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Comment: Re: Just because... (Score 1) 333

by ChinggisK (#46943029) Attached to: NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project
I'm not sure how useful that would be in practice though. The only "aborts" after t-0 that I've ever heard of were due to either A) the rocket blew up or B) loss of control of the rocket resulted in it straying off course and then being blown up by range safety. Either scenarios preclude any attempt at landing (you either have no rocket or no control of the rocket). Is there any other reason a mission would be aborted post-launch? Even with human cargo I'd think you'd jettison the capsule if things were bad enough that you had to abort.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by ChinggisK (#46891695) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

However, Boeing has pulled the Delta IV from the market, so there will be a limited number of these launched in the future.

Got a citation on that? Last I heard there was no definitive plan to end the Delta IV program, in fact it would be insane considering Atlas' precarious engine situation.

Comment: Doesn't sound too bad... (Score 1) 229

by ChinggisK (#41328205) Attached to: French Court Levies First Fine Under 3-Strikes Piracy Law
I didn't follow what this three-strikes law is all about very closely but from what I gather from the article it doesn't sound nearly as bad as the crap that goes on over here in the US. You get three warnings and then they slap you with a $150 fine? Sounds way more reasonable than Jammie Thomas getting $80000 per song or whatever. Could someone who knows more be kind enough to explain the issue?

Comment: Re:No managers (Score 4, Insightful) 151

by ChinggisK (#41284959) Attached to: Valve Reveals Gaming Headset, Teases Big Picture
What you're not accounting for is the fact that even though he chooses to run the company like there is no leader, in reality GabeN technically is still the owner and could change the management structure as he saw fit if things started going downhill. Considering his success I'm pretty confident that he'd be smart enough to realize that nobody was working anymore and that he needed a new plan.

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