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+ - Proton third stage design problem cause most recent failure

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: The Russian investigation into the latest Proton rocket has concluded that the failure was caused by a design failure in the rocket's third stage.

The steering third stage engine failed due to excessive vibration as a result of an imbalance in a rotor of a pump unit

While it is always possible for new design issues to be discovered, I wonder why this problem hadn't been noticed in the decades prior to 2010, when the Proton began to have repeated failures.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 291

I believe you are wrong in both directions. It is true that anyone can learn to program, but few do it well without some talent for it. Just as most people can read and write but few will ever be a successful author.

That doesn't make literacy (computer or other) useless at all. The basic abilities are themselves useful in life. You don't have to be able to write like Hemingway to benefit from the ability to read and write. I doubt Hemingway's grocery lists were any more inspiring than mine.

Comment: Re:Current? Fat cables? (Score 1) 553

by sjames (#49793743) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

You may be thinking of commercial 3phase wiring where you get 110V phase to neutral and 208v phase to phase. In residential wiring, the final transformer coil is center tapped so you get 110 phase to neutral (center tap) and 220 phase to phase. Note that the two split phases are inverted with respect to each other because the neutral is a center tap.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 269

The more money people have, the less they tend to do for the poor.

According to your logic, the people who do the most for the poor are the poor, which is a paradox since they have little to no resources to begin with. And I'm not sure how we expect the most wealthy to give a greater percentage of their income when we're already taking a greater percentage of it through progressive taxation. But let's go to the numbers. According to the IRS's 2011 numbers, charitable giving is on a bell curve. Apparently, the most charitable are on the income extremes.

It's a shame the middle class won't band together and come after the rich, but those poor idiot fucks won't realize that they have a better chance to win the lottery than to actually work their way into the upper echelons of society

I know you mentioned the lottery in jest, but the poor actually are the ones spending a large percentage of their meager resources on state lottery tickets. Maybe government should get out of the business of suckering poor people into gambling.

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with Climate Change (Score 2) 122

by operagost (#49790555) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

The solution to the ozone problem is a proof that we can do it.

No, it's not. The solution to the ozone layer issue was to ban a narrow range of chemicals that included CFC. We can't ban CO2 because that's like banning life processes. Misguided people want to use the government hammer to get the job done again, not thinking about the impact. Just cutting government loose will give it power over nearly the entire energy industry, on which our entire lifestyle and livelihood rests. It's de facto control of everything. A measured response is required, one that requires as little government mandate as possible.

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 1) 122

by operagost (#49790465) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

Freon does not burn.

At all.

You can't breathe burning Freon because it doesn't burn.

But propane does, which you hand-waved away.

We were using freon because its predecessors were flammable. Freon was basically the last invention Thomas Midgley was responsible for that actually helped instead of hurting people-- until we found out it hurt the ozone layer.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310

by sjames (#49789209) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

That is the law, but it makes little sense as long as the rights holder gets their bit. Why shouldn't it be OK for me to buy a full copy of a book, mechanically black out words here and there and then resell it?

If that's OK, why shouldn't I be able to print pre-censored copies as long as I buy and destroy an unaltered version for eaach one I sell?

Since that isn't terribly environmentally responsible, perhaps I should be able to send the publisher the profit from their sale and then print and sell the modified version as long as I keep accurate count of the sales.

At no point is the author deprived of the fruits of his/her labor.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310

by sjames (#49789189) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Personally, I found that ruling objectionable even though I had no use for the edited movies personally. But I see that a new service is now available that instructs a modified DVD p[layer to skip the scenes considered objectionable. The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act explicitly authorizes that model.

So by analogy, instructing the browser to skip unwanted bits on the fly should pass muster.

+ - Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: From the you-pay-your-money-and-you-take-your-changes dept

ABC is reporting that gene test for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as were thought, with different labs giving different interpretations.

At least 415 gene variants now have different interpretations that could sway a medical decision, such as whether to have healthy breasts or ovaries removed to lower the risk of cancer, or to get a medical device such as an implanted defibrillator to cut the risk of sudden cardiac death.

"The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors and a partner in the data pooling project.

And it can harm patients. Rehm described a woman who had genetic testing and wrongly was told she did not have elevated risks for breast cancer. She later developed the disease but could have had preventive surgery had the right gene analyses been done.

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