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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

CrimsonAvenger Re:Some details about the 3D printer (105 comments)

That's why you carry spare parts with you. And why you "design for maintenance". And why you do extensive development and testing beforehand to figure out what parts are most likely to break. And design parts to be reliable. And reinforce the parts where you can. And...

And after you do all of those things, sometimes something breaks that you don't have a spare for. And when the nearest replacement part is nine months away, you're screwed.

Being able to make spare parts is a GOOD thing. And the fewer things you have to carry along to make spare parts with, the better.

12 hours ago

Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

CrimsonAvenger Re: Everything is an excuse for more security thea (189 comments)

Its the equivalent of adding another $200 billion to your $17.6 trillion credit card balance every year

The Deficit has not been as low as $200B since 1985. It hasn't been as low as $500B since 2008.

And isn't expected to be as low as $500B again....


SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

CrimsonAvenger Re: "without gravity"??? (105 comments)

Was that another way of saying "free fall"?


SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

CrimsonAvenger Re:Some details about the 3D printer (105 comments)

3D printing is one of those things that will be pretty much essential for successful manned missions farther away than the moon.

Being unable to fix broken things will be fatal if the nearest spare parts are nine months away, and a 3D printer or two can, conceivably, replace a great many individual spare parts....


Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Rollout

CrimsonAvenger Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (358 comments)

What solution that provides universal coverage would you advocate?

1) Leave the private health insurance market completely alone.

2) Lower the age of eligibility of Medicare to zero. Do that gradually (five years per year, for instance) if politics require such a compromise. Raise Medicare taxes as required to cover the increased number of people.

Change Medicaid eligibility so that anyone under 18 is eligible, until such time as they're eligible for Medicare (see caveat previous para.).

Done. Net effect should dramatically lower the cost of private health insurance, since Medicare would cover most (if not all) common problems, leaving private health insurance for edge cases.

Adjust Medicare taxes as required to pay the bills.

Note that this isn't quite a National Healthcare System (see UK), but it could easily transition into one later if it works reasonably well.

Done. Simple law, expanding existing program, so unlikely to meet as much opposition from fanatics. No odd cases like "he makes $XX, so he gets 80% subsidy on his health insurance, she makes $XX-1, so she has to pay 100% cost of her health insurance.


My resting heart rate:

CrimsonAvenger Re:Missing option (110 comments)

1.1 beats per second??

I'm impressed. Or you're dead. Not sure which....

2 days ago

Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

CrimsonAvenger Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (189 comments)

One can see many of the tenants of an oligarch's paradise

Well, I know I'd rent from an oligarch's paradise, so I don't see why they wouldn't have a lot of tenants.

Or did you mean "tenets"? Never mind.

2 days ago

'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

CrimsonAvenger Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (124 comments)

I'm not taking much stock in the overwhelming rise of the majority rule of morning people here

The original comment, that noone is a morning person, was the sort of comment that will only produce responses that contradict it - why would someone bother with "yeah, I can't get things going before noon either"?

So, no, the responses saying, in effect, "I am a morning person you ignorant clod" should not be read as saying anything other than "yeah, there are some people who are morning people. Maybe not many, but some."

2 days ago

'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

CrimsonAvenger Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (124 comments)

For what it's worth, I don't use an alarm to get up. 4:30 to 5:00 is just when I wake up naturally.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I drank a lot of coffee and sodas. I had a hard time waking up, and my ideal was to sleep till 11 or so.

I stopped with the caffeine, and after all the side-effects worked their way through my system, I found that I woke up like switching on a light switch - from fully asleep to fully awake in a second or two....

2 days ago

'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

CrimsonAvenger Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (124 comments)

Who the hell do you know is a morning person?

Well, me, for one. Get up between 4:30 and 5:00 AM every morning, walk several miles before breakfast.

2 days ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

CrimsonAvenger Re:A glorious victory for all (461 comments)

Yah. If Scotland were a State, it would be the 40th largest State by area (22nd largest by population).

Note that there are 21 States more than twice the size of Scotland, of which eight are more than three times the size of Scotland, of which one each are four times, five times, seven times, and twenty times as big as Scotland.

And, on an unrelated note, for you Texans out there, remember that if Alaska were split into two States, Texas would then be the THIRD largest State....

