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Comment Enter the pedant... (Score 0) 96

I'm an old and obnoxious astronomer so I'm going to make the obligatory complaint about the oxymoronic term "radio telescope". "Tele" refers to the visual spectrum of light, not radio. The MeerKAT is, in fact, a radio interferometer.

Please proceed to contradict and/or down vote this post. Your cooperation is assumed.

Submission + - SPAM: World of Commodore 2015: December 5 in Toronto 1

psychonaut writes: In its heydey, World of Commodore was among the largest annual computer expos in the world, with attendance of over 100,000. It's still around today, now run on a much smaller scale by the Toronto PET Users Group (TPUG). World of Commodore 2015 kicks off on Saturday, December 5 in Mississauga. This year's exhibitions include a new MIDI cartridge and 9MB memory expansion card for the VIC-20 from Jim Brain, and a Commodore 64 WiFi modem from Leif Bloomquist.

Comment So many questions... (Score 3, Interesting) 170

If they are free to walk out at any time, why is the capsule locked? (No, seriously.) The other thing that jumps out at me is the duration of the trips but the relatively short amount of time (two days) spent on 'Mars'. Surely a mission to Mars would include more time on the planet? The time spent on the planet would be more intellectually stimulating than the spaceflight (one presumes) and might offer relief/reward from the journey to Mars and better prepare the crew psychologically for the return mission. I wonder why that wasn't factored in. The difficulty of simulating the on-planet experience perhaps?

Bonus question: Would an actual mission to Mars pay astronauts more than $70,000 per year?

Comment The Cathedral and the Bazaar (Score 2, Interesting) 386

In regards to the unending Android vs. iPhone debate, this story made me think of Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar. As a long time user and proponent of open systems I surprised myself when I realized that I while I'd rather my computers be bazaar, I prefer my phone to be a little more cathedral. I wonder how many others are comfortably embracing this dichotomy?

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