"The government should leave the design work and ownership of the product to the private sector," the report recommends. "NASA engineers and administrators in turn might be very skilled, but their priorities tend to focus on management and regulation. If NASA or the Air Force require a service they should request it from the private market, becoming a customer like everyone else. This will result in increased competition and performance at a lower cost." … [Read more...] about New report: NASA spends 72 cents of every SLS dollar on overhead costs
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There are a few reasons for this, and the first has to do with that form factor. As cool as the Galaxy Fold's 2-in-1 design is, the Z Flip is a bit more practical. It looks like any other Android phone when it's opened up, with the appeal of its folding nature being that you can close it shut and turn it into half the size. In real-world use, this means you can fit the Z Flip in pockets, bags, and purses that would otherwise be too small to accommodate a traditional, non-folding phone. That may not be something that impacts you directly, but for people that have grown tired of phones being too large and cumbersome, the Galaxy Z Flip is a much-needed antidote. … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold: Which should you buy?
What’s more likely is that Ethereum’s leaders will figure out a way to take it back, but there's still some debate over exactly how that should take place. In a post this morning detailing the attack, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin (pictured above) proposed a voluntary modification to Ethereum’s code that would make it impossible to spend the stolen coins even after the 27-day window expires. The same mechanism could eventually be used to refund the money, although it will require a lot of political consensus to do so. Some members of the community have argued against recovering the money — using some of the same moral hazard arguments made against the 2008 bank bailouts — but so far they seem unlikely to prevail. (Update: the attacker has since come forward to claim the coins are legally his, complicating these efforts.) … [Read more...] about How an experimental cryptocurrency lost (and found) $53 million
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that about 110 of the 135 people in CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere division will be cut, and there will be a similar reduction in the Land and Water division. Smaller cuts are also planned for the Manufacturing and Data61 digital technology divisions. The remaining positions in Oceans and Atmosphere will be shifted away from climate science and toward mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. … [Read more...] about Australia guts government climate research
Adding Funds to Your Apple Pay Cash Balance To add money to your Apple Pay Cash balance, you can either wait for people to send you money through the service, or add funds yourself using a debit card. If you didn’t link a debit card with Apple Pay Cash during the setup process, you’ll need to do it now if you want to add money to your balance—unfortunately, you can’t use a credit card. … [Read more...] about How to Set Up and Use Apple Pay Cash on Your iPhone