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Comment Re:currently? (Score 2) 60

currently 40,000 years ago.

Umm, no.

First off, it's not in our galaxy, so the 40Kyears from galactic center is irrelevant to how far in the past the event was.

Secondly, it's moving about 2200 km/s. So it has moved 40k ly from its original position at or near its galactic center over the last 5.4 megayears.

Plus, of course, the time the light has taken to get here. No, I'm not going to read TFA to find out how far away it is to determine more precisely when it happened because...

Ultimately, of course, relativity says that talking about when something happened in a galaxy far, far, away is completely meaningless anyways....

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 123

What if they prolong the long, decaying years as well?

I'd assume, in that case, that most people would stop taking the antiagathics at some point.

I mean, 120 years of prime adulthood with antiagathics? Great! Followed by either 30 years of old age sans antiagathics or 120 years of old age with them? Put the antiagathic bottle down, and go out relatively quickly.

Comment Re:Is it creepy to anyone else... (Score 4, Insightful) 102

the future of interplanetary travel is capitalist in nature... thoughts?

Damn, but that would be almost as bad as going to the New World hoping to find a cheaper route for the spice trade, wouldn't it?

Luckily for us that never happened, eh?

What/s that? Columbus was trying to find a way to the Far East when he conned Isabella out of her jewels to finance the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria??? Say it ain't so!

Seriously, who cares whether the first men on Mars are paid for by the government of private industry? As long as there ARE First Men on Mars, it's a win for humanity....

Comment Almost meaningless (Score 5, Insightful) 307

He can't remain President long enough to actually do the mission.

Hell, he won't be Pres long enough for hardware designs, much less actually bending metal.

Much less launching anything...

That's NASA's biggest problem these last few decades - no way to stick to anything beyond the term(s) of the current President, so nothing can really be done that takes longer than about five years....

Which is another way of saying "nothing can really be done."

Comment Re:Online shopping keeps the post office alive (Score 1) 82

The Parcel portion of the USPS business historically subsidized the first-class letter part of the business. By law the USPS has to provide first-class letter service (important point). When the law was changed to allow companies to compete with the USPS the competitors (UPS) skimmed off the profitable Parcel portion of the business and left the money-losing first-class letter delivery to the USPS.

That is the chief reason, among many, that the USPS is not a profitable business.

Comment Re:$10M, huh? (Score 1) 331

Just like Cal Berkeley yanked all 10,000 educational videos over a lawsuit,

Cal Berkeley yanked those educational videos because they were sued under the ADA to provide close-captioning and such for the hearing impaired.

Which would have been extremely expensive (think of 10k lectures as ~50 years worth of primetime network TV), to say the least.

So they looked the situation over, figured out that they'd have to spend tens of millions of dollars to continue offering those free videos (with an ever-present risk of further lawsuits), or they could solve the problem by just removing the videos....

So, how much of your own money would you be willing to spend to provide a free service to all and sundry after you were sued for not providing enough free services?

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