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Comment Re: More by whom (Score 1) 368

That's only true when you're talking about firing straight up. At lower angles a bullet can go in an arc and still have a significant amount of lateral velocity when I comes down because gravity only acts in the vertical direction. It will still be slowed down somewhat by air resistance but that's not necessarily enough to make it non-lethal (if bullets couldn't overcome air resistance then guns would be useless in an atmosphere).

Comment Re:Final Tally (Score 1) 316

You seem to have forgotten the Atlas V and Delta IV.

Atlas V had a "partial failure" where the second stage cut off 4 seconds early in a 900 second burn; but even the customer (NRO) still called it a success. If Falcon 9's aborted secondary payload doesn't count as a failure then I can hardly see how Atlas' slightly lower orbit does, which means it's at 54 successful launches and counting.

Delta IV-M on the other hand has never had even a partial failure, 21 launches going. The Delta IV-H had one partial failure but that's a rather different animal.

Also neither vehicle has ever had a total failure.

Comment Re:Fiction. (Score 1) 419

Well yea, recruiting is the entire reason for the existence of AA, nobody disputes that. The GPP however was insinuating that the only reason (or at least one of the main reasons) war FPS games in general exist is because the DoD funds them. That's silly, franchises like CoD and BF make money hand over fist, there's no reason for the DoD to bribe someone to make them.

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

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

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.

IBM

IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update 256

hypnosec writes "IBM is taking its COBOL server platform to the next level by updating the mainframe platform in a bid to extend and enable its mainframes to host cloud based applications and services. The latest update is looking to add XMLS Server as well as Java 7 capabilities to the System/z COBOL platform and this update would extend the overall lifespan of COBOL by taking it up a notch and gearing it towards the cloud computing arena."

Comment Re:'emmissions' and 'eruptions' are not the same (Score 2) 412

You clearly didn't even read what he posted because it specifically mentions the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. It was the largest eruption the world has seen since 1912, yet it would take 700 of those eruptions a year to even match human annual output of CO2, much less dwarf it.
Politics

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website 1163

First time accepted submitter RNLockwood writes "Political.com reports that several petitions to secede from the Union have been created at the White House site, We The People, for many states; all since Obama's re-election. Texas and Louisiana lead the list with Texas needing only 7,000 more signatures to qualify for a White House response, probably less now as more Americans have become aware of the petitions. It would be interesting to see a comparison done of these petitions and the Post Election Racist Tweets Map."
Piracy

MPAA Boss Admits SOPA and PIPA Are Dead, Not Coming Back 186

concealment points out comments from MPAA CEO Chris Dodd, who has acknowledged that SOPA and PIPA were soundly — and perhaps permanently — defeated. Quoting Ars Technica: "Dodd sounded chastened, with a tone that was a far cry from the rhetoric the MPAA was putting out in January. 'When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event,' said Dodd. 'There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days.' That caused senators to run away from the legislation. 'People were dropping their names as co-sponsors within minutes, not hours,' he said. 'These bills are dead, they're not coming back,' said Dodd. 'And they shouldn't.' He said the MPAA isn't focused on getting similar legislation passed in the future, at the moment. 'I think we're better served by sitting down [with the tech sector and SOPA opponents] and seeing what we agree on.' Still, Dodd did say that some of the reaction to SOPA and PIPA was 'over the top' — specifically, the allegations of censorship, implied by the black bar over Google search logo or the complete shutdown of Wikipedia. 'DNS filtering goes on every day on the Internet,' said Dodd. 'Obviously it needs to be done very carefully. But five million pages were taken off Google last year [for IP violations]. To Google's great credit, it recently changed its algorithm to a point where, when there are enough complaints about a site, it moves that site down on their page — which I applaud.'"

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