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Comment: Re:The 1st version of Windows was a toy, (Score 1) 276

by tibit (#49620287) Attached to: Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations

Can confirm. Used Ventura Publisher a lot back in the day. IIRC, it took a day to pre-render a full set of outline fonts, and you had to have an empty hard drive for it... It worked great, though! I also vividly remember running Ami Pro with its bundled Windows 2, and then Win 2 Corel on Win 3.0 :)

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 276

by tibit (#49620257) Attached to: Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations

I don't even know what kind of activations those would be. XP can be preactivated by installing proper keys that match the OEM BIOS, no need for any special disks. Windows 7 can use either that or the loader. So for XP and 7, you don't need to activate anything. For Windows 8, IIRC there's no way to do an illegal activation on unmodified software anyway, and with the key in the BIOS, you don't need to do anything special and the proper key is there already - so the activations are legit. Someone must have been really incompetent, I think...

Comment: Re:No guilt for you (Score 1) 276

Protest is a big part of the american process for effective legal change.

Sure. It's can still be bullshit, though, and it is in this case. I see some parallels between this and the Kurdish cries for their own country. If either got what they wished for, they'd be royally screwed.

Comment: Re:Does not look close at all... (Score 1) 342

The rocket didn't come in unstable, it was pretty much following the barge avoidance reversion trajectory. The thrust output was unstable, but given that the trajectory was quite spectacular. Remember that for the rocket to end where you want it to be, you need to precompensate by turning the whole body sideways, so that you'll have countertorque for sideways thrust when retargeting to the barge. That seemingly large and "weird" excursion was completely normal. Try it out in KSP if you must, and remember never to throttle down beyond TWR=2.2.

Comment: Re:Not 'close' (Score 1) 342

Sorry, they met #1 and #2. The vertical velocity at contact with the barge was as close to zero as anyone could wish for. That's the only one that matters, given that it's a system with thrust-to-weight ratio > 1. The on-contact vertical velocity was lower than the vertical velocity on 95% of commercial transport airplane landings when the wheels touch the pavement. You'd be really surprised at how good this landing otherwise was, given the just-about-oscillating thrust controller issue that they had.

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