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Comment: Re:Diesel (Score 1) 659

by cactopus (#47005621) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

This is why I see the future being Tesla (electric), Diesel, and Diesel-Electric Hybrid (benefits of both). The alternative diesel fuels are easier to source and more widely varied (veggie oils anyone?). There really is no excuse to use a petrol-electric hybrid when a diesel-electric is better. Now if they ever discover a way to use Thorium efficiently, then there is probably option 4 out there.

Comment: Re:Why all the negativity? (Score 1) 440

by cactopus (#45409869) Attached to: Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

I totally agree with this. I'd eat an occasional pizza, mexican, mac n' cheese, or Indian meal as a treat and totally live on this kind of thing. I'd like to see it in dry biscuit or cookie form or perhaps gelatin too. I don't always want to drink my meals. Maybe even as a 3D-printing paste... or... solid biscuits and paste-filling (sandwich)

Comment: Everything costs more in Australia (Score 3, Insightful) 440

by cactopus (#37138652) Attached to: Pricing: Apple Defies Australian Government

Why attack Apple for pricing products so they make the same profit in every market per person? There's no reason why a $39,000 Nissan 350Z (I had a 2008GT) should cost $67,000 AUD. Everything costs more over here. This is made worse now that the USD is less valuable then the AUD.

I'd say the Australian government should be going after the automotive industry and many others to lower their prices and cost of living substantially. It doesn't cost that much to put a car on a boat and ship it. Japan to the US? (Low US price). Japan to Australia (shorter distance) (price almost double US model)


Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

Posted by kdawson
from the boom-boom dept.
TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

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