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Comment: Re:And still (Score 5, Interesting) 190

by mister_playboy (#49156497) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

Really, the only categorization issue that I'm adamant about is that Pluto-Charon is called a binary. The Pluto-Charon barycentre is not inside Pluto, therefore Charon is not rotating around Pluto, the two are corotating around a common point of space between them. That's a binary.

The barycenter of the Sun-Jupiter system lies at 1.068 solar radii, outside the Sun. Do you think they should be called a binary?

Comment: Re:the problem with stealth technology (Score 1) 279

Plenty of Iraq pilots got shot down by missiles far beyond the 100miles range without even ever noticing the F-15 or F-16 that shot the missiles.


The only operational US missile to have sort of range was the Phoenix, which was carried by neither the F-15 nor the F-16.

It was launched exactly twice in its service history on the F-14 with no hits scored.

Comment: Re:Cd of 0.36 in the 21st century??? (Score 1) 128

by mister_playboy (#48678087) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

2 factors come to mind:

Sports oriented vehicles often sacrifice Cd to obtain downforce, since top speed is not advertised as heavily or reached as easily in many modern designs.

Short body length vehicles have less space to adopt Cd optimized forms than longer vehicles. The larger Model S has a claimed 0.24 Cd.

The Almighty Buck

Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself 171

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-out-my-statue dept.
Rei writes Julian Assange, from his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, has recently taken to Twitter to try to raise nearly $200,000 for a life-size bronze statue of himself. The statue would have him standing front and center between Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (with Manning pictured as male); the art piece would be then shipped around the world on tour.

Comment: Re:the pirate bay is important (Score 1) 251

by mister_playboy (#48567825) Attached to: Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

The liberal Democrats of 2000 are not the liberal Democrats of 1940. Why didn't you call them neoliberals, you moron?

The fact that the core missions of Democrats and Republicans have varied wildly over the existence of both parties just shows how limiting and misleading the whole R/D /. debate is.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.