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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

demachina Re:That's the part that "counts" (groan) (439 comments)

Pretty sure NASA has blown more on Constellation, Orion and SLS, launchers to no where that never launch, than SpaceX has spent on successful development of 2 new rockets and Dragon1, and will probably spend on Falcon Heavy, Dragon 2 and their reusable program.

NASA's problem is not insufficient funding. Its inefficiency, bureaucratic bloat, corrupt contractors, and the inability to build or do much of anything in the vacinity of its manned space program. JPL and a few others places are doing fine but they are an exception to the rule.

Some people at Orbital probably do need to be sacked for trying to use 40+ year old Russian engines, the engines are actually that old not just the design. Some people at NASA probably should be sacked for buying in to a contractor proposing such a flawed concept.

2 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

demachina Re:No WMD's...Really? (376 comments)

Its no secret Iraq had chemical weapons. They used them liberally against Iranian human wave attacks during the Iran Iraq war.

The reason they were hushed up is because they were provided by western countries. You do know the U.S. and Europe backed Saddam in the Iran Iraq war and most probably encouraged the use of chemical weapons against Iranian teenagers right? Iran had a huge population advantage, Iraqi Shias weren't that keen on fighting Iranian Shia, so Iraq needed technology to level the field and the West helped with that edge.

The West was really happy about a lengthy, bloody stalemate in that war bleeding both countries white.

about two weeks ago
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Ex-NSA Director Keith Alexander's Investments In Tech Firms: "No Conflict"

demachina IronNet Cybersecurity is the ethics issue (59 comments)

Most of the ethics questions around Alexander involve his company IronNet Cybersecurity. He founded it when he retired. He's charging big banks $1,000,000 a month to protect them in cyberspace, and its not exactly clear what he has to offer to justify the price tag, other than classified insider knowledge of cyber threats from his NSA years, he probably shouldn't be selling to the highest bidder.

about three weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

demachina Re:Just fucking leave it alone! (774 comments)

In case you haven't been following the systemd flame wars, many people think they are trying to create dependency, that is why everyone hates it and them so much.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

demachina Re:Perjury (191 comments)

It could also be considered obstruction of justice if they are intentionally withholding evidence.

about a month ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

demachina Re:Police?? (302 comments)

It should be noted that the City of London is a tiny part of London, like a square mile. Its the financial district, the Wall Street of London.

It isn't suprising they are taking a pro big business stance.

about a month ago
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

demachina Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (127 comments)

This contact is for carrying people in to LEO, not satellites or cargo. Your argument doesn't work for human rated launchers.

First, it is difficult and expensive to human rate a launch vehicle so not very many companies are going to do it without a reasonable chance of getting business.

It is also probably not a place you want a company cutting corners to low ball a contract bid. The first priority is keeping the cargo alive, not saving a few dollars by going with launch-by-night Rockets-R-US.

about a month ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

demachina Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

When you are about to have an economic crash groups like Occupy and the Tea Party are an inevitability, whatever the names or politcal leaning may be. When you are about to have an economic crash the powers that be prepare to suppress revolt and domestic spying is job one. Militarizing the police is job two.

During the Great Depression Fascism was where economically desperate people turned as they are doing in Greece today.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

demachina Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Note the date, 2008, not 2002. Approximately the time financial markets started crashing and the Occupy and Tea Party movements started building. Ya think the U.S. government was more worried about Islamic terrorists or ordinary Americans who would soon be fed up with massive corruption in D.C. and Wall Street. Were they trying to prevent another 9/11 or building the capacity to suppress the backlash when millions of ordinary people would soon be thrown out of their jobs and homes, while Wall Street would get massively bailed out, and return to business as usual, getting rich.

The U.S. did a spectacularly good job of crushing Occupy. Did they use domestic spying to do it.

War is when your government tells you who the enemy is, revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.

about a month and a half ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

demachina Re:Backup a sec... (174 comments)

The Eastern half of Colorado is in the Great Plains so it is valid to call that part of the state the Midwest. Denver sits on the West edge of the Great Plains. Everything west of Denver is the Rocky Mountains.

about 2 months ago
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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

demachina Re: Way to go (75 comments)

A war is when your government tells you who the enemy is. A revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

demachina Business relationship (109 comments)

So does ./ have some kind of promotional relationship with startswithabang? If so you should disclose it.

The blog does have interesting material, and its appropriate for /., so its not like its bad that every article on there is making the /. front page. But its kind of odd that every article on there is making the ./ front page.

about 2 months ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

demachina Re:What underlying platform? (46 comments)

Not clear if Case is claiming Blackberry's were never of interest to hackers or are just of no interest lately.

Blackberrys were until recent years very high value targets, they were the phone of choice on Wall Street, for politicians and reporters.

