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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

stooo Re:What do you mean "may be"? (235 comments)

>> the US portion is capable of running on it's own today.
Aha. and how do you send people to it ?

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stooo Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (520 comments)

>> Furthermore, an aborted launch would end up exploded on the launch pad, or in the ocean.

or burning on reentry...

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stooo Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (520 comments)

>> If an out-of-control rocket falls on my head
Perhaps, but, statistically, a failing rocket will not fall on your head, but nearby. Then you care if your land is only burned or irradiated

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stooo Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (520 comments)

it just weights 4 times as much, and it's extremely dangerous.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stooo Re:Nuclear Power has Dangers (520 comments)

>> The biggest impact of a dirty bomb in a city would be psychological.

Yeah, like around fukushima : they all developped psychological cancer, you know...

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stooo Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (520 comments)

>> I had the mistaken belief that all space probes / landers were nuke-powered.
No.
On a lander, you need short term peak power >> batteries
On a probe, you need long term avwerage power >> batteries + solar _or_ batteries + RTG

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

stooo Re:why no rtg (337 comments)

>> I'm curious why they went with solar power

they went with battery power, solar was a bonus.

about two weeks ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

stooo Re:why no rtg (337 comments)

>>in 10,000 years ... the parts that are still shiny
yeah, except when irradiated. Then they deform. crack, leak, and just turn to (very toxic) dust.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

stooo Re:A gun and... (223 comments)

travelling and passing borders with a gun ? really really really really not a good idea.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

stooo Re:Real-time market approach (488 comments)

>> do you really think people will turn of the TV and turn down the heating?

That's not hte point.
But they will turn away from electric heating/AC in the first place, which is the point.
Also, some will launch washing machine at the right time, or even better, washing machine makes will integrate a detection.
TV is negligible compared to cooking, washing, heating.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

stooo Re:Sure. (928 comments)

Or even better : The nice thing is systemD is not portable. It will infect only linux.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

stooo No. (928 comments)

No, we can't.

about a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

stooo Re:Transparent?! (286 comments)

>> I think we just created thousands more people...
Make Love, not airplanes

about a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

stooo Linux (286 comments)

It's the Year of the linux airplane !! YYYEEEAAAAHH

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

stooo Re:Sorry They're Changing (572 comments)

>>If you don't understand why you'd care about ensuring that you're using quality components rather than cheaply made knock-off fakes

Today, using a ftdi chip in a new design means :
- using a too common device, typical target for compatibles and fakes
- using a device which costs too much (hence the easy and obvious target for fakes)
- using a part which presents a serious risk of customer return you have to take the cost because of a malicious action from FTDI. You use original chips, but you will be bitten due to good fakes being non discernable

I won't use FTDI in my upcoming products. There are better alternatives who cost half, are of equivalent value, and don't try to screw you to keep asking for a premium price.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

stooo Re:Bad for Biz (700 comments)

I should add :
>>>> Not if you actually test your product before you ship it.
>>Products are not always tested by a windows based tester
EOL testers never get driver updates. "a windows update blocked my production line for 2 days" is the last thing you want to hear.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

stooo Re:Bad for Biz (700 comments)

>> Not if you actually test your product before you ship it.
Products are not always tested by a windows based tester

Not if you perform ANY sort of inspection/testing of incoming components.
>> fakes can be hard to detect. Factories assembling PCBs and sourcing components are rarely in direct control of the OEM.

about a month ago

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