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Comment: Re:Competition is good. (Score 1) 200

by camperdave (#47798571) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

fuel costs are a small portion of launch costs.

Really? What is the expensive part then?

Engine development/manufacture, mostly. The shuttle used 610 tons of oxygen and 100 tons of hydrogen which cost approximately $200,000 based on market prices. The cost of the solid rocket booster fuel is unknown, but one estimate is about $2,000,000. The cost to launch that bird was $450,000,000, so the fuel was half a percent of the launch costs.

Comment: Re:Book burning... (Score 1) 158

by camperdave (#47759289) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Thanks for the thoughtful post.

Christianity definitely didn't start at 0 AD. If wikipedia serves, started at about 300 AD when Constantine started recognizing the group.

Um... no. You're probably thinking of Roman Catholicism, the state religion of Rome instituted by Constantine in 313AD.

Christianity started in the mid first century.

Comment: Re:We need positive Sci-Fi. (Score 1) 108

Robotic hive mind, just sounds like a bad idea.

Yeah, right! I suppose you think some prepubescent little twerp could fly a star fighter into the control ship, blow it up, and render an entire planetary invasion force of droid armies inert. Like that would ever happen!

Comment: Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (Score 1) 134

by camperdave (#47748703) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

There is no widespread practice of beastiality within the countries where HIV developed. Current operating hypothesis is that it came from improper animal handling procedures resulting in blood-to-blood contact between SIV-infected apes and ordinary humans, allowing the virus to jump hosts.

It doesn't have to be widespread. All it takes is one instance.

Current operating hypothesis is that it came from improper animal handling procedures resulting in blood-to-blood contact between SIV-infected apes and ordinary humans, allowing the virus to jump hosts.

Probably somebody cut themselves while butchering infected bush meat. Although, such accidents must have happened numerous times throughout history. Why is HIV only around now?

Comment: Re:No it will not. (Score 1) 375

by camperdave (#47730767) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
Obviously you mean the Thistle Dollars that were minted in the 16th and 17th century. But like you said, everyone uses dollars: The Canadians, the Australians, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, Belize, and a bunch of others. Why not do something different? Call them Crowns, or Nobles, or something. Or use a digital currency.

Comment: Maybe you have the wrong e-reader (Score 1) 105

by camperdave (#47716031) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily
Maybe you have the wrong e-reader. When you turn on the Kobo, the cover of the ebook is displayed for half a second before it switches to the last opened page. Also, the Kobo keeps track of which books you've read and how much of the book you've gone through.

The shortcomings with the Kobo are:
1 - No color.
2 - Books are hard to place into series order, and hard to arrange on bookshelves.
3 - Conversion from one format to another sometimes causes paragraphs to merge. This makes it hard to read.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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