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IT staff would rather pocket $100k than blast off into space


IT staff would rather pocket $100k than blast off into space

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The psychology of this is quite interesting.

If I won a trip into space, would I swap it for $100,000 ? I'm not sure, the temptation of taking the trip would be pretty big.

But if I won $100,000 would my first choice for the money be to spend it on a trip to space ? Absolutely not !
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Hardly surprising. $100,000 ~ £60,000 - with that I could pay off mine and my girlfriend's student debt (£30,000 for me, £18,000 for her) and be able to put the rest together with our savings and put a deposit on a house. All of which would help us live our lives more comfortably.

A trip to space would be cool, but reality often has to win against dreams Crying


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There's also the aspect that while Armadillo Aerospace seem an interesting outfit they don't seem particularly close to having the capability to launch manned sub-orbital flights. Given the choice between a definite $100K now or a slightly vague promise of a flight at an unknown future date I'm afraid the $100K wins.
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SPACE, anytime.

100K is easy-ish to come buy with more work. Space is another story and not enough of a motivator to work towards for that long (for me atm anyways).
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Maybe there's a few DBA's, developers, executives and congressmen that have all the bills for years, medical expenses, the kids college funds and the mortgage paid off, etc, but I'm not in that minority.

But outside of practical personal and household financial matters, the money would go far to help one career wise. I don't get to use many of the newer tools that the blogosphere and Twits fawn over. I could replace my older hardware and software, take a few courses and attend some out of town conferences and maybe take a real vacation to reset my mental state.
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It's a tough one. The cash would be might useful. On the other hand, bet it'd be one hell of a ride*!

*Once they actually have something working...
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In making a choice we also have to consider that in the past year 10% of all rocket launches have failed (and that number is higher if you also count the Japanese probe that failed to make its Venus insertion burn in May and is now taking an unscheduled trip around the Sun). A substantial number of those failures have been with Russian equipment. Fortunately the crew they just sent to the ISS made it.

But the reality of a nearly 10% chance of becoming a puddle on the Siberian prairie instead of becoming one of the lucky few members of the 65-Mile High Club is probably a significant motivator to Take The Cash.
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In making a choice we also have to consider that in the past year 10% of all rocket launches have failed (and that number is higher if you also count the Japanese probe that failed to make its Venus insertion burn in May and is now taking an unscheduled trip around the Sun). A substantial number of those failures have been with Russian equipment. Fortunately the crew they just sent to the ISS made it.

But the reality of a nearly 10% chance of becoming a puddle on the Siberian prairie instead of becoming one of the lucky few members of the 65-Mile High Club is probably a significant motivator to Take The Cash.

A rocket malfunction resulting in an unscheduled trip around the Sun would really suck. Then again, it would also allow me some time to study for my next cert exam, and it would provide a perfectly valid excuse for not showing up at work for the next year. I hope they pack the shuttle with plenty of sardines and vitamin water.


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SPACE, anytime.

100K is easy-ish to come buy with more work. Space is another story and not enough of a motivator to work towards for that long (for me atm anyways).

Dave Ramsey would frame the question this way: "Given your current financial circumstances, would spend $100,000 of your savings to go on on a space shuttle ride?".
I'd personally take the money. We could probably buy a ticket on a similar space shuttle ten years down the road for $20,000.


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