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Comment Re:Certainly a great achievement (Score 2) 89

It is quite easy to find per launch numbers. The GSLV MK 3 costs $36m per launch. At 5000 kg GTO payload, the competitors would be China's Long March 2-3-4, India's ULV, Russia's R-500 Proton, Japan's H-II, IIA & IIB, US's Atlas V, Europe's Ariane 5 and Ariane 6, US's Delta IV, China's Long March 5 and SpaceX's (US) Falcon Heavy. The ones current available, and their costs are Long March 2-3-4 (?), Zenit ($90m), UR-500 Proton ($100m). For the sake completeness, the remaining ones with much higher payload support, and their cost: H-II-IIA-IIB ($200m), Atlas V ($100m), Delta IV ($435m).

Someone else will have to run development costs (the GSLV MK3 costs $400m (the cryo engine was a real cost sink), not including the earlier versions and development cost of PSLV). But overall, it should be cheaper that outsourcing, especially when your costs are much lower than everyone else, and you can launch satellites for other countries.

Also keep in mind that, yesterday's launch is supposed to have unspecified military uses (probably just communications). It is not possible to outsource your military sats to other nations. Plus if it comes to it, you can claim part ownership of mars and moon (why do you think every country wants their flag on it). Plus, you will need most of the rocket tech for your missiles anyways. Add to this that your money doesnt end up in another country, and you are giving it to the people in the country (you will be consuming some of the top human resources in your country, and very tiny portion of the raw materials used in your country, but it is still a net benefit for you)

Comment Re:Not marines, just passengers (Score 1) 467

Of course, the SJW press is busily trying to not call him a terrorist, despite the plain evidence that he was, and was even known for his previous involvement with jihadists.

Blame the European counterterrorism officals for that. "The train attack has not officially been classified as an act of terrorism, although the senior European counterterrorism official indicated it could be." -- CNN. Also blame the right, for jumping the gun and calling it a terrorist attack immediately .

Comment Re:Uber = Public subsidized (Score 5, Informative) 204

Not this again. Uber provides insurance, with the same benefits as the commercial insurance. It is a little bit controversial, as Uber insurance is valid only when the driver's Uber app is running and they are "on duty". The rest of the time drivers will have to rely on their own insurance, which may deny any claims, because the car had been used for commercial reasons (even if it was not at the time of accident or the event that leads to the claim).

This is not a public subsidy at all.

Comment Re:What did you expect to happen? (Counterpoint) (Score 2) 103

Unpaid internships are illegal in California (with the exception of certain types of non-profits). The Sillicon Valley companies only offer paid internships. I am pretty sure facebook pays their interns very well (they need an incentive to join facebook once they graduate)

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 226

Claes Borgström, a Stockholm lawyer who represents one of the women whose allegations against Assange will now never be tested in court, said the woman was ambivalent about the situation. “On the one hand, she wanted Assange to face trial and answer for what he has done. On the other, she wants to put this behind her.

Bolded for attention. I wish both, you sweden apologist and the assange supporters would stick to the truth.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 4, Interesting) 226

3) Sweden was so mad at the US extradition program ignoring their ban on use of their airspace for extradition flights that they caused a diplomatic rift with the US in 2006 by disguising their special forces soldiers as airport workers to sneak aboard a suspected extradition plane. And how do we know about this event? Why, Wikileaks of course!

On one hand they are mad, on the other hand it continues to happen. It is very unlikely that it happens without high level consent from the swedes. This being a major problem.

Also both the women are now uncooperative, one of them has even fled to Australia.

I am not supporter of Assange, and consider him a megalomaniac, but his concerns are quite valid.


California Fights Drought With 96 Million "Shade Balls" 234 writes: Katie Rogers writes in the NY Times that the city of Los Angeles is releasing 96 million plastic "shade balls" into the 175-acre Los Angeles Reservoir to help block sunlight and UV rays that promote algae growth, which would help keep the city's drinking water safe. Officials also say the balls will help slow the rate of evaporation, which drains the water supply of about 300 million gallons a year. The balls cost $0.36 each and are part of a $34.5 million initiative to protect the water supply. Shade balls are the brainchild of Brian White, a biologist with the utility who based the idea on "bird balls" that he observed in waterways near airport runways to prevent airfield bird strikes. The Los Angeles Reservoir, which holds 3.3 billion gallons, or enough water to supply the city for up to three weeks, joins three other reservoirs already covered in the shade balls. "In the midst of California's historic drought, it takes bold ingenuity to maximize my goals for water conservation," says Mayor Eric Garcetti who was at the Los Angeles Reservoir to mark the addition of 20,000 of the small balls to the lake. "This effort by LADWP is emblematic of the kind of the creative thinking we need to meet those challenges."

The History of the Patent Troll 40

An anonymous reader writes: Patent trolling is not a new problem, although recently it seems that the issue has captured the attention of a broader audience. Four years ago, NPR produced an episode of This American Life called "When Patents Attack!" And, four months ago, John Oliver devoted the bulk of his time on Last Week Tonight to raising awareness about patent trolls. "Most of these companies don't produce anything—they just shake down anyone who does, so calling them trolls is a little misleading—at least trolls actually do something, they control bridge access for goats and ask fun riddles," he explained. " Patent trolls just threaten to sue the living s*** out of people, and believe me, those lawsuits add up." In an article on, Red Hat patent litigation defender David Perry takes a look back at the history of patent trolling, as well as some possible solutions to the problem.

To be or not to be, that is the bottom line.