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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Talderas Re:Perfect? (100 comments)

The Martin Mars can drop 600 gallons compared to the 12,000 gallons of the DC-10. It can do in one run what it would take a Martin Mars twenty runs to do. The article says the plane can travel from where it's based to most of it area it could respond to in just 45 minutes. Give another 45 minutes to return to its home base and say 5 minutes for the dump itself and you're look at 95 minutes RTT. If they can refill it in just 15 minutes that puts it at 110 minutes total time. Ignoring travel time to the site for the Martin Mars, it would need to make a water drop every 5.5 minutes in order to keep up with the DC-10. The one area that the Martin Mars has an advantage in is that since the dump is done all at once, the Martin Mars can more effectively respond over a wider area unless the DC-10 is configured in a way that lets it do a partial dump but considering these are typically used to help break the progress of the fire I don't think that's a huge advantage.

10 hours ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Talderas Re:Wait, these are for real? (70 comments)

Did we have a recent article about missing lithium.... maybe this star is the culprit that stole it all.

12 hours ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Talderas Re:Wait, these are for real? (70 comments)

Guns that shoot bees are better.

12 hours ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Talderas Re:Flying Wing, XF-11, etc. (194 comments)

The B49 was ultimately not selected because it was an inferior bomber, all around, to the B36. It carried about 45% of the bomb load of the B36 (32,000 vs 72,000). When they got bumped from pistol engines to jets the range on it got cut in half which moved it from competing against the B36 to competing against the B47. The B49 couldn't compete against the B47 in either performance or height ceiling and it had a barely larger bomb payload compared to the B47 (32,000 vs 28,000).

The B49 was certainly a marvel of technology with helping to prove flying wing technology but the times during which it was developed were not conducive to the refinement of the design or selection for military purposes.

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Talderas Re:It's not your phone (607 comments)

Let's put this in other terms.

You can suck my dick any time you want. I won't even charge you to suck it. You can suck it as long or often as you want. If I were to shove my dick down your throat and make you gag on it you wouldn't have been given a choice. It's still free. Why don't you want to suck my dick that's gagging you?

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Talderas Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

Boy Scouts?! Boy Scout?! What a horrible group of homo-hating religious nuts! All the boys coming out of there aren't taught anything useful and are only taught to continue the anti-homosexual campaign!

Oh boy. I couldn't keep a straight face while typing that. Time to turn in my drama merit badge.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Talderas Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

It is possible for a firearm to discharge if the safety is disengaged and your hands aren't on the gun, although rare. It is possible that some of these dick shooters are sticking the gun in their pants's waist band to be "cool" and the firearm discharges. However it's also equally and more probably likely that it is discharged as they're placing their gun in their pants or just as they're starting to withdraw their hand. In these cases it is also unlikely that a fingerprint smartgun would save them from their own idiocy.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Talderas Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

There's a couple of positive correlations that people won't like talking about when it comes to gun related deaths. Poverty, low education, and areas with larger black populations show correlations to high rates of gun related deaths. They correlate a lot better than gun laws. If you move out of the cities you get a significant number of non-accidental deaths that are suicides.

2 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Talderas Re:Kickstarter's Problem (211 comments)

Yes, unfortunately the term refund only contains "full money" as an option so any sort of payment to you (which need not be monetary) would constitute refund unless the terms by which you agreed to provide payment specifically defined refund as full money returned. Also note that if the terms requiring a refund were between KS and the project I'm not sure if you would have standing for getting your refund. You wouldn't have been party to that contract.

5 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Talderas Re:Kickstarter's Problem (211 comments)

If refund isn't defined in kickstarter's ToS to be full monetary, then if you received anything back then you received a refund.

5 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Talderas Re:The dealership model is broken (149 comments)

So what you want the dealership to have is a bunch of chassis & bodies for vehicles. No engine. No front seats, although rear seat could probably be pre-installed. I don't think it would have windows because of the option for tinted vs not. Your dash would be mostly missing. Quickly would be about four to six hours if you're really lucky and more likely than not you'd be waiting until the next day.

You're basically advocating removing all the time efficiencies that are gained by having an assembly line.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Talderas Re:How much! (404 comments)

It's not $400,000,000 to advertise the Surface. That's only a part of the deal and I'm not sure why it's called the "big part". From another article discussing the deal....

When the regular season starts, Microsoft's Xbox Live network will offer services that include video feeds of game highlights and fantasy football data. Xbox owners will also gain access to NFL Sunday Ticket, the league's package of out-of-market game telecasts that was previously available only to DirecTV satellite service subscribers.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Talderas Re:To be fair... (404 comments)

They say you can't carry liquids on a plane..... try carrying on a bottle of ice.

about a week ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Talderas Re:Depressing News (170 comments)

Subjugate the gauls.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Talderas Re:Does Castro have the money? (531 comments)

The missile crisis happened in 1962 and the embargo started in 1960.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Talderas Re:Ignorance is self-righteous posturing (531 comments)

$20bn against $70bn does sound super effective. Now adjust for inflation over 55 years and I bet this past years "damages" were well over $20bn.

about a week ago

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