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21) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1553178)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I presume you mean the X-37B Space Plane.

X-37B

Yes. I would not be surprised in learning that a larger craft, with human hosting capabilities, is being developed in some skunkworks. Think of the two Hubble-like telescopes built by the National Reconnaissance Office and now gathering dust. The NRO was offering them to NASA which does not have the money to convert them to astronomy and launch them.
Tullio
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up A-10 6700 with stock seti (Message 1553175)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I remember when working in Area Science Park in Trieste some friends with a SUN workstation asked for my help after crashing the system. Since I was a BULL employee and knew nothing about SUN, I asked for a manual. We only have a CD, they said. I had no CD reader on my BULL/MIPS minicomputer running UNIX and so could not help. Then I went to another laboratory which had a SUN workstation and read the CD. My UNIX system had printed manuals. When working in SGS (now STMicroelectronics) in Agrate, near Milano, I printed all UNIX System III documentation on an Olivetti dot matrix printer. Old times...
Tullio
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up A-10 6700 with stock seti (Message 1553143)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The problem is that if you buy a new PC you don't get any documentation either on its HW or its SW. Only a leaflet in 25 languages with some hints.
Tullio
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up A-10 6700 with stock seti (Message 1553123)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Unfortunately when you buy a PC with Windows 8 installed you don't receive any CD or DVD with the OS. I bought mine from HP. If I crash the system the only alternative I have is Linux. I have a copy of 64-bit SuSE Linux 13.1 on a DVD.
For the moment I have installed BOINC 7.2.42 and Virtual Box 4.2.16 and am running ATLAS@home units at an amazing speed.
Tullio
25) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552922)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
There is an American shuttle in orbit, a robotic version of the shuttles. Nobody knows its mission and is managed by the USAF. To launch something from the Moon first you have to bring it there with fuel, oxygen, water and astronauts.
The first thing you must bring to the Moon is a nuclear reactor to give you electricity, then some machinery able to dig a cave in which to to install your base. You must make oxygen out of water or ice, provided you find it.
If the Chinese want to go down this gauntlet, let them go.
Tullio
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up A-10 6700 with stock seti (Message 1552855)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I've just started my HP 500 152ea with APU A10-6700 at 3.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB disk, DVD RW, Windows 8. It looks like a fast box, the only thing that did not work were wireless keyboard and mouse, so I had to link to them the USB cables from my SUN workhorse. I downloaded BOINC 7.2.42 and Virtual Box 4.3.13, then registered to ATLAS@home which demands a 64-bit Virtual Box. The monitor is my Samsung LED TV, used part time since I don't watch much TV. AMD sent me a message about Radeon Catalyst, which I ignored. I have two unemployeds graphic boards, a Sapphire HD 7770 and an Asus GTX 750. Which one would be the more useful? The only BOINC projects using graphic cards I am registered to are SETI@home and Einstein@home.
Tullio
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA Reveals Latest Warp-Drive Ship Designs (Message 1552815)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
No, it was only a bad cable in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory. Carlo Rubbia never believed in superluminal neutrinos and said it clearly.
Tullio
28) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552813)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The Moon is a potential well. You must spend energy to get out of it. Then you have to spend more energy to transfer to an Earth orbit. But first you have to bring your equipment to the Moon. A rocket fired from the Earth costs much less energy.
Tullio
29) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552803)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
A comet has a tail or two tails which extend for a large amount of space. One is made up of dust, the other of gases. So they may impact the satellites orbiting Mars.
Tullio
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1552793)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Tullio,
That looks like some of my older boxes.... does it have an integrated video on the motherboard or am I missing something?

