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Comment: Ship wake bubbles is a good method (Score 3, Interesting) 319

by Spy Handler (#48770187) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

See: http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc...

This method is great because ships are already making bubbles in their wake. We just make it whiter with smaller bubbles. Basically raising the ocean albedo.

In the "What can possibly go wrong?" department, this method is far better than any of the other geoengineering proposals. And it's cheap.

Simply retrofitting existing large ships to produce smaller bubbles could reduce global temperature by 0.5C. If we want more cooling, we could float dedicated solar-powered bot ships that do nothing but cruise the equitorial seas making wake.

Comment: Re:Calling bullshit (Score 1) 220

by Spy Handler (#48768349) Attached to: EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

Do you actually make a living selling those 99 cent apps on App Store? As in, you don't have another day job?

That's pretty hard. Very rare.

Saying the app store and its execution weren't a great revolution shows that you are totally ignorant of how software was made and sold only a few years ago. Small developers for software really didn't exist. Nobody pays for shareware, and making a living as a small dev was basically impossible. The app store basically recreated the hobby developer market, period, and brought it to a level of mainstream that was never attained by normal PCs.

That's not true at all. Small devs sold on their own website (and they still do). I bought all kinds of Windows software from small devs. A few examples of stuff I bought (there are many others but not all of them are still around):

flashpanoramas.com
sourceguardian.com
supertintin.com
easypano.com/virtual-tour-software.html

They have trial versions they distribute on download sites like CNET download.com. If you like it you buy the full version. This model works. Yes there's piracy but if your program (let's not call it an app) is good and useful you'll get many paid buyers.

Comment: Vive la France! (Score 5, Insightful) 1350

by Spy Handler (#48756625) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

My hat's off to the murder victims. They had the guts and the courage of conviction to take on Islam. Let us honor these brave Frenchmen and their country.

My fellow Americans like to joke about French surrender and Googling French military victories ('no results found"). But that seems absurd to me because it's the French doing all the brave things while Americans cower in fear.

I do not see CNN or Fox News or Huffington Post or any other American paper taking on Islam. Politically correct cowardice is rampant in America, home of the chickens. American activists bravely take on Silicon Valley tech firms and Xbox gamers for misogyny while completely ignoring the Islamic treatment of women. That's like attacking a kid for playing with water balloons while ignoring the mafia guy next to him planting C4 car bombs. But I guess even cowards have to make themselves feel good by doing something... as long as there's no danger to themselves. Safety is important!

Comment: Toyota is just pulling an HP and giving up (Score 0) 124

by Spy Handler (#48747663) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

when HP realized their webOS was going nowhere, they open sourced it to save a little face and gain a little goodwill, and then abandoned it.

It probably occurred to Toyota recently that hydrogen is not a good idea because:

1. hydrogen molecules are tiny and thus tend to leak out of everything

2. storing hydrogen is costly because of its low density (lowest in the universe) and the insanely cold temperatures required to liquify it

3. the chicken-and-egg problem of getting gas stations to carry it

According to the DC-X team (via Jerry Pournelle's blog) hydrogen is a very frustrating fuel to work with for reasons 1 and 2. Initially they were attracted to it for performance reasons (cryogenic fuel is the most powerful chemical rocket fuel in the universe) but after working with it for awhile came to the conclusion that kerosene/LOX was a far better choice from the standpoint of operational efficiency and cost. Lesson which SpaceX is using now to great effect.

Comment: Re:Re usability (Score 1) 151

depends. But in the case of SpaceX merlins, a lot. They were designed with reusability in mind and also they don't throttle it up to max capacity for longevity. What exactly is a lot? Nobody knows, not even SpaceX. They'll know after they try it a few times. But a dozen reuse doesn't seem unreasonable at this stage.

Today most P-51 and Corsair owners don't use WEP (war emergency power) on their precious warbirds to save engine wear... same principle.

Comment: Re:Deja Vu (Score 4, Informative) 151

delayed. Rocket launches get delayed often. If you're new to this, get used to it.

Stratolaunch does kind of makes sense from the delay perspective, if we're gonna aim at something like daily orbital launches in the future (although of course in this case, the delay wasn't weather-related). Jets are much more tolerant of bad weather than rockets, so being able to fly above the weather or move away from it is pretty appealing.

Comment: What the hell is this guy smoking (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by Spy Handler (#48708963) Attached to: The Billionaires' Space Club

not gonna bother clicking any of the links. This guy is either incredibly ignorant and been living under a rock for the past few years, or his 401k is heavily vested in defense contractors. SpaceX is shaking the space launch industry to the very foundations and turning everything upside down. SpaceX is already cheaper than them (by a lot), but if the R program succeeds (we'll know in a few days), basically Elon will wipe out ULA and Ariannespace and there will be nothing left of them except for a few crumbs thrown at them by their buddies in government.

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius

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