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Comment Why not the moon! (Score 1) 146

I don't get it. Why mars? How much more science could you do in 6 short hops to the moon vs. 1 monster hop to mars? Then once moon trips become commonplace you start to build manufacturing facilities and build your big components there. Just haul out of this big gravity pit that is the earth the things you cannot get or build easily there like electronics, some raw materials and mostly people. Once you are building things there you don't have to worry about escaping earth's gravity and I would think things could get lots more efficient. I think that it kinda sucks that once we got there we didn't stay there.
Space

Submission + - Should Earth Be Classified as a "Blue Dwarf"? (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Earlier this year, asteroid hunters using the Pan-STARRS telescope system on Maui discovered 16 near-Earth asteroids in one night. Using the International Astronomical Union (IAU) definition of what a planet constitutes, it would appear that our world cannot "clear its own orbit." In fact, it's looking as if the density of rocky bodies in the inner solar system may be higher than the Kuiper belt! Does this mean Pluto was wrongly demoted? Or should we reclassify our world to a "Blue Dwarf"?"
Amiga

Submission + - The Amiga Returns - In the guise of a Smartphone (amiga-news.de)

polyp2000 writes: I wanted to share with slashdotters my recent discovery of this ... It looks like someone is now producing Amiga branded mobile phones based on Android (1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android Froyo 2.2 ) Images here . Apparently they are looking to work with the Amiga community in getting titles running on the new platform. Full Article. Will this be a successful venture ?

Comment netindex filtered (Score 1) 233

Our filter here at work blocks netindex.com under the category "Sex". Being the conspiracy theorist that I am it occurs to me that the best way that an ISP that didn't want you to see this info could keep you from it is to throw it into their filter lists under that category. I am not going to my admin to ask them to whitelist it because the first thing that he is going to ask is "what category is it in?" I don't care about the info that much.
Space

Falcon 9 Prepares For High Stakes Launch 190

happylunarnewyear writes "The first new rocket to be launched from the Cape since 2002 is assembled and upright on Launch Complex 40. Falcon 9 will undergo fueling testing and live firing tests before the launch occurs as soon as next month. The stakes couldn't be higher, either. The much politicized proposal for a change in direction for NASA, which includes scrapping the Constellation program in toto in favor of privatization and a new heavy lift vehicle, veritably rides on this rocket. If the launch goes well, the plan for increased reliance on privatized cargo missions and eventually privatized manned missions will soar with it. However if something goes wrong, those plans will come crashing to Earth along with Falcon 9. Given the stakes, this launch is one of the most important in recent history. From the article, 'President Obama's proposal to shift transport of US astronauts to the space station from government launchers to privatized ones could suffer politically if there's a high-profile problem with the first mission of the Falcon 9, by far the most talked-about newcomer vying for the opportunity.'" Reader FleaPlus contributes related news about NASA's proposed funding for scientific payloads on commercial space flights, which would be a huge boon to researchers.
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
The Military

Submission + - SPAM: Airborne lasers make high-speed military net zip

coondoggie writes: Ultra-high bandwidth lasers could soon be blasting military voice, video and data across the skies and to the ground if a hybrid optical laser system currently undergoing test pans out.

The Air Force Research Laboratory has successfully tested high data-rate experiments using a free-space optical laser link, to send data across almost 22 miles from about 10,000 ft, in the air and on the ground, without interference at about 3Gbps, the Air Force stated.
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