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Comment: Re:It has been done. (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#48626155) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

I live in a country where people have been prosecuted successfully for murder because they killed the driver of a car that had been trying to run them over, and the fatal shot was fired after the car had passed them - by inches.

It's called the rule of law. The judges are compassionate, court cases take into account mitigating factors, the prosecution service can and often do choose not to pursue certain cases.. but people are definitely held to account if they seek to exact extra-judicial revenge.

Comment: Re:Terrorists Win (Score 1) 563

by Cederic (#48624403) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Comically the BBC is currently getting bashed for supporting a book about assassinating a former British Prime Minister.

But verbal feedback is some way from threatening mass murder. I'm not sure that any movie justifies that, and particularly one that gravely offends some cunt with no sense of humour.

Yes Kim, I mean you.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 563

by Cederic (#48624389) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

that's why their so funny

Only to people that lack the wit to differentiate between "they're" and "their".

I'm not even joking. There's a whole class of hollywood comedy based around "stupid people being stupid" that just isn't terribly funny.

I prefer my comedy to be very dark (Old Boy - in Korean) or played straight (Blues Brothers or Monty Python) or situational (Ferris Bueller). Don't be giving me some badly scripted shit based on stupid people doing blatantly stupid things (Dumb and Dumber).

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.