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Comment Struggling? (Score 1) 100

Wait, so a niche market with way too many players are struggling to turn over inventory when an 800 pound gorilla comes in and is having "their best week yet" (whatever that means)?

Let's see...
X total prospective buyers of smart watch thingys,
Y Apple Watch purchasers,
X - Y = ? leftover purchasers for everyone else.

3rd grade math story problems are hard, and definitely need Slashdot headlines.

Comment Re:With the Republicans in charge? Of course not. (Score 1) 261

Yeah, because the last 8 years of a Democrat president have done so much to help the little guy. You know, with the completely stagnant wage growth while the Dow is at an all-time high, and these nice unemployment numbers that look to be low, but the actual number of people in the labor force also being rather low.

It's great creating millions of new jobs, except for when people need two or three of them in order to get by.

Please understand that today's Democratic Party isn't all that different from the Republican Party. They both bow before the corporate overlord. We're just a bit more efficient now, because one of the corporate overlords took the middle man out and got elected President himself.

Comment Re:Glad (Score 1) 135

Even when Shuttle was flying, they weren't using it for resupply unless they were already going to the ISS for a crew transfer or delivering another module for construction.

Why spend $100M+ sending (and risking) Shuttle on the world's most extravagant DoorDash delivery, when a $40M rocket will do?

Comment Re:Hmmm.... (Score 1) 135

Performing a roll maneuver in powered flight before pitching over is stupidly easy to do in comparison to rebuilding your entire launch infrastructure, or having a massively complex mechanical rotating launch pad that will invariably have weight limits and breakdowns.

This is like the opposite of the NASA astronaut pen -vs- Soviet Pencil joke.

Comment Re:um (Score 4, Interesting) 135

Usually they don't wait for upper atmosphere for starting the gravity turn - Apollo started the roll and pitch program at 15 seconds into flight, having only cleared the tower 5 seconds before. For altitude reference, the Apollo 11 flight plan has them passing 14,000 feet at 51 seconds into flight.

But you are correct - orbit is mostly not about altitude, rather it's about going fast enough horizontally to continually fall back to Earth and miss.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1051

What slippery slope? Private organizations can do whatever they want with private assets as long as it doesn't run afoul of the civil rights act or other discrimination laws.

Ban someone because they are an asshole? Perfectly legal. Ban someone because they are [ $RACE | $SEX | $RELIGION ]? Federal civil suit.

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