It wasn't that long ago repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia were telling Blackberry to back door their phones/servers or get locked out of their market which tends to suggest they must have been pretty good at something.

There is probably something to be said for phones without a third party app market if security is job one. Android in particular is a pretty juicy target for malware.

about 3 months ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

demachina Re:When will we... (266 comments)

"Neither Americans nor the rest of the world signed up for a fucking security agency which is no longer under anyone's control except people who feel they can do anything they want."

Uh, the CIA has been pretty much like this since its inception during World War II as the OSS and the CIA immediately after. It was reined in briefly by the Churck and Pike Committees in the 70's but that oversight and those reforms were pretty much rolled back by Reagan. Sure, they got to reach new lows after 9/11 with no hold barred torture, but the CIA has been torturing people through proxies for its entire history, so that wasn't exactly new either.

Not exactly sure why everyone is acting like this is some kind of revelation or anything new, other than its kind of amazing Brennan was foolish enough to admit to it. I predict his career at the CIA will soon come to an end, and he will be replaced with someone with larger brass balls.

The chances you all are gonna change any of this airing your indignation on /. are vanishingly small.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

demachina Re:Why stop there? (114 comments)

Didn't say it was. I just said NASA should abandon it to whomever wants to pay to keep it operating. Prettty sure its past its original end of life anyway which I think was 2010.

If Russia doesn't want to play nice, or pay to run it themselves, I doubt ESA, Canada or Japan will be able to keep it going if the U.S. pulls out.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

demachina Re:Why stop there? (114 comments)

Probably one of the best things NASA could do at this point is abandon ISS, stop paying for it, and tell the Russians its all theirs. There is a fair chance they would fly Americans to it for free rather than get saddled with that boat anchor.

If the Russians don't want it either its time to deorbit it. It would free up a LOT of money for more useful endeavors. Its never been good for much of anything, certainly nothing to justify the staggering price tag

SpaceX will have the ability to put astronauts in to LEO in a few years. Its not like its a crisis, there is very little for people to do in LEO at the moment other than to be lab rats for zero G physiology studies. You would think they would have done most of that work by now.

About the only point in putting people in space at all is as colonists, persumably on Mars. You can do just about everything else way better and cheaper with robots.

So until you are ready to fly people to Mars to stay, stop getting your panties in a bunch about getting them to LEO.

about 3 months ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

demachina Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (132 comments)

I am nearly speechless that you would try to use the ISS as an example of a "success story". It was mind boggling behind schedule and over budget, though turning it in to an international project is partially to blame. The core is based on existing Russian design. If they had just launched that and kept it simple it would have cost a tiny fraction of what it did and accomplished nearly all the science ISS has done.

The fundamental problem with the ISS is its bled NASA and the manned space program white. NASA hasn't done ANYTHING useful, in its manned program since Skylab, other than maybe Hubble. They built Shuttle to fly to the ISS and the ISS so the Shuttle would have a place to fly. It resulted in NO breakthroughs or progress worth the price tag.

So what is your point on Falcon. I think you just agreed with me SLS is hopelessly uncompetitive and SpaceX approach is really smart.

SpaceX is trying to get to space cheaply, safely and with a very high launch rate.

SLS seems to be trying to come up with the most expensive, impractical and dangerous solution possible, just to keep funneling money to Lockheed, Boeing, ATK, etc. Its as if they are TRYING to develop a system that is sure to fail or be cancelled.

Note the proposed launch date, 2017, just long enough after the 2016 election so the next president can cancel it and start over.

about 3 months ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

demachina Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (132 comments)

"I can't imagine how demoralizing it is to spend years working on a project that would ultimately succeed"

None of NASA's major manned spaced projects are even remotely likely to succeed, they are not intended to do so any more. They are just a place to blow money, create jobs and put money in Lockheed and Boeing pockets. More importantly they buy votes in the critical swing state of Florida.

They are designed to run 4-8 years, produce nothing except votes, paychecks and contractor profits, then they get cancelled and start over. It is way easier and less risk than actually making anything that will fly.

It is not the political process that is broken, it is NASA and the political process.

Get a clue, and spend a few billion on SpaceX to help finish Falcon Heavy. I'm not sure why SLS is even on the table at this point, it isn't remotely competitive.

