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(The Hindu Business Line)   NASA's Curiosity Rover to be back online next week. Man, those Java updates are a biatch to deal with   ( divider line
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2013-03-06 09:27:19 AM  
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2013-03-06 09:31:58 AM  
Just in time to be hit by a comet!
2013-03-06 09:45:22 AM  
+1 to subby for the headline
2013-03-06 10:59:58 AM  
Hope they unchecked the "Install the Ask Toolbar" option when installing the update.
2013-03-06 11:42:04 AM  
$2.5 billion. Thats a lot of money.

until you start to think in the sort of numbers we hear on the news almost daily "50 Trillion" etc

almost seems cheap.
2013-03-06 04:17:19 PM  
Mars can vary from a nearest approach of about three light minutes away to more than twice the distance to the Sun (8.2 light minutes, so 16.4 minutes). So, yes, Subby, it is a biatch to update software from Earth, all joking about slow downloads aside.

Assuming the software update is rewritten into as few transmissions as possible, with as much two-way communication eliminated as possible, it could still take hours to update software which could be updated anywhere on Earth in a couple of minutes with a time delay of less than a second even with communications bouncing off of a satellite or two.

Hard science-based SF shows ships warping through hyperspace or whatever in less time than it takes their light-speed messages to reach their destination, even when the destination is only seconds away.

In the real world, communication with colonies on other planets would be mildly annoying, while one way communication with stars would be slower than getting a college degree (about 4.2 years to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri proxima) or more than a life-time (say any star 80 years away or more).

You could say "Hi!" to your family on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system and get a Ph.D. while waiting for their reply.

Those fabulous laser battles in space that you see in Star Wars and elsewhere would in reality be spread over distances of millions of miles and only computers could possible grasp what is going on. If the ships could jump into and out of an alternative warp space they'd be popping up and shooting then disappearing totally like cowboys and indians in a crazy fast arcade game. Examples of this type of battle can be found in SF, notably the most recent volume of Larry Niven's Ringworld and Fleet of Worlds novels, which is a cross-over in which many of the characters from earlier books in both series join the fight over the Fleet of Worlds after the Ringworld disappears.

Warning: This novel is the first of a two-parter and cuts off in the middle of the action.

Fate of Worlds: The Return from Ringworldby Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
2013-03-06 10:23:32 PM  
No, the real biatch of it is they'll have to do it all again when Java releases another update next week.

/ could be worse I guess, they could be like Adobe an release an update every other day
2013-03-07 12:05:31 AM  
It's that damn "ask" toolbar gumming up the works. They forgot to uncheck the box.
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