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Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

atrain728 Re:Gee, (243 comments)

Bush's speech noted:
"We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous."[10]
"Our mission continues...The War on Terror continues, yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide."
The speech also said that:
"In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

From the cited article.

"Major Combat Operations" were over. The guerrilla insurgency was stronger than expected to be sure, but there's a big difference between that and the kind of heavy combat that the crew of that aircraft carrier were there to perform.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

atrain728 Re:Gee, (243 comments)

Apparently people are confused about what the word "mission" means.

about a year and a half ago
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

atrain728 Re:Why the online restriction? DUH! (569 comments)

Ridiculous. Pirates always find away around DRM. Always. It's naive to think otherwise. Creating a simple DRM system that ensures that 95% will buy the game and will not be impeding is fine. These 'always on' systems are seriously impeding, however, and I won't be purchasing games that use them.

about a year and a half ago
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Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

atrain728 Re:Better use of money and effort (622 comments)

Not that I don't think we could use to reduce our military expenditures, but even if we reduced our spending to .1% of GDP (which would put us below all industrialized nations) we'd still be spending billions on weapons.

about 2 years ago
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Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

atrain728 Re:Hope no one hacks our entire Air Force one day (622 comments)

In a dogfight, a drone's combat behavior would presumably be controlled by some sort of AI (using that term loosely) which, if combined with superior flight dynamics, would most likely be extremely effective.

about 2 years ago
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Kepler: Many Red Dwarfs Have Earth-SIzed Planets Too

atrain728 Re:Nice thing about red dwarf stars (132 comments)

Turns out there is an extra solar planet that is 'proven' to be tidally locked, but given that we can't confirm some bodies in our own solar system are tidally locked (moons of Jupiter and Saturn) I'm guessing that's based on the physics, since direct observation of extra-solar planets is pretty difficult.

about 2 years ago
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NASA's Ion Thruster Sets Continuous Operation Record

atrain728 Re:Cool... (165 comments)

Through hardship to the stars! (Kansas state motto)

about 2 years ago
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Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone

atrain728 Re:Propaganda (219 comments)

You are far overstating the value of having a damaged unmanned system in their possession. You are also overstating the value of the RQ-170, which is notably absent of many cutting edge technologies.

about 2 years ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

atrain728 Re:Not sure about the thesis of the article, but.. (718 comments)

It's been done, it was called WWII.

And the deciding factor was who's carriers got caught with their pants down.

Referring more to this happening in the future, than in the past. The might of carriers in the past is well known, but if we're discussing whether or not they are a relic now then discussing in terms of their dominance around the time of their genesis is moot.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

atrain728 Re:Not sure about the thesis of the article, but.. (718 comments)

And when a carrier sinks, it takes that full array of armed forces with it. It would be interesting to see how long they last in a war between evenly matched sides where the carriers are vulnerable to air/missile attack.

Evenly matched sides... that seems unlikely.

more than 2 years ago
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Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit

atrain728 Re:let's not waste significant digits! (182 comments)

Aphelion 152,098,232 km

Perihelion 147,098,290 km

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth

So yes, I'd say it's between them. Further, the numbers I cited are the exact ratios adjusted for your example.

more than 2 years ago
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Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit

atrain728 Re:let's not waste significant digits! (182 comments)

A more appropriate comparison: If you are constantly somewhere between 2.02797643 and 1.96131053 feet from me, I'm not going to give other distances of relative scale, in terms of our distance, as 2.00000000 feet simply because "it's a nice round number."

more than 2 years ago
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What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

atrain728 Re:If the odds are against you (168 comments)

It's the opposite, really. A hedge is something you do in case your bet fails, so since insurance is a hedge, the wager cannot be that you're going to die. You bet/wager that you're going to keep living, and you hedge that bet by getting insurance just in case.

Keep digging. It's funny.

Uh no, it's accurate.

more than 2 years ago
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60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

atrain728 Re:I don't get it. (293 comments)

The numbers the summary cites are Gbits per square inch. Meaning it's already been squared.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia

atrain728 Re:Google "Best search engine" (337 comments)

Of course, dogpile.com is supported by google ads. Win-win!

more than 2 years ago
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Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

atrain728 Re:Best of Luck (500 comments)

On the contrary, I'd imagine the vast majority of propellant used for chemical rockets ends up with sub-orbital velocity, so earth's atmosphere is exactly where it ends up. Hydrogen and other extremely light atoms that would likely escape the atmosphere in this case are unlikely to be significant portions of the spent fuel as they are generally reactants, not products.

more than 2 years ago

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