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Comment Re:hard to see how this works (Score 1) 782

40mm grenade launchers fire at much lower velocities than this 25mm round, simply put because force equals mass times acceleration. The 25mm grenades weigh a tiny fraction of a 40mm round.

Also, the Mk19 uses "high velocity" grenades, whereas the shoulder fired grenades travel at around 250 m/s and have a maximum range of around 400 meters. The big boy grenades have a maximum range of 2,000 meters.

If you could fit a high velocity grenade in an M203/M79 (which you can't because they're longer), the recoil from the Mk19 grenades would put a hard charging Marine right on his ass and probably break his shoulder.

Comment Re:I hate Journalists (Score 1) 128

Clusterfuck is a very good term for it. I knew some people who worked there and it was just insane. Towards the end employees went months without getting paid, some left for greener pastures which was complicated by the economic meltdown occurring at the time. Others kept grinding away on a project they had already put so many hours into, supported by savings or spouses employed elsewhere.

Once again the Stargate IP continues to prove it's cursed.

Comment Re:Power required to charge? (Score 1) 603

Helps explain why it's hard to wean us off liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Although a significant chunk of the difference is that gasoline requires oxygen whereas TNT contains all the oxidizer it needs. I think gasoline plus the oxygen needed is "only" around 3 times the energy density of TNT.

Comment Re:"Advances of cloud computing" are being held ba (Score 1) 266

The FAA needs to mandate the integration of peer-to-peer ecologies utilizing embedded synergies that create semantic communities and syndicate social mashups as well as capture rich-client dynamic APIs with aggregated long-tail feeds.

Web 2.0 bullshit generators are fun!

Comment Software killing video hardware? Uh, no. (Score 1) 422

Game programmers are not responsible for coddling poorly cooled video card hardware, game programmers are supposed to flog video card hardware within an inch of its life. Video cards that melt while operating under a well defined API (Direct3D or OpenGL for example) are defective.