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+ - Cygnus ISS Resupply Vehicle Explodes on Lift Off

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Several seconds after lifting off on schedule at 6:22PM, and clearing its tower, the Cygnus Antares rocket slipped back, crashing into the launch facility and exploding. A large fireball consumed the vehicle and caused apparently significant damage to the facility."

Comment: Re:Low hanging fruit (Score 1) 174

by realilskater (#48059683) Attached to: A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Fire trucks also have several power take-off accessories like water pumps that may run for hours fighting a large fire. In the context of this article if the turbine generator can supply power for all the accessories for an extended period of time then you should be OK. But that is definitely not going to make the cost of the truck cheaper.

Comment: Re:Next target, please (Score 1) 626

by realilskater (#47052497) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

You example could be an unfortunate result of a technology grant. The school get a nice technology grant and they can't spend it on books even if it would be a better use of the money.

In governments and large corporations buckets of money often come with strings attached limiting the end use. In government, departments will fight for part of the capitol budget or even worse frivolously spend surplus because once the capitol sees a department has surplus it will be reallocated to another department never to be seen again.

The whole economic theory used for balancing government budgets is ridiculous. Spend at a deficit for years because the economic theory says the economy will swing back up and the budget will be in surplus and balance it all out.

Comment: Re: Please.... (Score 1) 321

by realilskater (#46475809) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Really the gatekeepers shouldn't be the ones being sued. The applications in question often are set up to prey on children. Why on earth would you charge $50 or more for a stack of bobbles? In most cases the kid doesn't realize that they are spending real money. They are just pushing buttons to move along in the game. The endless stream of popups with a nearly invisible close button asking if you want to buy a stack of bobbles doesn't help the situation at all.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas