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Comment Re:Chinese resource grab reaches new heights (Score 1) 481

NO, L3, L4 and L5 are NOT "very nearly the same distance as the moon." (Did you not realize the diagram would not be to scale?)

L4 and L5 form the third point in an equilateral triangle whose other two points are the Sun and the Earth. Given that all three sides of an equilateral are the same, and that one is the distance from the Earth to the Sun (roughly 8 light minutes or 93 million miles, if memory serves), that means that the distance from the Earth to L4/L5 (or the Sun to the same) is ALSO 8 light minutes away. It should be obvious that the moon is nowhere near that distance away, else its orbit would intersect the sun. (The moon is roughly 1.2 light seconds or 1/4 million miles away)

L3 is listed as being on exactly the opposite side of the sun from us, so that, again, is nowhere near the orbit of the moon. I'll leave the math as a exercise to the reader.

Comment Re:Doomed to become a statistic (Score 1) 191

There are a lot of systems in the world that have to work correctly to prevent disaster, and NASA certainly deals with this all the time. They've got a lot of smart engineers that work on this stuff, and they have a lot of experience with it.

You can play armchair engineer all you want, but that doesn't mean you know what you're talking about. Saying "There are X systems that are mission-critical, thus I believe it will fail" all but demonstrates that you have no familiarity with the project*, and your statement of personal incredulity is naught but a fallacious argument from ignorance.

*To be fair, neither do I.

Comment Can I get usability instead of flair? (Score 1) 112

I'd much rather get useful new display options (say, a stream of all articles likely to be interesting), or options to hide boring news stories as they rise. (I ended up avoiding Google News the last two weeks as the Casey Anthony trial flooded the headlines. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a darn.) While I understand that it's easy to implement flair over UI/UX improvements, and that adding addicting achievements is good for site traffic, lets try to maintain the focus on bringing value to the user, ok?

Comment Re:Love? (Score 3, Insightful) 137

Um, that's not called love. You can call it eccentric, kinky, quirky ... even obsessive and crazy. But love? No, that's not love.

Who are you to determine who or what someone else falls in love with? Sure, you may not be interested, but maybe you should leave determining what feelings are to the person who is experiencing them.

What will you claim next? That homosexuals are not really in love? That their love is eccentric, kinky, quirky ... even obsessive and crazy? No? Then, by the same token, I say leave the robosexuals alone.

Comment Start with news, work from there (Score 1) 239

Well, if you're looking for page hits and ad revenue, start with news. Run everything from new releases to new projects to new laws.

I would also suggest a solid FAQ section on Why and How to open source, etc.

TFA does well by pointing out that everything open should be discussed -- open hardware, open business practices, etc. It also suggests selling email addresses for lifetime members, etc.

Comment Re:Programmers--Ultimately responsible. (Score 1) 119

Programmers--Ultimately responsible.

As with any programming, there is the distinct likelihood of bugs--hell, more of an expectation.

I guess that makes every person on the ground beta testers? Still going to rely on the release-and-patch model?

You can also put it through a lot more testing than you can a human -- unit testing, simulation testing, fuzz testing, stability testing -- and all of it can be done in parallel. Sure, you're still going to be going through the study-design-test-release model, but to run around saying "bugs are inevitable" and "UAVs are a menace because programmers can create bugs" is to ignore a whole fucking lot of safety standards and tests that are (or can be) put in place.

Comment Re:LAMP (Score 1) 467

This. Find a goal that the students will find interesting (It hosts your own website! It doubles as a media center! Make a cheap computer for you and yours! etc.) and walk them through the tools they will need to accomplish that goal. (Personally, I just found having a bitchbox interesting, but not everyone immediately sees the value in that.)

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