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Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 84

SSBNs stay submerged for 6 months at a time. I don't think the difference between 6 and 8 is enough to matter.

Umm, no. I served on USS Kamehameha. SSBN 642. Two months and change out, switch crews, repeat forever.

Many subs have had smaller crews, and nearly all of your interactions are with a few people at your work station.

While virtually all subs had smaller crews than modern SSBN's, they seldom had crews fewer than 30 or so. Notable exceptions being an assortment of "minisubs" used at various points in WW2, all of which spent a couple days underway at a time.

And it might surprise you to know that you seldom socialize all that much with they guys at your workstation. When you're working, you're too busy for much in the way of social interactions. You interact socially with the guys on the messdeck during meals and movies (when you can stay awake to watch a movie).

Note that one of the biggest problems with a trip to Mars is likely to be boredom. Six of you in a freefall can. No course changes, no repairs, not much in the way of science to do till arrival.

Mind you, a lot of that can be fixed by sending a bigger expedition - 60 guys plus instrumentation and such for doing some decent science while underway, that sort of thing....

But there is another huge psychological consideration that makes a sub much more like a space flight: You can't quit.

Now this I can't argue with. A good point. Note that this makes the test even more (potentially) useful. If the guys in the dome can't handle it in Easy Mode, sure as shooting it won't work for a Real Mars mission....

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 3, Interesting) 84

I am also impressed at far some Americans are willing to go to do pointless redundant research instead of just looking at how sailors deal with life on a submarine.

We only spent a couple months at a time making holes in the ocean. Plus we had a lot more possible social interactions (100+ in a boat, as opposed to six in the dome).

So, worth the trouble of doing. Not like it's going to cost trillions (or even billions, or even large numbers of millions) to do....

Comment Re:economics (Score 1) 253

The raw material might be worth very little, but I bet processed ore would be worth quite a bit.

Raw material or processed ore wouldn't be worth the bother on Earth.

At the top of the gravity well, on the other hand, it could be worth quite a lot, potentially. It's easier to reach Earth orbit from 16 Psyche than from the Earth, looks like. Takes longer, of course, but less deltaV.

And that ignores high Isp options that are available to 16 Psyche that aren't available from the ground....

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1, Interesting) 1416

Compared to risks of war

Risks of war?? Obama was, I think, the first two-term President who was at war fior every day of his two terms.

Note that Johnson was also at war every day of his Presidency, but he didn't have two complete terms. And it's possible that Roosevelt was at war more days total than Obama, but he had three and change terms to work with....

Comment Re:Apple TV or Roku at reduced price (Score 3, Informative) 25

I currently have FireTV's on all my tvs....and currently do Playstation VUE for $35/mo for the 70+ channels.

I tried the DIRECTV NOW for the free 7 day trial.

I wouldn't switch to DirectvNOW due to:

1. No built in DVR capability (helps skip commercials).

2. On some days,it would periodically keep asking me to input my password, like it lost it somehow.

The interface was pretty slick, and the deal they had was pretty good, I got to see AXS and Velocity channels I lost when I cut the cord to ATT Uverse.

But it just isn't ready for primetime to me...glitchy and no DVR yet.

I may look again when they add DVR to the service, but who knows when that will be.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1416

Explain to me again why this is more reassuring than someone who is an old hand at foreign policy and a known commodity?

Because while he is thin-skinned, he doesn't have Hillary Clinton's decades of history of corruptly exploiting public office to enrich her and her family while baldly lying to your face about it. She's made herself rich - not by building hotels or other constructive things, but by selling political access to people like overseas dictators who don't mind things like throwing gay guys off of rooftops to please Allah.

So we don't like his manners, but we do like her serial lying, corruption, and incompetence ... because she's been doing it for a long time and we're used to it? No thanks.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 1, Insightful) 1416

Yet these petty and petulant asshats can't see that the inauguration is a celebration of the institution, and not of the man being sworn in.

Give me a fucking break. The Republican party has cornered the market on being petty and petulant.

The divisiveness only continues to get worse as long as these douchebags can't see that they are the ones perpetuating the problem.

Bzzt. Wrong. They aren't the problem.

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