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Comment: Re:Bless you. (Score 1) 124

by SharpFang (#48921663) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Fortunately, the Lisa Pathfinder project has already developed ion engines that would be helpful against that. While they generate very minuscule thrust, unsuitable for space travel purposes, they have enormous specific impulse, meaning they can go on for years stabilizing given object against solar wind, gravitational influences and the likes. Several such engines attached to the disk would easily keep it stabilized against solar wind, and another couple on the telescope part would keep it aligned.

Of course you'd need somewhat more powerful jets to turn it around aiming at a different part of the sky, and these would likely need periodic refuelling (note as the disk rotates towards another place in the sky, the telescope part needs to travel a couple thousand kilometers!) but we've got the stabilization covered.

Comment: Re:Jackpot! (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48907687) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Yes; it was the US screwing up the endgame and treating their allies instrumentally - discarding them once they were no longer needed, leaving them to their own devices in the wrecked country. Still, it's not a huge leap of faith to imagine the indifference, callousness, shortsightedness were all a cover-up for more sinister motives. They say 'don't ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity', but it doesn't take a very crackpot mind to do that here. We're talking about the most powerful military in the world - it's difficult to accept such a collosal levels of incompetence instead of believing the apparent incompetence was just to hide the real intentions.

Comment: Re:Will this scale? (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48904459) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

It's unlikely to scale that much anytime soon. Battery size -> radio range; Battery size + motor size -> power -> ability to overcome wind. Mass -> stability -> ability to overcome wind. Add to that lifting power to carry any payload.

Yes, you'll be able to get very small indoor RC quadcopters with several meters of range. But if you want to fly it over GSM while streaming from internal camera, you're not getting it smaller than your palm anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48904405) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Nowadays they detonate these in bomb chambers using an "initiating charge" (a small bomb of their own).
There was that guy who just stood for a couple hours in front of White House, with his briefcase.
They checked the briefcase with xray. They found clothes, essential business travel stuff, nothing suspicious. They detonated it anyway.

Comment: Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (Score 1) 691

by SharpFang (#48872961) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

"from day one, zoe quinn faced the nastiest of sexual and mysoginistic slurs and threats."

Could you substantiate this? I mean, specifically, the number (to prove it wasn't isolated incidents) and connection to GamerGate (as in specific instances was actively disproven).

Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 691

by SharpFang (#48872897) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

I'm not sure you understand how Patreon works. It's not goal-oriented like Kickstarter. It's more of "Let people throw money monthly at a creator, and the creator promises to deliver something nebulous from time to time." While in Kickstarter you're interested to see a specific completed product, in Patreon you 'show support' letting the creator 'keep doing the good job'. As result, popularity - especially victim style or activist style popularity - yields very good results.

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