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Comment Not just now, but Apollo too (Score 2) 100

I'm not sure what the utility of sending a human into space is at the present time. Unless there's an obvious use case, it *seems* like the extra effort of sending a human isn't worth the risk, except as a political statement.

It wasn't worth the risk in 1969, either, but it sure was a political statement back then.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 178

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 178

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

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Comment Starting out with the wrong assumptions (Score 2) 165

This is starting out with the wrong assumptions.

Design a brick system that can be produced with 3-D printers, and will hold together when fabricated within the tolerances of an SLA printer. Forget FDM, it's too low precision and SLA is already achieving an equal or lower cost of manufacture compared with FDM.

LEGO is manufactured to astonishingly high precision, but I am not convinced that this is the only way to make a brick system.

Comment Re:They can't afford it (Score 1) 412

What I'm actually implying is that YOUR opposition to NMI makes you a right wing reactionary compared to Richard Nixon. Despite my joke, Nixon was no Liberal, but he knew that wage stagnation and inflation was a bad thing. And he also understood that reducing paperwork would save money.

Though IIRC Nixon wanted a version of NMI that worked differently than what congress wanted. He wanted the NMI to ONLY apply to those not receiving a "fair wage" giving businesses the option of either paying a fair wage, or paying for NMI. Watergate happened before Nixon and Congress were able to work out compromises on NMI and Single Payer Healthcare.

I'm also implying that to current Republicans, Richard Nixon would be called a RINO, which is hil-fucking-arious.

Comment Well, (Score 1) 3

I've found it varies by site and machine, and often seems random. I have a little Acer laptop with a meg of memory and a big HP notebook with four megs. Most sites give me no problem, but often I can't listen to KSHE on the acer because their player's advertisers suck. I've had to pull the battery to get it unlocked.

Even the big notebook has all its memory used up sometimes and slows to a crawl. It looks to me that Firefox has a problem freeing up unused memory until you shut the browser down.

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