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Comment Re:How can you... (Score 1) 452

Very interesting post, Suzuran.

Could you shed some more light onto the mechanism how all this documentation got lost ? I find it difficult to imagine that all

persons involved would carelessly destroy all traces of their work. After all, wasn't everybody cooperating on the Apollo program, permeated with the opinion that they were shaping the history of mankind ?

I could find documents at home, clarifying work that I did more than 10 years ago, which frankly hasn't quite altered the course of history. Of course, I can see that not everybody is such an obsessive-compulsive archiver as I am. But still, that nobody involved has kept any useful documentation, baffles my mind.

And with much of the original Apollo film footage also "accidentally" erased, it almost seems as if all evidence of the Apollo program has been deliberately thrown away.

Comment Eavesdropping on LCROSS transmissions (Score 1) 171

Does this probe send back its data "in the clear", I mean, in an easily readable format ? Or is it heavily encrypted and in some obscure NASA-proprietary format ?

The reason I ask, are those Apollo landing site photos released a few weeks ago. If any HAM amateur or whatever would have happened to receive these images while they were being sent to Earth, before anybody at NASA had a chance to "touch them up", I'd be mighty interested in seeing those.

Comment Beavis and Butthead knew the answer (Score 1) 635

The correct reaction to Rorschach tests has already been given away to the public.

Am I the only one to think back to that unforgettable Beavis and Butthead scene, where their reaction to sheets #1, #2, and #3 is :
Huh-huh, huhuhuhuh, huh-huh
Hehehe, huh-huh, hahahahahahah, huh-huh huh-huh !
WOW ! Huhuhuhuhuhuh, huh-huh, huh-huh !! Save some for later, dude !
... and then the therapist has enough to start writing notes.

I don't think I could ever give a sane response to a Rorschach test anymore, after having it 'spoilt' by the legendary series.

Comment Re:Violence and murder (Score 1) 473

I disagree completely.

Imagine someone you love very much, growing a malignant tumor in some hard-to-reach place of their body. The doctors declaring that "removing such a cancer is just beyond the technical possibilities of current medical knowledge." You'd have to helplessly watch them die a slow death. Wouldn't that motivate you very much to become a brilliant surgeon and just push the envelope of medical technology a bit further ? I'd say that would be incentive enough. Not even a tiny amount of psychopathic tendencies required.

I'm grateful that there is a new batch of entrants into med school every year. Call me old-fashioned, but I still see the urge to cure people as a noble vocation. Car repairmen, plumbers, cooks, and us IT guys, all provide a useful service to society; but doesn't all that pale in comparison to what doctors and nurses do for their fellowman ? I doubt that they are all hiding a dark side, and secretly dismember cats in their basement.

Eventually, some fraction of those in the medical profession will have to be willing to "go in" and alter the bodies of their patients physically. Some complaints can be taken care of, just with some mild babbling ; other illnesses merely require to throw some pills at it. But there are those conditions for which there is no other recourse than the scalpel. Just like, when dealing with computer issues, most of the time you can make do with some software changes; but on rare occasions, you just need to open the cover and alter the machine physically.

I suspect that in reality, it is just the other way around. Med students become surgeons in spite of the physical gore that they feel revulsion for, just like all other people. A friend of mine warned me to never "donate my body to science" in my will, because they had these "limb fights" in their dissection class when the supervisor wasn't watching - he felt this was undignified. Thinking this over, I feel that it's actually a good thing. I wouldn't want my surgeon to freak out "Ewwww!" when some liquid squirts out of the cut he just made into my body. It's much better when the surgeons of tomorrow are thoroughly desensitized to the gore of our human innards, by playing with some corpses today.

Comment Re:DUH! (Score 1) 844

Let me be the first to say that ....errr ... my parents used the rhythm method ... so ... here I am.

My mother told me later that, back in the seventies, the method had something to do with minute monthly variations in temperature, she had to watch the fractions of a degree on a fever thermometer in order to figure out which was the "allowed" part of the monthly cycle. Anyway it instilled the firm belief in me that this method is medieval rubbish, so I'm astonished that it should still be in use to date.

Comment Re:Stalker (Score 2, Interesting) 261

What was the name again of that central Bar in a bunker, where all the Duty guys hang around ? You know what I mean, where you can trade items, and get a few assignments.

Well, the road leading to the front entrance of that bunker, always has some dogs running around, chasing you when you approach. There's a grassy area besides the road, and those dogs are always runnning around in circles there, whenever you show up. This meadow is bounded with a fence, but it clearly continues beyond that fence. I once noticed there was a small hill next to the fence, and by walking up that hill, it was possible to actually jump over the fence.

I found out soon enough that this was not what the developers had in mind. Elements of the landscaping were missing and the scene turned into just a barren plain. But surprisingly, when I continued through this landscape to further places that I knew for sure were "chartered territories", they too were incorrectly rendered. I assume that the scenery for these locations is only triggered when some well-known borders are crossed, not the "wrong" borderline over which I had come.

The whole game had turned into a half-completed landscape, with no game characters anymore. I tried to get back to normal by jumping back over the fence, but that wasn't possible as there was no convenient hill at the other side of the fence. I ended up falling into some kind of shallow pit, and from then on, roaming the no man's land half submerged into the soil. Eventually I fell even further, hundreds of feet to the "bottom of the world". Stuck.

This "falling through" is also a regularly occurring bug in the rarely played Project IGI. Being close to a door that is in the process of opening or closing, can force you out of the regular space, into the walls. You get to gaze around in the endless blue "behind the scenes", while some of the game scenery is still visible. Once in that void, any further step will then cause you to lose your foothold and fall a long way down, until the whole level layout is just a single dot high above.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Rotten office fridge cleanup sends 7 to hospital (

bokske writes: "An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill. Firefighters had to evacuate the AT&T building in downtown San Jose on Tuesday, after the flagrant fumes prompted someone to call 911. A hazmat team was called in. Just another day at the office"

Comment Re:Recruitment tool probably steps over the line (Score 1) 433

We want democracy in big countries.

Get real.

Democracy has never been the motive behind any US invasion into another country. I can't believe that there are Americans beyond the level of illiteracy, who still believe these spoonfed fairy-tales.

Saudi-Arabia, for example, is a much bigger country than Iraq, and it's not what you'd call a democracy. Yet, I wouldn't count on the US invading that country anytime soon.

Comment Re:It should only take 2 years max (Score 1) 261

A very insightful question indeed.

Some people drive oldtimer cars that are from before that magical year 1969. Granted, such a car may have gone through a few major maintenances in its lifetime, and some of its subsystems might have gotten replaced entirely. But the whole thing just works, as well as it did 50 years ago.

If the task at hand only requires sprucing up an oldtimer rocket, like some people refurbish an oldtimer car as a hobby, then this would surely become Nasa's cheapest project ever.

So really, why don't they just fly an Apollo mission to the moon again ? Perhaps because they never did that before, either ?

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