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Comment Re:Moon Zero? (Score 1) 147

I didn't mention Geeks, NASA or Star Wars. I didn't say NASA had to be behind any of this.

Yes, we have gone to the moon, stayed for a few days, and then come back, a handful of times over the course of a few years by a dozen humans almost half a century ago. Job well done, hats off.

So the next step is automatically Establish Base on Mars? Skipping the obvious step of Establish Base on Moon, after Establish Base in LEO (Low Earth Orbit)?

Is there truly nothing more to be learned from the Moon as either an extended mission deployment area, or for any scientific purpose?

Comment Re:Moon Zero? (Score 1) 147

I wasn't looking to agree/disagree, I was looking to engage debate. I thank you for adding into that.

In regards to cost, wouldn't it be more feasible, for transport, financial expense, time-to-goal, to be looking at the moon as a next step after what has already been done in LEO (Low Earth Orbit)?

Comment Moon Zero? (Score 3, Insightful) 147

Can someone please remind me why going back to the Moon and putting up some kind of base there isn't the next step?

I'm all for Humans expanding out into our solar system, but shouldn't we go for extended camping trips in our own backyard before we take the kids on the long haul trip to Wally World?

Comment Not the beginning (Score 1) 319

The beginning was a while ago. When they started increasing commercials from two minutes two seconds up to three minutes, then three-and-a-half. I was trying to watch "Ray" on BET a few months ago, commercials were running past six minutes. A season of a TV series is 8-13 episodes now, not the 20-26 from decades past. There are no more real news programs. A few channels continue to pump out some good to excellent content, but you're paying a minimum of $100/month because you have to take the 80% of the bundle that you don't want.

I assume these numbers are from before the news about AT&T and DirecTV. I would expect the numbers to take a pretty significant dip right now, with people like me that just say fuck to AT&T. I would expect another series of significant dips after AT&T begins to truly work their magic on DirecTV customers. I can get most of the channels I want with the HBO package from Sling TV for $35/month, 25% of what I'm paying right now. And thanks to some helpful advice from a fellow slashdotter, any channel I can't get that has a series I like, I can buy an episode or season at a time from iTunes. So long, suckers.

Comment Re:NTSB fines? penalties? (Score 5, Informative) 83

No laws were broken. There is no way to levy a fine. The NTSB is not in the business of fining individuals or organizations for violating rules or laws. That's the job of the FAA and other various agencies that oversee road vehicles, trains, and boats.

The NTSB does their best to identify the probable cause(s) of the incident, what factors led up to that incident, and, most importantly, what measures to take to prevent any future incidents. It's up to agencies, like the FAA in this case, to implement suggestions from the NTSB.

In this case, most of the blame appears to fall on the FAA.

Comment Goodbye! (Score 4, Insightful) 100

Goodbye DirecTV/AT&T!

I'm not even going to wait for the first shoe to drop. I am now devoting some actual time to finding a valid replacement for DirecTV that will still give me access to all the shows I like: Mr. Robot, The Americans, Silicon Valley, Veep, Halt and Catch Fire, and various shows about catching gold and crabs. Right now Sling TV from Dish Network looks like the best offer.

But just fuck AT&T. I've been a customer at one level or another for going on two decades now. I thought DirecTV was a sneaky asshole with their never ending un-announced rate increases on everything for no good reason, hundreds of channel slots wasted on non-stop infomercials, shopping channels, etc.

I can't imagine what good ol' AT&T has in store for the millions of innocents that just want decent TV at a decent price. The horror.

Comment Thursday (Score 1) 99

Okay, so, first off.. Slashdot was broken all day, without explanation. My power went out at 1:52 this morning, perhaps related, perhaps not.

Second, they replaced her entire skull with a "3d printed titanium mesh skull", and she is "expected to make a full recovery"? What happens when this 3-year-old girl starts to grow?

As she continues to grow, the titanium implants will become surrounded by her own bone, which will lead to the strengthening of the top of her skull.

Yeah, but are they going to stretch and grow with the bone? Nobody appears to ask or know.

Comment Stop shooting yourself in the foot (Score 4, Interesting) 289

Municipal broadband is a good thing. It might not be a needed item in population centers. But once you get outside of those areas and into "the sticks" your options disappear just as quickly as all the other traces of modern civilization. You're left with two, one, or sometimes no option.

My company currently has the best internet connection it's ever had in almost 20 years, provided by wireless point-to-point from the nearest city. In terms of cost, uptime, bandwidth, you name it, this connection is better in every category. The ILEC in the area (Frontier, formerly Verizon, formerly GTE) can't event begin to compete. All they offer is T1. Comcast just started to pull cable, but why would I choose to switch the worst company in the western hemisphere for an inferior solution? Besides, we all know what Comcast has to offer.

I'm going to stick with the better solution provided by the local government. If something better comes along, great. If anyone in my state's capitol starts to try to make this illegal they will hear from me ad nauseam.

Comment Smartphone for landing beacon? (Score 2) 99

In the last diagram the drone (object 200) is shown directly over what appears to be a smartphone (objects 600 and 602).

Looks like in addition to tracking your location for the "Bring it to me" function, they plan to use your smartphone as the "landing beacon" for the final part of approach and landing. Didn't see that mentioned in either article. Looks very interesting.