Everyone agrees that one of these candidates, if elected, would be a disaster for America. If you are an American voter, all you have to do is to decide which ...and then vote for the other guy.Happy Halloween,
and good luck to us all!
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Mars Probe Lost Due to Simple Math Error
By Robert Lee Hotz
October 01, 1999 in print edition A-1 "NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched, space agency officials said Thursday.A navigation team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory used the metric system of millimeters and meters in its calculations, while Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, which designed and built the spacecraft, provided crucial acceleration data in the English system of inches, feet and pounds.As a result, JPL engineers mistook acceleration readings measured in English units of pound-seconds for a metric measure of force called newton-seconds.In a sense, the spacecraft was lost in translation.“That is so dumb,” said John Logsdon, director of George Washington University’s space policy institute. “There seems to have emerged over the past couple of years a systematic problem in the space community of insufficient attention to detail.” -more
Fears of a financial collapse and the increasing need to find an alternative to gasoline powered automobiles got me to ask myself "what kind of technologies could come to our rescue?" And "what kind of changes are we going to have to make to our lifestyles?" Musing over the two questions resulted in the bittersweet humor of today's snide cartoon. Your thoughts?
"Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has never been a shrinking violet. And on Monday, he made clear that he has absolutely no intention of leaving the public stage quietly.
In a Rosh Hashana interview with Yediot Aharonot, Olmert admitted for the first time that he is negotiating deals with Syria and the Fatah-led faction of the Palestinian Authority committing Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, from dozens of neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, as well as from all or nearly all of Judea and Samaria". -more