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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

Morky Re:Strange definition of success (213 comments)

You may not have been following what SpaceX is trying to do an the methodology to get there. The mission is to resupply the ISS, which looks to be a 100% success for the fifth time, pending a safe docking on Monday. They also have returned a payload of cargo to return to Earth safely four times. The Progress Raduga capsule can only return 150 kg of cargo, where Dragon can return 2500 kg, pressurized. They are doing all of this at a much lower cost than the competition. This is the mission and they have been 100% successful with Falcon 9 v1.1 every time.

They have a long-term goal of full reusability for their spacecraft, starting with the most expensive part of the launch, the first stage booster. Because every other launch in the history of rocketry has involved the destruction of the first stage, they build the cost of losing the first stage into the total launch cost. (The space shuttle's boosters parachuted back to Earth, but were not reusable - just parts of them, and only after a great deal of costly refurbishment.) Each attempt to land the booster is an experiment at this point, which has the benefit of being a freebee, as the booster has already been paid for. Attempt one spun out of control, but they got good data, understood the problem and adjusted. Attempts two and three had the booster vertical and hovering over the ocean. This was 100% success, as there was no more optimal outcome for the experiment. However, the landing point was not a precision target, but a 10 sq km range. On today's first attempt to land on a solid surface, they had to land with extreme precision, which they did successfully, but came down too hard. These are experiments, so each step forward, as long as the failures produce actionable data, can be deemed a success.

about two weeks ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Morky Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

Apparently the 70-90% top marginal tax rate in the 1960s didn't prevent job creation.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Morky Re:Redistribution (739 comments)

Also, a workforce not afraid to lose insurance if they leave their jobs is a more mobile workforce, able to migrate to regions with better job markets.

about 3 months ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

Morky Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

So we should be encouraging habits that kill people at early ages to save money? You must be a Republican.

about 7 months ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

Morky Re:The Sugary Slope (532 comments)

Were we better off by not heavily taxing cigarettes, putting warning labels on cartons, and banning smoking in public places? How many children have living parents because of that? And yes, the analogy does hold. Nobody should be drinking 20oz. sodas. It's obscene and has become the norm. We are all paying for the dialysis via higher insurance premiums so it's a case where the government should have a mandate to act for the public good.

about 7 months ago
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SpaceX's Friday Launch Scrubbed

Morky Re:Old tech (28 comments)

Whether or not it's old tech is irrelevant if they can land their stages for reuse. It would be revolutionary.

about 7 months ago
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

Morky Re:Yes, but... (73 comments)

Can't believe I was beaten to this by the ninth post.

about 8 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Morky WILLIAMSBURG DOESN'T NEED A SPACE ELEVATOR! (374 comments)

The Space Elevator Will Mean: Less Parking, Weird Ribbon Thing, Constant Loud Whirring Noise, Increased Space Elevator Truck Traffic. Developers have submitted plans to build a massive space elevator in Williamsburg! This monstrosity, completely out of context with existing development in the neighborhood, will be accessible only to the wealthy, forcing thousands of average Williamsburgers from their homes and live-work spaces! Jobs the elevator will generate (operators, repairmen, astronauts) are certain to go to non-residents! Don't sit idly by and let this elevator cast its impossibly long, cold, and very narrow shadow over our homes! CALL 311 AND TELL THEM 'I JUST DON'T NEED THIS SPACE ELEVATOR!'"

about a year ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

Morky Re:Not the whole picture (391 comments)

He isn't perfect, but to say he is not a visionary is missing the fact that he was selling software on every from platform the moment the PC arrived (1975), at 20 years old. He saw the software market before anyone.

about 2 years ago
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DARPA Seeks To Secure Data With Electronics That Dissolve On Command

Morky This post.. (163 comments)

..will self-destruct in five seconds.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

Morky Before work (372 comments)

Get up early three times a week and gym, bike, or run. It's difficult to be consistent going to the gym after work, since you may be drained or want to spend time with friends or family. Working out early also energizes you for the day, one you are a bit in shape (just a few weeks to adjust). Also, your workout doesn't need to be more than 30-45 minutes, but you should work out with some intensity, once you have worried up to being able to do so.

about 2 years ago
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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

Morky That's no moon. (307 comments)

It's too big to be a space station. I have a very bad feeling about this.

more than 2 years ago
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US Launches Virtual Embassy For Iran

Morky Re:Shut it down (174 comments)

I should have googled Bachmann on this before I commented. That's funny.

more than 3 years ago
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US Launches Virtual Embassy For Iran

Morky And? (174 comments)

It's like a Voice of America type thing. No big deal.

more than 3 years ago
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US Launches Virtual Embassy For Iran

Morky Re:Shut it down (174 comments)

Well now, if Bachmann says so, it must be the right thing to do.

more than 3 years ago
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iOS 5 Update Available

Morky Re:I did mine a year and a half back. (473 comments)

However, I would need to install iOS 5 on an iPhone 3G to really be able to perfectly reproduce the lag and latency that Android users have today.

more than 3 years ago
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Novell Wins Against SCO Again

Morky Darl (152 comments)

SCO could have been Red Hat. They were THE Intel UNIX, and could have moved their huge, loyal base to Linux, and continued to grow it. They even had large hardware vendors supporting their OS when Linux was still a baby. Unfortunately, they decided to hire a short-sighted, litigious CEO. Good night, SCO. Good riddance, Darl.

more than 3 years ago

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