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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso Re:After working missile defense for years... (425 comments)

Well, it is hard to say about that. Ship to ship combat in space would probably be carried out by drones. The fragile meat bags inside would never survive the acceleration.

I sat in a radar site in Hawaii at PMRF staring at a screen during the tests I supported. A target missile was launched from a pad a few miles away (you sure as hell could hear and feel THAT!) and the intercepting ship (as in a US Navy guided missile cruiser, not a space ship) was a couple of hundred miles away. The launches I witnessed... in under a second the target was through the clouds and five seconds later was gone leaving just a trail. The interceptor makes the target look like an old lady trying to out sprint Usain Bolt (I am told it would be supersonic before it leaves the launch tube on the ship... but I never saw a ship launch but every sailor I talked to who did said it was very impressive for the brief moment they got to experience it - from inside the ship.)

Other than that there was nothing to see. The intercept itself was over the horizon, so it had to be "viewed" from an aircraft.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso After working missile defense for years... (425 comments)

...I can tell you another thing about space battles: you don't see anything aside from a few tracks on a computer screen. If you have a telescope pointed in the right direction at the exact right time you see a very unimpressive and quick flash.

The ranges, timing, and velocities involved are far too great for human perception.

2 days ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Answers (173 comments)

What is the XBox 360 version written in?

about two weeks ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Yep (173 comments)

Nobody ever called your parents realists.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gatkinso Re:Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

I thought that whole thing basically lost steam in the 1970's.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gatkinso A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

For the UK - they remain united.

For Scotland - they get greater autonomy without the pain of going it alone.

For the Scottish people - their heritage and nationality received much attention (hell I didn't know there WAS a Scottish flag before this). They proved them selves to be paragons of peaceful demonstration and democracy.

For the Britons - the Welsh and Irish nationalities in the UK benefit from greater recognition as well. The English too!

The UK is an amazing and interesting union - and all should be proud to be a part. And who knows... maybe the next generation will decide Yes.

Such is the take of this American anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

gatkinso Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

True, I do feel like Dr Lexus from Idiocracy much of the time.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

gatkinso Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

Don't worry scro... there are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick ass lives!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

gatkinso Re: You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

I don't know shit about chess except that I sucked 28 years ago, and suck now. But a quick Google survey about the top chess players would seem to contradict your claim that the best players are in their 20's

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

gatkinso Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

Honestly - that has not been my experience. I just started a graduate course in applied cryptography and the concepts seems to come far easier now than stuff did in my undergraduate (or previous graduate program) days.

And to be even more perfectly honest, I smoke weed now and didn't then.

But then again I still wake up with morning wood. That's it!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

gatkinso You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

WTF?

While I can't swim laps or run miles as fast as I could when I was 20, at 48 I sure as hell can out think my younger self.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

gatkinso Re:well, duh? (350 comments)

Your countries are the size of a state. Try building out the infrastructure of our size and get back to us.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

gatkinso Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

OMG.

I have flown over a million miles on United... and this is appalling. A Premium Service flight *used* to be an aircraft with all Economy Plus seats with increased recline pitch, a section of United domestic First where E+ would be on a conventional aircraft, and lie flat seats in First. Better food and entertainment. The fare price was roughly double.

Having stopped flying in 2010 I now see that as of 2012 a PS flight is simply a normal flight with a few Global first seats up front and wifi.

Well, I guess the decision to stop travelling for work was a good one.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

gatkinso Tabs in Make (729 comments)

Because why not base syntax on an invisible character?

Blahblahblah show whitespace. Whatever. I was showing your Mom whitespace before she met your father, whippersnapper.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

gatkinso Motherfuckers (167 comments)

Coffee is already perfect. Mess with it at your peril.

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

gatkinso Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

Stop being rational!

I say that because the people under discussion banned paper bags in their country... simply because a recycled paper bag *might* contain a fiber or two from a Koran... so rational discourse is clearly irrelevant.

about three weeks ago

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