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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

matfud Re:if there is no evidence presented in how they.. (51 comments)

"The perverse effect of permitting police to go ahead with a mistaken reading of the law, she wrote, is to prevent or delay clarification of the law "
And it is a good point. If the police can just say "I did not understand the law in question" where are the rest of us left?

2 days ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

matfud Re:As long as they get close it's a win (81 comments)

Facts are facts. If you decide that they are bad then you will not have much fun in life, perhaps you should look at the upside and what you learned from those facts. Even if the rocket breaks up and plummets into the ocean there is information there that may be useful for your perfect landing criteria.

Only one of the goals is to land perfectly. Gosh who would have thought that there may be more than one goal.

4 days ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

matfud Re:fuel weight (81 comments)

Many liquid fuelled rockets never run until they run out of fuel. They are shut off at the appropriate time/place/velocity. So there tends to be fuel "left over" anyway. Now the total mass of one of these 1st stage rockets is primarily fuel/oxidiser. They do not mass much without anything in them. So trying to land it is not quite as expensive as you may think if you take into account the left overs. I presume they are going with the "If there is not enough fuel left let it burn" approach. Sort of trimming the margins to make sure it gets up but possibly it will not get down but should if it all goes well.

4 days ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

matfud Re:As long as they get close it's a win (81 comments)

A very negative point of view.

The stage is a loss anyway if they did not try to get it back down and land it. If not it would eventually renter and burn. I thought that was the whole point. Trying to get it back in one piece where you want it to land. If you get it back in one or a few bits then it is a win over just just chucking it up there and knowing you have lost it (as most rockets do)
There is cost in trying to do so. And yes they do need a perfect pinpoint landing to achieve it. Missing by a bit would show yet again that they can do it but have problems wrt navigation/mobility/finding the target pad or just going boom. But showing possibly that it can be done.

I am not exactly a fan boy but it is interesting and lots could be learned even if it fails.

4 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

matfud Re:Also, in the UK (42 comments)

Did you look at the low speed handling set up. Its brill. Lots of big model boats travelling very slowly with trainees inside them.
http://www.warsashacademy.co.u...

Low tech but it apparently still works well.
Oh they have other bits to but that made me smile.

5 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

matfud Re:882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

Oh I see what you mean by Gross tonnage. Now that is something I learned today.

5 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

matfud Re:882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

You are talking about water level volume and how that affects displacement wrt gross weight. I think the parent was talking about overall volume. As in the stuff above water. Cruse ships have a very shallow draft, they are wide and long. They are not liners. Ocean Liners where longer and much narrower with a deeper draft (and made with thicker skins) to enable high speed through very bad weather (but not ice burgs as it happens). They are built for different things. Cruise liners are a bit like a slightly streamlined barge with a 10 storey building on top. I think the only ocean liner still running is the Queen Mary 2

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

matfud Re:Move to a gated community (594 comments)

Your quality of life may be improved if you did not have to commute into the city thus saving you valuable time, reducing your taxes by not having to build ever larger free ways, by not having to pay more and more for gas and parking each year. A more worthy goal?

Some people have to work were the retail centres are. Most other city business does not need to be done in a city centre any more. chucking more free ways at is does not solve the problem.

And those few hours are the rush hours. What you are asking for is to scale the roads to handle the maximum possible capacity when in reality outside those few hours a day they have a 5%(or whatever) usage. And you want your taxes to do that? Have you ever done that in any other situation and do you know how much it costs to have that much capacity which mostly stands unused. (roads cost a lot to maintain.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

matfud Re: Move to a gated community (594 comments)

Thanks for answering. I have only been to LA a few times and it was always a pain wrt traffic.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

matfud Re:Move to a gated community (594 comments)

A question. Is not some of the underground in LA being extended? Last I saw was lots of people complaining about the potential noise of construction.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

matfud Re:Move to a gated community (594 comments)

And where do you put all the cars when they get to the city? More parking spaces needed. This helps people move further out and require more transport to get to the city and requires even bigger free ways and even more parking. So all you end up doing is causing people to spend more time and money travelling. More on taxes for the ever larger free ways and ever more for parking when they get there. Yet it still will not remove the traffic problems. All traffic passing through the city (as in not stopping there) will still be screwed. And all to try to resolve a few hours a day when peak traffic occurs.

Look up Smeed's Law (average speed part)

5 days ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

matfud Re:California Drought (219 comments)

That is about 0.5% of California's water usage over the last two years and often at times when the water would not have been stored.

about a week ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

matfud Re:I want... (66 comments)

There is not enough bandwidth for analogue tv AND lots of shopping channels.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

matfud Re:It's already been proven. (129 comments)

The stars are in the range of 900 to 3300 AU and period of 11 to 93 years. They are moving at a fair clip

about two weeks ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

matfud Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

The US is producing U238 at about 1.5kg per year and only since 2012/2013. A decade late for this probe.
I don't disagree with you in general but the 1.5kg solar panels + batteries + electronics (total about 12 kg) would have to be replaced with a RTG + batteries (smaller) + electronics. And if the current RTGs are anything to go by there may also have to be a lot of plumbing and pumps and things to cycle the heat through the lander (if it was more mass effiecient then the RT Heaters used to keep it warm)

You can scale the current RTG's down as they are not designed for it. A totally new design would be needed and I doubt a SNAP 19 would be applicable even if anyone could make one now without a totaly new retooling (modern US RTGs are based around stacking "General Purpose Heat Source"s together. They are certified for reentry and other damage but they are not a component of a SNAP 19. Let alone the fact that it is a US design so would require buy in from them. And at the time getting the fuel would require cooperation with Russia. Two extra countries to meddle with and mess up your budget.

about three weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

matfud Re:Marketing gimmick (164 comments)

MrP-

I did not read the actual article. When I clicked on the comment link I got dumped halfway into the comments (is that a new fun slashdot thing? That they don't want you to start reading at the top?

Beside the point. I should have read the article even though my comment was more about hitting 2 billion rather then if it was a problem sorted before or after youtube hit it. I just watched it again to be sure I was not imagining it (and to crank up the numbers. my little contribution to getting to 2^63...it may take a while :P

 

about three weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

matfud Re:Marketing gimmick (164 comments)

Who said they had not already noticed this coming up and already changed code to allow the counter to continue working.

If they did it before or after the rollover does not really matter. The fact that 2^31 hits occurred is in its own right stunning.
Another way of saying it that is not quite as impressive but still strange is that over 1/3 of the population of earth could have watched it (they didn't but 7billion/2billion)

about three weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

matfud Re:Attack the messenger (409 comments)

Radiation therapy should not have been mentioned. That is directed at a particular area of the body to kill pretty much everything there. It is hoped that the tissue that the radiation beams (multiple) pass through on the way to the target are not adversely affected. The sum effect of those beam in the affected area should kill everything there.

So nothing like radiation in your environment in terms of being therapeutic.

There are places on earth with significantly higher natural radiation than others but they are 7 or 8 orders of magnitude from some of the hot spots in the areas surrounding Chernobyl

about three weeks ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

matfud Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (69 comments)

And as it turns out in this case Apple were wrong. Oddly it turns out that they can not just do that. Is that moral or correct in some way? Who knows. But your law sais the did something wrong and owe compensation.

about a month ago

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