Category Archives: Space

Careful With Your Drafts

This story reminds me of about thirty years ago, when I was pulling an all-nighter at Rockwell to finish a major deliverable to the Air Force on a study contract on launch systems. PCs were a relatively new thing in the workplace then (at least that one–I’d been one of the forcing functions to get them), and I accidentally munged a file on a floppy, apparently the only copy of it. Fortunately, I had a printout of the pages that I could insert into the document, but it had one section in it that contained the phrase “[Go ask [name of one of my colleagues]].” There was no way I was going to retype the whole thing — I had too much else to do to finish it, and I ended up just inserting the page as is (in a document of several hundred pages). I figured it would be an interesting test to see if anyone actually read these things. I never heard a word from the Air Force about it.

Save The Far Side!

This seems a little overblown to me, certainly currently.

I agree that it’s a special place in terms of radio silence, and would be a great location for very large radiotelescopes. But I don’t know many people who would want to live there, and never see the home planet. And they could do comm via lasers — no need to pollute the local “air” waves with spurious RF communications.