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Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 330

I'm over 40 too. I don't know anyone who plays computer games period, though I suspect some of the young single guys at work might. I never asked them. The only time I play any games at all is if I (rarely) get the urge to play a NES or DOS game from when I was a teenager, and those work great in emulators under Linux. All the other 30+ adults I know, and know well enough to know about what they do on their PCs, don't play games, and aren't in tech either. The only things they do with their PCs are web surfing, playing DVDs, light document editing, that's about it.

Comment Vmware works for me (constant CLI, some GUI) (Score 1) 120

I use VMWare for development and it works quite for my needs. We take advantage of the vmware software within the guest for a shared clipboard and shared storage. Setting up the network initially, with the corporate VPNs, was a bit of a hassle to figure out, but that was a one-time event.

My particular setup is Mac hardware and I spend most of my time SSHed to a local Linux VM. For the Linux environment, the fact that it's a VM is completely invisible - it looks and feels *exactly* like running it on metal (except backup and snapshots are easier).

I use a Windows VM for working with Microsoft SQL Server. I have no complaints about using Windows in a VM, but I'm only using a couple programs.

Two or three large monitors are very useful for development, with or without VMs. With VMs, I can have a Windows monitor (fullscreen VM) and a Linux monitor, and can move seamlessly between them.

I wouldn't want to use a GUI in a VM constantly without a nice large monitor or two, though. An OS needs to be able to fill a screen, not a little window on a screen.

Comment Re:Never saw that coming (Score 1) 243

Without TLS, how do you ensure that a man in the middle isn't altering the information that you retrieve from said "Informational websites with no credentials"?

You don't, but it almost never matters. MiTM attacks tend to be harder than passive sniffing, and there are very few reasons why any ISP in its right mind would do so. They're far more likely to do blocking, or redirect a streaming site to their own streaming site, or other absurdity that's easy to spot.

Comment Re:Just needs a little nudge. (Score 1) 172

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:Burn it up??? WTF?? (Score 1) 172

The ISS is not in an orbit high enough to be long-term stable. There's microscopic amounts of drag from the extremely thin near-Earth atmosphere, but that still adds up. Every resupply mission to the ISS gives it a small altitude boost, to keep it in orbit.

If those boosts stop happening, even if the ISS is kept in it's low-drag configuration (align the solar panels edge-on), it *will* come down, in a matter of years. When it does, it is very likely parts of it will survive re-entry and be a hazard to people on the ground - Skylab had components survive re-entry. As a safety precaution, it is better to put it on a controlled de-orbit, so that any debris is over deep ocean and unlikely to be a danger. Mir took this path, coming down into the Pacific ocean on a steep angle.

As for putting it into a higher orbit, in order just to get it to a geosynchronous orbit, it would require roughly twice the mass of the ISS in propellants. We could maybe get it into a medium orbit, such that it would not come down for centuries, but that would still require billions of dollars in rockets. Maybe if ITS launches ahead of schedule...

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