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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Delwin Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

No, what's relevant here is that it launched from Kennedy. It's the first SpaceX launch from that location. That and they're going to try to recover the booster. That's new too, but you covered that under 'launch technology'.

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

Delwin Re:Seven crew? (128 comments)

Seven crew means it can be used as an escape capsule for the ISS.

about 3 months ago
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AMD and NVIDIA Trade Allegations, Denials Over Shady Tactics

Delwin Re:nVidia Being nVidia (69 comments)

As a note this just bit us in the ass here where I work. There's a 20x difference in speed between single precision and double instead of the expected 2x-4x.

about 3 months ago
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AMD and NVIDIA Trade Allegations, Denials Over Shady Tactics

Delwin Re:nVidia Being nVidia (69 comments)

The last major OpenGL game was RAGE by id Software

I suggest you look at the Steam Linux store for a laundry list of them.

about 3 months ago
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AMD and NVIDIA Trade Allegations, Denials Over Shady Tactics

Delwin Re:So what about the current consoles? (69 comments)

It's not always that easy to do - you still need the headers and those can be under the 'do not disclose' clause.

about 3 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

Delwin Re:Interesting? (90 comments)

There is no such thing as a market without government enforced contracts. Therefore without government there is no market.

Ergo there is no such thing as a free market. Period.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Delwin Re:Exports for a struggling economy (522 comments)

The RD-180 is used by ULA for all their heavy lift rockets.

ULA has a stockpile of them that will last at least a few years but until the SLS with the F1-B or the Falcon Heavy with the Merlin fly the RD-180 is the only heavy lift engine we have.

The closest second is the Falcon 9 which is already using Merlin engines but it is running about 40% of the lift capiability of the largest ULA rockets. If the Falcon Heavy is ever launched then SpaceX will have a launch vehicle that can finally put the RD-180 to rest. Likewise when the SLS launches it could replace the heavy lift rockets from ULA but it's not being designed for LEO operations.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Delwin Re:Comparative advantage is BS (522 comments)

Not the shuttle but the SLS. It's already being tested. Also SpaceX will likely get its human rating a lot faster than it would have otherwise.

about 3 months ago
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NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

Delwin Re:governement approach can waste money trying (333 comments)

NASA had it's biggest successes when von Braun was a leading force within it. Without a genius level mover like that in their ranks the bureaucracy takes over and huge projects will not be what they could be.

That said they're still good at smaller projects and basic research.

about 4 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

Delwin Re:Economic reasons (384 comments)

#1 - There are a number of fabs in the US. Interestingly semiconductors is one of the items that you need a truly skilled workforce to fabricate and thus it's still cheaper to do it at home.

#2 - ... that's a real problem.

#3: Rare earth elements. China's already got a stranglehold and it's already been doing things like banning export to Japan. In return Japan has been doing a lot of research into reduction or elimination of rare earth elements. We should be OK on this one.

Oil though... That's a real problem. EROEI is already way below peak and it's only getting worse. We're going to need to invent either really good batteries (which are in research now) combined with extensive deployment of wind/solar (which is happening now) or we're going to need some serious advancements in the nuclear realm - either small reactor technology, thorium, or fusion. Barring any of those we're going to need some kind of currently sci-fi/fringe power source to actually work (Hydrino, LENR, zero-point, etc).

If we don't get one of those three, or better all of them, then yea. We're screwed.

about 4 months ago
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Delwin Re:Lack of regulation == chaos (410 comments)

More != Better
Less != Better
Better == Progressive paradise.

about 4 months ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Delwin Re:Interesting, but they admit low-current capabil (227 comments)

You missed his last line: "Good batteries would be a true game-changer, and solve both energy crisis and global warming in a single strike."

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Delwin Re:informal poll (641 comments)

You can't discount Android for this. Android is a Linux distro and uses the Linux kernel.

about 5 months ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Delwin Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

If we don't enforce the treaty we are partner to then any hope of keeping Iran from getting nukes is out the window. Likewise the last few decades of keeping nukes out of the hands of those that would be more than happy to smuggle them into the US and use them on us is gone too. Would you still feel this way when Boston, DC or LA become a mushroom cloud because a suicide bomber upgraded from chemical to nuclear explosives?

about 5 months ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Delwin Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Did you completely miss the part where we are treaty-bound to be involved in this one? That the only reason the Ukrane gave up it's nukes was because we promised that Russia wouldn't do exactly what it just did?

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

Delwin Re:Frog is boiling.... (500 comments)

No, this is about when someone didn't consent and was then arrested. The police came back and asked the remaining person who of course then consented (rather than be arrested). That should qualify as consent under duress if he had a good lawyer.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

Delwin Re:SpaceX (73 comments)

The intent (not with the Falcon but with later rockets) is for it not to splash down at all but land vertically back on a launch pad. You can then use a crane to put a new second stage on it, bolt it all back together, refuel and relaunch. ... that's the goal at least. We're still a long way from that.

about 6 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Delwin Re:A lot of "collateral damage" mis-moddings. (379 comments)

Most of us who use use-names on the Internet have our real name tied to them in so many places that it is trivial to connect the two, and thus they serve no real purpose in terms of security. They are nicknames, nothing more.

about 7 months ago
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The App That Tracks Who's Tracking You

Delwin Re:Giant external storage security hole patched? (52 comments)

As of Android 4.4.2 apps can only access their own directories in external media. Needless to say this broke a number of apps like file browsers.

about 7 months ago
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NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

Delwin Re:NHTSA pushed a 5 star rating (627 comments)

You mean like non-nuke submarines... which use electric while underwater and disel whie on the surface where they can get access to an air supply? Sure it's different batteries (which don't explode when exposed to water...) but your argument doesn't exactly hold a lot of weight. Now I would like to see a flood test where they run it into a river and see if it explodes.

1 year,7 days

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2XL ATV Offroad comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch

Delwin Delwin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Delwin writes "2xl Games makers of Baha Edge of Control for PS3 and 360 and the top selling 2XL Supercross on the iPhone have submitted to the Apple Store their new title 2XL ATV Offroad. Of interest is the pushing of the older iPhones to their absolute limit as well as putting the newer iPhone 3GS through it's paces. Including all the features that people were complaining were missing from Supercross this new game promises to show the iPod Touch as the gaming machine that Steve Jobs wants it to be."
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President Elect Obama opens policy website

Delwin Delwin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Delwin (599872) writes "President-Elect Barack Obama has opened his policy website Change.gov. Of interest on the site are detailed sections on all intended policies under the new administration as well as the normal things such as employment forms. What is new however is a direct feedback form to let the incoming administration know what your thoughts are on various policies."

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