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Comment: Re:Buzz elaborated on his reasoning yesterday. (Score 1) 77

by stiggle (#47415851) Attached to: Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

NASA has a reduced budget so has to do more with less.

The overarching goal is Mars...
The asteroid visit is a stepping stone, which they'll have to do anyway at some point.

Just like when they were going to the moon, they did a few orbits of the Earth first before moving to to orbiting the moon, then finally landing on it. The asteroid visits, capture, asteroid insertion into lunar orbit, etc are all steps rather than a single shot system whose only purpose is to get to Mars. We saw how useful Apollo was at being reused for other purposes. So multi-mission capable systems are what they're looking towards.

While NASA is harvesting resources from the asteroids, SpaceX might get their act together and propose their martian lander system. NASA can then throw resources at that, as they have done with COTS and CCDev.

Comment: SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City (Score 5, Interesting) 275

by stiggle (#47270279) Attached to: Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

He's building his framework of companies to support a colony there.

SpaceX to get there and then Tesla electric propulsion charged via better efficient solar panels from Solar City, needed due to the dimmer sun further out in the solar system.

Just needs a building system using Martian resources next (concrete based on martian dust)

Comment: Re:It's the Native Americans' call (Score 1) 646

by stiggle (#47270189) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Only the Seminole Tribe of Florida sanction the use of the name, other Seminole tribes & nations disagree with the usage.
But dissent has been voiced within the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, primarily by general council member David Narcomey, but the council has taken no official position on the FSU issue, according to Jennifer McBee, the tribe attorney general. Narcomey, saying he was voicing his opinion only, wrote in an e-mail to USA TODAY of the decision: "I am deeply appalled, incredulously disappointed ... I am nauseated that the NCAA is allowing this 'minstrel show' to carry on this form of racism in the 21st century."

Comment: Re:We should have a choice (Score 1) 455

by stiggle (#47270059) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Talk to Tesla about training, certifying and licensing your staff to sell/maintain Tesla vehicles. Get regular testing to ensure your staff stay fully trained.

Tesla still get the sales, but now also get the fees for training, certifying, licensing logo and other trademarked materials. Just need to make it clear that they are are franchise/dealership and not the company so the customer has a choice.

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 0) 455

by stiggle (#47270037) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

We have dealerships for almost everything else.
Walmart, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Meijers, BestBuy, Target, Home Depot - all dealerships. You don't buy your corn flakes direct from Kelloggs, you get them through your local grocery dealership. That new hard drive isn't bought direct from Seagate its picked up from BestBuy.

The difference is the competition - If you don't like the prices at Walmart you can go to Giant Eagle instead. The competition pushes the retail prices down.

Comment: Re:Stopping this would stop snooping in the UK too (Score 1) 60

by stiggle (#47262793) Attached to: EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

Even if the servers were located in the UK - they would snoop on them as they'd be snooping on overseas traffic coming into the servers, or just route the traffic offshore and back again (fat pipe to the Isle of Man or Ireland?) so they can snoop it.

USA can route traffic via Canada to legally snoop on American citizens, as its being snooped in Canada.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos