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Comment: This is a very international effort: Nope (Score 1) 47

It's barely more an international effort than when the US launches a US built sat from the Cape on an Atlas V (using Russian RD180s): French Guyana is as much of France as Hawaii is of the US so both the sats & the launch location are French.

But this is a post from Timothy so we all know that accuracy and absence of bias in the extract are too much to expect...

Comment: Re:Another materials article (Score 1) 33

by phayes (#47382249) Attached to: Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

Your blanket statement "The hard part is always inventing the building blocks" is clearly false as often the hardest part is in the choice & integration of the building blocks. The F35 is a shining example where just about every building block has been available for a decade (or even many multiples of same), yet it is the integration and fine tuning that are the hardest parts. Many, many other examples come to mind: Nuclear fusion power plants, carrier aviation, large federal IT projects, etc.

Sometimes & in some domains, inventing the building blocks is the hardest part.

Comment: Re:"Costing"? (Score 2) 179

by phayes (#47242767) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

No, it would cost ULA money as their contract states that the launches will be performed on Atlas or Delta but Atlas (with the outsourced russian engines) costs less.

ULA could launch on Delta (reserving the launches that NEED to be on Atlas for that launcher) but ULA would have to eat the difference. Very unpalatable for ULA that...

Comment: Re:So, how far was it in relative terms? (Score 1) 29

So, without the numbers I gave you were able to tell that the asteroid was imaged at just over three times the distance the moon you look up to in the sky is? Well, no because you certainly didn't know that because the people who do don't use the distance they have traveled on earth as a reference.

Did the raw number give you enough information to know how far into the earth's gravity well it was? Or even whether it had entered it? Nope, you didn't know that either.

Oh, but 776 times 1000 times 63360 inches, oh THAT has meaning to you...

Comment: So, how far was it in relative terms? (Score 4, Informative) 29

Giving the 776,000 miles number is of little value for most people. Comparing it to 1 Astronomical Unit (the average distance Earth-Sun = 92,955,807.3 miles) or the distance between the Earth & the moon (238,857 miles) makes it much more understandable.

Given that these infos are informative & not biased, I can see how Timothy didn't think to add them to the summary.

Comment: Re:Fine ... (Score 1) 245

by phayes (#47205059) Attached to: NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Again Timothy with the biased & false click-bait summary...

Courts do not issue impossible to obey orders. The NSA sifts through massive amounts of data & deletes almost all of it after a period of time. Forcing the NSA to no longer delete the data as the court initially ordered implies the immediate shutdown of the data collection program. While that may be the desired outcome of some here, it is NOT what the judge intended. He intended only to force the NSA to preserve what data it could. When the NSA explained that preserving the scope of data requested data without shutting down the data program or spending hundreds of millions to the judge he rescinded his original order.

Thus Timothy's "Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law" is false and misleading

Comment: Re:Because... (Score 1) 325

by phayes (#47185467) Attached to: Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

Interesting. Which europeans have you met who are interested in Military History?

I'm a minor military history buff living in Paris for close to 30 years & in all that time, excluding a few armed forces members, only a handful of brits were interested in the field. It's true that I live in a country where the press & polar culture are generally left wing anti-military & consider the study of history through a military focus to be akin to studying nazism, but whether they were French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Spanish or Italian, not a single person could tell you more about Sherman than that a tank was named after him or that General Lee had an orange car with a flag on top named after him in a movie.

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