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Comment: Re:vs. a Falcon 9 (Score 1) 61

by Bruce Perens (#49501071) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.

And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh. :-)

Comment: Re:convicted monopolist shuts down open source dep (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Has Microsoft ever offered any apologies for its past evils? If not, then why should anyone trust them now? If someone goes and trusts a company that has been well proven to be untrustworthy in the past, and another person avoids them awaiting evidence of remorse and reform, then which one is the idiot?

Comment: Re:You Can See (Score 1) 110

Microminiature accelerometers are really cheap and very very light, and you don't have to wait for them to spin up or deal with their mechanical issues. I doubt you will see a gyro used as a sensor any longer.

Similarly, computers make good active stabilization possible and steering your engine to stabilize is a lot lighter than having to add a big rotating mass.

Comment: Re:So in 300 years... (Score 1) 310

Being a brain in a jar is so much more convenient though. No more itchy spots between the shoulder blades that you can't reach, no need to interrupt your MMO raid to go poop, no more getting kicked in the nads, no need to worry about bad hair days. Just relax in the soothing warm gel.

Comment: Re:Not unexpected (Score 1) 166

by Darinbob (#49489245) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

I did a free weekend on it, but ultimately it did seem to get a bit old. It's designed for a cooperative team but I don't have many friends who play games (and even I'm not a big fan of shooters) and I definitely won't get a randomly picked team from online strangers who like to trash talk and teabag everything. On the other hand it didn't seem as lame as most generic shooters.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten