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Comment Re: Mars isn't going anywhere. (Score 1) 163

One possibility is to land in one of the "craters of eternal darkness" on the moon that never receive any sunlight and therefore will have a much more steady temperature. A bonus, it's also theorized that these craters are the most likely places one might find water on the moon, though there's currently no evidence that there's any water in them. Downside is that they are all near the poles which makes it a bit harder to get to.

Comment Re:Internet News (Score 1) 179

I seriously doubt that the average retirement age in the NFL is 36. Maybe that's the average age of players that choose to hang up their helmets and call it quits, but the average NFL player only plays in the NFL for less than 4 seasons. My guess is that the typical NFL player "retires" sometime in their mid-late 20's when no team is willing to sign them, not of their choice.

Comment Re: Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

Actually, I would say the opposite. Employers don't seem to care too much about hard science and math degrees. You may be smart and have a lot of knowledge, but they don't want to train you, so they only care about what skills and experience you have. So in terms of employment, you're better off with a degree like engineering that focus more on teaching you how to do things rather than high-level knowledge - at least at the bachelor's level. If you want to take that degree and pursue a masters or PhD in science and math then you'll find more jobs that want a scientist or mathematician. Or you could always teach too.

Comment Re: Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

I was in a Perkins that lost power once. Our breakfast was on the grill when it happened so we got our food, but no one behind us got theirs. We chatted a bit with the manager. The burners and grill were gas powered, but electronically controlled so when the power went out they all shut down. They did stay open though as they could still make change, but it was pretty much only bakery items at that point.

Comment Re:There's a simpler problem here. (Score 1) 393

My high school advisers basically said something along the lines of "Don't worry if you don't know what you want to major in at college. Many people don't know either, and most of the ones who think they know will change their major anyway, so just take a bunch of generals and worry about later." Which may or may not actually be good advice, depending on what major you end up picking, as some majors have a large course-load that you require you start on it immediately for your freshman year (such as engineering) if you want to graduate in a reasonable time frame. But then again those aren't likely the kind of majors that will land you a job as a high school career adviser...

What was generally interesting was that the assumption that everyone was going to a four year university. If you didn't know what you wanted to do after you graduated, they would tell you to go to college and jump right to helping you pick out a university to attend. Very little was said about other options like vocational schools, community colleges, joining the military, entering the workforce, etc. Options that would have suited a lot of my classmates better than going to university for no other reason that everyone telling that that's what they should do.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 393

I know a guy who did. He went to a community college for his final year of high school. Didn't complete the requirements to graduate high school and get his diploma. However, since he was already in the community college's system, he could still sign up for classes so stayed there and completed his associates degree. He then took that degree and transferred to a four year college and they never questioned his lack of a high school diploma or GED.

Comment Re:Heinlein quote. (Score 1) 378

If you have a spaceship that can accelerate at 1G indefinitely, you can travel just about anywhere. Eventually you are going close enough to the speed of light that thanks to time dilation, clocks on the spaceship are basically stopped to a stationary observer. The Andromeda galaxy is only about 33 years or so away ship time, which means that humans could not only visit the Andromeda galaxy, but they could actually return. Traveling further really doesn't add much travel time to the people on the ship - the furthest observable galaxies are only about 40 years ship time. Though trips like these would likely still be a one-way trip, because hundreds of millions of years (or more) would have passed on Earth, so it wouldn't be certain there would be anything to return to.

Comment Re:Careful with the "black fraud day". (Score 1) 145

That's what I've found on anything that I've tracked the price on for a while. Anything I would actually want to buy on Black Friday is either not marked down at all, or only has a very modest discount that isn't worth battling the crowds for. Everything else is either the cheapest possible no-name junk that I would never buy, or occasionally some old stock they want to move. It seems the whole idea now is to work people up into a frenzy so they aren't thinking rationally rather than actually put items on sale.

Comment Re:Always had a problem with laser pointers (Score 1) 161

That's one of the things no one seems to mention. The media seems to play it up like it's people messing around and pointing at planes with $10 laser pointers from the office supply store but it's pretty obvious that whoever is doing this has some pretty serious equipment. It kind of surprises me that there's that many people out there that have this kind of equipment that also feel the need to point it at aircraft.

Comment Re:"Laser Strikes" define? (Score 1) 161

It would be like making the cockpit glass out the same stuff they make laser safety goggles out of. The thing is, you can't easily filter out just one wavelength of light, so the safety goggles for green lasers are orange tinted, and the red laser glasses are all green tinted. I'm guessing most pilots don't want orange or green windows on their plane. And if you wanted to filter both the red and green wavelengths you might as well just paint over the windows.

Maybe if they actually build those planes where the pilots don't have windows, they can have some mechanism that drops the appropriate filter in front of the camera when the plane gets hit with the laser.

Comment Re:ME still runnig on a 486.... (Score 1) 406

Really? Because Windows ME supposedly required a Pentium processor. Not sure whether or not that was a hard requirement or if it could still technically boot on a 486. If it really is a 486, it must be dreadfully slow, especially since most 486's aren't going to accept enough ram to run ME comfortably.

Comment Re:He's got his talking points (Score 1) 478

You have an odd way of counting OSes. By your logic, Microsoft has been supporting Windows now for 30 years. There really isn't much in common with the latest version of OSX and version 10.0 from 2001. You can't even run a program that ran on 10.0 on the latest version of OSX. But you can run a program that ran on Windows XP RTM on the latest version of Windows.

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