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Comment Re:so, YOU'RE saying... (Score 1) 194

"You get more of what you subsidize"

Apparently, what you really want is more obscenely overpriced committee-designed rehashed space shuttle hardware.

Face it, this is an extravagantly expensive social program for keeping engineers with overly bureaucratic personalities out of trouble.

Comment Re: Does Excel work yet? (Score 0) 118

All computer numerical models are imprecise.

Accountants have a favorite model. It's full of its own errors (like rounding many intermediate results to only two digits of fractional precision), but these are the errors accountants are used to seeing, regardless of how large the errors are. So they go on and on about how "superior" their model is when other models come up with slightly different results, even if those results might sometimes be closer to the abstract ideal. Accountants are smug in their knowledge that their peers can calculate erroneous results that exactly match their own.

Comment Re:Fixed summary (Score 1) 21

What good is being pedantic if you're still using arbitrary anthropocentric units? Let's really fix the summary:

yyzmcleod sends news that AeroVelo, a Canadian team of engineers and students, has built a bike that successfully broke the human-powered land speed record. (This is the same group that built a human-powered helicopter 1.1e51 tp before present.) The team's Eta recumbent speed bike managed a speed of 1.2779283e-07 c. The previous record was 1.2391581e-07 c.

Comment Re:Images... (Score 2) 43

What were you hoping for? A crashed alien spaceship?

That bright smudge looks a whole lot like the splattered contents of a warp core to me.

I bet some aliens planned to safely jump out of hyperspace in the large gap between planets in our solar system, but it just wasn't their day, and they ended up leaving that huge crater. Probably their last words were something like: "That's no moon... It's a frigging dwarf planet! Hard to starboard!"

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

No, the major reason the B-70 program was cancelled was the increasing range (altitude) of SAMs.

Exactly. If your bombers are going to be shot down by SAMs anyway, it makes no economic sense to use supersonic ones. You'd just be wasting fuel and limiting payload. Instead, you stick with subsonic (or barely supersonic, if you want to count the B1).

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score -1, Troll) 345

Flying higher and faster was always the right thing to be doing.

Says who?

Not if it takes an order of magnitude more fuel in an era where the airlines are nickel-and-diming you for each goddamned bag of peanuts.

If you think that supersonic airliners are so lucrative, why haven't you started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new startup? You're sure to make buckets of coin.

Comment Re:Yep, aviation is still safe (Score 2) 345

In one day, the Concorde went from the statistically safest aircraft per passenger-mile to the statistically most dangerous aircraft per passenger-mile. Kind of similar to the Space Shuttle: They both worked until they didn't, and comparatively few people ever flew on either vehicle.

In space, no one can hear you fart.