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Comment Re:This isn't about science. (Score 3, Funny) 391

As long as this involves building a moonbase and getting some sharks with friggin' lasers on their friggin' heads... you won't hear me complain.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but 1 billion isn't going to give you sharks. It's not going to give you mutant sea bass.

I'd be pleasantly surprised if you get a goldfish with a laser pointer duct taped to it's head.

You have no idea how low my expectations are right now... I'm totally on board with the gold-fish laser pointer. This will rock so hard!

Comment NASA should consider Outsourcing and Offshoring (Score 1) 391

We could probably get these items built much more inexpensively in China. In fact we should probably just outsource our science, engineering, and manufacturing of space exploration to China. We might use our own people for Astronauts though. It's all about making sure we're focused on the "true value add" that we have for Space Exploration as a marketplace. We can leverage the synergies of other nations to help us keep our energies focused on our "Core Business Objectives." Our core business in exploring space should be the exploring part. The whole "science" and "engineering" and all that useless "knowledge" stuff is best done by the people who are deeply specialized in those things... and they ain't us. /suit-speak

Comment Re:This isn't about science. (Score 1, Redundant) 391

“The decision is not going to make anyone gasp,” said one source in the White House, which hopes to ease congressional concerns about the impact of the new plan on existing aerospace jobs.

This is about jobs; not science. Which means, science will take a back seat - shit will be built for the sake of creating the most jobs regardless of the scientific merits and it means that if a scientifically justified project creates less jobs or no jobs, it will be placed behind a project that creates more jobs.

As long as this involves building a moonbase and getting some sharks with friggin' lasers on their friggin' heads... you won't hear me complain.

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