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Comment Re:Am I reading this right? (Score 0) 79

They use the helium to pressurize the oxygen tank. In low gravity with no engines ignited, the liquid oxygen just sloshes around, floating everywhere. They need the liquid oxygen to be at the back of the tank in order to reignite the engine for later burns. Having the tank pressurized with helium pushes the liquid oxygen down to the back.

Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 1) 993

The problem with this is that in a lot of red/blue states, the third party candidate is getting a huge percentage of votes. Take Indiana: It typically votes Republican for president. And if you go by the current end result estimate, it'd vote for Trump. But Trump is only leading by 6%. Gary Johnson is getting 10% because there's a lot of "Never Trump" people. If those Never Trump people voted for Hilary instead, they'd actually accomplish their goal.

Submission + - Small asteroid burns up over Atlantic Ocean

The Bad Astronomer writes: On Feb. 6, an asteroid roughly 6 meters across burned up over the Atlantic Ocean, exploding like a 10 kiloton bomb. Although this was the largest event since the Chelyabinsk superbolide in 2013 (which injured 1000+ people), there were no witnesses. It happened 1000 km off the coast of Brazil, and was reported by the military, though it's unclear how they detected it.

Comment Re:And with laws like the DMCA you can be sued for (Score 4, Informative) 406

Here's law verbatim

(a)Offense.—Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section whoever—

  • (1) intentionally accesses without authorization a facility through which an electronic communication service is provided; or
  • (2) intentionally exceeds an authorization to access that facility;

and thereby obtains, alters, or prevents authorized access to a wire or electronic communication while it is in electronic storage in such system shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

In other words, if something is preventing you from accessing content, bypassing it is a violation. Blocking ads itself isn't a violation, but blocking something that hides content unless you turn off ad blocking is.

Comment Goal Post: Mysticism (Score 5, Insightful) 285

The machine's designers must not be able to explain how their original code led to this new program.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I have severe problem with this. This is like looking at obscurity and declaring it a soul. The measure of intelligence is that we can't understand it? Intelligence through obfuscation? There should be no way for a designer to not be able to figure out why their machine produced what it did given enough debugging.

Comment Re:We have an advertising bubble... (Score 1) 154

Sure give them that information. Then ask them this question: Would they rather see advertising and have that information tracked, or would they rather pay a monthly fee to use Google services? I have a feeling you'll be severely disappointed in the number of people who would rather have their information tracked.

Comment Re:every optical disk writes full disk in three mi (Score 1) 250

Just nitpicking, but the write speed of a dual-layer Blu-Ray disc is nearly 12 minutes at 16x. What I'm mainly worried about is that the spin rate of a plastic disc has a definite RPM speed limit. I think we've all seen the videos of what happens to discs that are spun too fast (and if you haven't, there's some neat videos of it on YouTube). Will these archival discs be made of a different core material to facilitate faster spin speeds?

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