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Comment: Re:$25 Million? (Score 1) 56

by dotancohen (#48628597) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

"We have absolutely no idea how accurate that figure is."

Haha, kind of like how NASA threw out that "$500 Million" per launch number for SLS. I think even the best case scenarios put the program cost at over $40 Billion just to get the first 4 or so vehicles off the ground.

And considering that they only have 25 SSMEs, the SLS won't see much more than those 4 flights anyway.

Comment: I've got one of those. (Score 1) 110

I've got a Dell X51V from that era. The only thing that I've though about doing with it is using it as a touchscreen for a Raspberry Pie. You could probably write an HTML frontend to cmus or some other useful application. You would then just access the Pie using the device's built-in web browser (garbage) or Opera Mini 2.x (I still have a copy). This is easiest if the device supports wifi (like my Dell) and has a cradle to hold it while it is connected to power (like my Dell).

Comment: Re:Have Both (Score 1) 567

by dotancohen (#48573953) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Same here. At first I was worried that the font subhinting would be confused due to it going from RGB left-to-right to RGB up-to-down. However, at least with Kubuntu Linux, there is absolutely no problem: subhinting works so well that I cannot tell the difference between the test on the vertical monitor from the text on the horizontal monitor.

Comment: Re:Missing info (Score 1) 84

by dotancohen (#48539217) Attached to: US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

I have a few good reasons for visiting my bank via Tor,

Such as? I'm genuinely curious why you would need anonymity to connect to a bank, whereupon you would immediately log into an account that has your name, address, phone number, and probably even your SSN and a copy of your signature on file.

You are correct in asserting that the bank will know it's me. But nobody else needs to know that I've visited my bank. My ISP, government, and neighbours on wifi don't need to even know that I have a bank account.

Comment: Re:Just stars or whole solar systems? (Score 1) 184

I think that you are right. A system moving close to C will be as stable as a system stationary relative to the distant background. However, the interaction which causes such a system to accelerate to C would destroy most fragile structures, likely including most planetary orbits.

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"