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Comment: Re:This is probably a good thing, cardholders... (Score 0) 302

by spentrent (#24532493) Attached to: Net Shoppers Bullied Into "Verified By Visa" Program

You're going to have to cancel all those precious Mastercards as well. Mastercard's version is called "SecureCode."

Only a matter of time before you start seeing the same issues when you try to pay with your MC.

This is not a Coke vs. Pepsi thing; both associations are trying to mitigate risk and transfer the liability using the exact same methodology.

Space

NASA Running Out of Plutonium 264

Posted by Soulskill
from the so-am-i dept.
PRB_Ohio takes us to Space.com for a story about NASA's plutonium shortage, and how it may affect future missions to the far reaches of the solar system. The U.S. hasn't produced plutonium since 1988, instead preferring to purchase it from Russia. We discussed the U.S. government's plans to resume production in 2005, but those plans ended up being shelved. If NASA is unable to find an additional source, it could limit missions that take spacecraft too far from the Sun. Quoting: "Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator for science, ... said he believed the United States had sufficient plutonium-238 on hand or on order to fuel next year's Mars Science Lab, an outer planets flagship mission targeted for 2017 and a Discovery-class mission slated to fly a couple years earlier to test a more efficient radioisotope power system NASA and the Energy Department have in development. To help ensure there is enough plutonium-238 for those missions, NASA notified scientists in January that its next New Frontiers solicitation, due out in June, will seek only missions that do not require a nuclear power source."

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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