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Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

hernick Re:Great (67 comments)

Wrong. These satellites will not be launched by Lockheed-Martin's russian-powered Atlas V rocket, nor by Orbital Sciences soviet-powered Antares.

These two american-built satellites will launch on the Falcon 9, an all-american rocket, which is powered by 10 american engines.

Also, if any of the 9 first stage engines were to blow up in a mild fashion that didn't cause too much damage, the Falcon 9 would in fact be able to complete the mission using the remaining engines.

about a month ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

hernick What's required is a $2 disposable breathalyzer (706 comments)

Okay, for those who didn't bother to read the article...

All that's required is a $2 disposable breathalyzer. If you don't have one in your mandatory car safety kit, the fine will be $14.

more than 2 years ago
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EV Fast-Charging Standards In Flux

hernick Re:Switch Batteries? (122 comments)

Oh no, these aren't 1000$ batteries we're talking about. A thousand-dollar battery is what you put on an electric bicycle.

A 16kWh pack (like the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-Miev use) is about 10 000$. A full charge is good for around 100 miles of autonomy.

A long-range battery pack would be many tens of thousands of dollars...

more than 3 years ago
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Woman Fired For Using Uppercase in Email

hernick Time to fire all lawyers (364 comments)

Yes, the time has to come fire all lawyers who use ALL CAPS when writing their contracts and EULAs!

more than 5 years ago
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New X-Prize for Fuel Efficient Cars Announced

hernick Safety standards? (371 comments)

I wonder, must the winner meet recognized safety standards to win the prize? It's considerably easier to design a vehicle that won't ever come close to government crash standards and thus couldn't possibly be licensed as a car... If the winner builds a glorified ultralight autorickshaw that would probably kill all occupants in case of a low-speed collision with a Pinto, some kind of 3-wheel motorcycle with a full fairing or some other contraption that is "unsafe at any speed", then I see little point to this contest.

The news article didn't even mention safety, so I went looking on the X-Prize site for additional information, which I found here http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/auto/prize-details/draft-guidelines . "Vehicles must be designed to meet safety regulations in the U.S. and other markets."

Well, looks like I answered my own question. The car does have to meet safety standards. Great contest then... Go X-Prize!

more than 6 years ago

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