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Comment: Re:ESPN delenda est (Score 1) 329

by godefroi (#49593083) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Of course. But if I'm going to use an antenna, then what the fuck would I be paying the cable company for?!

Indeed. I stopped paying them a couple years ago. Antenna for up-to-date local channels (where nearly everything I want to watch is), Netflix for the rest. HBO Now is tempting, though. I might look into it.

I can subscribe to a lot of VOD services, as well as buy many BD movies for the price I was paying for my television before.

Comment: Re:Hype pain (Score 2) 75

by godefroi (#49511503) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

Just so we're all on the same page here regarding numbers:

The SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) high presssure oxidizer turbopump produces 23,260 horsepower. The high pressure fuel turbopump produces 71,147 horsepower. That's just over 70 MEGAWATTS. There are also low-pressure turbopumps in play, and there were three of them per shuttle.

The Rocketdyne F-1 (Saturn V main engine) turbopump produced 41 megawatts. There were 5 in the first stage.

Still wonder why we don't use electric pumps?

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor