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Comment Re:And yet, (Score 2) 127

Many of the other large bodies is space are more mountainous and uneven specifically because of the fact that they have much greater forces applied to them on a regular basis. Those forces are not evenly distributed across the planet, and cause mountains to rise from tectonic pressure and valleys to be carved from 100km/h sandstorms. The moon has no volcanic activity to create new mountains, and no atmosphere/rain to erode valleys, and as such the only real surface details are the overlapping craters left pitting the surface from billions of years of impact, and dust from atomized meteors.

You basically say:

Moon is relatively flat = Moon is artificial

yet you give no explanation for why the moon should be covered in massive mountains and deep canyons if it were natural.

Comment Re:Why is this a surprise? A law was broken.. (Score 3, Interesting) 391

For military personel it is treason, for anyone else it is not. Especially when the group releasing the documents are not American, they have no duty to keep the secrets of foreign nations. Heck, you are not required to keep the secrets of your own goverment either. When the pentagon papers were published by the New York Times, and Nixon had them taken to court, the supreme court found 6-3 in favor of the New York Times publishing the documents.

"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell."
—Justice Black

    So in the closest case we have to Wikileaks, the supreme court ruled it was the newspapers RESPONSIBILITY to report the lies of our government to us. If you want to hide your head in the sand, obey big brother at all times, and never question your government, move to to China, they appreciate your kind there. America was founded on the idea of an open democracy by the people for the people, not some secretive government that disappears people who disagree with it for "treason". But the reason the governments are scared of Wikileaks is because a lot of people in government do things that if their people found out, would have them thrown out in seconds. Every time wikileaks releases more documents, the government starts banging the treason drum, saying it puts our troops at risk. As of yet not one single Wikileak can be blamed for causing the death of an American soldier. They said the same thing about the Afghan war document leak in august. The secretary of defense himself said "the review to date has not revealed any sensitive intelligence sources and methods compromised by this disclosure." Those were military communications, and these are diplomatic cables, which are far less likely to endanger troops, and far more likely to embarrass two faced diplomats who are being caught saying one thing to the public and another in private.

    The truth of the matter is 911 was an incredibly successful attack on the freedoms of Americans. No group had ever been as successful at changing American views and ideals since the founding fathers. Since then large portion of Americans can be herded wherever the government wants you by using words like "National Security" and "terrorism", people willingly give up freedoms that our grandfathers fought for and often paid for with their lives. That one attack did more to bring us closer to a 1984 style big brother controlled America, where any dissent is crushed and called treason, than any effort by any group. People willingly give up their freedoms and rights in exchange for protection from the terrorist bogeymen. Hell they don't even need to get actual protection, most people are perfectly happy with the bullshit security theatre their goverment puts in place (at great public cost) that will do nothing to stop another attack. America may once have been the land of the free and the home of the brave, but it is quickly turning into the land of the totalitarian democracy, the home of cowards who hide behind their governments skirts.

Comment Re:Happens all the time (Score 1) 317

Compared to a digital system that requires power, working software,reception of signal from outside GPS satellites etc...
          I want a compass that works 100% of the time, even if it takes minor adjustments every decade. If you think that making things electronic automatically makes them better and more reliable, well then you really haven't been working with technology long. Having to repaint the runways every 10 years is nothing compared to the amount of work that would be necessary to completely switch all planes in the world over to full electronic systems that have 100% guaranteed redundancy or failsafes in case of equipment failure. I don't know about you but my gps gets basic roads wrong all the time, and gets confused when hills/mountains block satellite reception in rural areas, I sure as hell would not trust it to guide me through landing a 747.

Comment Icons? (Score 1) 384

Desktop? Oh you mean that thing hidden behind a dozen open windows. My desktop is probably a mess of icons, but since i never use the desktop for anything and probably only see it once every few months when I reboot my system, I can't be bothered to clean it up.

Comment Re:When lawyers design spacecraft (Score 1) 342

With the current plans for 2011, ~50% of NASAs budget is for military satellite launches, and so will have little to do with actual science or long term NASA programs. With what is left NASA has to redesign and replace their shuttle fleet (The last shuttle built, The Space Shuttle Endeavour, cost $1.7B just in construction, that doesn't include maintenance and operation costs). And while $18.69B might seem like a lot, it makes up less than 2% of the governments defense spending. And when they have to scrap and/or shelve their programs and re-focus on new goals every 4 years when the government agenda changes, a few billion really doesn't go far.

A lot of people complain about the amount of money spent on the space program because there are few immediately tangible improvements to American life. Everyone seems to forget that without NASA, we wouldn't have the advanced communications networks, offensive/defensive missile technology, weather satellites (or satellites of any kind). Hell even around the home smoke detectors, water purification systems, the padding in motorcycle/sport helmets and safety gear and even Black and Decker invented portable power tools for NASA. Not to mention that the pure sciences researched there have helped thousands of other fields, helping everything from digital image analysis of medical images such as MRI, to digital photography, to radio communications, electronics, computers, aircraft of all kinds,aerodynamics, remote control devices and thousands of other fields.

Comment Re:And yet the public... (Score 3, Insightful) 373

First you say that background radiation is 3 times higher at coal plants than nuclear and then you say that nuclear has a harder time containing the radioactivity. Personally i would rather see nuclear where there is a slim chance of leakage than coal where it is guaranteed to be pumped into the atmosphere. That combined with the fact that half life is related to radioactivity, so that the materials that are radioactive for 100,000 are much less dangerous than the materials that are radioactive for 100 years, which kind of takes some of the wind out of the sails of the people who scare-monger with worse case storage scenarios. Its still dangerous but with proper precautions is safer than the dangers most other sources of power based on burning fossils, with easier storage of the waste product (rather than literally going up in smoke, dumping the radiation on a wide area). The short half life materials are quickly spent in the reactor, leaving less radioactive material on earth overall, although concentrating the radioactivity into a few pockets of spent refined material.

Comment Re:Sums. (Score 1) 442

One fish, two fishes? No.
One money, two moneys? No.
One information, two informations? No.

Mathematics is an uncoutable noun. It does not change depending on number counted.

You do not say "I solved it using Mathematic" when you use only one field of Mathematics.
You do not say "Math(s) WERE my worst subject", you say WAS.

Saying you need an s on Maths because there is an s on Mathematics is like saying you should spell the short form of Biology with a y as in "Bioy"

Comment Re:Why is it a bad thing? (Score 1) 324

Agreed, everyone should stop now and actualy read the book (I know, I know this is slashdot, RTFA is a 4 letter swear, but its almost all pictures and only uses small words!). It has very little to do with 9/11 other than the cover (which may have been a bad choice, seeing as how anyone old enough to remember it is too old to be using colouring books) the rest of the book being about fires and floods. At most they should redo the cover to something less controversial and more generaly applicable (flood, fire, earthquake, tornado).

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