Lockheed and Boeing also need to be completely removed from the process. They are making a mint milking DOD contracts, they don't need to be in middle of the civilian space program fleecing NASA and taxpayers there too. They do not use money wisely, they devour everything thrown their way and produce as little as possible in return.

about 3 months ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

demachina Re:No (261 comments)

You do realize those rights at that point in time applied only to white male land owners, right?

about 3 months ago

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Too Big To Fail HSBC Walks after a Decade of Money Laundering

demachina demachina writes  |  about 10 months ago

demachina (71715) writes "Matt Taibi's latest rant on HSBC getting off with a fine amounting to 5 weeks of profits, for knowingly laundering at least 9 billion dollars over a decade for drug cartels and terrorist groups. Mexican cartels were walking in to HSBC branches with boxes designed to just slide through the teller windows filled with $100,000 in cash. Clinton partisan Lanny Breur decided HSBC was too big to fail, they couldn't risk criminal prosecution and big banks are officially above the law. Meanwhile ordinary drug offenders go directly to jail and have all their assets seized."
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The Volume Clock, Insights Into High Frequency Trading

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Interesting paper on High Frequency Trading, speed isn't their only advantage, "HFT reacts to information leaked by LFT in order to anticipate their actions". HFT also uses a volume clock which offers advantages over time based trading. Toxic trading strategies they use include quote stuffers, quote danglers, liquidity squeezers, and pack hunters where algorithms gang up for kills. The paper also covers strategies low frequency traders(LFT) and humans can use to defend themselves"
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The Volume Clock, Insights into High Frequency Trading

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Interesting paper on High Frequency Trading, speed isn't their only advantage, "HFT reacts to information leaked by LFT in order to anticipate their actions". HFT also uses a volume clock which offers advantages over time based trading. Toxic trading strategies they use include quote stuffers, quote danglers, liquidity squeezers, and pack hunters where algorithms gang up for kills. The paper also covers strategies low frequency traders(LFT) and humans can use to defend themselves."
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I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "A journalist took a job at a warehouse filling online orders where most workers are permanently temporary, working for minimum wage, no benefits with unreachable goals. Describes a new American subculture called "workampers", people living in RV's driving from one warehouse temp job to another. U.S. working conditions seem to be gaining on Foxconn's."
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Robert Boisjoly dies at 73, engineer who tried to stop Challenger launch

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Robert Boisjoly dies at 73. Boisjoly, Allan J. McDonald and three others argued through the night to stop the Challenger launch but Joseph Kilminster, their boss at Morton Thiokol overruled them and NASA managers didn't listen to the engineers. Both Boisjoly and McDonald were blackballed for speaking out. NASA's mismanagement "is not going to stop until somebody gets sent to hard rock hotel," Boisjoly said. "I don't care how many commissions you have. These guys have a way of numbing their brains. They have destroyed $5 billion worth of hardware and 14 lives because of their nonsense.""
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Goldman Sachs: Great American Bubble Machine

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Rolling Stone has a great exposé on the pivotal role Goldman Sachs has played in one economic crisis after another, including the recent bubbles in housing, oil, commodities and the Internet bubble. It also illuminates how Goldman Sachs alumni in powerful positions in the government under both Republican and Democratic administrations have enabled their activities, which in some cases border on securities fraud, and other cases are just manipulation of markets. This is a must read if you want to understand how this powerful bank has profited at the expense of all of us. Rolling Stone doesn't have an online version so this link is to a scan."
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Buzz Aldrin Speaks Out on NASA plans

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Buzz Aldrin writes in Popular Mechanics the U.S. should abandon Ares I, put the Orion capsule on Atlas V or Titan IV heavy, extend shuttle flights to 2015 with one a year to the ISS to eliminate dependence on Russia. He also backs Falcon 9/Dragon for commercial uses and a small shuttle like the X-37B. He calls the proposed return to the moon a "rehash" of what we did 40 years ago and proposes instead partnering which China, Japan, Russia, India and EU and letting them lead the return to the moon. He proposes the U.S. focus instead on resuming development of the ISS habitation module and renaming it XM, Exploration Module, and using it for long duration missions to comets and asteroids followed by a landing on the Martian moon Phobos. He supports something I've advocated for years, for expeditions to Mars to be our primary focus and for them to be one way trips for permanent colonists."
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New engine may double fuel efficiency

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "An Australian company, Revetec, has a new internal combustion engine design, the X4v2, which may double fuel efficiency. It is supposed to be "50% smaller, 50% lighter, has 50% lower emissions and is cheaper to manufacture" than a conventional engine with the same horsepower. It has four pistons in an X configuration pushing two counter rotating, multilobate cams. Though take this with a grain of salt and your mileage may vary :)"
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Gitmo and "The Hunting of the Snark"

demachina demachina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

demachina (71715) writes "Details of a Federal Appeals court decision on Gitmo were released today. The 3 man court insists the Bush administration release a Chinese Uighur Muslim held in Gitmo for six years or make a real case for holding him. The decision ridicules the Bush administration's basis for holding the man by quoting Lewis Carrol's poem "The Hunting of the Snark": "I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.". The Bush administration claims that since three of their own classified reports say the man is a terrorist, he is one, without need for any supporting evidence. Following the administration reasoning they can hold anyone indefinitely if they just write three reports saying you are guilty."

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