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Comment Re:Charging (Score 1) 192

Although expecting the electrical grid to be up during an invasion seems like a bad assumption.

In Iraq, some utilities where kept as whole as possible so that they could be used during the invasion. Same thing as hoping there is still a bridge over the river by the time you get there. But, yes, I agree. The ones with the guns tend to have the advantage over the ones who are not as well armed.

Comment Re:Charging (Score 1) 192

Not to mention how to bill for it

I don't think the user will be expected to pay a bill. More likely used for military surveillance.

Your military gets free electricity?

The military of my country? Yes, I would assume so. I don't think an invading force will usually set up an account with the local utility company before beginning a military campaign. Could be wrong though. I personally have never planed a war, but if I did, I don't think I would expect to pay for the electricity my spy MAVs used. Just seems silly when looking at the big picture.

Do you really think the civilian use for this would out weigh the military use?


Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes 128

Matt_dk writes "Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods."

Comment Re:Do we have to be nasty? (Score 1) 583

Grovelling? How sad it is that an honest apology gets an insult. If you find "We apologize to Microsoft for any inconvenience our blog may have caused." as grovelling[...]

I agree with you @Eevee, I did not detect any "grovelling" either. Unfortunately for some, if every sentence does not begin and end with "M$ Sucks" then you are labeled a M$ Fanboy. While I admit I have my own Microsoft frustrations at times, MS not the root of all evil.

Comment Re:No - there are plenty of safer alternatives (Score 2, Interesting) 486

In the same way that having a seat belt and an air bag in my car, doesn't change my driving habits

I consider myself a safe driver. Seat belts and air bags don't really affect my driving habits either (as far as I know). But what If there was a 7 inch (~18cm) spike sticking out of your steering wheel and 100lbs (~45kg) of high explosives attached to both bumpers, would your driving habits change? Me? Maybe. Sometimes a little danger can make things a little safer. I once heard of a study that showed some poorly painted and poorly lit roads had an increased accident rate when lighting was added and the yellow lines were re-painted. Apparently people began speeding b/c of the perceived increase in safety. I don't remember the source. Maybe Uncle Google can help me later, but I have to get back to work now.

Comment Depends.... (Score 1) 834

Do you have good expectations of finding a job right now? If so, I would say go get the job and then work on masters in two to three years.... But, if you have the ability to stay in school or think that you might get lazy and not go back to school, then get the masters now. Perfect thing to keep you busy while the economy turns around.

Comment Re:priorities, priorities... (Score 1) 133

they're training tens (hundreds?) of thousands of various kinds of soldiers each year, and they're aiming to train only 250 "cyberexperts" a year by 2011?

250 is plenty! I swear, if one more cyber- anything is created, I will rip off my fucking nose. Regular experts will do just fine thank you.


"Microsaccades" Help To Refresh Your Field of View 96

Ponca City, We love you writes with news of research from the Salk Institute into small, unconscious eye movements called "microsaccades," the purpose of which has been in question for many years. A recent study showed that those movements were essentially responsible for maintaining a coherent image for interpretation by the brain. They are also the cause of a famous optical illusion in which a still image appears to move. '"Because images on the retina fade from view if they are perfectly stabilized, the active generation of fixational eye movements by the central nervous system allows these movements to constantly shift the scene ever so slightly, thus refreshing the images on our retina and preventing us from going 'blind,'" explains Hafed. "When images begin to fade, the uncertainty about where to look increases the fluctuations in superior colliculus activity, triggering a microsaccade," adds Krauzlis.'"

Comment Re:Using ISS for research, finally (Score 1) 161

Maybe the retirement of the ISS in 2020 can be a good thing? I wonder how likely it would be for a non-governmental group take take ownership? It would be a ridiculous cost just to get an equivalent amount of mass up there again. I hope we can take advantage of it and not let the ISS's fate be that of Mir.

Fly Me To Which Moon? 183

Hugh Pickens writes "NASA and the European Space Agency are expected later this week to settle an ongoing debate on whether to send a robotic mission to Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Titan. Both are difficult places to get to — a mission to either would cost several billion dollars/euros to build and execute — and both have become alluring targets in the quest to learn whether Earth alone supports life. On the one hand, Europa is believed to have liquid oceans beneath its frozen crust which (on Earth at least) are a source of life-supporting chemistry. Scientists would like to scan Europa's surface for bits of material that may have seeped up from beneath the ice. 'Imagine if there were microbes entrained in material that has exuded onto the surface of Europa and they've been sitting there for maybe three million years,' says planetary scientist Dr. Brad Dalton. On the other hand, Titan has two enticing features in the search for life: liquids on the surface, and a thick atmosphere that can be used to slow down a spacecraft and help put it into orbit. Titan's surface water is locked into the crust as ice, but scientists suspect there may be a subsurface ocean where water mingles with ammonia. The mission will not get to the launch pad before 2020. 'It's unfortunate that there has to be a decision,' says NASA/JPL astrobiologist Dr. Kevin Hand. 'It's important to go to both. They are both such amazing and tantalizing worlds in terms of finding life.'"

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