Right to be forgotten...I can see the Slashdot rebellion against this article already.
Why? There is no such thing as a right to be forgotten. We don't rebel against Santa Claus, do we?
A little of the money is from Stanford and UC, but most of the $1.4G comes from a consortium of foreign countries. Choose one that has a good site, and build it there.
Small correction - that's Caltech and UC.
That's... amazing. Color me incredibly jealous.
I'd guess they were throwing away nearly all that aperture -- to get all the scope's light through a 4mm exit pupil, you'd need close to 2000x magnification, which would make the nebula look like it was about 24 degrees across -- okay, that would fit perfectly into a normal field of view.
So, yeah. I hate you even more.
(Wonder what kind of 4mm lens could successfully catch all the light from a system that size? It's been a long, long time since I was immersed in the amateur-telescope-maker literature...)
The exit pupil of the eyepiece is probably more like 20 mm, so that the observers don't have to get their eye exactly in the right place. Wastes a lot of light. I was there last time they put an eye piece on Magellan. I remember being able to spot four moons by moving my eye around, but I no longer remember if it was Jupiter or Saturn.
Please, cut back on the "everyone in your industry are chauvenists assholes and you owe us a place in your ranks" crap?
We don't need shit and abuse in our leisure time, we get enough on the job.
"-1 Uncomfortable Truth"
Is he claiming he found a way to safely have backdoored communications?
Not sure what "safely backdoored" means. The system is spread out amongst many different countries in such a way that many different governments must agree to use the back door. If the USA, the Netherlands, and Russia can agree, for example, then it is probably criminal investigation and not spying going on. I reviewed many of the early drafts of this paper. It's pretty cool.
Just because something is criminal does not mean it should be criminal per our system of morals and ethics. Free speech in China or Saudi Arabia, for example.
As well, governments will cooperate on issues that may not be illegal but are inconvenient to them, for whatever reason.
You place too much confidence in government doing the right thing.
Actually I have absolute confidence that most governments will do the wrong thing. But if a system exists for which a diverse set of governments must agree, then doing anything, right or wrong, is more difficult. Not impossible, just difficult.
The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.