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Comment South Park reference: Over Logging? (Score 1) 352

> Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night

In 1993 most people did not know what the internet was. Now one prominent search engine goes down for a few minutes, and it is considered news worthy.

Maybe people should learn from the experience and stop "over-logging on", because they may be unprepared as a result if the Internet is lost permanently. We need to stop browsing pointlessly, to only use it when truly necessary and to only view porn twice a day... max.

Comment Where is it practical? (Score 1) 127

But it does not allow rockets to reenter the Earth's atmosphere at orbital velocities, slow down, and land.

How about the Moon and Mars? It seems to me that the fuel capacity of Dragon isn't enough to do both lunar descent and ascent just on the Super Draco thrusters and the trunk's fuel capacity.

Comment What's really impressive (Score 2) 127

The impressive part is that they do it with an actual rocket that is 106 feet tall, and that they have launched it 7 times with 0 failures.

Using the same engine, rather than treating the engine as a disposable object that only performs one burn in its lifetime. Most rocket engines can't be throttled, can't be shut down and then restarted in flight or otherwise.

The tricky part is going to be for any stage to have enough delta-V to return to the pad after lifting a payload to orbit. Also, as far as I can tell, this takes a drag chute for lower stages, and a re-entry shield for upper ones.

Bruce

Comment Re:cloud OS ? (Score 1) 171

No, completely believable.

I am guessing you do not have a lot of experience with federal government IT?

I have several years of experience with federal government IT. This sort of thing is entirely normal. Federal IT projects tend to be crazy over-budget, and way behind schedule. Then the projects get canceled, and the process starts all over again.

Follow the money if you want to know what is going on.

Comment Obama's blatent protectionism (Score 5, Informative) 274

From PJ at Groklaw:

PJ: It's so obviously protectionism, it's hardly a surprise that it's upset people. Samsung was found by the ITC to have behaved in good faith, but Apple was ruled to have been guilty of "reverse hold up", meaning it didn't present itself as a willing licensee. If *that* isn't enough to justify an injunction, when everyone -- courts and regulators -- say it should be enough, what would be? And the reason given -- that they were worried about FRAND hold up -- is clearly not the real reason, since in this fact pattern, it was actually the opposite. So, it's a black mark on the US in Korea. If courts and regulators play favorites, based on a company's nation of origin, why wouldn't other countries do the same? And if you can't get a fair shake in the US, why would companies located elsewhere ever donate anything to a standard, knowing that they have no way to enforce their rights? Nokia has already said it won't be donating as it has in the past. Telling such companies that they are still free to enforce their rights in court is silly. It costs millions for a patent infringement lawsuit, for starters, while unwilling licensees like Apple free ride, and as we saw in the Apple v. Samsung litigation, fairness isn't at all what a foreign company can expect to receive in US courtrooms either. Apple is the biggest US taxpayer, and it paid off. That's about it. And it smells funny. Yes. I said it. This is about lobbying by Microsoft and Apple, here and in Europe and Australia and wherever they can. It has nothing to do with FRAND holdup. It's not even pretending to be about fairness. It's about money. Apple and Microsoft don't have a lot of FRAND patents. So they want to block competitors in the smartphone market from distribution with regular patents and design patents -- just wait to see what ITC does to Samsung next week, with the excuse that the patents are utility patents, not FRAND -- and then Samsung and others who developed this field are blocked from doing the same. Sound fair to you? I am a US citizen, and I'm ashamed of what has just happened.

Submission + - Asus kills its line of Windows RT tablets (computerworld.com)

walterbyrd writes: Asustek CEO Jerry Shen confirmed today that his company will no longer produce Windows RT tablets.

"It's not only our opinion; the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Shen told the Wall Street Journal Friday at a Taipei earnings conference.

Comment Elevation changes make hyperloop almost impossible (Score 3, Informative) 253

Among the many problems with hyperloop is elevation changes. If you're going even 1000 miles per hour, the minimum turning radius to stay less than half a g is 25 miles. There are 4000 ft mountains between LA and SF, and either you have to build a 80 mile long tunnel through them (pretty expensive) or build a viaduct that is 2000 ft high and 100 miles long. Going around the mountains might make more sense, but you're going to end up way out to sea.

Comment Why this does not make sense to me (Score 1) 684

Infosys is basically a staffing company, a "middle man" if you will.

If an American company wants to hire an American worker, why would that American company go through an Indian "middle man?"

Of course Infosys hires mostly Indian workers, American employers don't have to go through an Indian staffing company to hire an American.

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