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(Orlando Sentinel)   More info on the "garage engineers" and their plan to repurpose the ISEE-3   (thesent.nl) divider line 32
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2014-05-02 04:31:39 PM
Is there actually any more information in that article, other than a couple of people's names?
 
2014-05-02 04:33:24 PM
What orbit is it in that it won't come by earth again till 2029?
 
2014-05-02 04:39:41 PM
"Hey, this is Unix! I know this! If we just reboot it, we can log in and take over!"

Said no one, ever.
 
2014-05-02 04:40:10 PM

BAMFinator: What orbit is it in that it won't come by earth again till 2029?


A big one
 
2014-05-02 04:42:01 PM
I've lost count, is this the 12th or 18th thread on this in the past 30 days?
 
2014-05-02 04:42:39 PM
Sure, it takes a lot of money to get something up there. You might as well let people beat it to death like an old Buick for all the science it's worth.
 
2014-05-02 04:45:12 PM
"The vast majority of the donations are $10 or $50, [but] pocket change in large numbers can turn into something," said Keith Cowing, editor of the NASAWatch website and one of the project's directors.

I wish I could think of $10 or $50 as "pocket change".
He must be one of those high-paid, fancy-livin' climate change scientists.
 
2014-05-02 04:49:25 PM
The original was way more radical:

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-02 05:01:22 PM
NASA launched a space-weather probe called ISEE-3 in 1978 [...] team members have to figure out how to "talk" to the spacecraft

Sure hope it didn't have the fish.

reggiestake.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-02 05:03:24 PM
What orbit is it in that it won't come by earth again till 2029?

A sun circling orbit, either slightly bigger than earth's, in which case the earth passes by ICEE as earth overtakes it, or if the ICEE orbit is smaller, it circles the sun faster than earth, so it ICEE overtakes and passes by earth as they both circle the sun.

Still, I hope they succeed. They'll get serious geek cred reactivating an old satellite.

/should tie some dead bodies to it to get it past the Reavers...
 
2014-05-02 05:06:01 PM
Didn't V-ger teach us anything?
 
2014-05-02 05:08:26 PM
Next on Orbital Hoarders...we finally clean the rubble out of the hubble
 
2014-05-02 05:08:29 PM
oblig:

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-05-02 05:09:09 PM

iirightii: "Hey, this is Unix! I know this! If we just reboot it, we can log in and take over!"

Said no one, ever.


playeject.com
 
2014-05-02 05:09:33 PM

BAMFinator: What orbit is it in that it won't come by earth again till 2029?


i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-02 05:14:24 PM
i141.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-02 05:24:10 PM

iirightii: "Hey, this is Unix! I know this! If we just reboot it, we can log in and take over!"

Said no one, ever.


funny, I did exactly that much to the horror of one of our UNIX admins at a well known Fortune 10 company.

/don't worry, it was an old system that they had "gifted" us without giving us a root password, no longer in use.
//it's surprisingly easy to do
///you should see what I can do to a box locked down with sudo. -that's one that surprises me...(that it is still in use despite being entirely not secure).
 
2014-05-02 05:28:27 PM
I would be impressed if they found a way to charge for rides on the thing.....
 
2014-05-02 05:41:34 PM

Elegy: BAMFinator: What orbit is it in that it won't come by earth again till 2029?

[i.imgur.com image 800x657]


Go home ISEE3, youre drunk.
 
2014-05-02 05:45:27 PM

iirightii: "Hey, this is Unix! I know this! If we just reboot it, we can log in and take over!"

Said no one, ever.


blog.smartbear.com
 
2014-05-02 05:46:47 PM

Gabrielmot: iirightii: "Hey, this is Unix! I know this! If we just reboot it, we can log in and take over!"

Said no one, ever.

funny, I did exactly that much to the horror of one of our UNIX admins at a well known Fortune 10 company.

/don't worry, it was an old system that they had "gifted" us without giving us a root password, no longer in use.
//it's surprisingly easy to do
///you should see what I can do to a box locked down with sudo. -that's one that surprises me...(that it is still in use despite being entirely not secure).


I never got the criticism of Jurassic Park on the "hey I know this score." Sure, the UI shown was nicer than anything Unix has ever managed, but it's a network server on an island in the middle of friggin nowhere on a project with a staff of what, 4? And the software was obviously still in dev.

Hell, I've got projects scattered across 3 different development machines at work. The wider network itself is locked down tight (and out of my hands; I'm not responsible for it) and the only two people that use the dev machines are the sysadmin and I. You bet your ass security is as wide open as we can make it, because we don't want to fight with it in our dev projects until the end.

So yeah, actually not that unreasonable that a teenage girl sits down at an open machine on a small, isolated island, looks at a system that a single developer is working on, and says "hey, I got this."
/off topic ramble is off topic
 
2014-05-02 06:09:52 PM

Elegy: I never got the criticism of Jurassic Park on the "hey I know this score." Sure, the UI shown was nicer than anything Unix has ever managed,


That was a real IRIX file browser called 'fsn'.
 
2014-05-02 06:35:21 PM
silverspock.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-02 06:54:21 PM

Ivo Shandor: Elegy: I never got the criticism of Jurassic Park on the "hey I know this score." Sure, the UI shown was nicer than anything Unix has ever managed,

That was a real IRIX file browser called 'fsn'.


Not bad for '93. Color me impressed (and corrected)

/it was snark anyway
 
2014-05-02 06:54:35 PM
Send it to your anus.
 
2014-05-02 07:08:25 PM

BalugaJoe: Send it to your anus.


With the oil.
 
2014-05-02 10:07:41 PM

Ivo Shandor: Elegy: I never got the criticism of Jurassic Park on the "hey I know this score." Sure, the UI shown was nicer than anything Unix has ever managed,

That was a real IRIX file browser called 'fsn'.


Wow.  I was one of those people who thought it was an embarrassing Hollywood gaff.  Now there's egg on my face.
 
2014-05-02 10:09:07 PM

rnatalie: [silverspock.files.wordpress.com image 475x870]


I always wanted a chance to prove to her I wasn't THAT sexually immature.
 
2014-05-02 10:29:11 PM

ciberido: rnatalie: [silverspock.files.wordpress.com image 475x870]

I always wanted a chance to prove to her I wasn't THAT sexually immature.


Too bad about that vow of chastity she took.

Why did she do that again?
 
2014-05-02 11:28:46 PM

Polish Hussar: ciberido: rnatalie: [silverspock.files.wordpress.com image 475x870]

I always wanted a chance to prove to her I wasn't THAT sexually immature.

Too bad about that vow of chastity she took.

Why did she do that again?


Her stated reason was "I would never take advantage of a sexually immature species" --- hence my joke about not being "THAT sexually immature".  I think the logic was that Deltas were so super-sexy that other species, such as human, were at a severe disadvantage when dealing with them sexually, analogous to being drunk --- intoxication via pheromones.  Taking advantage of that for sexual gratification (even if mutual) would be like having sex with a person you knew was very drunk --- it's akin to rape.

At least that was the rational I think they were hinting at.
 
2014-05-03 08:12:23 AM
Sounds like a cool project.  I hope the documentation from NASA is enough for them to make it do a barrel roll perform scientific functions, once again.
 
2014-05-03 10:43:21 AM

Polish Hussar: ciberido: rnatalie: [silverspock.files.wordpress.com image 475x870]

I always wanted a chance to prove to her I wasn't THAT sexually immature.

Too bad about that vow of chastity she took.

Why did she do that again?


To increase the trouser tightness factor of teenaged boys in the late '70s.
 
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