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Comment: Re:Combo vehicles will never be more than curiosit (Score 1) 33

by peragrin (#46732547) Attached to: AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

how do you figure that? I never saw the apollo space craft pull up along side another space based object latch on to it and conduct repairs on it. the closest we got was the CM and LM would latch up for a joined flight after it was in space.

The space shuttle was big but it had very useful features like a large cargo bay that not only could take things into space but also return them. It could sleep 7 for two weeks. If we are ever going to build in space we need that ability. we have enough junk up there as it is to make building space stations even more dangerous.

Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 1) 307

by peragrin (#46692337) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

How about to setup the martian colony?

Send the first 12 people there with enough supplies to last 1-2 years and let them build the first colony. so when the second wave arrives they have food, water, shelter already in place. The original group will most likely be dead, but if the facility is good then they died doing a good thing.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 2, Interesting) 224

by peragrin (#46692269) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

another moron posted another moronic theory of how the brain works based on their own personal experiences of stupidity, laziness, and lack of focus. These used to be published by quick magazines called tabloids. Now they look legitimate.

I personally felt stupider just reading the summary. I am online at work all day. now I can't watch tv without doing something else but I have gone through a dozen books(usually ebooks but not always) since christmas without any kind of issue.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 1) 218

by peragrin (#46672175) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Saying there is no conspiracy involved generally leads people to believe there is one.

I do know what you are saying at least in part, but google uses all sorts of tracking to find you. Google range rover in IE without adblock and watch for the next month. rage rover ads will feature promentaly on every website you visit even if google has nothing to do with them.

I use adblock on safari at home and I don't have those issues. turn off adblock for a while and the web becomes something a lot messier.

Comment: Re:Sure, but... (Score 1) 392

by peragrin (#46668485) Attached to: How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

You would then have to land said colony ship. Consider trying to land the ISS. it just isn't feasible. It is to big, and you couldn't slow it down enough. The best you can do is disassemble it in space and drop down sections of it.

Next your spaceship was only big enough for the flight crew plus embryos, and equipment. you still don't have any fresh water supplies, any waste management areas setup, no longer term living quarters.

For the first 50 years it will be like living in a modern version of the Old west or like Firefly's frontier towns. High tech yes, but still dirt roads. Sure solar panels provide you with light heat and hot water, which makes life easier but you still need to be chopping down trees, clearing land, etc.

Comment: Re:So Arrest Them (Score 2) 207

by peragrin (#46637673) Attached to: Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

ah but you are forgetting one very important fact. Countries treat each other like 7-10 years at recess treat each other. Look at my shiny toy, no give me that, don't pull my hair I am warring you, give me your money, eww billy's got cooties, etc.

watch the UN some day and replace all the adults with children. the actions are so close it isn't funny but turns into a sad comedy.

until countries grow up and start acting like adults none of this will improve.

Comment: Re: I call BS. (Score 1) 169

by peragrin (#46563525) Attached to: Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

Then you aren't paying attention. I have a couple of fairway drivers designed to hit off grass instead of tees. These are angled to hit farther than an equivalent 1 or 2 iron.

Not everyone plays golf smart. If the ground was mostly flat they may go for distance over positioning. If I can't get on the green I play short. But many people will play range of potential shot first. Instead of landing best for the next.

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