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Comment: Re: On behalf of planet earth (Score 1) 100

by WindBourne (#49736503) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals
Of course, no tech was passed on those. What happened is that NSA overheard airbus and other companies offering illegal kickbacks to win business, so that was reported. Big difference between economic espionage of giving tech to others, vs. reporting to legal authorized of criminal offenses.

Comment: taco, it is driven by spies. (Score 1) 100

by WindBourne (#49736429) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals
As one that has dealt with one Chinese spy , and potentially, another one, it is obvious that China is hard at work stealing as much tech as they can. Sadly, our clearance methods were compromised by privatizing them. We should give it back to FBI, along with ICE. There are far far too many chinese spies in the west.

Comment: Re:Cats vs windmills (Score 1) 164

by WindBourne (#49715619) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades
Our 20 lb tabby (no fat) would bring us live gifts in the AM.
When you opened the door, if he ran past, it meant that he had a gift for us and 9 out of 10 x, it was very live.
These were Birds, Squirrels, Fish, Chipmunks, Rabbits, baby raccons (very dangerous for that car), 1 small hawk, and even 1 adult Canada Goose (live, but flyer could not carry him in fast enough; easy to stop).
I saw him toying with a number of animals and when I came to rescue, he would snap their necks (grab by the head and whip them).

Yes, he would eat some. Buy many were just toys, or gifts for us.

Comment: Re: and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 0) 96

by WindBourne (#49711519) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia
I have no issue with the Russians. I have an issue with depending on one group to provide a critical item ( launch ) for so long. The GOP makes a big todo of using Russian, but continue to gut spending on commercial space while increasing our money flow and dendancy on Russia. Total insanity.

I want to see the iss group go to the moon. But to do that, we need multiple shlv, multiple manned launchers, multiple base builders, etc.. IOW, we should not depend on any one group for more a year. And right now, the neo-cons have broken that rule by many times over.

Comment: Re:Cats vs windmills (Score 1) 164

by WindBourne (#49711135) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades
LOL.
Uh no. Cats hunt for food AND for fun. It does not matter if they are wild or domesticated.
In addition, a well-fed cat will NOT eat the animal. They will play with it until they decide to kill it. In fact, I see this same behavior with zoo animals. I have seen a tiger and polar beer catch and play with birds and they do NOT eat them. But they sure as heck kill them.

Comment: Re:If it works (Score 1) 164

by WindBourne (#49711081) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades
I should rate you as overrated, but will answer you instead.
It is mostly another anti-AGW myth that large numbers of big birds are being killed by wind generators. One site has a serious issue and others have a small issue.

Now, with that said, BATS do suffer greatly at this. Not any particular bat, but all of them seem to not see the blades even though they have the ability to track small fast things. This might help save them.

Personally, I would be far more interested in seeing what the $/KW are on this, along with what kind of winds are required to move it.

Comment: Re:and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 1) 96

by WindBourne (#49709065) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia
So many things wrong here.
1) you mentioned that russian parts are used in western rockets. There are exactly TWO rockets that have any major Russian parts. That is OSC and ULA's Atlas. Delta actually has some Russian made parts, or did. And nothing else in Europe uses Russian made, except for your providing a launch site for them and then marketing them.
2) you are right that we cooperate. However, for the last 10-15 years, America has been cut out of the competition because Boeing, L-Mart and then ULA were worthless. Now, along comes SpaceX and they are destroying EVERYBODY out there. By next year, there is a real good chance that ArianeSpace and all of the various Russian launch systems will be launching only their gov. systems and nothing more.

Basically, SpaceX will own 100% of commercial space by the start of 2016. The reason is that not only will FH be live, but so will F9R. In addition, they are SpaceX is currently launching at a rate of about 1 every 3 weeks. In 2016, they will bring that down to 1 every 2 weeks or less.
This is not about YOU vs. US. In fact, I have said here and elsewhere, that I want to see Europe spend some money on building up a CHEAP launch system. SpaceX has done that, and is doing more. BUT, if we are going to the moon and mars, then Europe needs to have a CHEAP and RELIABLE system.

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