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Comment: Re:Misquote in #1 (Score 1) 646

by Chrontius (#47497707) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Well, the SRBs, once lit, will continue to burn until expended or sent a self-destruct command. At which point, they will continue to burn, at a significantly increased rate, until fuel is expended. Launch commit, with the Shuttle, comes with sending the ignition command to the SRBs, and you had better hope there is not a hang-fire or one of them fails to light.

That said, I've always wondered if you saw trouble coming several seconds away, if you couldn't flush the main engines with hydrogen (if there's oxygen in the lines during shutdown, SSMEs go kaBOOM!) and jettison the SRBs and the main tank as an assembly, then use the RCS jets to point the thermal tiles at the rocket plume.

It wasn't in the manual, but I'm sure someone at NASA discussed it over drinks after work at some point.

Comment: Better Still? (Score 2) 646

by Chrontius (#47497655) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Related by a retired infantry soldier, during a Big Damn Gunships moment as a Stryker pulled a drift turn into the corner the soldiers were pinned in, and opened up with the Bushmaster: (read it in a thick Midwest accent for full effect)

"If y'all don't wanna die, GET IN!"

More awesome than the others because this one actually happened.

Comment: Re:And the point is ... (Score 1) 81

by Chrontius (#46963741) Attached to: Duo Sneak an Oculus Rift Onto Roller Coaster For a Wild Ride
The point is a proof of concept for wilder rides still. Imagine "Dueling Dragons" with fully immersive VR, and maybe a few strategically placed propane burners near the track. I think you can begin imagine what that'd be like, and maybe even begin to comprehend just how much I'd like to ride it. (The ride is no longer operated as intended, and the incredibly complex process of tuning the synchronicity of the trains is wasted, since someone was killed by a flying flip-flop to the windpipe - this would preserve - and expand upon - the originally intended experience.)

+ - How to open two or more Skype id in one PC at same time->

Submitted by Adnan Raja
Adnan Raja (3612237) writes "Today I am sharing an other wonderful PC trick with you through which you will be able to open two or more Skype id in one PC at same time.Many people have more than one Skype account, one for business and other personnel. So this trick will prove helpful for them. It is also helpful for those who have family members having only one PC, and they all want to keep open their own account. Through this trick they can open Skype id in one PC at same time. I also give video tutorial of this trick below.

How to open two or more Skype ID in 1 PC at same time.

Follow the following steps:
Go to My Computer and then click on C drive.
You will find two folders named with Program files and other is Program files(x 86).
Those who have 32 bit operating system will have only Program files folder.
Now click on program files(x 86) for 64 bit OS and Program files for 32 bit OS.
Click on Skype and then click on Phone.
You find there Skype.exe file right click on it and create it shortcut on desktop.
Now come on your desktop right click on your Skype shortcut and go to its properties.
There you will find general, shortcut and more tab, click on shortcut and you will find there target box in which "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" is written.
Next to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" give a space and write "/secondary" without quotes and click on Apply and then OK.
how to open two or more Skype id in one PC at same time
Now click on Skype shortcut created on desktop and a prompt will open where you can sign in.
If you want to open more account then click on Skype on desktop and sing in.
For video tutorial of this trick click below click:


I hope you will enjoy it. If you like this trick then share it please give your feedback in comments."

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+ - MA Governor Wants Non-Compete Agreements Outlawed. Will it Matter?

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Entrepreneurs in Massachusetts say the state's legal enforcement of non-competition agreements hurts innovation — if you're going to get sued by Big Company X, you're probably not going to leave for a startup in the same industry. But those contracts have powerful supporters, including EMC, which is by far the state's largest tech company. Gov. Deval Patrick is finally picking a side in the debate by introducing his own bill to outlaw non-competes and adopt trade-secrets protections instead. Just one catch: he's a lame duck, and will be out of office in January."

+ - Heartbleed bug affects phones and tablets too->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "The Heartbleed bug is bad and affects a huge portion of all websites — as much as 66 percent of all sites around the world. Unfortunately, your smartphone isn't safe either. The bug can be exploited on mobile devices, though the risks aren’t as great as they are on a desktop computer browsing the Web. Mobile security company Lookout downplayed the risks, saying: “The good news is that we have yet to see any attacks targeting a mobile device, and while this is a credible risk, the likelihood of you encountering an exploit is low.” iOS devices are safe, and Windows Phone OS is likely safe. BlackBerry is “investigating.” But Android is vulnerable if you have version 4.1.1, according to Google."
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+ - Researchers create nanobot computer inside a cockroach->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers from Israel has successfully demonstrated an ability to use strands of DNA to create a nanobot computer inside of a living creature—a cockroach. The team suggests that similar nanobot computers could be constructed and be ready for trial in humans in as little as five years."
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+ - Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges in 30 Seconds->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "At Microsoft’s Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv, Israeli startup StoreDot has demonstrated the prototype of a nanodot-based smartphone battery it claims can fully charge in just under 30 seconds. With the company having plans for mass production, this technology could change the way we interact with portable electronics, and perhaps even help realize the dream of a fast-charging electric car."
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+ - Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups in the U.S.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Despite whispers of growing dissatisfaction among consumers, there are still very few ISP start-ups popping up in communities all over the U.S. There are two main reasons for this: up-front costs and legal obstacles. The first reason discourages anyone who doesn't have Google's investors or the local government financially supporting them from even getting a toe in the business. 'Financial analysts last year estimated that Google had to spend $84 million to build a fiber network that passed 149,000 homes in Kansas City, with the cost per home at $500 to $674.' The second reason will keep any new start-up defending itself in court against frivolous lawsuits incumbent ISP providers have been known to file to bleed the newcomers dry in legal fees. There are also ISP lobbyists working to pass laws that prevent local governments from either entering the ISP market themselves or partnering with private companies to provide ISP alternatives. Given these set-backs and growing dissatisfaction with the status quo, one has to wonder how long before the U.S. recognizes the internet as a utility and passes laws and regulations accordingly."

Comment: Re:that's why China will do it and we won't. (Score 1) 402

I would cheerfully ride the business end of a NERVA in a return trajectory around Luna. Others have spent longer in the Van Allen belts and beyond with no ill effects, and good radiation shielding is a simple matter of math.

I would not volunteer for an explicit suicide mission to well, up.

There is a difference between pioneers and suicide bombers. Neither has a great life expectancy, but it's worth considering the relative merits of the two professions.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.