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Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 492

Do you have anything that shows that a very successful real estate developer would be a very successful president? Because if we decide to chose someone very successful, why not go for a very successful sportsman and businessman, for example Jordan? Or why not try a very successful rock singer? Or a scientist which has got some Nobel price (other than the Peace one, maybe ;-) )?

Comment Re:This is an inevitable development (Score 1) 312

I didn't know that Assyrian refugees in Finland were speaking swedish (you know, the people I was speaking about, in my message). But I wanted to point out the ideas of the same party about the fact that "who cares about swedish-speaking finns, let's just forget about this", and I wanted to try to understand how you could justify this idea with the "uncontrollable, Arizona-style flood of refugees who are not part of this culture and who do not feel restrained by the Lutheran moral code".

Comment Pedophiles also (Score 3, Funny) 312

He is using several arguments: we could track terrorists (== people going to Syria), we could find easily people in natural catastrophes. I think he missed one of the advantages. If everyone, including children, has a gps chip, and the data about location is stored for a reasonable amount of time (let's say 50 years, but more is possible) we will be able to find possible pedophiles if a children complains, even 50 years later!

Comment Re:This should be a major embarrassment (Score 2) 72

I agree with you for point 1 and 2.

But for the point 3, it looks like they actually designed the power supply to keep the batteries charged. They just have reach a level where the safe power mode has been activated, disabling all non essential function from the spacecraft. (it's a design choice to consider TM/TC as critical or not, I would say that it should stay on, but it can be discussed) Note that reaching a charge level that low could be linked to the fact that they have lost for several days the contact due to 1 and 2, which has delayed the SA deployment. (I haven't look in detail the design of the satellite, but usually a satellite get less power when the solar array are not deployed)

And for the point 4, it's a "design" choice. They have looked for a cheap launch to test a first version of their satellite, and found that one.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 366

That being said, it is shoddy programming to blindly write to a log on a resource-constrained embedded platform (or any platform, really. Just especially so on something like this), so somebody definitely goofed.

Maybe they did not blindly write log on a resource-constrained embedded platform. Depending on how much memory they had, and how short the mission duration was, they could have computed that 32MB/(2d) * length_of_mission was sufficiently smaller than available_space

But as a test engineer in the space industry (having working on big and expensive and too much paperwork satellites, not on the new space version of cheaper, less doc and simpler tech, which really looks interesting, but I don't know to what extend they test) I'm really surprise that they did never saw this bug before. They never run a rehearsal for more than two days with a sufficiently representative model ? Maybe this bug appears only once every [n] times, with n sufficiently big. Anyway, it's strange, I hope they will get an opportunity to patch it after a reboot, I'm interested in the results they could got from solar sailing.

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

It cannot be due to the Western embargo. Here is a quote from Putin: “The response of the Russian Federation to Western sanctions is legal and valid. It will help, and not harm our domestic economy,

The russian space industry being part of the russian domestic economy, the embargo cannot be the cause of these failures


Comment Re:Deniers (Score 1, Interesting) 525

We should then ask Englert and Higgs to give back their Nobel price? If I remember correctly, their initial paper did not even proposed a mass for the boson. The firsts experiments later only concluded that its mass, if it exists, was "not below 18 MeV/c. This kind of statement is so inaccurate [18MeV/c to infinity, quite a large uncertainty] that it's not science, by your logic?

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