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China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 22:35:16 in World

“More than one line of approach and things to discover for Everest or K2 as well.”
China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 21:21:48 in World

“"Something old, something new, something borrowed..."
If you look it up the Chinese space program is a mix of indigenous, Russian and European technology. The Longmarch rockets have been in development for decades. Their initial space capsule, space suits and EVA training were purchased off the Russians. Satellite technology is purchased from various companies in British, Germans etc. Their Beidou system is an extension of the work they did as partners with the ESA on Galileo. Their moon rover was probably inspired from pictures of American ones but it took the Chinese 6 years to devlop 80% of the tech.”

dapperdeveloper on Dec 1, 2013 at 21:55:36

“Very well put. You seem to be well versed in the various technologies that make up their space program. I makes sense that a burgeoning super power (economically, anyway) would be in a great position to benefit from all of the existing technologies from around the world. All of the great empires from Greece to Rome to Spain and Britain were possible because of their ability to absorb and enhance existing technologies acquired from their conquests around the world. Ultimately, I think the conquest of space, with its enormous expense and danger, is going to command the efforts of many nations collaboratively and not a single player. Though, China having a quarter of the world's population and getting richer by the day may be an exception to that rule”
China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

China Launches Lunar Probe In Major Milestone For Its Space Program

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 21:03:12 in World

“Space missions are planned years ahead with small windows of opportunity. Besides didn't Frank Wolf tell you that NASA is not allowed one-on-one's with the Chinese Space Agency.”
Obama's Shortened Asia Trip Is Boost For China's Xi

Obama's Shortened Asia Trip Is Boost For China's Xi

Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 10:45:59 in World

“In answer to your questions:
(1) Yes. You should attempt the gaokao exams in China to enter an undergraduate program there. The better Chinese post-grads go overseas for further research.
(2) Yes they do as they pay highere foreigner fees on degrees that are taught.
(3) By golly are private universities in the USA expensive. One of the reasons why I emigrated to Australia only to find that Australian univesrities are copying US universities and charging per course unit per term.”
Meet Tor, The Military-Made Privacy Network That Counts Edward Snowden As A Fan

Meet Tor, The Military-Made Privacy Network That Counts Edward Snowden As A Fan

Commented Jul 21, 2013 at 06:32:17 in Technology

“Is that in general or only if they target you or your computer/s?
If it's a general thing, and as the source code for Tor is in the public domain, can anyone please save me a lot of time and point out where in the code are the backdoors and hooks are. I thank any helpful person in advance.”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 01:08:17 in World

“You mean currently closed. The computer cases have not yet being reported found and opened”

GarethJonesLives on Jul 1, 2013 at 01:20:11

“No, it doesn't mean currently closed. It means you don't have the facts to reach a verdict (but you will anyway).”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 00:53:22 in World

“From that article and the original Sunday Times, UK: "People familiar with Mr Snowden's stay in Hong Kong hint he did not carry his four laptops to the airport on June 23, or, if he did, encrypted copies of the contents are locked in a safe or a bank vault."”

GarethJonesLives on Jul 1, 2013 at 01:05:16

“Unnamed people hint.

Well then, case closed!”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 22:46:21 in World

“See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/edward-snowdens-insurance-back-up-an-intelligence-worry/story-fnb64oi6-1226672223457

People outside of the USA get to read more about this matter. But don't let me disturb you by getting you to raise your head out of the sand.”

GarethJonesLives on Jun 30, 2013 at 23:48:09

“I'm not in the USA, genius.

BTW, nothing in that little blurb supports your previous assertion.”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:13:42 in World

“Their airport, their prerogative.”

Gib on Jul 1, 2013 at 03:46:14

“He has no passport. How can he go anywhere?”

lara9209 on Jul 1, 2013 at 00:58:34

“agreed ... but then let's call it what it is ... not pretend it's something else ...”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:12:34 in World

“Putin to Snowden: "We're not going to hand you over to the Americans but tell me where in Hong Kong you stashed the computers and give me your encryption keys. You can then go on to whichever country you want. If you want to stay we can arrange an a safe apartment in Moscow, a monthly stipend, and provide a replacement for that hot girlfriend you left behind. Refuse and you can stay in the transit lounge being monitored by airport security cameras 24/7 and winter nights can be cold in the airport after closing hours. Eventually, Mr. Wikileaks ex will have to depart Moscow and you will be by yourself. The longer you remain in the transit lounge there is the danger of the odd foreign agent coming across you."
I give it another few weeks or Snowden mulling around the airport.”

