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Comment Re:conflict of interest ignored here (Score 1) 363

One of my graduate TA's did just that, 30 years ago. He compiled notes and study guides made by himself and other TA's, imported them into TeX, invented a publisher, hired a printer, and sold thousands of books. The hardest part was writing the book, not publishing and printing it. And this was all in the early 1990's, before the Internet made its way outside academia. Today, publishing and printing is even easier than it was at that time.

Comment Superconducting Super Collider (Score 3, Interesting) 50

The Space Station (or "waste station", as we used to call it) helped kill the Superconducting Super Collider by taking away research dollars in 1992-1993.

Manned space flight is ridiculously expensive. The SSC, though greatly less glamorous, would have done a lot more for our understanding of the universe. So I don't see funding the ISS as an accomplishment.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.