We're running a PR campaign in order to get the money to run the science program.
The problem with probes on Mars and the like, is just what the article said. A good space program that would advance science would take a huge ammount of money. The public is a very easily bored creature, just look what happened after Apollo 11. "Well, we made it to the moon! Wait, why are we going back? we DID that already."
The public is very cold on science for science's sake, you have to have photo ops. A trip to the moon would get interest going, get money flowing so they can DO the important stuff. You have to get the public on your side, and, sadly, there's no big Russian menace for the public to cry out, "We must beat them!" Quite a few people thought that once we beat the Russians to the Moon, well, that was fun, no need to go back. Hopefully people will realize how important the space program is, but something tells me that it won't be soon, and it won't be until we get something inspiring. Deep space voyages, while important, won't inspire anyone. Landing on the Moon or Mars? That will.
Ahh, once again, the power of the internet proves that the majority of people are pretty stupid. Of course, we already knew that because of Myspace. Yay glitter!
Wait wait wait...You mean to say they actually had a REASON for leaveing the lights on, and it's not a effort by the Man to remove the Milky Way from the night sky? MADNESS I say! And I for one will not hear of it!
They put those light on to make the sky black and featureless, and that's the only logical and sensible explanation.
Gain the right to use GUI? I don't mean to be insightful, but in my opinion, it's that kind of attitude that is really holding Linux back. A user doesn't want to have to fight with a command line, learn commands and whatnot just to be able to use a GUI. Thinking like this is going to keep Linux to the people who want to use it, not convert anyone.
I shall also post, and get another achievement, as whoever has the most achievements is the best!
I'm no historian, but they both have logical backgrounds. QWERTY keyboards were designed with Typewriters in mind. The layout of the keys had to be spaced so that the arms of the typewriter would not get jammed when typing fast. Nowadays we use it because we always have, and any other layout wouldn't offer a big enough boost in speed to qualify for the change, not to mention that QWERTY is a standard.
As for Clockwise...I'm not positive, but isn't that the way the old sundials "turned"? They just used what they were used to, as there's no good reason to make it go counter-clockwise.
You are in the hall of the mountain king.