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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Irate Engineer No Competition Here! (201 comments)

NASA would be very happy to let SpaceX build a heavy lift booster for them. Really.

The only reason SLS exists is to keep the congresscritters from the former shuttle supply chain districts happy. That's it. NASA is desperately trying to keep funding going, and they ain't interested in pissing that money away on designing big dumb rockets, but politics says that they must to survive. Rockets are rapidly becoming a commercial technology, which is a good thing.

NASA would be very happy to buy rockets from Elon Musk and/or whoever else can put up competing articles. NASA would much rather be doing and spending its hard-fought budget on things that they do well, pushing the envelope on technologies for hard problems, like getting our asses to Mars, and science missions.

2 days ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Irate Engineer Re:No thought required (135 comments)

Exactly this. The culture that I have often seen (particularly in publicly traded companies) is that to actively think about and research a problem and kill it for once and for all is always perceived as too expensive and is frowned upon.

It's apparently far cheaper to just muddle along with a problem for years and years and years. Or at least until the company tanks.

In turn, this culture is a motivation killer, as initially ambitious employees will have their proposals shot down again and again, and so they either leave or just shrug their shoulders resignedly and Facebook all day, just keeping the illusion of productivity alive.

about 1 month ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

Irate Engineer Edward Snowden's Plan B? (167 comments)

Hmm,

Edward Snowden's professed mission in life is to enable secure, anonymous internet communications.

Edward Snowden's visa in Russia has expired.

Now this.

Snowden is on thin ice, I think. Where could he possibly go from Russia, except for a dark hole in GitMo?

about 1 month ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Irate Engineer Cancer? (63 comments)

Cancer of the anus! I hope!

about a month ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Irate Engineer Smoking Mothers are Smoking! (155 comments)

Probably why they are Mothers in the first place.

about a month ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Irate Engineer But the Car Will Drive Itself! (119 comments)

Right Google? Right?

In Google's future, I should be able to buy a self-driving car.

In the post-peak oil future, my car will be electric, powered by summer breezes and sunbeams.

So...as a logical extension, I should be able to sit in the back of my Google shaggin' wagon with a case of beer and a bed, and happily stress test the shocks with my missus on a 800 mile road trip in my Electric Love Wagon without giving a thought about anything else.

Right Google? Well, hell with you Google, get your engineers on this pronto! I'll be a beta tester.

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Irate Engineer Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Nah, why go through all that bother of making speeches, kissing babies, and politicking? Just buy the candidates and then yank on their shorthairs so they vote for you, mischief managed!

about a month ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Irate Engineer Mushin no shin / The Mind without Mind (160 comments)

Japanese martial art traditions describe a similar concept of mushin ("no mind") where actions are achieved intuitively without active thought.

At some level, most* achieve this for basic tasks. You don't need to actively think about each muscle contraction and joint movement when you walk, or type on a keyboard, etc.. A lifetime of repeating these activities has trained the brain to minimize expenditure during these tasks.

The same goes for sports, martial arts, anything requiring extensive training to master.

* but some people do, those with sensory or physical impairments.

about a month ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Irate Engineer Dr. Evil Says... (190 comments)

(holds pinkie to corner of mouth).."one *TRILLION* Becquerel!" (uproarious laughter from nuclear engineers)

about a month ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Irate Engineer Locking them into the Walled Garden early! (285 comments)

Yeah, iPads are something like $300-$400 new (I don't know exactly, but hectobucks for sure). Handing thousands of them out seems generous and all, even if they are sold at a discount.

Apple (and other companies) are smart to try to be the first one to have their technology put in front of young people. Once the kids get hooked on the brand, many will stick with the brand for life.

Take the OP summary and replace the word "iPad" with "pack of Marlboro cigarettes" and see how this all hits you. It really is they same type of "hook 'em young" advertising that Big Tobacco got slammed for doing.

Hopefully these future technology consumers are learning something through the process.

about a month and a half ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Irate Engineer What Could Go Wrong? (205 comments)

Hmm, adding technology that allows the driver to focus their attention on what is going on in the back seat rather than the road? What could go wrong?

They need a "Sit Down and Shut-Up" package - 5 point restraints and ball-gags for the kids in the back seat.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Irate Engineer Online == Stolen (35 comments)

Pretty much anything entered online == stolen.

Amirite?

Aw yeah, I'm right.

Ha ha, CAPTCHA is "redesign"

about a month and a half ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Irate Engineer Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

I'm both an engineer and have served America in the USAF for many years.

Learn some manners or get out of MY country.

about a month and a half ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

Irate Engineer Re:Typo (51 comments)

A rudimentary spell checker in the posting mechanism would probably kill off half of the grammar-Nazi posters on Slashdot. But Dice would lose eyeballs doing that, so it ain't gonna happen.

Besides, the l337 h4x0r2 script kiddies would get booted too. Boo hoo!

about a month and a half ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

Irate Engineer The Death of Bitcoin? (121 comments)

Wouldn't this basically be a stake in the heart of what makes Bitcoin Bitcoin - the ability to anonymize transactions?

If that goes away, then Bitcoin value will turn to vapor pretty quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Irate Engineer Re:And? (195 comments)

Hey Jimmy*, drag is proportional to the square of velocity *because* of air resistance. Thought you might like to know, but knowledge doesn't seem to be your happy place.

You don't know what you're talking about AC, so please shut the hell up and let the more knowledgeable adults talk, m'kay?

And before you start getting all snarky, I teach engineering, and I am quite capable of telling you that you don't know your ass from your elbow.

You don't know your ass from your elbow.

So shut up. Now.

*Jimmy is my favorite pet name for dumbshits that don't know basic physics but like to spout off like they do on Slashdot.

about a month and a half ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Irate Engineer Re:And? (195 comments)

The engineering is easy. It's been done to death in other countries. Fast trains are a piece of cake...except for the U.S. Here it is a socialist plot to..to...to get people from point A to B quickly!

Here, in 'Murica, you must drive your car, citizen! Taking a train anywhere is blasphemy. You will be punished by courteous service, relaxed (but not the most expedient) travel, and sensible security precautions. Those missing their anal probing will have to submit to the airlines and the TSA, unfortunately.

about a month and a half ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Irate Engineer Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

This. Fast trains are not rocket science...unless you live in the US of A. Here it is a Jetson's fantasy future world to have trains that can get you from point A to B faster than a car.

In the rest of the world, meh, not so much. Been there, done that.

Hate to break it you America, but our shit does stink. We're headed toward 3rd world status, all for the want of motivation.

I'll get modded to negative infinity pretty soon by the folks who can't face the truth, but America needs to get off its ass and get moving on a really basic level.

about a month and a half ago

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