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Comment Re:Just needs a little nudge. (Score 1) 147

The lumpy gravity field shouldn't be *that* big a problem. The ISS is designed to orbit Earth, which has an atmosphere (which gives a little drag on the ISS at that altitude), and 6 times the gravity of the Moon. So even if the Moon's gravity is uneven compared to Earth's, it should be possible to compensate for that pretty easily. The ISS can also be placed in a higher orbit where presumably the lumpy gravity will be less of a factor. On Earth, the LEO orbit is probably chosen because of radiation protection and ease of resupply. On the Moon, there's no radiation protection anywhere (no atmosphere, no Van Allen belts) so it's somewhat irrelevant, plus resupply missions from Earth will probably have an easier time reaching a higher Lunar orbit.

The main problem is radiation protection, and for that it seems like they just need a new space station, though perhaps they could get away with a new, highly shielded crew module or two, where the crew is supposed to sleep and spend most of their time, out of the older sections.

Of course, I'd much rather see them dump it and just build a gigantic rotating space station, like the one in 2001, in a Lagrangian spot. Instead of spending tons more money on a military build-up, we should just partner with Japan and Germany on this.

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1) 324

That's a bad analogy. Brakes are a safety-critical item, so the standards are higher. Microsoft software clearly states in the EULA that it is not suitable for safety-critical systems, and also that they're not liable for any problems that may occur from use of the software, including data loss. You use their software at your own risk.

Comment Re:Using Javascript (Score 1) 139

Of course, you can use Typescript as another commenter pointed out, but then you're not using Javascript anymore, you're using Typescript.

Not strictly true, since TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript. Unmodified JavaScript code is still perfectly legal TypeScript.

Similarly, other people have advocated using strict coding discipline as a way of writing better JavaScript. Sure you can do certain things in JavaScript, but you just don't ever do those things, including ignoring entire language features completely. This alone wouldn't solve your refactoring problem, though.

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