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Comment: Oblig. (and at this point, redundant) skepticism (Score 1) 164

by Robaato (#33857106) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For the First Time
I post this link in every SS1/SS2 thread I come across...

http://www.daughtersoftiresias.org/misc/ss1.html

Although many others previously have expressed the same opinion (the SS1/SS2 designs as is will never make it to LEO), this is some more technical background to this opinion.
NASA

+ - 30 Years of Voyager->

Submitted by Robaato
Robaato (958471) writes "While Spirit and Opportunity's endurance is certainly amazing, the Voyager missions, launched 30 years ago, are just as incredible if not more so.

With the nuclear-powered Voyagers tipped to keep transmitting until at least 2020, Mr Murray has to show younger staff how to maintain the vital hardware. "I find it funny that I send people I am teaching to go and get parts for these machines that are older than them," he said.
Which do you think is more impressive, the Mars Rover's survival in the harsh conditions on Mars, or Voyager 1 and 2's sheer longevity?"

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Movies

+ - Blockbuster chooses Blu-Ray over HD-DVD->

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Robaato
Robaato writes "Blockbuster has opted to stock Blu-Ray over HD-DVD in almost all of its brick & mortar stores. However, they will still carry both HD formats on their online service. Endgadget calls it a "huge blow to Toshiba, Universal, and the rest of the HD DVD devotees," and asks "is the war over?" in their headline. Is this realistic, or could they be over-estimating the impact of Blockbuster in this day and age?"
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The Media

+ - Where Digg Failed

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legoburner
legoburner writes "An interesting op-ed piece has appeared detailing the author's belief that Digg is so fundamentally flawed that it is only a matter of time before it completely collapses. Why Digg Failed has some choice quotes and analysis of why Digg's popularity has caused it to become too similar to tabloids in gaining attention and how quality has fallen drastically as usage has increased. Take note slashdot/firehose!"
Music

+ - AllOfMP3 payments cut off

Submitted by
cerberusss
cerberusss writes "As of February 2007, the popular Russian music download site AllOfMP3 seems to be cut off from user payments. Whereas previously it was possible to buy gift certificates at XRost and then using these at AllOfMP3, the XRost payment provider displays the following message upon logging in:

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the payment platform, we will be performing a scheduled server maintenance. The payment option at our site will be restored in 48 hours.
However, the 48 hours have passed since long and it's not known when payments will be possible again. Did the RIAA finally get what they wanted?"
The Internet

+ - Citizendium failing to gain traction?

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite the two recent Slashdot articles about Larry Sanger's Citizendium, it appears that the site is having difficulty converting good publicity into new content. Although the project saw impressive spikes in the number of new user registrations on both occasions, neither of them resulted in a general increase in the number of edits made to the site; even the number of article edits for the last 24 hours are lower than pre-Slashdot levels. What does this mean for the budding Wikipedia competitor?"

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