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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

gatkinso Re:Well past the time (388 comments)

fourth powered test is pretty close to being the first

yesterday
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

gatkinso Re:Huge setback (388 comments)

yeah but there are still blimps

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

gatkinso Re:Thanks for making my point (737 comments)

I worked on space rated instruments at NASA Goddard for a while, and talked to a very old dude who claims to have seen this happen once in his very long career.

yesterday
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

gatkinso Re:She's.. (233 comments)

I believe TFA said the point of deleting in that fashion *was* to be obvious,

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

gatkinso Prisons are now in your hand (407 comments)

Sold by Apple and Samsung.

Who cares where the body is if they have captured the mind?

about two weeks ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

gatkinso Spies are spying (228 comments)

You don't say.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

gatkinso Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

>> Do you think the reactions 'round here would be different if it had been a woman harassing a guy?

Clearly you haven't been hanging around this site for very long.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

gatkinso Re:Ahh, but karma (728 comments)

Dying before being brought to justice only means you got away with it.

about three weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

gatkinso Re:follow the numbers (399 comments)

Windows 8.1 is actually quite decent.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

gatkinso Re:Humans won't be humans on mars (549 comments)

Like all viruses, we will mutate as we infect different hosts.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

gatkinso Why bother? (549 comments)

Well just F up that planet too.

The concept of treating planets as disposable vessels for humans to be sucked dry and then we move on basically makes us a cancer.

about 1 month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gatkinso Re:Feet and inches (942 comments)

It is simply so that they don't have to print two boxes, and they sell more TV's in the US.

about 1 month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gatkinso Re:The best quote from the article (942 comments)

Maybe it is just a supposition that closed minded persons generally don't come to the best/most appropriate conclusions.

about 1 month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso Re:After working missile defense for years... (470 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.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

gatkinso After working missile defense for years... (470 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.

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Answers (174 comments)

What is the XBox 360 version written in?

about a month and a half ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gatkinso Re:Yep (174 comments)

Nobody ever called your parents realists.

about a month and a half ago

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