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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

EnsilZah Re:Strange definition of success (213 comments)

The difference is that for the manned flights you've mentioned, returning the astronauts back to earth was part of the primary objective and they wouldn't have launched if they didn't have a high likelihood of accomplishing it.

The goal of SpaceX Falcon 9 launches is to deliver cargo to orbit, once that is accomplished the mission is a success.

The fact that they can use the spent first stage of the rocket for development testing towards developing reusability instead of just letting it splash down into the ocean is a bonus.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

EnsilZah Re:Strange definition of success (213 comments)

The mission is to deliver cargo to the ISS for their client, NASA.
Landing the first stage is a separate internal goal and the data they got from this attempt is progress towards that goal.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

EnsilZah Re:No video? (213 comments)

The guys at http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex have been following the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (That 'Drone' really helps with the abbreviation) from a cruise ship that has a webcam pointed in its general direction when it's in port, hopefully we'll get a glimpse of it when it gets back.

about two weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

EnsilZah Re:BS by non-scientists (300 comments)

I've always considered the word "futurist" to mean "bad sci-fi writer who couldn't be bothered with coming up with a plot and characters".

about three weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

EnsilZah Re:A great idea, but... (151 comments)

Jeff Bezons' Blue Origin is already suing SpaceX based on a patent for landing a rocket on a sea platform.

about three weeks ago
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The Billionaires' Space Club

EnsilZah SpaceX (235 comments)

I've been following SpaceX recently so I thought I'd point out a few things about them in regards of breaking new ground.

The company went from being founded to launching its first commercial payload to orbit in about seven years. (Which seems pretty quick in aerospace timescales)

They're consistently delivering supplies to the ISS for about half the price of their competitor using the Dragon capsule which is also able to return cargo back to Earth.
The Dragon capsule was designed with carrying passengers in mind, and version 2 of the capsule which will be undergoing launch abort tests soon is scheduled to start taking astronauts up to the ISS in about two years or so.
It will also be capable of landing propulsively.

They've undercut the prices of all existing competitors significantly, making them scramble to design new rockets to match SpaceX's price, but they'll only be ready around 2020.
Meanwhile SpaceX has been testing reusing the rocket's first stage.
The upcoming mission to the ISS will have its first stage attempt to land on a barge at sea, with the ultimate goal being landing back at the launch site.
Elon claims a theoretical potential hundred-fold price reduction for launches, but even a ten-fold reduction would have a significant effect on the industry.

In the longer term, SpaceX has plans for much larger engines and spaceships, with the ultimate goal of landing on Mars and eventually enabling people to move to Mars for around $500K.

about three weeks ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

EnsilZah They forgot to mention. (166 comments)

They forgot to mention how the final test, called the Kobayashi Maru, involves hacking a Gibson by playing tic-tac-toe while receiving a blow job from Jeff Bridges.
By this point it's not that difficult, because it's Unix and you know this, but making your MacBook interface with the alien computer you built from the schematics sent by Setec Astronomy is a bit of a challenge.
And of course those who fail will be taken away by agents and made to mow the lawn for the rest of their lives or something.

about 1 month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

EnsilZah So, apparently... (227 comments)

One of the sites allowing people to 'rent' the movie had a few problems with the implementation, allowing people to share the URL with anyone, as well as just save the movie file from their browser.

I was expecting people to be able to just record the screen and then post it to teh torrents, but that turned out unnecessary as a prefect quality 1080p file has been available since yesterday.

It was as bad as I expected.

about 1 month ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

EnsilZah Little known fact. (187 comments)

Elon Musk can convert coal into graphene by squeezing it with his buttcheeks.
But he won't, because he's too busy to run another company right now.

about a month ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

EnsilZah Re:Heh (168 comments)

P.S.
What's the opposite of 'Eating your own dog food', 'Don't get high on your own supply'?
Because it seems like they're taking that adage a little to literally.

about a month and a half ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

EnsilZah Heh (168 comments)

The summary neglects to mention that Airbus is also the prime contractor on the sameself Ariane 5 they're snubbing.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

EnsilZah Re:About time (313 comments)

I don't know about their market share, but the new CEO probably has something to do with it, Ballmer would probably resolutely steer the titanic straight ahead into the iceberg if he was around.

about 2 months ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

EnsilZah Re:I don't hold my breath. (108 comments)

I'm sure they'll get shit halfway right with 3.11, for workgroups.

about 3 months ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

EnsilZah Re:Makes you wonder... (187 comments)

I guess it targets the very specific group of people who'd burn a copy of the disk from a friend but wouldn't know how to download a torrent or use a crack.
Which is probably not very large these days.

And there's probably some sort of legal advantage to being able to claim they tried protecting it, DMCA and whatnot.

about 3 months ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

EnsilZah Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

I'm too busy playing the kim kardashian game

Is that some kind of euphemism?

about 6 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

EnsilZah Re:What is the motivation? (379 comments)

I think in previous iterations journalists weren't particularly interested in the damage on the Israeli side.
So might as well calm the population, show the other side their attempts are futile and maybe make a few sales to India and South Korea along the way.

about 6 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

EnsilZah Re:how about an objective view? (379 comments)

He can look at shaky videos some people shot on their phone of rocket flares in the distance and make all the assumptions he wants but if you look at the actual impacts, This is what an unintercepted impact looks like and This is what a piece of an intercepted rocket that landed a few hundred meters from my house looks like and the vast majority of impacts are of the latter variety.
Not that a hunk of metal falling on falling from the sky is nothing to sneeze at, but the shrapnel doesn't seem to have quite the penetrating power and if you're indoors you should be relatively safe.

about 6 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

EnsilZah Hmm, I wonder. (293 comments)

Would gravitational pull spill in through a wormhole?
If so, would an object's gravitation pull be a sort of temporally-offset vector sum of its original pull and the effect passing through the wormhole?

about 8 months ago

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How would you store all your optical media on HDD?

EnsilZah EnsilZah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EnsilZah writes "With HDD storage so cheap nowadays (about twice the price of DVDs last time I checked) I've decided to transfer all my optical media to an HDD for faster access and smaller footprint.
A 1TB WD MyBook external USB HDD seems like the best option because transfer speed is not that important and it would be easier to swap HDDs if I need more space.
Would anyone like to offer their experience with similar projects, storing games, movies, music?
Specifically what would be a good way to organize the data, checking that it actually works (in case of copy protection in games).
I'm not aware of the specifics of the laws concerning this type of data transfer where I live (Israel) but I'm not really concerned about it and would rather focus on the technical details."

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