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Comment: Re:Flagrantly anti-consumer (Score 1) 225 225

by oobayly (#50017647) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

Guess what, licensed taxi drivers do that too:

Then there was the case in Dublin where a woman was dropped of by a taxi driver (after first dropping of the guy she was with), driving around the block and raping her. It turned out the taxi was sublet by the plate owner.

+ - Creating bacterial 'fight clubs' to discover new drugs->

Submitted by Science_afficionado
Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties.
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Comment: Re:Don't rule out sabotage (Score 1) 297 297

by oobayly (#50010529) Attached to: A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension

Saying that this launch failure has certainly put a crimp in SpaceX's plans to nuzzle up to the DoD/NSA funding teat.

Probably, but it shouldn't - it's not like ULA have had a perfect record*

* Actually, I looked that their success rate for Delta II, Delta IV, Delta IV Heavy & Atlas V and they're all pretty damn good. Lockheed and Boeing have been in the game since the start however, and they also know how to charge for their services.

Comment: Re:Nice defense of Musk but wrong... (Score 1) 297 297

by oobayly (#50010473) Attached to: A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension

Railgun - payload has to survive the stupendous acceleration - General Atomics Blitzer for example *only* reaches Mach 5 (22% of LEO speed) but experiences 60,000g.
Skylon - great on paper. It's British so I'd like it succeed, but I'm not holding my breath.
VentureStar - never made it off the paper, and it's been cancelled.

SpaceX's launch system isn't revolutionary, however it's recovery system is. People have talked about it for decades, but nobody else has even tried it (no the Delta Clipper doesn't count - it's record flight was 142 seconds up to 3,140m). Airbus & ULA have their powerpoint concepts - nothing else.

Comment: Re:List of lost Cargo (Score 3, Interesting) 297 297

by oobayly (#50007257) Attached to: A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension

I was thinking on starting off a conspiracy theory about a shady group sabotaging the ISS resupply missions. Alas I don't really have the imagination to come up with a suitably ridiculous hypothesis.

According to this list they're going backwards:
* The first 51 missions were successful - Progress M
* The following 25 missions succeeded - Cygnus
* The next 4 missions were successful, followed by two successive failures (Progress M & Falcon 9)

On a serious note - the NASA press conference mentioned that the Progress M 3rd stage has been reverted to an older configuration, so the failures we're seeing are possibly due to multiple launch systems being continuously developed.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 296 296

I don't think the gp has seen the conditions those astronomers have to work in - it can be bloody cold and the lack of oxygen at those altitudes (Chile anyway) can be downright dangerous as it can impair your mind.

If there was a conspiracy surely they'd be building telescopes by at sea level close to bars and strip clubs.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 296 296

As an atheist I would prefer to see the advancement of mankind. As a Christian, my father sees graves as a mere shell - it slightly surprised me when he told me th that, but in hindsight I shouldn't have been.

The concept of sacred ground is simply something I don't understand.

The rate at which a disease spreads through a corn field is a precise measurement of the speed of blight.