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Comment Re: 'not the only possibility' (Score 2) 18

It would help to read the actual thread where the process of elimination took place rather than the NSF forum thread which was after it was already hashed out. The discussion also took place on IRC, but it also involved evidence that went well beyond just the photos, including automatically eliminating all launches from Vandenberg and then trying to perform some ocean current analysis to try and figure out how long it would take for ocean currents to push rocket debris from between Florida and Bermuda to make its way to the British Isles.

It is explosion debris.

No, it is not necessarily explosion debris. This particular section appears to be from the interstage section between the upper and lower stages of the Falcon 9, which is jettisoned and left to fall on its own to wherever it might land after the two stages separate. The lower stage breaks off first and then this part is an extra shroud used to make the area around the upper stage engine aerodynamically efficient when the lower stage is firing.

Another interstage section has been recovered earlier from yet another flight. The only thing really remarkable here is that it was covered in barnacles... something that even people who run ship across the Atlantic hardly find remarkable either other than it also indicates a bit of the length of time that it spent in the water.... that can also be used to help determine which flight this likely came from.

While it is I suppose possible that it was the CRS-7 flight and the explosion from that like you seem to indicate, there are many reasons to suggest this panel was not from that flight.


Why Car Salesmen Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars 470

HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel writes in the NYT that one big reason there are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road is that car dealers show little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars. Industry insiders say that electric vehicles do not offer dealers the same profits as gas-powered cars, they take more time to sell because of the explaining required, and electric vehicles may require less maintenance, undermining the biggest source of dealer profits — their service departments. Some electric car buyers have said they felt as if they were the ones doing the selling. Chelsea Dell made an appointment to test-drive a used Volt but when she arrived, she said, a salesman told her that the car hadn't been washed, and that he had instead readied a less expensive, gas-powered car. "I was ready to pull the trigger, and they were trying to muscle me into a Chevy Sonic," says Dell. "The thing I was baffled at was that the Volt was a lot more expensive." Marc Deutsch, Nissan's business development manager for electric vehicles says some salespeople just can't rationalize the time it takes to sell the cars. A salesperson "can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf," Deutsch says. "It's a lot of work for a little pay."

Jared Allen says that service is crucial to dealer profits and that dealers didn't want to push consumers into electric cars that might make them less inclined to return for service. Maybe that helps explains the experience of Robert Kast, who last year leased a Volkswagen e-Golf from a local dealer. He said the salesman offered him a $15-per-month maintenance package that included service for oil changes, belt repair and water pumps. "I said: 'You know it doesn't have any of those things,'" Mr. Kast recalled. He said the salesman excused himself to go confirm this with his manager. Of the whole experience, Mr. Kast, 61, said: "I knew a whole lot more about the car than anyone in the building." "Until selling a plug-in electric car is as quick and easy as selling any other vehicle that nets the dealer the same profit, many dealers will avoid them, for very logical and understandable reasons," says John Voelker. "That means that the appropriate question should be directed to makers of electric cars: What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

I won't argue that moc and the voodoo it does it's scary, but the thing is.. it works really damn well. By contrast the weird crap GTK does (with things like glade) is simpler but often causes problems that are a headache to sort out (at least for me).

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 391

And er... what exactly are they supposed to do *before* hand anyway ?
This is the free world - we aren't allowed to lock people up who haven't committed a crime. Sure conspiracy is a crime, but it's not an easy one to prove.

The truth is there is very little that free countries *can* do to prevent terrorism, which is why it's been a part of their history for the last 200 years. There is nothing new or special about current events. There has been some group or another bombing civilians in Europe or the USA every single decade since well before the US revolution.
This is just the latest in a long, long line and at no point in all that history has your risk of dying in such an attack *ever* been higher than about 1 millionth of your risk of dying because you slipped in the shower. Suicide is a much more likely way to die.

Actually in terms of ways to die... this is so far down the list that there is absolutely *no* sanity in being the least bit concerned about it. And everybody losing their minds over it is simply abundant proof that humans are absolutely terrible at risk assessment.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

Just a side consideration. If I open a lossless jpeg I had previously exported, and I don't add any layers - what can possibly be lost when saving it ? Anything lossless jpeg couldn't store could not have been there when I opened it in first place.

I could still have understood a "Set a lossy save flag and warn the user if there are changes the format cannot store" approach - but those are relatively rare actually. Like almost every photographer I start with raw format. I then do initial edits in a raw editor (this is basic postprocessing) long before gimp even gets involved. In gimp I do the advanced stuff that I need to get the shot I really want, and then save this in several formats. Usually in XCF - that is the "working copy" I will use if I ever want to make additional edits. But I also typically save in a low quality 800-res lossy jpeg which is for web-use and a high quality 300dpi lossless jpeg pre-sized to page sizes (never trust printer scaling) if I want to do a large print version.
If I am opening the large print version there is absolutely no way I'll be doing any edits that would use masks or layers - because for any such work you use the XCF. Changes to the print version will always be limited to minor tweaks (i.e. it wasn't sized quite the same aspect ratio as paper and I want to make a crop on the edge so I can get a perfect stretchless end-to-end fit on A3). These are not changes that introduce any data that could be lost when saving, indeed I definitely would NOT want those in the XCF - because I made a small crop for this print does not mean I want the image cropped for all time - I may well want the uncropped image for a different use in future).

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 2) 351

However if you go and introduce a change which fundamentally opposes 30 years of UI experience for *everybody* you need serious justification.
In basically every program ever written Save saves a file in the format it was opened in, save-as or export lets you change it.
Gnome goes and makes "save" replace the format with their own, and save as ALSO does that but lets you rename... so now you have ot learn to go File/Export even if you opened the file in the proper format in the first place.

Which is an idiotic design because people often have very good reasons for having a particular image in a particular format. If I am making a print-ready photograph it *has* to be in lossless jpeg, because that's the only format the printshops accept, if I open it ot make a tweak, I should NOT need to re-export it to save that tweak.

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

Trying to write anything using GTK after using Qt feels like going back in time. It's amazing that GTK is still around and so popular, it really is shit.

Dunno if I'd stretch it as far as you have, but definitely agree that as a toolkit Qt kicks GTK's ass and always has.

Comment Re:The real reason (Score 1) 424

Watching old interviews of Lucas is kinda depressing. The guy does have a talent. Maybe he's like Tarantino and needs people holding the leash and a limited budget for it to really work, but I do think a lot of the original trilogy was him. It's sad to see a guy go from being revered to being almost universally mocked.

"A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing."

He once said that! How does a guy go from that to a mind numbing scene that's basically 2 characters smashing light-sabers together on a CGI backdrop for like 20 minutes.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.