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Comment: Re:Get SpaceX crew-rated soon. (Score 1) 105

by MachineShedFred (#49684793) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

It actually does, now. They just reworked the aero and heating so that parts will explode if you expose them to too much air friction. Unless you use stability control or keep your heat shield pointing in the right direction manually, it will tumble and conceivably tear itself apart / burn to a cinder. If you come in too shallow, you will aerobrake and head back out to space in a lower orbit where you may lose power - Kerbals don't eat or drink without an addon, so electrical power is the biggest concern in that scenario.

Comment: Re:Get SpaceX crew-rated soon. (Score 1) 105

by MachineShedFred (#49684749) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

I think I heard somewhere that it was part of a government launch contract that they needed to own the design so that they could second-source the motors if necessary. By licensing it and having the schematic, they probably checked whatever box that some bureaucrat was looking to check. They probably never intended to actually manufacture the things - just comply with some contractual requirement in the least useful way.

Comment: Re:Satellites (Score 1) 401

The issue then would be degradation of the systems on the satellite from micrometeor impacts, radiation, heat, etc.

They wouldn't last forever - eventually the solar arrays would stop supplying the minimum voltage needed and it would turn into another orbiting chunk of metal. Or the electronics would burn out from too much radiation damage - shielding doesn't completely eliminate the problem forever, it just delays it really well.

Comment: Re:The first edition (Score 1) 133

by MachineShedFred (#49673053) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

So you're saying that they ripped out all the legacy shit that old IE-only apps (and malware) relied upon, and now they're blowing the trumpets about how secure they are?

I guess I'd be impressed if they got to a reasonable level of security without breaking every legacy app that they convinced people to write against their leaky web APIs.

Comment: Re:Microsoft was better? (Score 1) 296

What's funny is that the smart-growth crowd doesn't call this "ravaging" but rather calls it "ingrowth" and "densification". It also "creates livable, walkable neighborhoods."

I guess Amazon just made the mistake of doing this in Seattle rather than Portland where it's called approved growth planning.

Comment: Re:As someone who ditched windows (Score 1) 265

by MachineShedFred (#49639419) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

You missed the point.

This isn't about being able to install PowerShell on Linux as some kind of bash replacement. This is about being able to have an agent on Linux that talks to the same "Desired Configuration Management" system you're already using on Windows servers, and have already scripted things in PowerShell.

This isn't for you, because you clearly aren't using Windows server with Microsoft's DCM solution, and you aren't looking to extend that solution to Linux instances. This is the Microsoft version of Chef or Puppet, with a cross-platform client. Using PowerShell.