2 days ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

CrimsonAvenger Re:Hmm... (461 comments)

I love lying to survey takers. If someone wants to waste my time asking me stupid questions, I'll waste his with stupid answers.


After all, what's the point of a poll other than to amuse yourself at the expense of the pollster?

2 days ago

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

CrimsonAvenger Re:No, It Won't (314 comments)

You might have a point with food supplies and resources, if we were not constantly being accused of wasting so much food feeding an nation of obese gluttons.

Assuming, just for the sake of argument, that every single American were living on 5000 calories per day. They aren't, but let's assume an extreme case.

Let's further assume that every single American could manage nicely on 1200 calories per day. They can't, but let's be extreme again.

In that case (large overestimate of food used, similarly extreme underestimate of food needed), we'd be able to feed approximately 1B more people on the food we "waste".

Which is 25% of the expected growth....

Take the greed of the 1% down a few notches

Note that the income of the 1%, if distributed evenly among the 99% would represent only about a 14% pay raise across the board. The wealth of the 1% would nearly double the wealth of the average American, if uniformly distributed.

3 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

CrimsonAvenger Re:Not that hard to fix (323 comments)

So, any serious multinational can have the stock distributed enough to get past your first law....

As to your second, at least in the USA, you're going to be blocked by the First Amendment to some extent. After all, "lobbying" is done by people no matter where the money comes from. As is "political activity".

IN other words, you need to think the problem through a little more carefully...

By the by, are you aware that if Google (for example) were paying ZERO taxes in the USA now, and the laws were changed so that they were taxed at 50% on worldwide revenues, their tax obligation would pay to run the Federal government for a bit less than 16 hours.

Do note that Google is paying some taxes in the USA, and corporate tax rates are rather under 50%. Which means the actual benefit from taxing Google's worldwide income would not be nearly so significant as you might think....

5 days ago

Developing the First Law of Robotics

CrimsonAvenger Re:So, a design failure then. (165 comments)

"If you can't save everybody, save who you can" seems like a reasonable addition to the program.

The problem isn't that you can't save everyone.

The problem is that you can save either of two people (hypothetical people, in this case). So, how do you code things to choose between the two, when you can do either, but not both?

Let me guess - a PRN?

5 days ago

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

CrimsonAvenger Re:Obama administration (198 comments)


Note that the President that got us into WW1 was a Democrat (Wilson).

As was the one that got us into WW2 (Roosevelt).

Then there's the Korean War (Truman).

And the Vietnam War (Kennedy/Johnson).

Carter was the only Democrat President of the 20th Century who didn't get us involved in a war.

And, as of last week, there are no Democrat Presidents this century that haven't gotten us involved in a war (or does anyone really think that this ISIS affair is really going to be a quick bombing campaign?).

5 days ago

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

CrimsonAvenger Re:Hmmm .... (198 comments)

So, is this something which actually exists and is being tested? Or is this vapor ware?

A little of both.

Boeing doesn't do development work without a contract. So, when they got a contract to start development of their capsule, they started.

And then they stopped working on it as soon as the contract ran out. They're waiting on a new contract to resume work.

The only way their thing is going to be flying within a year is if you define flying as "unmanned test launch" (note that Dragon has been doing "unmanned test launches to the ISS for a while now in the form of its CRS flights. Another of which is due this week, as I recall.).

It's quite possible they'll have a usable capsule in three years. It's not the way to bet, but it's possible....

5 days ago

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

CrimsonAvenger Re:Corruption Alive and Well in the US (198 comments)

This is clear evidence of corruption, because the government is selecting the lowest bidders instead of the most popular companies.

Lowest bidder??

Last time I looked, Boeing was the highest bidder of the various bidders.

Also the one farthest behind in the design process, since Boeing doesn't do development work until they have a contract signed, while SpaceX has been working on Dragon on its own dime.

5 days ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

CrimsonAvenger Re:Filter of Time (191 comments)

It's similar to the filter that gets applied to modern music: it always seems to appear that things were better in the past because you forget the bad songs and only remember the good ones.

Just so.

It's why I listen to oldies stations when I'm driving.

90% if everything is crap. But for oldies, the 90% filter has already removed most of the crap before it has a chance of being repeated.

So the oldies stations playlist is taken from the "non-crap" survivors of the era in question. Unlike stations playing modern music, where the crap filters haven't yet engaged effectively.

5 days ago


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