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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

mirix Re:That's government spending for you.. (185 comments)

General dynamics was around since 1900, and obtained Convair and Canadair in the 50's, so I don't think "some upstart" is really apt.

(it was called "electric boat" before then, as it mostly made subs (which they still make))

2 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

mirix Re:I don't get it (534 comments)

The US had just installed nukes in Turkey. It seems entirely reasonable for the USSR to put them in Cuba and retain MAD.

But the US got all butthurt about it instead.

In the end Kennedy and Khrushchev weren't retarded, and both sets of missiles were removed. same result in the end, MAD restored.

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

mirix Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

Wouldn't the safe choice be... Soyuz?

about a week ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

mirix Who names those ships? (80 comments)

Names like HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are kind of asking to sink with all hands on deck, aren't they?

Must be British humour or something...

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

mirix Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (486 comments)

Never going to happen. The energy density of kerosene is at least fifty times that of lithium cells. Even with ten fold advances in battery tech it's simply not going to be feasible.

So even in a post oil world, we'd have to synthesize longer hydrocarbons to fly, I'd think.

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

mirix Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (212 comments)

Uranium is similar in toxicity to lead, for what it's worth, disregarding radiation and decay products and whatnot.

I don't remember hearing anything about dumping lead on the thing? I can't see it as being worse than living within 1000mi of a smelter anyway. The smelter in sudbury puts out 150 tons of lead into the atmosphere per year. Radiation was definitely the main concern.

about two weeks ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

mirix Re:Not A SW error! (157 comments)

Bingo. If someone sets a GPS to go to the wrong location, you don't say the GPS had a embedded software problem.

More like a failure to double check settings or something.

about three weeks ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

mirix Re:Fire (143 comments)

So does Sodium. But do you notice how table salt doesn't burn in water?

There's no lithium metal in lithium /ion/ cells. The whole lithium catching on fire thing is to do with them having a rather volatile solvent as part of the electrolyte (something similar to ether).

about a month ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

mirix Re:a matter of scale (276 comments)

Which is why they are trying to remove cars in Helsinki (LA), not in all of Finalnd (california).

North part of Finland has much lower density than parts of CA. I'd imagine a car is even more essential there.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

mirix Re:Poor material choice (162 comments)

Only modern, pressurized aircraft. Cave tech like the DC-3 are made of aluminium, have square windows, and have no problems. Even ones that have been flying for 70 years.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

mirix Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

Historically cable lacing was done with waxed cotton. Since WWII more nylon and polyester, as they wear harder and don't burn as good, don't like water, etc.

I'd imagine NASA uses some kind of space age stuff.. polyimide or some sort of fluoropolymer, but who knows, maybe cotton has better extreme cold weather performance.

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

mirix Re:Who needs oil? (305 comments)

We'll run out of oil long before they ever get fusion working.

about a month ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

mirix Re:Conduit lease (181 comments)

Dream on. What do you do when someone doesn't want you pulling cable across their property? (You won't be able to get the government to force them.)

It's besides the point really. Without government you'd be pulling the cable down a road made of mud and shit anyway.

about a month ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

mirix Re:Will not matter. (239 comments)

No one designs cars to do that.

about 1 month ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

mirix Re:Or... (254 comments)

Yeah, because the only alternative to American style inequality is Soviet style inequality, right?

about a month ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

mirix Re:Wrong again! (254 comments)

Slavs ran the show, if you didn't notice.

about a month ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

mirix Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

CA still out-manufactures every other state. second place is texas, Though CA has a bigger population.

It's had some decline in manufacturing, sure, but it's never going to be like detroit. Hell, even if they quit making things entirely - CA will never be detroit, between IT, hollywood, tourism, service BS, etc.

about a month ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

mirix Re:Good. (191 comments)

That's kind of a bullshit complaint. Do you currently plug your phone into a USB A to USB B adaptor, to a USB B to USB mini B adaptor, which is plugged into a USB mini B to micro B adaptor? (yeah, I skipped some USB variants).

No? then shortly you'll just have a USB micro C cable / charger, same as how you have a micro B cable / charger now.

about a month ago

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Upcoming wikileaks release to stress american ties

mirix mirix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mirix (1649853) writes "CBC reports that the US has told Canada that an impending wikileaks release may cause a negative impact on US ties with foreign nations.
Apparently the US is also informing other nations of the release — It could be pretty damning if they are bothering to notify foreign ministers beforehand."

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