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+ - Russian Proton-M Rocket Crashes Trying to Deliver Mexican Satellite->

Submitted by turp182
turp182 writes: From the article:
"A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite has malfunctioned and crashed in Siberia, Russia's space agency says. The Proton-M carrier rocket broke down minutes after it was launched from Kazakhstan on Saturday morning, the Roscosmos agency said. The cause of the accident is being investigated, Roscosmos added."

Vladimir Putin was informed shortly after, and I bet someone else in the US was also notified...

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Comment: Re:Agree (Score 2) 175

by turp182 (#49680341) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

Here's a guy (who I believe is available for hire) that does a bunch of 2D tutorials.


Website is crap design (seriously, you put the historical browsing tool 2-3 pages down on the page???) but the tutorials are good (I suck at graphics but am able to do some of the stuff he talks about).

Lately I've been loving the pixalized game Corporate Lifestyle Simulator (as well as FTL). But I like all types of games, Fallout 3 is probably my favorite of all time.

Comment: Re:Always have a redundancy (Score 1) 105

by turp182 (#49677153) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

This does not appear to be so. Dragon V2 is the manned version and isn't set for flight testing until late 2015, per Wikipedia (there is more info, and marketing, on Space X's website):


As well, for pure cargo missions maximizing cargo is the goal, especially for critical missions.

Comment: Re:My idea (Score 1) 83

by turp182 (#49668241) Attached to: The World's Most Dangerous Driving Simulator

Which states don't do driver's training in high school? I had to have a number of hours on the road, in the terrible, comical simulator, and class time (plus tests). If you missed a day you had to make it up.

And then I turned 16, and walked to the DMV and got a license with an awesome score of 666 (out of 672) on my driving exam. I got a terrible 240Z the next weekend, much fun was had.

Very much Iron Maiden was listened to in the car.

Comment: Re:Cost of solar (Score 1) 176

Off topic, but I love your current sig.

Orwell presented a situation where the populace knew they were being monitored. Snowden showed that we were being monitored, but without our knowledge or consent. There is a massive gap between the two, represented by the population's awareness (and possibly acceptance, unfortunately).

Anyway, very insightful.

Comment: Re:So far so good. (Score 1) 211

by turp182 (#49589907) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

The structures are fine, it's just that turnover at the higher level is low.

There are usually as many manager as lead level developers in IT (at least there should be, where lead is the technical equivalent of director). The leads manage specific development activities (and should not be micro-managed). And if the manager/director and the lead(s) are competent (or in with upper management, or good at manipulation, I've seen it all), no one else can move up.

So, the senior developers will probably leave, after a few years, to seek increased salary or a lead position elsewhere.

In order to retain knowledge (this is very, very important), the leads should be carefully selected and compensated well. Then, turnover at the junior and senior level isn't that painful. Promote internal staff to leads, they will have the institutional knowledge that needs to be retained.

Comment: Go Space-X (Score 2) 108

by turp182 (#49580925) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

Since all that was lost was supplies (while critical, there are future shipments and I'm sure they have emergency procedures to send up supplies if needed), it's not crass to say "Go Space-X".

There are multiple players in the game of space, and Space-X is the one I root for, they get me excited and are very ambitious.

I watched a few space shuttle launches live while telecommuting, and watching Space-X attempt a rocket recovery is just as exciting. Maybe even more so since it is something that has never been tried. They didn't fail by much last time, and there were explosions!!!

Anyway, I wish the crew of the ISS health and no need for good luck (planning, prep, and execution, but please no need for luck).

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins