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Submission + - President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding (theverge.com)

dmfinn writes: While his union address covered a wide range of topics, President Obama made sure not to skip over the U.S.'s space program. The talking point was nearly identical to the one he gave in 2009, in which he called for space R&D spending to be increased past the levels seen during the the original cold war space race. Now, 4 years after that speach, it appears things have gone the opposite way. Since 2009 NASA has seen some serious cuts. Not only has the space-shuttle program been deactivated, but the agency was forced to endure harsh funding cuts during the presidents latter term. Despite an ominous history, it now seems that Obama is back on the space objective, pushing congress to increase non-defensive R&D spending to 3% of the U.S. GDP. It's important to keep in mind that not all of this money goes directly to space related programs, though under the proposed budget the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Laboratories will have their budgets doubled.There will also be an increase in tax credits towards companies and organizations working on these R&D projects.

Should the U.S. go back to its 'Let's put a man on the moon" ideology, or is the federal government fighting an uphill battle against newly emerging private space expeditions? Either way, the question remains whether or not Obama will act on any of the propositions.

Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 510

Then its only a matter of time. The fat PS3 was manufactured with second-rate solder, so eventually the heating and cooling of your hardware will cause the connections on the mainboard to fail, and you'll be presented with the 'Yellow Light of Death'. I fix these things as a hobby, and let me tell you, old, fat PS3s die often. It takes me about 2 hours to strip one, "reflow" the solder, cool it and put it together, and I've got a few that I've had to fix multiple times. Sony didn't make the same mistake with the slim, and I haven't seen a single slim PS3 fail.

Comment The reason this is important. (Score 3, Insightful) 136

The whole reason this is important, and that no-one seems to be talking about here, is that we need another planet. There's no way we can sustain our current population on this planet into the future, and the population is growing. People will start to die en mass and life will become tragic and harsh for a much higher ratio of people (currently, thats just life in the worst places to live). We need to figure out how to create contained ecosystems and how to use the resources of other planets (and moons and asteroids and dwarf planets and eventually exoplanets). Some work is going to get done in LEO for sure, but advancing the knowledge of how to actually exist on another planet will always be valuable and important progress. Eventually, earth will just be a retirement planet, where its nature and remaining resources are protected and safe from development, and can be treated like the rare and delicate jewel that it is.

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."

Comment Maps? (Score 1) 85

Its great to see them making advances in their software, but they'll never crack the casual market until they have some excellent or better land maps. Everyone I know who plays flight sims plans their routes around known land features and uses the flight as a way to enjoy the visuals. A relatively few people play to experience the 'real' flight physics over the 'real' appearance of flying past their house.

Comment Scam (Score 2, Insightful) 159

Its absolute garbage that a company cant produce a useful 75 dollar laptop. I may not be completely enlightened as to all of the technical hurdles, I'm sure that they can put a commodore 64 into something the side of a fingernail. Add on a flat pressure keyboard, a crappy LCD display with no backlight, and a 10 dollar 8GB SDcard for the slim, custom operating system and apps, and you start getting pretty close. It sounds like this company has blown a tonne of cash on trying to find a new iPod that even though its targetted at kids in suffering nations, everyone will want one because its 'such impressive technology'. FFS, a modified nintendo DS is nearly achieving all of the design goals of this project.

tl;dr : this made some people rich.

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