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Comment: Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (Score 3, Interesting) 392

by camperdave (#46819413) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

If a model conflicts with observation, the model either must be dropped or modified.

That's a little too simplistic. Often, when a model conflicts with observation, the first thing that is questioned is the observation. Is the observation accurate? Is it repeatable? Is the observation made without observer bias (intentional or otherwise)?

Comment: Re:Terrorists, not tourists (Score 1) 223

If a 16-year-old can find a way to squeeze into that space, it wouldn't be too difficult to fit in a couple hundred pounds of explosives.

Would you even need that much? Some thermite wrapped around a critical linkage, and the best the plane can do is belly-flop onto the tarmac.

Comment: Re:why not just have a baby earlier? (Score 1) 328

Really, my college education was a waste.

Good luck affording a house for you and your children to live in without one. 30 years of dual incomes and financialisation have placed a home firmly outside the reach of most single income households, and at this stage quite a few double income households.

Make no mistake, no mistake whatsoever. These women are not pursuing abstract "careers". They are perusing the income and job-security needed to buy and live securely in a family home. And like the rest of us, they are losing.

This happened in Japan beginning in the 1980s. The birth rate there has plummeted. If you don't produce affordable, aspirational accommodation, people will not settle down.

Comment: Re:Frist pots (Score 1) 315

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#46802317) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

Your entire argument ignores the fact that the support of the Upper Middle class as a whole -- the entire top 10% -- is the most vital component of the general support for the top 0.1% and 0.01% of the population. Without the consent and indeed approval of the highest half quartile of the population, no regime will last very long. The present one retains this high support, and will do so until such time as the pension pots of the top 10% are raided wholesale, or wiped out by inflation.

Comment: Sunk Costs (Score 5, Interesting) 276

The additional $41,950 is allocated towards sunk costs including

  • - Cosmetic designs of a hand like-prosthetic to prevent adults staring uncomfortably and children exclaiming "cool"!
  • - Insurance/class action insurance for when the prosthetic ends up injuring/irritating one or more users or people, or things, or otherwise perishable or damageable entities the hand interacts with.
  • - Robustness to last through more than, say, 10,000 cycles before snapping into brittle plastic shards.
  • - Salaries and children's college funds for the scientists, designers, and MBAs running the prosthesis companies
  • - Salaries and children's college funds for the academic and medical researchers involved in prosthetic studies, both mechanical, psychological, and sociological

Meanwhile, the 3D prosthetic hand has only the following sunk costs to cover.

  • - ~$10,000 investment in quality 3D printer
  • - The time taken find and to add the most saccharinly kitch music to 3D printing application videos on Youtube.

It's important to remember to keep the background details out of perspective... or in perspective, depending on whichever context you'd prefer to hock.

Comment: Re:Merged back or fork? (Score 4, Informative) 372

by smash (#46798751) Attached to: OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week
Not necessarily. They are ripping out a lot of crap, much of which is portability done badly. The priority, it appears to is get back to a minimalist, secure code base, and then re-port it (to selected, actually used architectures, not big-endian x86 for example - which was some of the code removed) as time permits.

Comment: Re:mod parent up (Score 1) 125

It makes absolutely no economic sense to land on an oil rig. In fact, it makes no sense whatsoever. They cost half to three quarters of a million dollars a day to rent. Furthermore, an oil rig is covered with a giant drill tower, various cranes, housing and offices, drilling machinery and oil processing equipment, and so on. The only flat spot on an oil rig where you could possibly land would be the helipad, which is far too small and fragile for the stage to land on. You can't get rid of the cranes, because you need them to lower the stage onto whatever barge you're going to use to ferry the stage back to land.

On the other hand, there's lots of big empty swaths of land at Kennedy spaceport. There's lots of big empty swaths of land near the proposed Texas site. Just put down on a landing pad right at the spaceport.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 1) 125

"Recover" as in "fetch the debris from the sea", or "recover" as in "have it land nicely"?

That is "recover" as in "having it land in once piece so we can perform engineering analysis on what worked and didn't work in our engines" (from the perspective of SpaceX).

Perhaps in the near term, However, from the SpaceX perspective, "recover" means move it back to the launch pad, repack the chutes, reload the fuel tanks, throw another Dragon on top and launch it again.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 1) 125

"whether booster went horizontal was expected or not" ... the booster was never going to manage to stand on the water for any significant length of time...

It doesn't have to stand on the water to remain vertical. With 9 heavy engines on the bottom and big empty tanks on top, it could bob and float in the vertical position.

Comment: Re:not bad news for the rest of us (Score 1) 396

by camperdave (#46795945) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon
Less beer-brewing waste recycling means less efficient beer breweries, which means less beer breweries, which means less beer produced, which means less drunken brawls in washrooms, which means less broken sinks and urinals, which means less ceramics being thrown into the oceans, which means less acid being absorbed, which means less pH (more acidic) oceans.

The first version always gets thrown away.