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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

macson_g Re:Old dreams (108 comments)

I too regret that such a cool name is wasted for slightly enlarged Apollo CM, which looks outdated even in comparison to SpaceX's Dragon.

about a week ago

NASA's Orion Spaceship Passes Parachute Test

macson_g Re:All IS Lost (75 comments)

More like 3000 years. It took us 1000 years to recover from the collapse of Roman Empire.

about a month ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

macson_g The Second Moon Race? (313 comments)

With the CWII (Cold War 2) approaching, we may as well see a second moon race.

about 3 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

macson_g Re:Flying pigs (374 comments)

What do you think pyramids are foundations for?

about 5 months ago

SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

macson_g Re:This will be really cool to watch (73 comments)

The other amazing thing about all this is that it's pure experimentation. There's no risk, aside from costs, if something goes wrong with this experiment. [...]

Well, not entirely. First: they add extra fuel for the braking burn (or reduce amount of fuel available for ascent). Second: the legs will change the aerodynamic, and maybe other characteristics of the fuselage.

They did a braking burn before, so I assume 1. is already tested, but I wouldn't say that there is no risk.

And that's why it's so exiting!

about 5 months ago

Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

macson_g Oh the hypocrisy (166 comments)

Poor soldiers. I pity them the same as I pity SS-men exposed to trace amounts of Zyklon-B.

about 5 months ago

Reporting From the Web's Underbelly

macson_g "Easter Europeans" or "Russians" (74 comments)

Dear Americans, please, start distinguishing "Russians" from "Eastern Europeans".

about 5 months ago

Up-Front Seats For Tonight's Near-Earth Asteroid

macson_g Don't mix units (99 comments)

Either you say

3-football-field-long asteroid as it zips by us at nearly 50x the speed of commercial airliner

and you are doing sunday-newspaper pop-sci, or use actual units:

1000 feet long asteroid as it zips by us at nearly 27000 miles/h

and qualify for pop-sci column in illustrated weekly. Don't mix the conventions!

about 5 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

macson_g It's censorship (268 comments)

Stupidity of these people is undeniable, but this is still censorship. And as a ./ story, it should be filled in appropriate cabinet.

about 5 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

macson_g Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

Hard to say what's worse...

about 6 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

macson_g Re:G+ is not market dominant... (339 comments)

I'll give you Google Search, but you don't have to sign into G+ to use it


about 7 months ago

Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

macson_g Re:And if they fail -- so what ? (216 comments)

What so special about the Russian programme? They are using plain old rocket boosters.

about 7 months ago

Alan Turing Pardoned

macson_g Re:Not enough, (415 comments)

This, and the statue in Bletchley Park museum.

about 7 months ago



Startup brings algorithmic trading to the masses

macson_g macson_g writes  |  about a year and a half ago

macson_g (1551397) writes "Algorithmic and High-frequency trading seems to be hated by the geek community. This may change with Quantopian, a new service allowing anyone with programming skills to try algo trading from home.

High frequency trading has been scrutinized in recent years because of its links to financial scares like the Flash Crash. But the actual algorithms used to power much of high frequency trading are not well understood, and locked up in hedge funds and large financial firms. Startup Quantopian, which is coming out of beta today, aims to make these algorithms available to a much larger audience.


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Dormitory turned into huge 12x10 color display.

macson_g macson_g writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macson_g (1551397) writes "Students from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) once again turned one of dormitories into huge display. The project is called P.I.W.O. (B.E.E.R.). This time they converted 10-story building into 4-color, 12x10 display. The display was used to display animations, and to play interactive games as well. On the project page (in polish, Google translation here) you can watch almost hour-long video, featuring music videos, Tetris session, dancing Michael Jackson, Duke Nukem and Mario."
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