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Comment: Russians are still ahead. (Score 2) 83

by TXP (#37897392) Attached to: Progress Spacecraft Launch Successful
Supposedly the success rate for Russian launchs between 1980-1999 is around 94% while the success rate for american launches is around 86%. Russians are more experience having launched 2589 times with 181 losses while Americans launched 1152 times with 164 losses. Now that the shuttles have been retired I'm going to assume the Russians will be really far ahead but maybe it's better that way with globalization right? As much as I like spaceX I find their newer untested technology not really viable for manned flight. They can't be trusted to carry anything other then low cost cargo until they've worked out their problems.

Comment: Re:Money, money, money (Score 1) 236

by TXP (#37689728) Attached to: Is the OMB Trying To End Planetary Exploration?
You know I was going to argue the exact same thing. Except I was going to use facts and figures. However when I looked up US spending it is comparable percentage wise to China and Russian GDP spending. The US spends more money but they get less bang for their buck. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2034rank.html Use google to compare spending. Pretty cool! http://www.google.ca/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=ms_mil_xpnd_gd_zs&idim=country:USA&dl=en&hl=en&q=us+military+spending

Comment: Detect life first? (Score 2) 343

by TXP (#35944562) Attached to: Brainstorming Clever Ways To Detect Alien Civilizations
Shouldn't we be trying to detect life first? I've always wondered why we haven't detected absorption spectra for chlorophyll or a similar material (I read recently about the possibility of grey/black leafed plants) in space around stars. If plants are black then they won't leave much reflected light to detect.

Comment: Re:Devs getting blamed again? (Score 1) 89

by TXP (#34518068) Attached to: Top <em>Final Fantasy XIV</em> Devs Replaced, PS3 Version Delayed
It was designed to be similar to FFXI. The problem is that FFXI had terrible controls back then but people tolerated it more. Now everyone has experience with many different MMO's and even the worst MMO's allow you to pick your preferred control style. The game needed more polish for the game controls and user interface. That's what happens when you focus on cutscenes and graphics and not gameplay and user interface.

Comment: Sen. Richard Shelby's Comment (Score 2) 143

by TXP (#32471756) Attached to: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Appears As UFO In Australia
SpaceX is trying to make rocket launchs come off an "assembly-line". This alone would be an impressive feat. Comparing this to a 1964 launch would be like comparing the 8086 cpu to modern quad core. My amature opinion on the launch: I don't think spacex has been totally successful as mentioned by quite a few other posts. They keep spiraling out of control, they need better rocket/jet rudders or something to improve their out of atmosphere control.

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