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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 5, Insightful) 586

by kylemonger (#48622755) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
If they launch an attack on the U.S., North Korea can kiss their asses goodbye and they know it. They can threaten Sony and get away with it, because public corporations are cowardly by nature. But it is a whole other thing to kill Americans in a terrorist attack today. Iraq is still living in butthurt due to 9/11 and they weren't even involved. Sony should have released the film and called North Korea's bluff.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea (Score 2) 233

by kylemonger (#48493727) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools
Nope, not a fan of rugby. I've watched rugby matches and the carnage is dialed back a bit, but I've still seen guys laid out cold as a mackeral from hits, and I've seen fingers inadvertently raked across faces.

I'd rather see pro football remain as it is, but also see all school sponsorship of the sport ended. Let the adults who want to make a profession of the game go into it with their eyes wide open, not indoctrinated as impressionable young people. If the sport dies from lack of participation, so be it.

Comment: let it die (Score 2) 233

by kylemonger (#48493287) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools
The talent well will dry up as parents keep kids out of the sport--- and that's how a sport dies.

Let it die. The trend for every decade I've been alive is that more brains are needed to survive in the workplace, not less. Not only are the jobs more skilled, there are more rules to follow--- you have to have the mental wherewithal to know when you can and cannot say "fucked her right in the pussy", to use one famous example. We don't need otherwise healthy people starting at a deficit because they placed some game during their developmental years.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea (Score 2) 233

by kylemonger (#48493177) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools
Helmets also prevent injuries such as fish-hooking the mouth, ears being ripped off, teeth being knocked out, and eyes being gouged, not to mention incidental facial abrasions from being tackled on artificial turf. Playing helmetless would like decrease head to head collisions, but would do nothing for other body parts smashing into the head. A man being wrestled to the ground by multiple opponents is likely to catch a knee or elbow, or get slammed on his back, bashing his head into the turf. There is nothing resembling professional football that I would like to see a human being playing without a helmet.

Comment: Re:I agree, except: (Score 2) 390

by kylemonger (#48480943) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
F-14's, and they are from a single planet's defense industry. You'd expect a whole galaxy full of designers to come up with something better in 25+ years. When a beat-up freighter is both faster and more agile than your top-of-the-line fighters, then maybe killing all the aerospace engineers in a tiff wasn't such a great idea.

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