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Comment Re:last chance to buy quality Sharp products (Score -1, Flamebait) 45

None. Sadly, idiots like that run around screaming about Obama and how O is going to take their guns/rights.
These are the same kind of idiots that back police for killing a kid in the street for being black, but has no issues when a bunch of mental right wing nut jobs take over gov. buildings in a terrorists action, they will back it.

Comment whittington remains an idiot (Score 1) 310

Seriously, this guy is an idiot.
Ok, he does not like ARM. Yet, he claims that it does not have any scientific or engineering merit. Neither are accurate, or even close to accurate.
To move part of an asteroid will require a new tug. This will require new engineering that will then be used for asteroid mining. it can also be used to save the earth from an inbound asteroid.
Then you have several astronauts in space around the moon for several weeks. We have not sent anybody beyond LEO since the 70s and none for several weeks. This will require new engineering to protect the crew and will provide a great deal of science about radiation.

finally, we have the boulder itself. The astronauts will be able to work on it, and figure out a number of things: Namely how to deal in lowGs.
If we are going to mars, it is very likely that we will land and stay on one of the moons FIRST. They also have low G. So, this really does make sense.

Finally, NASA does not have to re-direct all of its resources to go back to the moon. NASA has been hard at work on developing new private space's capabilities. In particular, they have over 4 companies working on different re-usable lunar landers.

Sadly, ppl like whittington is too wrapped up in the past to think of what Eisenhower and Kennedy wanted for NASA, which was that they would go above and beyond, not just repeat.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1825

here's no doubt that the Slashdot community is one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and prolific communities on the web.

You must be new here.

The really sad thing is that it used to be so. I've been here since the beginning, though I didn't sign up for an ID immediately. This used to be the go to site for news for nerds and stuff that matters. Not only has the level of discourse dropped precipitously but the quality of content has as well. Most 'breaking news' stories that I see here are ones I saw days ago on other sites. The editors are a joke and do not even bother to try editing anything. I'm willing to give the new owners the benefit of the doubt, but I really can't see how they can fix any of this.

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