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Comment Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 181

Google got a lot of their libs from Apache, and Apache had lots of contributions from other commercial entities (IBM, Intel, BEA, etc.). They built on top of an existing Apache licensed codebase for their Apache licensed virtual machine runtime which is the explicit benefit of using free software. Oracle is trolling the Java community because either Larry needs a new yacht, or they're just compulsive douchebags.

Comment Re:Commodore Amiga or Commodore PC? (Score 1, Informative) 456

The alternative to using the term "PC" to describe IBM PCs and their descendants is to use some horribly convoluted terminology, along the lines of "Oh no, this isn't a Mac, this is a computer that implements standards comprising a descendant of the IBM PC architecture..

IBM PC compatible or IBM PC clone is what your looking for.

Comment Re:One Problem (Score 1) 108

With Mali, Adreno, and Vivante there are viable or near viable options for open drivers. Despite having good development platforms (BeagleBone, Intel Atom boards) and a lot more lead time, OSS drivers for PowerVR are way behind. This lends credence to Wladimir from the Etnaviv (Vivante driver) project calling PowerVR's architecture a "tower of shit".

Comment Re:Nuclear Shaped Charge (Score 1) 150

Impulse is provided by soft X-ray ablation. X-ray production and dispersal can be tuned by:

X-ray window on the radiation case
The majority of the radiation case is lined with standard X-ray reflector material. An area of the radiation case is more X-ray transparent, giving some directionality to X-ray radiation previous to explosive dissassembly of the device.

X-ray lasing medium
Lasing rods are installed on the device to selectively produce X-ray photons when energized by a nuclear detonation, again previous to explosive dissassembly. See Project Excalibur.

Comment Re:More opportunities for amateur observation. (Score 1) 48

If you read any of john leers stuff or any of the other "secret space program" people some of it actually sounds sort of credible considering the amount of missing cash (in the trillions) given to supposed black budgets..... really need to take all that stuff with the grain of salt though, but still pretty interesting. Leer did seem to tell stories of a folding feather craft design well before virgin began development of their tourist model (with a few photos on his wall that look strangely similar to virgins craft, but this was from the late 80s).

Also the abrupt closing of the vandenberg USAF shuttle launch site seemed to suggest they had some other alternate means of getting up there. The rabbit hole goes pretty deep on this stuff though (and so does the tin foil hatage).....

They made something else for getting up there. It was called Titan IV.

Comment Re:The Russians poisoned the well (Score 1) 152

I'm personally against any missile defense program that doesn't operate by overwhelming international agreement. Russia should have been brought on board as a partner, as everyone else should have. If I recall correctly, they offered the use the Qabala radar in Azerbaijan. Having said that, the performance capabilities of the intercepters deployed in eastern Europe preclude interception of strategic weapons. If Russia's complaint is that they can't target Poland with IRBMs anymore, I don't have a lot of sympathy for their position. Being on the stick end of nuclear blackmail is the worst form of bullying. They know it from experience.

That's the fundamental problem here. Proprietary meddling by great powers has always ended up stomping on the small players whether it be in Central and South America, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe. This sets those weaker countries on the path of looking for a means of answering back. The legacy of these heavy handed policies pushed Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Balkan states into NATO's arms, just as similarly insidious policy from the US has created strong (sometimes violent) sentiment in various parts of the world.

The ideal for long term stability and security is to see all nations in the world equally held to account for the damage they do by their choices on the international stage.

Comment Re:seems a bit shy... (Score 1) 91

You gain 100% flexibility in orbital plain. No launch restrictions because your launch point is completely flexible. This is a common feature with SeaLaunch. It would actually be very cool if SpaceX used a similar mobile launch platform for Falcon 9 as an additional facility. Certainly, reliability would likely be much better than Zenit.

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