which seems to be the minimum standard.

Comment Re:New rule (Score 1) 112 112

Yeah, we've got a programmer in our group that we played with one night. After his second questionable 2 letter word we added a rule (democratically voted on and adopted) that you must be able to define your word and use it properly in a sentence if anyone asks.

I've seen this all play out before with my group of friends and their programers. Now, the key to winning at Scrabble in the early stages of casual play will be learning all the 2 letter words and their definitions followed by learning all the 3 letter words and their definitions. Somebody will begin learning the 4 letter words. Typically, this is enough to gain the edge and win even against people with really good vocabularies as they can consistantly earn points. If he had the forethought to learn all the 2 letter words, he can no doubt learn their definitions too, and then move on. Now, you will either be faced with having him tell you what all these words mean also, or spending the time to learn them yourself. Eventually, my friends stopped playing because it was no longer a fun "beer and pretzels" game, but one involving lots of work to just have any chance of having fun.

Comment Re:im sure the news on Kepler 452b was grave. (Score 1) 133 133

Except Earth has natural forest fires and prarie fires and methane fires.

Yes, but assuming the equipment was sensitive enough, cities would detect as constant low burning fires that remained in the same place constantly over years. It would at least be unusual to have some many natural steady state, if not slowly increasing fires, and quite possible that the light spectrum does not match such known sources as natural gas or methane. However, if will probably be a larger clue, if they could detect ancient cities light, that said lights dim soon after sundown every day.

Comment Re:Being within the law doesn't make it right (Score 1) 91 91

Killing Jews was strictly within the law of Nazi Germany.

I would not bet on that. While Germany and Germans may have been pedantically detail oriented and had a desire to fulfill the letter of the law, the NAZI party never really had those habits. Even after it was technically legal for Hitler to write up any law he wanted, he often didn't bother. They would write up laws that sounded good to the German people and announce them, and then promptly ignore and break them. Anybody asking too much about the legality of their actions usually found themselves threatened with extra-judicial punishment.

In D&D terms, they were a Chaotic Evil group in charge of a Lawful country. They developed propaganda to the art it became just so they could lie to the country to get away with all the illegal stuff they did. When they took over the labor unions, they did not even make up ex post facto laws to put the former union leaders in jail (even the ones that worked with the NAZIs), they just made up a list and sent them to camps, confiscated their money, and told everybody they now belonged to the new nationalized labor union they created.

Comment Re:Perceived incompetence and lack of rationale. (Score 3, Insightful) 227 227

That, and holy hell, phones really aren't a security risk. People are a security risk; if someone's allowed to see the same document a thousand times, they can simply memorize it instead of taking a picture. You need to have people you trust; the government simply runs on the policy that no one can be trusted, and (often!) gets far less competent people because of that...

Well, phones are considered the security risk. They do trust the people, but not the phones. A cousin of mine works on a secure military base. They used to be able to keep their phones, so long as the batteries could be taken out and be sure they were non-operative. With the iPhone and similar, they couldn't take out the battery, couldn't be sure it was off, and couldn't really tell if it was recording data whether or not or if the owner even knew about it. Thus, they banned all phones at the door. They weren't worried about somebody there as much as about somebody installing software or otherwise hacking the phone itself without the knowledge the owner. They are, after all, not really phones, but small pocket computers with wireless connections whose power is probably greater than what we worked with ten years ago as a desktop.

Comment Re:Taxi company (Score 1) 193 193

How it that different from any other taxi company?

Uber doesn't own the cars, and the taxi company owns the cars. Since, you know, they could dispatch people with mules instead of people with cars; are they now a drayage company, as well?

Well, this is about Europe and maybe they have standardized laws across all the EU, but here in the US, many taxi companies often down't own the cars. The medallion or license owners own the cars, which they lease to the taxi company, which leases them to the drivers.

Comment Re:I'm a little troubled... (Score 1) 225 225

I did some digging as to what it would cost to do a full 3d high res photo shoot for the entire space suit... whole thing... inside, outside, helmet, gloves, etc. And I'm having a hard time getting numbers even in 5 figures. This is looking like maybe 8 grand.

That's probably because you've never had to hire a trained professional with professional equipment before. Eight grand wouldn't be unheard of for a single day of a wedding photographer. Of course that single day includes prep time, equipment costs, an assistant, and a week of post production work at a contractor's rate, but you're just one of those people who wonders why they can' just have their cousin take photos with their point and shoot for free instead. five figures is easy to reach if you have to hire a contracted professional for their time or hire an FTE to use your own equipment (which would easily be another five figures to do what they want to do). That doesn't even begin to cover transportation costs, stands to set up the suit for the 3D photos, or any number of other costs that will start to appear once the project gets underway and done with the due diligance needed with preservation in mind. Extend that to all the other features of the work you have no idea about, and I don't doubt that you might question it, however I do doubt any of your figures have anything to do with reality.

Comment Re:$805M budget (Score 1) 225 225

The Smithsonian has a $805,000,000 budget.... surely they could scrounge up 0.06% of their annual budget to pay for it themselves since preserving significant artifacts of USA history is pretty much exactly what taxpayers are paying them for.

Well, the Smithsonian has a gift shop, probably does fundraisers, has publicity programs, and does collection of data of supporters. Like it or not, Kickstarter is a tool that does all those things. Go look at the Kickstarter. This is not so much as a plea for money but a publicity event to sell merchandise that will raise that money while also offering a chance to collect a list of people interested in their endeavors. Very early on, Kickstarter ceased to really be a way to kick in money to a desired goal and became a method of selling stuff to make money to fund that goal. Sometimes that stuff is the finished product that was the goal and KS is being used to raise funding, but just as often if not more so, the stuff is related merch separate from the end goal and people are kicking in just for that merch. I've seen bands raising tour money by offering the same stuff they sell at their concerts for the same price. It's a way to sell stuff you'll try and sell anyway through a publicised site for a limited amount of time.

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