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Comment Re:Congratulations to the SpaceX team! (Score 1) 373

Sorry - Nationalism VERY MUCH got us to the moon. The Nazi scientists may well have had their eyes on the stars, but their nationalist paymasters had their eyes on London with the goal of blowing it to hell. We got those same scientists working overtime to get us to the Moon because otherwise those pesky commies would be there first. Can you imagine the national angst if the red sickle and hammer were flying on the moon while our rockets were still blowing up left and right?

Comment Re:This is an irrelevant side conversation. (Score 1) 373

Nah - the V2 rocked for its time. The first powered flight was in 1903 and 40 years later you have an ICBM! Well at least if I means Intra instead of Inter, you weren't crossing an ocean with it. It actually could have been a decent weapon with more of them made earlier with defensible launch sites. Don't underestimate the terror factor of suddenly getting blown up with no warning.

Comment Re:ADS-B has zero security (Score 1) 96

Even better, I can make my plane NEVER violate any restricted area, speed restriction, crossing restriction, or anything else I don't want it to do. I can make it always be 500 feet left of where I really am. I can make it take off for LAX at 1500 knots if people complain about what I am doing. I can make myself the leader of a 500 plane formation that spells BITE ME.

Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 188

GENERAL Electric officially unveiled its prototype hybrid road switcher at Los Angeles Union Station on May 24, one of the first outings of a locomotive which GE says has taken five years and $250m to develop. Numbered 2010 to indicate the year when GE plans to roll out its first production hybrid loco, the 'Evolution Hybrid' looks and operates like a standard ES44 series loco but is equipped with on-board batteries to capture and store energy dissipated during dynamic braking. The stored energy is then at the disposal of the locomotive crew, and is able to provide an additional 2 000 hp for short periods before the batteries need recharging. GE estimates the stored energy should reduce fuel consumption and emissions by as much as 10% compared to the standard road switchers currently in production.

Comment Re:stop the handouts to the rich (Score 1) 444

I think you are talking "old money". I have old money relatives that look - on the surface - poorer than I am. I wouldn't be caught dead in one of their ratty old rustbucket Volvo 240s, but they have more money than God. The type I am talking about are engaged in an endless dick-waving contest and really need that extra $$ to be a little bit richer than their perceived competition. Think "Gordon Gecko" or the like.

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