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Comment Re:Coren22's "APKolypse"... apk (Score 1) 291

Oh, it's classic AlecStaar, all right--always evoking violent imagery--"smashed", "totalled", "beat", "destroyed". And always coming back an hour or two later pretending to be a different AC who just happens to agree with him, and just happens to use the same kind of phrasing. He's been following the exact same pattern for at least ten years. In part he's still trying to get even with Ars Technica and numerous other forums for banning him and his sockpuppet accounts.

Now you know why, whenever anybody else happens to voice agreement with anyone critical of him, he immediately accuses them of using sockpuppets. And why he goes to such great pains to make real sure everyone knows it's him, while posting AC (unless, of course, he's following up by trying to pretend to be some random helpful AC who just happens to... well, you get the idea).

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Re: Get some perspective. (Score 1) 351

I've produced images for several books using GIMP. Good enough for Apress, Wiley, and a couple of other publishers. I've also been using GIMP to produce images for about the last ten years or so for my job with one of the world's biggest software companies, and these appear to be good enough for use in some of the most heavily used online documentation on the planet.

I'd consider that at least as "professional" as some AC's unknown use cases.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington