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Comment Re:I wonder if Trump's gonna repeal it (Score 2) 90

Considering the unanimous passing in the Senate, he'd have to do it by executive order as he'd need a majority in the House and the Senate to pass a repeal bill otherwise. Even then there's enough support around for Congress to pass it again and override a veto attempt.

Comment Re:Elon Musk (Score 0) 283

Well-off in South Africa in the 1980s was probably close to $40000 a year gross salary, I doubt he had the million dollars given to him to start off like Trump was.

And he moved to Canada with his mother just after finishing high school in 1989. Back then foreign exchange controls stopped you from taking more than $15000 with you when you left. If you had that.

He certainly weren't no Arjen Rudd or Pieter Vorstedt. I would grant that those were rather accurate representations of our politicians at the time, just not the rest of us.

Comment Re:This is BIG news - If you want to know more.. (Score 4, Informative) 477

Besides your exclusion of relativistic mass increases, you are also assuming that more power isn't required as the drive accelerates. Marketing claims aside, nothing in the static testing so far indicates that, it will only show up when the drive actually continually accelerates something in a test. Acceleration without expelled reaction mass doesn't equal a violation of E=MC^2, it just means the opposite force is coming from something that isn't being expelled by the drive. What it is, is unknown now, but my guess will turn out to be something already predicted by physics.

With F=MA and E=MC^2, no matter what the source of the acceleration force, the accelerated object will start experiencing mass increasing effects and we will have to increase the thrust to maintain the same acceleration, requiring an increase in energy fed into the drive. The EM drive clearly shows a direct correlation between power input and thrust.

If your argument was valid physics, it would apply to all lower power drives including ion thrusters capable of long term acceleration. Hell, the drives on Dawn generate 80 times the thrust force for 10 times the energy of the EM drive. If anything this thing is more inefficient than the NSTAR drives.

Comment Concurrent users vs installations (Score 2) 170

Part of the user discussion on the article is about whether the licenses are for concurrent users or installations.

Now the software uses a central Flexnet licensing server and that supports a license pool and concurrent users. It depends on the terms of the license, but if the Flexnet allows an instance to start, then by my definition, that instance is licensed.

Comment Re:Eliminate the time delay? (Score 3, Insightful) 46

At the moment the spacecraft need data fed to them from Earth about their position and that takes time because of the speed of light.

With this system, the spacecraft itself can calculate its position using the pulsars as if they were GPS satellites. So no delay caused by the comms to and from Earth.

Comment Re:Comey (Score 1) 733

It would have been a lot neater to achieve that goal by informing Congress that the FBI had discovered the email cache, checked it and found nothing to affect the conclusion in a SINGLE message. The way he did is had a measurable impact on the polls in the wrong direction if it was a conspiracy to make her look good.

Any uptick in polling between now and the election because of this update will be way less than the downtick already experienced in the 7 days.

And will be totally meaningless as we all know election polls to be.

Comment Re:Finally, ladies and gents, we've definitive pro (Score 2) 117

Slashdot isn't suggesting installing it, it is publishing a news article bringing said software to our attention so when the boss asks for Atlas Cloud to be installed everywhere next week, you can immediately tell him he's a moron instead of you having to go out, research it and then come back to tell him he's a moron.

Explanation of why he's a moron is optional.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 1028

It might also be the behavior of a leadership trying to distract its citizens from realizing there are severe internal economic problems by pointing at the nasty, evil outside world threatening their way of life, and the leaders need to do things to stop the threat.

Hmm, now where have I heard that before....

Comment Re:But what is a lie? (Score 1) 187

To be honest, when I'm asked to summarise, e.g. in meetings, I struggle immensely because I don't see that you can sum up anything that easily without just providing opinion rather than fact. "So what's best, X or Y?" "Well...". I can give an impartial, fact-based, long answer. But if you want one or the other it will be opinion unless the answer is blindingly obvious. And your opinion may differ.

The thing is that the simple answer is fact, not opinion, as well. If someone wants a short answer and only a short answer, then they are implicitly trusting that you are aware of the detailed facts and are trusting you to make the decision for them. And that you can back up that decision if needed. Sometimes they will disagree with you and that's when the why? comes next, but if they agree with you, a lot of time has been saved not going over the details.

As to trusting opinions, if I've been working with you for a while, I am already aware of your knowledge and understanding and have decided to trust you if the question falls into the scope of awareness. Unless proven otherwise, your knowledge has been proved to me already and I don't need to be convinced any further.

It's an odd thing in human communication, and those people that are on the autistic spectrum can find it hard to understand, but most people are good at working with summaries and partial knowledge updates. If fact A, B and D haven't changed, then you only need the changes to C to catch up to the current state.

Think of it like a diff patch rather than getting the whole source file again when you already have most of it.

Take it this way in future, if they only want a yes/no answer and they accept it from you, they TRUST you and RESPECT your decision and knowledge. It's a good thing.

Comment R&D versus production (Score 3, Insightful) 114

In before someone comments that they can't do R&D while simultaneously sorting out the recent problems with the Falcon 9.

People can multitask, companies even more so. If they were still blowing up every vehicle on the pad, then maybe they'd have a point, but their systems are certainly working better than other programs at their stage of evolution.

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