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Comment: Re:What's the cost ? (Score 1) 58

by sysrammer (#49532027) Attached to: NASA Teams Scientific Experts To Find Life On Exoplanets

The cost is a drop in a drop in a bucket. Applying the savings to some Earth-local research budget might help that particular thing for a bit. Then when it is gone we've inched or millimetered our way towards knowledge included in the billions of dollars that we already spend on this stuff world-wide. And we would still have no further knowledge of exo-planets, therefore absolutely no chance of finding any other data points to compare with Earth.

Comparative planetology has greatly increased our knowledge of Earth systems. I feel your argument is similar to someone in the 70's who would have argued "why send spacecraft to other planets to study them? We have enough problems here".

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 4, Interesting) 341

by sysrammer (#49524045) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

That said the current government has just introduced new legislation that says if your kids haven't had their jabs you lose all child related wellfare. Dependent on your income that could be as much as $15k a year per child.

Good. If I'm paying for someone's kids, I want them to at least have a chance of being healthy.

Comment: Re:You aren't the audience (Score 1) 76

by sysrammer (#49498731) Attached to: StarTalk TV Show With Neil DeGrasse Tyson Starts Monday

If you would have started telling me in 4th grade about how programming can be used to integrate CRM and ERP systems I probably would have just kept playing Nintendo instead of learning QBASIC.

Sometimes you need to get people hooked on how a topic can be cool before you start showing them how it can be practical.

Yep. I got into computers because I had fun programming an artillery game in my school's first computer.

"Ada is PL/I trying to be Smalltalk. -- Codoso diBlini