Whether or not it fits with my notions of how the universe works is irrelevant. It works; you don't make this kind of announcement if it doesn't.
Regardless, just another example of how cool science is.
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Considering that muslim outreach is now part of NASA's mission statement I don't find this terribly surprising.
Of course making sure the newsletter doesn't say "Jesus" is lots more important than sending probes to asteroids.
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Old computer stuff!
Francis Porretto gets us started, remembering that his first computer had $1,100 worth of memory in it--truly a technological marvel, fitting 64k of RAM onto a single board!
He links to this, showing an advertisement for a 15 MB external hard drive from Radio Shack. RS' computer hardware was always overpriced, though.
And also to this, showing the invoice for a massive Dell system in 1988 with a 80286 processor, DOS 4.0, and Windows 2.0. A whole megabyte of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive--and the latter cost a mere $700!
I notice that it's IDE, and IDE was cutting edge back then. Hell, I worked with MFM and RLL drives for years after starting my career as a hardware tech in 1990.
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"30 percent of science teachers give misinformation about climate change," goes an Arse Technica headline. No link here; I don't need it. I know what they're saying: "bad teachers not telling students about TOTALLY PROVEN GLOBAL WARMING THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED YOU FLAT-EARTH ASSHOLES etc.
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I am home from work today. The past week has been bad, health-wise; Mrs. Fungus has been sick--so sick that she stayed home from work, which she never does--and I stayed home Monday to look after her. Today I am home, still, because in between looking after my wife I have been busting my hump (to borrow a phrase) cleaning out the basement and attending to other tasks. Today she is better but I am worse, and last night my entire body ached so badly I knew there was approximately a 50/50 chance that I would not go in today.
I got up around noon to have a snack; then I slept until it was nearly 4 PM. I feel better than I did.
Tomorrow, back to the grind.