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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

strack Re:Hope their hull is bulletproof. (80 comments)

Hey man, if you know of another place in the contiguous United States at the lowest possible latitude with only ocean in the direction you want to launch rockets, and no other launch sites to work your own launch schedule around, let us know.

about 2 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

strack Re:Driverless cars prevent more deaths and cheaper (501 comments)

Today I learned that for the cost of the Iraq war, we could have built a 1000ft high wall halfway around the earth. I say fuck it, make it 500 ft and circle it all the way round.

about 3 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

strack Re:Seiki 4k for $500 (186 comments)

Think of it as 4 monitors with no bezels splitting them up.

about 3 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

strack Re:Get a TV (186 comments)

I mean, seriously, Seiki needs to hurry up and release a 60hz 4k version of its 38.5 inch display, preferably with a displayport. A 38.5 inch 4k 60hz VA panel would blow the weak ass 28 inch 4k TN panels everyone seems to be pushing today out of the water, especially if they keep their current price point. Ditch the tv tuner and smart tv crap, put in displayport and adaptive sync, and watch it become the monitor for All The Computers In The World.

about 3 months ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

strack Closer Look (267 comments)

Dont count your cookies just yet. Senator Shelby has inserted a poison pill amendment into the spending bill to put onerous accounting requirements on spacex missions for NASA, in order to make them less competitive with the SLS, a lot of which is being developed in Alabama, Senator Shelbys state.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

strack Re:I like how they conflate "minimum" and "living" (1040 comments)

Here in Australia, the minimum wage is 15 a hour, our parking lots look fine, and your full of shit. Maybe people will think twice before wasting another persons time doing trivial shit if they cost 15 a hour.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

strack Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

Oh, it can pay a minimum wage. They just don't wanna.

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

strack Really. (207 comments)

4k displays have been ready for prime time since the middle of last year, when Seiki released their 39 inch 4k tv for around $600. Its just the monitor driving circuitry has been slacking, and HDMI sucks, and they really should have had displayport and 60hz 4k on these panels since the middle of last year.

about 4 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

strack Re:Except It Isn't (104 comments)

Oh how Id love to be there when you try a Oculus rift on for the first time. I dont think I have ever seen someone gain 12 pounds in 5 seconds from the the amount of their own words that they eat.

about 4 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

strack Re:When Al Franken... (282 comments)

I see what you did there. That article was cleverly worded to imply that the convicted felons voted illegally, when in fact in the state of Minnesota, voting rights are restored to felons after they have served their probation.

about 4 months ago
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NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

strack Re:Space Shuttle Challenger (333 comments)

The Challenger exploded because there was political pressure to include a rocket type on it whos failure mode is a explosion, to appease some senator and the solid rocket missile industry in his district..

about 4 months ago
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Aerospace Merger: ATK Joins With Orbital Sciences Corp

strack Re:ATK (22 comments)

ATK needs to stick to missiles and stop fucking up human spaceflight with its dangerous and uncontrollable firecrackers.

about 5 months ago
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AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

strack electric (33 comments)

Why would you not have just one bigger engine powering a generator, and electric engines for the rotors and wheels?

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

strack Re:"needs to end" (291 comments)

The current administration has bloody well succeeded by waiting for commercial manned spaceflight to fill the role. And trust me, the Shuttle needed to die. It was a politically compromised design which led to it being expensive and unsafe. And if the current administration didnt sit on their hands, any crew carrying rocket they made would probably squeeze the likes of spacex out of contention. Not on price or efficiency mind you, but on government mandated usage by NASA. Much like the shuttle did for 30 years.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

strack fair enough (284 comments)

Yeah. They to have the right to censor their search results if they want to, being a private entity in the U.S. Though, if they don't make clear that they are censoring search results, then I imagine they open themselves up to being sued for false advertising if they claim to be a 'internet search engine'.

about 6 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

strack Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

So thats a study that says that psychologists discriminate against colleagues with conservative views. I dont understand how that translates into "hatred against white Christian men". Seems they just dont like collegues with a political view that supports creationism over evolution in schools, ignorance of climate change research, and a general anti-science bent in their policies. Sounds like scientists being rational actors.

about 6 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

strack Re:Mod parent up! (281 comments)

Am Australian compsci grad, can confirm. Its called HECS
P.S. you guys are getting fuuuuuucked.

about 6 months ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

strack Monopoly (260 comments)

It appears that MS disapproves of monopolies and lock-in in proprietary systems when there not the ones doing it. Worlds tiniest violin etc. etc.

about 6 months ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

strack Re:Dat envelope (131 comments)

well its true, i dont know the conversion from mah/g to kwh/kg here, but im going on that 1005mah/g figure stated, and its comparison to the 200mah/g for a current lithium ion battery. and im being conservative, using the 4x multiplier instead of 5x. And since they say charge-discharge cycles, i presume they measured the energy coming out of the battery.

about 6 months ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

strack Re:Still a ways to go...until we get where? (131 comments)

well, you attached your name to some sarcastic pablum, and it still didnt make it worthwhile to say. But hey, at least now you know 1 more thing than you did before. have a gold star.

about 6 months ago

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