Richard G Morrison on Jun 30, 2013 at 21:32:16

“Certainly a possible scenario. Another one is they just grab him and get whatever they want out of him. In the days when a visa was required, in transit or not, on one occasion I was detained at Shermetyevo Terminal 2 transit lounge for 7 hours because my visa was 3 hours expired due to a late connection from Bishkek. I carried an American passport and I wasn't legally "in Russia", for all the good it did me. Just like here, they can do whatever they want to you, and you can just go pound salt.”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:01:47 in World

“and the airport food is probably not as good as that in Hong Kong”
Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Edward Snowden Can't Leave Moscow Without Consent Of Russian Authorities, Says Ecuadorean President

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:00:13 in World

“The Hong Kong authorities couldn't wait for Snowden to leave and he did without his four laptops. Now the Russians won't let him go as they would probably like to know what was on those hard-drives. If it was a choice between Hong Kong, Russia or Ecuador I would have chosen to fight extradition from Hong Kong and claim refugee status based upon being subjected to US political persecution and potentially suffer torture (a la Bradley Manning) if returned to the USA and put in captivity there.”

GarethJonesLives on Jun 30, 2013 at 22:16:49

“He left without his laptops (and they're up to 4 now)?

Is there anything else you want to make up out of whole cloth?”
Kaitlyn Hunt Gay Sex Trial Judge Should Step Down, Attorney Says

Kaitlyn Hunt Gay Sex Trial Judge Should Step Down, Attorney Says

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:11:56 in Queer Voices

“If I'm innocent why wouldn't I want a speedy trial? Isn't that one of the rights that citizens should enjoy? I personally wouldn't want to have a criminal charge hanging over me for years and have to pay attorneys for unnecessary delays.”

billswan173 on Jun 22, 2013 at 00:34:16

“The Hunts know Kaitlyn is guilty, they want to string this out as long as possible to con more "freekate" rubes out of their money.”
Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 01:07:06 in Queer Voices

“Hello! FYI, while parenting skills may differ from family to family, minors are still legally under the care of their parents.”
Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 01:04:47 in Queer Voices

“Did he also show you his sawn-off shotgun collection at the same time :-)
Glad you listened anyhow and didn't end up with a rap-sheet.”

Greg Cyr on Jun 2, 2013 at 02:20:27

“My method would be to sit him down to watch a video of the "tossed salad man" - and explain how "statutory rape" becomes muddled in the prison population and becomes "rape". And finally explain to him how prisoners deal with rapists.

Better to seal his fate by being able to tell the jury with complete honesty that he knew the price he would have to pay for his actions and did it regardless.”
Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 00:57:45 in Queer Voices

“While is it foolish to attempt to ban the relationship? The affair was reported to the police and we have this law case. If Hunt goes to jail then the relationship will be put on hold until at least the younger girl is 18.
The younger girl is still a minor and under the care of her parents. For the present, unless there is a court order removing her from her parents care and any obligations thereof the parents had the right to confront the older predator and every right to report the same to the police.”

Jason Schmitz on Jun 3, 2013 at 03:03:52

“actually, minors sixteen or over
can legally consent to sex with someone up to eight years older than themselves in Florida. In this case, the minor was fifteen and the adult eighteen, only a three year difference. The relationship only needs to be put on hold until the younger girl is sixteen, less than a year, unless the older girl is convicted, in which case prison will put the relationship on hold. If the younger girl was sixteen she could have legally consented to sex with someone as old as 23.”
Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Kaitlyn Hunt Case Prompts Florida State Sen. Thad Altman To Call For Changes To Law

Commented Jun 1, 2013 at 06:43:30 in Queer Voices

“I'm with the parents of the victim. If the perpetrator was an 18 year old male seminarian hitting on a fourteen year old schoolgirl, he would not given the same understanding of 95% of the Kaitlyn Hunt supporters here.”

Greg Cyr on Jun 2, 2013 at 02:14:04

“Given the Roman Catholic Church's record with children, I would speculate that it would hardly raise an eyebrow.

To be shocked by a seminarian doing as you describe, would be akin to being shocked by Charles Manson killing another person. Or the shock in discovering that they had discovered Osama bin Laden's involvement in another (past) terrorist act.”

aviandonn on Jun 1, 2013 at 13:33:40

“For a lot of us, this isn't about Kaitlyn. It's about an 18 year old high school student facing prison time and registration as a sex offender for having consensual sex with another teenager. If the fact that she's a little five foot tall blond cheerleader draws the attention and support of people who otherwise wouldn't get involved, the good. The ultimate goal is to get these kind of laws changed so teenagers don't go to prison because adults have hang-ups. And If this case chips away at that law, then good.”

