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Comment Re:Ship landing? (Score 2) 115

Also, a longer term plan is to be able to touch down on land, the sea provides a good environment to practice soft landings because when you fail you are a really long way from any people/infrastructure and because with the motion of the landing ship, once you can reliably do sea landings, surface landings should be relatively easy

That was originally true, but the order kind of ended up getting swapped: SpaceX has already successfully landed a Falcon 9 first stage on land, back at the launch site (different pad, but nearby):

Comment Re: Code for Encryption Backdoors, obviously. (Score 5, Insightful) 452

So we shouldn't be concerned with sidewalks or pedestrian crossings or bicycle paths. Forget about railroad crossing alarms and barriers. Who cares about how many people die because of drunk drivers? Don't worry about whether or not the doctor has washed his hands. More health practitioners die from hepatitis every year than have ever died of AIDS, so why the sudden rush to use rubber gloves all the time? How many other ways of preventing "insignificant" numbers of deaths can you think of? I mean, we all eventually end up dead from some cause or another, right?

I don't hear any presidential candidates demanding unwarranted access to my private, encrypted information to tackle any of those issues.

Comment Re:Quicker (Score 1) 488

Why does anyone require 'due diligence' and fact-checking against insane violent assholes like these Sunni extremist fuckstains that laughingly call themselves the 'Islamic State'

Well, for a start, to make sure that's who's actually responsible. (Not saying they're not - or that they don't deserve action anyway, but if it weren't them, then another guilty party could be getting away with no action due to a lack of due diligence)

Here is a perfect example: Toronto Games Critic [Veerender Jubbal] Falsely Linked with Paris Attacks .

Comment Re:The fastest unpaced bicycle (Score 2) 21

Just pointing out that the focus of this attempt, and thus the record category, is explicitly the human-powered aspect; they set their sights on the human-powered land speed record because it aligns with their ambitions and mission statement. To them, the speed is really just a metric to measure the efficiency of their design. AeroVelo is all about what we can achieve using the power output of the human body, which is why their world-first human-powered ornithopter and human-powered helicopter were also Big Deals(TM).

Slip-streaming would take away from the human-powered aspect; to them, it's about a lot more than just the speed. That's not to take away from other record categories, which are all impressive in their own right; I'm just trying to explain why AeroVelo targeted this one specifically and why the fact that it is unpaced (and even the very low limits on legal wind) is part of their identity.

Comment Re:Very needed (Score 1) 53

"Vaporizing" satellites doesn't really help you. All you've done is split one big satellite into a whole bunch of tiny satellites, each of which is still moving at orbital velocity (thanks, conservation of momentum..). Except now you have a dispersed debris field moving at orbital velocity instead of a single satellite.

Comment So, a good move then (Score 4, Informative) 288

Monster's general counsel said the move would "significantly disrupt Monster's business and that the two companies had worked well for years, with Monster paying Apple more than $12 million in licensing fees since 2008."

So, this is a philanthropic move from Apple, then. Monster are bottom-feeders that prey on the naive, and the world would be a better place without them.

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