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Comment: Today's business class is the 70s' economy class (Score 5, Interesting) 818

Judging by images like these, today's business class is pretty much what economy class used to be in the 70s. Some argue that flying has become too cheap. I beg to disagree: flying in a humane manner has not become cheaper, it's just that you'd have to book business class nowadays.

Comment: Re:They used a vacuum, and a serious one at that. (Score 1) 201

by syukton (#47605409) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

I think this is an error in grammar.

I believe what they're saying there is that with a higher-power RF amplifier that is purpose-built to operate in a vacuum, they could test in even higher vacuum than they were able to during this test. The section is Summary and Forward Work and I don't think they're saying that they did not test in a vacuum, but that their ability to test in a vacuum was limited and could be improved in future work. 5x10^-6 torr is not quite "vacuum of outer space"; it's a high vacuum, but not quite interstellar-space vacuum.

Comment: They used a vacuum, and a serious one at that. (Score 5, Informative) 201

by syukton (#47587313) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

It's probably #2. The paper, as presented at the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, is available for purchase. I happened to have a spare $25 and a burning curiosity. The full paper isn't available on the NASA site, only the abstract can be gotten there for free. If you wanna read the details, you have to pay for 'em.

Anyhow, here's the relevant bit from the paper: "Two roughing pumps provide the vacuum required to lower the environment to approximately 10 Torr in less than 30 minutes. Then, two high-speed turbo pumps are used to complete the evacuation to 5x10E-6 Torr, which requires a few additional days. During this final evacuation, a large strip heater (mounted around most of the circumference of the cylindrical chamber) is used to heat the chamber interior sufficiently to emancipate volatile substances that typically coat the chamber interior walls whenever the chamber is at ambient pressure with the chamber door open. During test run data takes at vacuum, the turbo pumps continue to run to maintain the hard vacuum environment."

I'm not a physicist, but the paper is still an absolutely fascinating read, and contains a number of color photos of the test apparatus, the device itself, etc. The amount of detail they went into for the experiment is really impressive; seismically isolating the test chamber, using liquid metal (galinstan) electrical contacts to eliminate any forces due to a mechanical coupling to a wire, compensating for the magnetic field that is created by passing electricity through the device, and so on. This is NASA we're talking about here, the guys that do ROCKET SCIENCE. The idea that they wouldn't test this device in a vacuum is laughable.

Something spooky is going on inside this device, and I hope it doesn't take us too long to figure out what is really happening.

+ - Nominet destroying UK WHOIS privacy, wants ID

Submitted by ktetch-pirate
ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "Earlier this week, Nominet launched the .uk domain to great fanfare, but hidden in that activity has been Nominet's new policy of exposing personal domain owners home addresses. Justification is based on a site being judged 'commercial', which can mean anything from a few google ads, an Amazon widget, to an email subscription box or linking to too many commercial sites, according to Nominet reps. In the meantime though, they want your driving license or passport to ensure 'accuracy' because they 'want to make things safe'."

Comment: Canada following Australia (Score 4, Interesting) 417

by Neo-Rio-101 (#47176737) Attached to: Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Only recently in Australia did the government suggest that it was going to purchase the F-35 as well. This all became clear in the same budget that suggested raising the pension age to 70 and an increase in taxes, and prompted much outrage.

Despite the flaws in the F-35, this purchase seems to be more of a five-eyes strategic thing, than it is any burning need to buy these planes.

Comment: Re:MMORPG (Score 2) 382

by Neo-Rio-101 (#47176203) Attached to: High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

It already is.

The trouble is that you have to know the rules of the game and how it is played. It's this information that is the "keys to the kingdom" so to speak, and if you want to be let in on the rules of the game, you have to pay up to be let in the inner circle.
The game is hidden in plain sight in the financial charts, but unless you know what you're supposed to be looking for, and when you're supposed to be looking for it - you won't be able to play the game reliably -- and it will drain your money and eat you for breakfast.... sending you back into the workforce.

Of course, they don't teach it in school! (how else would you train people to be smart enough to do other menial work, and yet dumb enough not to know how they're being screwed over by the system?)

There are already metatrader 4 expert advisors out there which can bring in a 5% on deposit return per month SO LONG AS you aren't a US citizen.
Why? Because most of the retail robots are garbage, and the only ones that survive use all manner of hedging strategy --- which is banned in US spot trading retail.
Just do the math... 5% return on investment per month over a number of years will have you retiring within a decade.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.