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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Chrontius Re:Better Still? (701 comments)

You're right, it wasn't a Bushmaster; I was conflating the Stryker with a Bradley.

So that suggests it was a Browning, but I don't remember the telling of the story as perfectly as I'd like.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Chrontius Re:Misquote in #1 (701 comments)

Well, the SRBs, once lit, will continue to burn until expended or sent a self-destruct command. At which point, they will continue to burn, at a significantly increased rate, until fuel is expended. Launch commit, with the Shuttle, comes with sending the ignition command to the SRBs, and you had better hope there is not a hang-fire or one of them fails to light.

That said, I've always wondered if you saw trouble coming several seconds away, if you couldn't flush the main engines with hydrogen (if there's oxygen in the lines during shutdown, SSMEs go kaBOOM!) and jettison the SRBs and the main tank as an assembly, then use the RCS jets to point the thermal tiles at the rocket plume.

It wasn't in the manual, but I'm sure someone at NASA discussed it over drinks after work at some point.

about two weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Chrontius Better Still? (701 comments)

Related by a retired infantry soldier, during a Big Damn Gunships moment as a Stryker pulled a drift turn into the corner the soldiers were pinned in, and opened up with the Bushmaster: (read it in a thick Midwest accent for full effect)

"If y'all don't wanna die, GET IN!"

More awesome than the others because this one actually happened.

about two weeks ago
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Duo Sneak an Oculus Rift Onto Roller Coaster For a Wild Ride

Chrontius Re:And the point is ... (81 comments)

The point is a proof of concept for wilder rides still. Imagine "Dueling Dragons" with fully immersive VR, and maybe a few strategically placed propane burners near the track. I think you can begin imagine what that'd be like, and maybe even begin to comprehend just how much I'd like to ride it. (The ride is no longer operated as intended, and the incredibly complex process of tuning the synchronicity of the trains is wasted, since someone was killed by a flying flip-flop to the windpipe - this would preserve - and expand upon - the originally intended experience.)

about 3 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Chrontius Re:Power? (630 comments)

If we're going to give them all Aegis radars, they're going to need a lot of that juice for active sensors, the computers to run them, and the cooling to keep both from melting.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Chrontius Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

Shore bombardment is totally a thing.

This lets us do it from a safe range, or with surgical precision --- pick one.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Chrontius Re:Ammo in a different form (630 comments)

Either a nuke, or a gas turbine; either coupled to a capacitor bank that's very close to inert when discharged.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Chrontius Re:that's why China will do it and we won't. (402 comments)

I would cheerfully ride the business end of a NERVA in a return trajectory around Luna. Others have spent longer in the Van Allen belts and beyond with no ill effects, and good radiation shielding is a simple matter of math.

I would not volunteer for an explicit suicide mission to well, up.

There is a difference between pioneers and suicide bombers. Neither has a great life expectancy, but it's worth considering the relative merits of the two professions.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Chrontius Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Old men who won't die of cancer, but will die with cancer. Actuaries would probably suggest that you haven't really made their situation significantly worse.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Chrontius Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Actually, bullets (wrapped in duct tape) would be about the right size and consistency to patch a micrometeoroid strike.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Chrontius Re:Ethics is Relative. PERIOD. (402 comments)

Mars One is planning a colony drop, not a suicide mission. Colonies have a history of failing, but they also have a history of succeeding.

If we're talking about a mission with no hope of surviving to go on speaking tours, or build the foundation for a society elsewhere, I can't really see any good reason for it.

On the other hand, throw a NERVA, Orion, or a (FSM help you!) NSWR at the problem, and suddenly it's a shorter trip than most jaunts to the space station. If Bussard was 1/10th right, deep space missions won't be suicide missions.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

Chrontius Re:April Fools? (274 comments)

Everyone has a different role. The tech-heads, hackers and code monkeys turn out the lights on everything, and the community organizers, rabble-rousers and the politically inclined makes trouble and pisses people off with rallies, publicity campaigns, grassroots social media campaigns, and crowdfunding primary challengers to anyone who doesn't wash their hands of this like yesterday.

And while I discourage actual violence, I feel the need to point out that so do the gun-nuts and paranoid survivalists - by raising the cost of a brute-force approach beyond the point of impracticality, they serve as a backstop to the morals of anyone who might actually be tempted to attempt a coup.

about 4 months ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Chrontius Re:Noise, noise, noise! (176 comments)

I briefly considered that, but it's too in-character and unfunny.

about 4 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Chrontius Re:The nanny state continues (518 comments)

I drive a convertible. I never back up with my seat belt on. These are related facts - the view out my window is adequate for driving in a straight line, but visibility while backing up is so bad that I have to move my head like a meter to see if someone's going to be in the path of my car as I back out, and if something's behind my other wheel. And since nobody really respects back-up lights in parking lots here - they'll walk behind you, then give you the stink-eye if you so much as twitch in their direction, whether or not you can see them, I simply continue risking my spinal column to avoid squishing idiots.

inb4 "drop the top, dummy" - rain.

about 4 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Chrontius Re:Good.... (518 comments)

How about this:

"In Soviet Russia, telescreen protects you!"

about 4 months ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Chrontius Re:Should this not be a bulb's job? (176 comments)

Protip: Go look up ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Insteon.

The technology is out there, but it's a lot uglier than X-10 for DIYing. This was the first control system I found that offers your sort of power management, and claimed universal, vendor-agnostic compatibility.

about 4 months ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Chrontius Noise, noise, noise! (176 comments)

I just loaded a half dozen /. stories in tabs, and now as many computer voices are reading submission summaries to me in some godawful cacophony.

What the hell?

Worse than beta, since there's no off switch.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Chrontius Ignored Potential (914 comments)

Someone's missed the point.

Can I take a small, short-acting dose of this in the form of a nasal spray, and finish reading the entire encyclopedia while I wait for my coffee pot to finish brewing? If implanted in reservoir form, in something like an insulin pump, (along, probably, with a quick-acting antidote) could I actually gain the benefit of "bullet time" when trying to avoid a car wreck when some texting-while-driving type cuts across three lanes of traffic? I believe this was touched upon in the Honor Harrington series, and it seemed like a good ideaand now somebody's gone and figured out that it's actually feasible.

And we go and waste it on this?

*sigh*

Goddammit people.

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Chrontius Re:Sure, let's lose the unsavoury stuff. (250 comments)

Sayeth the inhabitant of that world-famous abattoir of haute-cuisine---Mississippi.

"But", you say, "there's lots of fine food in Mississippi". Agreed, but Brit food is pretty damn good.

The number of Michelin starred restaurants in Mississippi is...zero? Even Glasgow, that city mocked for deep fried everything, has a Michelin starred restaurant.

Yeah, I get the joke, but it's a stereotype that isn't actually remotely true any more,

Fixed that for you.

about 4 months ago

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