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Comment Mars '98 (Score 1) 377

I worked on both the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander, though not on software related to the failures. I did fry a $12k damper during testing though due to a misunderstanding with the thermal engineers on hardware placement (I didn't lose my job, I was fresh out of college). Due the fact that the capillary pumped loop heat pipe thermal system didn't work, they ended up cutting it off and adding extra heaters/sensors at the last minute. Looming launch deadlines make for crazy times ...

Comment Not a New Concept (Score 1) 407

For an eye-opening documentary on Methamphetamine (understanding Adderall is low dose amphetamine): "National Geographic: World's Most Dangerous Drug" (available on Netflix) In Asia it goes by "ya ba" and is used by workers to work longer hours and more shifts, to make more money. "Some say the pressure to compete has created a generation of Thai meth addicts"

Comment Re:Why are these simulations impressive? (Score 3, Interesting) 129

I thought the same thing at first. However, assuming that the simulation implements only the very fundamental building blocks of physics at it's core, it is interesting to see that they translate to match our observations on a macro scale. Given that, it's just a matter of what else we can glean from the simulation runs that we have yet to observe IRL. These new insights don't have to be taken as truth, but rather lead us to new observations.

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