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Comment: Some women are just too small for space suits (Score 1) 396

by twosat (#48193863) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

One issue that an all-women space crew could have is that some of them could be too small to fit into space suits. Women under 5’5" can’t wear NASA’s current model, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMUs), because they are not made small enough.

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
http://www.npr.org/templates/s...
http://www.businessinsider.com...

Comment: Assange to help Kim Dotcom drop bombshell on PM (Score 4, Interesting) 75

by twosat (#47799153) Attached to: Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

As if Prime Minister John Key does not have enough problems, Kim Dotcom has revealed that he will drop a bombshell on him. He is warning that something big will come out on September 15, just five days from the election. He says WikiLeaks founder and fugitive Julian Assange, who's holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, is set to take part in a pre-election attack on John Key. The addition of Mr Assange confirms the event will be about New Zealand's spying.

http://tvnz.co.nz/vote-2014-ne...

Comment: Re:Spock: 'member (Score 1) 278

by twosat (#47437119) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

I remember reading news stories that during the 9/11 attacks that the telephone networks were set to record conversations in the hope of retrospectively tracing terrorists and their sympathisers. Afterwards, there were multiple stories of terrorist "chatter" being monitored by the government. Given all of this, I was left wondering why there were no reports of mass arrests of terrorist sympathisers.

Comment: My experiences with CFL and LED light bulbs (Score 1) 278

by twosat (#47413393) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

The last energy-saving light bulb that I've bought turned 1 year on July 1. It's a Philips 1055 lumens/13 watt LED that's roughly equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent. I had prevously been using a 800 lumens/15 watt CFL, but I thought it was too dim, and swapped it to our hallway. We have had mixed experiences with CFLs in our house. We found that in our dining room they would only last a few months, I think that they didn't like being turned on and off all the time and they were right in front of a hot fireplace. I would keep the CFL in my bedroom going all the time at night until I went to bed, negating some of the potential energy savings. Used this way, I seemed to get at least 2 years out of them, but they would get quite dim for a few months before they would fail. I have deliberately been switching off my LED light bulb whenever I go out of my bedroom, so far it's still going strong. I paid 24 NZ$ for it and I calculate that at roughly 6 hours a day of usage at NZ $0.24 per kW/hr I have more than recovered the initial purchase price in power savings, if it were to fail tomorrow I would be happy to get another just like it.

Comment: My experiences with CFL and LED light bulbs (Score 1) 196

by twosat (#47366753) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

By chance, the last energy-saving light bulb that I've bought turned 1 year yesterday. It's a Philips 1055 lumens/13 watt LED that's roughly equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent. I had prevously been using a 800 lumens/15 watt CFL, but I thought it was too dim, and swapped it to our hallway. We have had mixed experiences with CFLs in our house. We found that in our dining room they would only last a few months, I think that they didn't like being turned on and off all the time and they were right in front of a hot fireplace. I would keep the CFL in my bedroom going all the time at night until I went to bed, negating some of the potential energy savings. Used this way, I seemed to get at least 2 years out of them, but they would get quite dim for a few months before they would fail. I have deliberately been switching off my LED light bulb whenever I go out of my bedroom, so far it's still going strong. I paid 24 NZ$ for it and I calculate that at roughly 6 hours a day of usage at NZ $0.24 per kW/hr I have more than recovered the initial purchase price in power savings, if it were to fail tomorrow I would be happy to get another just like it.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 305

by twosat (#47358157) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

I remember reading about this many years ago. It's because the monkey (and other animals doing similar things) is just picking things at random. The money managers, on the other hand, are being swayed by emotion and the current perceived wisdom, they end up acting together to distort the market and ruining the areas of their interest.

Comment: Re:Neat... (Score 1) 74

by twosat (#47023983) Attached to: Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

My mother died of multiple myeloma nearly 5 years ago. She was told that she had about 18 months to live. She died after about 3 months when it spread to one of her lungs - something rare in a rare disease. Looking back on it, I'm kind of glad that she did not have to suffer a long, drawn-out sickness and slow death.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"

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