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Comment Re:Imagine a funded space program (Score 1) 89

The space program is funded. The reason for the gap isn't a lack of funding, its a matter of extremely poor management.

Not true. Both the NRC report

The report urged Congress and the White House to seriously examine the mismatch between the tasks assigned to NASA and the resources that the agency has been provided to accomplish them.

and the Augustine report:

"...Augustine acknowledged that they had not found any mismanagement nor any insurmountable technical obstacles to the completion of the current program."

contradict your statement. NASA has been perennially underfunded.

Comment Re:Show me the data (Score 2, Informative) 650

Actually the data from weather research posts is freely available to the public.

Professor Edward Acton, vice-chancellor of UEA, says it's not. The full quote:

When challenged about the contents of one of the stolen e-mails in which Professor Jones told a critic of his work that he would not make information available because the data would only be used to undermine his findings, he admitted that he had written a number of "very awful e-mails". Professor Edward Acton, vice-chancellor of UEA, told the committee that it was not possible to make the entire international data set available because of a "commercial promise". He explained that a number of contributing nations - including Canada, Poland and Sweden - had refused to make their segments of data publicly available.

I still think AGW is most likely true, but UEA had some pretty sloppy practices with data.


Game Industry Vets On DRM 372

An anonymous reader points out an article at SavyGamer in which several game industry veterans were polled for their opinions on DRM. Cliff Harris of Positech Games said he didn't think his decision to stop using DRM significantly affected piracy of his games, accepting it as an unavoidable fact. "Maybe a few of the more honest people now buy the game rather than pirate it, but this sort of thing is impossible to measure. You can see how many people are cracking and uploading your game, but tracking downloads is harder. It seems any game, even if it's $0.99 has a five hour demo and is DRM-free and done by a nobel-peace prize winning game design legend, will be cracked and distributed on day one by some self righteous teenager anyway. People who crack and upload games don't give a damn what you've done to placate gamers, they crack it anyway." Nihal de Silva of Direct2Drive UK said his company hasn't noticed any sales patterns indicating customers are avoiding games with DRM. Richard Wilson of TIGA feels that customers should be adequately warned before buying a game that uses DRM, but makes no bones about the opinion that the resale of used games is not something publishers should worry about.

Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise 254

superapecommando writes "Too many hours spent playing videogames indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play videogames indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." At least the kids are eating enough snacks with iodized salt that we don't have to worry about goiters.

Submission + - Obama Education Plan Funded Through NASA Cuts

PBM writes: 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama has just released his education platform (PDF) and is calling for $18 billion in early education funding. The plan cites the importance of Sputnik for inspiring the development of strong American scientists and stresses the need for better math and science education. There's just one catch: the $18 billion is primarily funded by delaying NASA's Project Constellation (Ares launch vehicle) development for 5 years, effectively postponing US lunar colonization. Is a candidate's proposed NASA funding something that would change your vote, and could it ever affect the general election?

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