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Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts

RocketRocketship Re:They need a proofer (321 comments)

No kidding. The show had a ways to come back after starting on that note.

more than 4 years ago

HotelChatter's Annual Hotel Wi-Fi Report 2010

RocketRocketship Cape Town (157 comments)

I stayed at the Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, SA. They were charging ~$10/hour.

more than 4 years ago

Court Rules Against Vaccine-Autism Claims Again

RocketRocketship Re:"antivax" people (416 comments)

My 3 year old and 11 month old were both diagnosed with atypical chicken pox, today. The doctor told me that the 3 year old's vaccine prevented them from being about 50 times worse (in terms of number of rashes, severity of symptoms & fever, etc). He also immediately ordered the vaccine for the younger one, as it has a proven benefit if given immediately after diagnosis. So I'll go ahead and recommend that you give your hypothetical kid the vaccine.

As an aside, the doctor was asking about where they could have picked it up. I mentioned that they had recently started at a new daycare. The doctor immediately remarked that it was probably an un-vaccinated classmate. So, once again, I recommend you vaccinate your hypothetical kid. If not for your own kid, then for everyone else's.

more than 4 years ago

What Objects To Focus On For School Astronomy?

RocketRocketship Re:The Sun (377 comments)

This is incorrect. Saturn's rings are clearly visible in my 2.5" telescope. Banding is visible on Jupiter if the moon is down and seeing is good. Also, the brightest moons will be clearly visible for both planets.

more than 4 years ago

Gigantic Air Gun To Blast Cargo Into Orbit

RocketRocketship Re:G-forces ???? (384 comments)

From the article, they acknowledged that this would be unsuitable for cargoes sensitive to high G-forces. They suggested that rocket fuel would be a suitable payload.

more than 5 years ago

Communication Lost With Indian Moon Satellite

RocketRocketship Re:Orbiting the moon is exceptionally difficult (186 comments)

While that sounds pretty good, I'm fairly certain from a logical standpoint the odds of impacting the moon are as good or worse than the odds of leaving orbit and flying out into space. (Especially with the low gravity levels of the moon.)

I'm less than certain. Intersecting with the Moon would only require changes in ellipticity, whereas causing the satellite to become unbound would require a considerable increase in the satellite's kinetic energy.

more than 5 years ago

Orbit Your Own Satellite For $8,000

RocketRocketship Re:CO2 cartridges to break earth's orbit? (208 comments)

That's a neat thought, but how are you planning on communicating with your experiment once it gets out into deep space?

more than 5 years ago

Cheap, Cross-Platform Electronic Circuit Simulation Software?

RocketRocketship PUFF? (211 comments)

There's a nice bit of software called PUFF that was written at Caltech. It is available as an MS-DOS binary, which you can run on XP or Mac through DOSBox. Also, on the PUFF website they report that the source code comes with the program, and some have had success in compiling it for Linux. Unfortunately, you can't buy the software directly. Some textbooks come packaged with it, though. I can recommend the Rutledge book as a nice overview of lab electronics.

more than 5 years ago


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