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Comment: Re:First pass (Score 2) 43

by somegeekynick (#47529643) Attached to: Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

I don't understand the concept of first pass. Do they really mean "first pass ever" which I suppose would also mean humanity will never ever interact with this comet ever?

[emphasis mine] Why? (Assuming humanity lives in harmony on Earth for another few million years) It's non-periodic (the 'C' in C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)) comet, so as far as we know, it will be the first and only pass through the inner Solar System.

+ - Feedly Forces its Users to Create Google+ Profiles

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somegeekynick (1011759) writes "Feedly users, a lot of whom migrated from the now-defunct Google Reader, are now finding out that they will not be able to login to the service without a Google+ Profile. In a blog post from Edwin Khodabakchian, which was posted almost at the same time the change rolled out, the reason for the change is stated as following Google's own move from using OAuth to Google+ for authentication. What has riled up a lot of users, as can be read in the comments, is that this change has come without warning and a lot of feeds are now being "held hostage" by Feedly, especially for users who are reluctant to create Google+ Profiles."

Comment: Re:Ground vs Space (Score 1) 74

by somegeekynick (#39461899) Attached to: Massive Construction Effort Begins For World's Largest Telescope
What you're referring to is interferometry. I came across a news in the last few months that someone somewhere making suggestions along similar lines. As has already been said, space-based observation is comparatively costlier both to build (and send it up) and difficult to maintain or upgrade compared to ground-based installations.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"