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Comment: Re:How foes this compare (Score 1) 146

by Isca (#47387855) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever
The boosters are not bad on their own. They have been fairly reliable and reasonably cheap (not as cheap as SpaceX's approach could be however). The bad part of the boosters/shuttle setup was simply the fact that the vehicle occupants were located next to parts that could go boom instead of on top of and away from most potential blast paths.

Comment: Re:More likely to big to be backed up (Score 1) 245

by Isca (#47204805) Attached to: NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law
While I'm sure there is plenty of NSA Skullduggery to go around, in this case the parent is probably right on the money. I'm sure someone had an aha moment with this one - they most likely can't even begin to store all of this data - yet. Probably only a small fraction of it.

Comment: This sounds like a proof of flaw 'hack'. (Score 4, Insightful) 50

by Isca (#47101443) Attached to: Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen
1 account only was hacked? This sounds like someone who was trying to prove that a flaw exists in their security. I'm guessing there is more to this story to come - this sounds like they are setting things up to go after this 'hacker'' that caused the security breach. If it was someone trying to do something malicious there would be more accounts pulled. Even if it was someone who was just curious to see if they could do it wouldn't have just stopped at one but someone who is trying to playing the role of a white hat would potentially only do this on one single account. I'll be really disappointed if that's what it turns out to be and Spotify decides to prosecute.

Comment: It can still work (Score 1) 22

by Isca (#46876805) Attached to: Aerospace Merger: ATK Joins With Orbital Sciences Corp
Solid rockets ala the shuttle still have their place -- with heavy lifting of cargo into space. They are relatively cheap and can be reused. However if SpaceX is able to succeed in returning their rockets to the pad and is able to scale that ability up to it's heavy lifting proposals nothing this orbital-ATK company has proposed will come close to SpaceX's price.

Comment: Re:"Back to the launch site"? (Score 2) 73

by Isca (#46330321) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket
Once you've used up 80% of your fuel plus you have dropped the weight of the upper stages and the fuel/payload for them it's relatively light. Especially compared with how much thrust you can output. That 20% fuel is enough to dramatically change your direction and still leave enough fuel to steer yourself and land in an upright position.

Comment: Re:Private enterprise to the rescue (Score 1) 292

by Isca (#45986733) Attached to: Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC
The issue with wireless is that you just can't get the bandwidth that cable or fiber can bring. It's different per industry. There's no reason why water and sewage need to be for profit companies. I think natural gas is close behind simply because it's hard to have multiple companies provide the product at a central distribution point in whatever city/town. However communications services CAN be split into their components to be set up as a utility and a service. I think more cities should invest in municipal fiber with this type of setup. There have been multiple studies showing it can be economical for most cities to recoup costs over a thirty year period for around $25/month per drop for the actual infrastructure (fiber to the home/switches/etc on backbone). You can make that cheaper for people in your city by adjusting how much businesses are charged for the infrastructure versus residents. Some cities have lowered the monthly infrastructure cost having residents pay a larger amount for hookup (300-400) and have that cost spread out over a few years in the same way the city will spread out payments for a new sidewalk. The key thing is that they should not be allowed to offer service themselves - allow others to sell the service. Heck, if google wants to come in and make no profit off of it but sell it at the same cost as what the city is charging google per customer, let them. There will still be some who might op for other, better add services with other companies. It's easy to add other providers in this scenario. .

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".