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Comment: Re:incredibly close to target is far from success (Score 1) 340

So, with your expert knowledge of the situation, how do you propose to make the thing hover when the TWR is 1.8 at minimum thrust?

Just curious.

The vertical speed was also planned. How do you propose to control the rocket's attitude with the fins when it's moving very slowly, since they rely on airspeed to function?

Let me guess, you just assumed that "hover slowly and touch down like a helicopter" was the desired descent profile without looking anything up?

Comment: Re:Larger landing area (Score 2) 340

That large explosion at the end of the longer video implies there was plenty of fuel left over.

You would assume that, yes. But a) that's mainly the fuel vapour in the near-empty main tanks, and b) the fuel the GP is talking about is the pressurisation of the hydraulic lines for the control systems that run the thrusters and fins, not the fuel that runs the rocket engine.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 0) 118

by jo_ham (#49480437) Attached to: Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Found In Windows HTTP Stack

What else did you want them to do to prove they were taking the exploit seriously?

Well I'm not writing a book for you, and someone else already covered an example.

Why don't you tell me the answer to your questions.

This isn't a test. What is this? High school?

The fact that you're being acutely defensive suggests to me that you just wanted to engage in some good old fashioned Microsoft bashing with nothing constructive to add in the safety of slashdot.

As far as how I would answer my own question, based on my original assertion that they have already taken it seriously; nothing.

However, since you suggested that they have not taken the exploit seriously enough, I wondered how exactly our positions differed (since I can't read your mind) and what exactly they would have to do so that you and I agreed that they were taking it seriously enough.

Remember, I already think they are taking it seriously enough based on the release of patches back to win 7 and a workaround given for non-patched machines, so my answer is "nothing", but that clearly can't be your answer because otherwise we'd agree.

Comment: Re:Can't wait! (Score 1) 118

by jo_ham (#49480363) Attached to: Jack Thompson Will Be Featured In BBC Film 'Grand Theft Auto'

Here's your obligatory: "Whoosh".

I'll explain the joke: people seem to get confused between Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton. (And apparently so did you; Paxton was NOT in Independence Day.)

The OP wrote Bill Paxton, and given the length of the post, I assume the mistake was intentional. The standard response is, of course, that "Bill Pullman was in Independence Day, not Bill Paxton". The poster you quoted then took the standard response and twisted it around by correctly naming an actor other than Pullman who was in Independence Day.

It's of course no longer funny since I had to explain it, but it seemed necessary.

I think you missed my continuation of the theme, or was it too subtle?

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 2, Insightful) 118

by jo_ham (#49478783) Attached to: Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Found In Windows HTTP Stack

I'm against "withholding details" if anything there should be an established web page that release the exploit as soon as it is found FORCING M$ and Apple to take it more seriously.

char request1[] = "GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: stuff\r\nRange: bytes=0-18446744073709551615\r\n\r\n";

How are they not taking it seriously? The summary mentions that patches are already available, plus a method to prevent the exploit occurring on a non-patched machine.

What else did you want them to do to prove they were taking the exploit seriously?

Comment: Re:Proposal: update the universal SPM constant. (Score 1) 289

by jo_ham (#49465139) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

I believe someone here proposed the same adjustment when the original iPhone launched.

Also when the iPad launched.

Strangely no adjustment when the Galaxy Gear launched, although I think they sold at least than 1 per minute, but you think they'd want to adjust it the other way too, eh?

Comment: Re:the superbowl of stupidity (Score 1) 289

by jo_ham (#49465111) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

You mean Android smart watches right?

There's a reason for that - the early ones were alpha-quality (especially Samsung's) since they rushed them to market long before they were ready in the wake of the continual "Apple is making a watch, any time now" rumours.

They're much better now - for example, the LG one doesn't cut off part of the screen and the Gear actually functions now.

Comment: Re:How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 1168

by jo_ham (#49374519) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Since everybody is required to do business to survive, you're effectively saying that nobody has rights. Where in the Constitution does it say that we lose them when engaging in business? I can accept that for corporations, who are making a bargain in exchange for limited liability, but not for partnerships and proprietorships.

Well Citizens United says that corporations are people, so really there's no distinction.

Either you agree with the civil rights act or you don't, but the fact remains that it is in place to ensure that the "every man is equal" part of the constitution is upheld, hence the inability of a business to turn away black people. What this bill seeks to do is ensure that if homosexuality becomes a protected class that business owners who are bigoted won't be sued.

Also, your first sentence is a huge, huge non-sequitur. There is no "requirement to do business" to survive - you can work for someone else if you want to, and even have your religious beliefs upheld (for example, if you work in a store you can ask to not handle pork as a Jew or a Muslim). The fact that you think that if a bill specifically designed to protect religious people's ability to discriminate is removed means that "none of us have freedom" is just laughable.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 193

by jo_ham (#49372939) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

Look, consumer electronics these days are for everyone (they're not like the Casio calculator watch from back in the day), so they need to look sexy and even a little bit "exclusive". Apple hasn't been "exclusive" for years now, and I suspect they want to take the idea back a little: being fashion-forward AND having something that not everyone else has yet.

Except...I've had a smart-watch for months. People notice and ask questions, but I've observed that the questions I get aren't from people who WANT one of their own, even the iPhone users (people still have phones that are glued to them anyway), they're just wondering why I have it in the first place. So Apple is probably limiting supply to increase perception of demand.

Or they're limiting supply because supply is limited, which has been known for some time.

Of course, the click bait summary doesn't think that's a sexy enough headline, so they're going with the "exclusivity" angle.

If you walk into the Apple store and want one, an employee will walk you through buying one online fem inside the store, because they won't have the stock on hand to just be able to give you one right there due to a) the tight supply of the watch itself (mainly down to the screen) and b) the large number of combinations of strap.

Until the demand settles out, you'll have to order one online, which is exactly what Apple are setting up for. Either ahead of time and then pick up in store, or if you just walk in, they'll do it for you right there.

However "Apple employees will order a watch for you online if you go to the store because they won't have lots of stock on hand" just doesn't get those ad impressions roiling.

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