Tom

30: PCI 105.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)
[Created at pci.319]
Unique ID: ul7N.RQSHiq1HUSB
Parent ID: H0_h._ZSn+k8yyOB
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:06.0/0000:01:05.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:01:05.0
Hardware Class: graphics card
Model: "ATI ES1000 515E"
Vendor: pci 0x1002 "ATI Technologies Inc"
Device: pci 0x515e "ES1000 515E"
SubVendor: pci 0x1002 "ATI Technologies Inc"
SubDevice: pci 0x515e
Revision: 0x02
Driver: "radeon"
Driver Modules: "drm"
Memory Range: 0xf0000000-0xf7ffffff (ro,non-prefetchable)
I/O Ports: 0x4000-0x4fff (rw)
Memory Range: 0xe8100000-0xe810ffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Memory Range: 0xe8120000-0xe813ffff (ro,non-prefetchable,disabled)
IRQ: 19 (6633 events)
I/O Ports: 0x3c0-0x3df (rw)
Module Alias: "pci:v00001002d0000515Esv00001002sd0000515Ebc03sc00i00"
Driver Info #0:
XFree86 v4 Server Module: radeon
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #16 (PCI bridge)

Primary display adapter: #30
31) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552563)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Here I post the news that comet Siding Spring is heading for Mars which it shall reach on October 19, maybe putting in danger the spacecrafts orbiting Mars since it will pass within 80000 miles from Mars (don't know which kind of miles, so I cannot 'translate this datum in km).
Tullio
I read this on the NYTimes, not on theregister.
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552559)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Yes, they relate to the same subject.
Tullio
33) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552539)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I think that going beyond the Moon ("Al di la' della Luna" by astronomer Paolo Maffei was, incidentally, a book I edited at Mondadori and has been translated in English) requires new propulsion methods.
A hilarious incident: the book was translated by Father O"Connell, a Jesuit priest and astronomer and then published in USA. When Father O'Connell saw the draft proofs he wanted not to sign to translation, because the American editors had translated his English English into American English. But we succeeded in convincing him and the book was published with his name on it. "Beyond the Moon", MIT Press",1978.
Tullio
34) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552461)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Here theregister.co.uk:
CANNAE
Tullio
35) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552229)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
On theregister.co.uk I read a news about someone inventing a ion thruster using virtual particles, which pop out of empty space by the laws of quantum field theory. Then the news disappeared but I found an article on it in La Repubblica paper, which is not a reliable science source. It says that the idea is due to an engineer of Italian origin,Guido Fetta, who called it Cannae Drive. It should have been tested by NASA which announced the results in conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 30. Has anybody heard of it?
Tullio
36) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552112)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Carl Sagan was not of your opinion. Read "Cosmos", which I translated in Italian for Mondadori.
Tullio
37) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1552032)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Mars has ice, both water ice and frozen CO2. It could have harbored life since Mars had lots of water. Some of it could still be there, maybe in cavities. It is a much more interesting world that the Moon. Of course a manned mission is a long term possibility, probably requiring nuclear propulsion rockets, but robotics exploration by NASA is going ahead. Rover Curiosity 2 should be launched in 2020.
Tullio
38) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up A-10 6700 with stock seti (Message 1551843)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I am assuming that Sun WS runs some variant of *nix. So does Sun offer a 64 bit version?

Tom

I am runing a 32-bit SuSE Linux on it. But it also has a Solaris 64-bit OS running as a Virtual Machine on it. But, unfortunately, there are not recent BOINC clients on Solaris nor BOINC apps of any type. So it is mostly suspended.
Tullio
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1551806)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I see to reason to go back to the Moon to get some more rocks and put them the shelves to get dusty. The Moon has no atmosphere and no magnetic field to protect it and you should dig deep to build something on it. I think America is planning a robot able to make oxygen on Mars, so you would not need to carry it from the Earth. The race to the Moon was mainly a political issue and, as Neil Armstrong said, it ended the cold war.
Tullio
40) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA: People to Mars and hijacking an asteroid. (Message 1551799)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Well, let them show what they are able to do. All dictatorships are very skillful on propaganda, as a former subject of Mussolini knows only too well.
Tullio


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