LeftRight on Jun 1, 2013 at 11:57:19

“If the "perpetrator" was an 18 year old male HIGH SCHOOL student, they'd be fools to attempt to ban the relationship...”
John McCain Visits Syria To Meet With Rebel Leadership

John McCain Visits Syria To Meet With Rebel Leadership

Commented May 27, 2013 at 20:34:01 in Politics

“EU talks on Syria didn't come to any agreement so Britain is now saying that they (and perhaps the French) will unilaterally arm the Syrian rebels so that Assad will have to negotiate seriously (i.e. give up and leave). Britain and France , by that logic, should also arm the Palestinians so that they the Israelis will negotiate seriously and return to the former all of East Jerusalem and most of the West Bank. Otherwise, it's all pure hypocrisy on the part of Britain and France.”

notmarcorubio on May 27, 2013 at 20:41:52

“Nah.........that's failed lefty logic. You see.........we support Israel............but NOT Assad! Get it yet???t”

timbohp on May 27, 2013 at 20:39:27

“and it wouldn't be hypocrisy on the part of the U.S. too?”
India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

Commented May 26, 2013 at 22:47:29 in World

“No we don't. These tribal lands are within the boundaries of modern India granted by Britain and were not necessarily with the agreements of those local peoples. India has failed to provide basic services and amenities to these areas while at the same time stealing their land and water resources for the big Indian companies to exploit. I am not surprised that India has rebellions up and down the country.”
India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

Commented May 26, 2013 at 22:33:39 in World

“Agreed. India inherited Britain's India Empire but since that time has done very little for the tribals. Any negotiation will have to consider that agreements are only as good as their implementation and India has many shortcomings with corruption, vote rigging, project execution and timeliness”
India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

India Rebel Attack: Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill 24 People; Indian Officials Outraged

Commented May 26, 2013 at 22:28:00 in World

“Actually many of those billions made on the backs of minority groups and the untouchables in India are in Swiss bank accounts out of reach of the Tax Department of India”
Assisted Suicide Legalization Supported By Half Of Americans, Poll Says

Assisted Suicide Legalization Supported By Half Of Americans, Poll Says

Commented May 22, 2013 at 10:01:57 in Politics

“"..Some people are fighters..." Like others of our parents generation who lived through hard times. They are aghast at the recent calls for euthanaisa been bandied around often by youngish politicians.
There are various countries where assisted suide is being contemplated where the permission for the procedure would be granted by the law courts. This is the way it should be. If politicians allow it, the courts should review it and grant permission for doctors to carry it out or not. Someone has to interpret the wishes of a living will, and other legal documents and the courts are the correct place for that (forgeries et al).
And the God complex among doctotrs tends to be the purview of surgeons and not anesthetists who have to be careful as the blame is often directed at the latter for a botched procedure. And it will be the latter cautious group whose pain management skills will be called upon to assist suicide. You can train your local GP or nurses who administer injections to do it but that's a whole different story.”

dracula10tmiller on May 22, 2013 at 10:23:40

“It is still wrong.”
Senate Immigration Bill Passes Out Of Judiciary Committee

Senate Immigration Bill Passes Out Of Judiciary Committee

Commented May 22, 2013 at 09:04:29 in Politics

“Fast-tracking illegal immigrants for citizenship? This is rewarding people who vilolated US immigration regulations and allow them to jump ahead of normal immigrants. If we fast foward twenty yearsin the USA I wonder how this will turn out?”

ViktorN on May 22, 2013 at 09:23:24

“20 years ago there was an amnesty for millions of illegals. Now, 20+ years later, there's another amnesty for 11 million illegals.
There's no reason to expect that there won't be another amnesty in another 20 years. 
That's how little the political class cares about how most Americans feel about illegal immigration.”

mikey09 on May 22, 2013 at 09:06:38

“Carlos Slims grandkids will be the richest Americans in 20 yrs...and they do not share at all.
Assisted Suicide Legalization Supported By Half Of Americans, Poll Says

Assisted Suicide Legalization Supported By Half Of Americans, Poll Says

Commented May 22, 2013 at 08:44:39 in Politics

“See pallitive care before commenting.
And Roman Catholics have also been running hospices long before the creation of the nation state.”
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