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Comment Re:Strange definition of success (Score 3, Insightful) 213

You may not have been following what SpaceX is trying to do an the methodology to get there. The mission is to resupply the ISS, which looks to be a 100% success for the fifth time, pending a safe docking on Monday. They also have returned a payload of cargo to return to Earth safely four times. The Progress Raduga capsule can only return 150 kg of cargo, where Dragon can return 2500 kg, pressurized. They are doing all of this at a much lower cost than the competition. This is the mission and they have been 100% successful with Falcon 9 v1.1 every time.

They have a long-term goal of full reusability for their spacecraft, starting with the most expensive part of the launch, the first stage booster. Because every other launch in the history of rocketry has involved the destruction of the first stage, they build the cost of losing the first stage into the total launch cost. (The space shuttle's boosters parachuted back to Earth, but were not reusable - just parts of them, and only after a great deal of costly refurbishment.) Each attempt to land the booster is an experiment at this point, which has the benefit of being a freebee, as the booster has already been paid for. Attempt one spun out of control, but they got good data, understood the problem and adjusted. Attempts two and three had the booster vertical and hovering over the ocean. This was 100% success, as there was no more optimal outcome for the experiment. However, the landing point was not a precision target, but a 10 sq km range. On today's first attempt to land on a solid surface, they had to land with extreme precision, which they did successfully, but came down too hard. These are experiments, so each step forward, as long as the failures produce actionable data, can be deemed a success.

Comment Re:The Sugary Slope (Score 1, Troll) 532

Were we better off by not heavily taxing cigarettes, putting warning labels on cartons, and banning smoking in public places? How many children have living parents because of that? And yes, the analogy does hold. Nobody should be drinking 20oz. sodas. It's obscene and has become the norm. We are all paying for the dialysis via higher insurance premiums so it's a case where the government should have a mandate to act for the public good.


The Space Elevator Will Mean: Less Parking, Weird Ribbon Thing, Constant Loud Whirring Noise, Increased Space Elevator Truck Traffic. Developers have submitted plans to build a massive space elevator in Williamsburg! This monstrosity, completely out of context with existing development in the neighborhood, will be accessible only to the wealthy, forcing thousands of average Williamsburgers from their homes and live-work spaces! Jobs the elevator will generate (operators, repairmen, astronauts) are certain to go to non-residents! Don't sit idly by and let this elevator cast its impossibly long, cold, and very narrow shadow over our homes! CALL 311 AND TELL THEM 'I JUST DON'T NEED THIS SPACE ELEVATOR!'"

Comment Before work (Score 1) 372

Get up early three times a week and gym, bike, or run. It's difficult to be consistent going to the gym after work, since you may be drained or want to spend time with friends or family. Working out early also energizes you for the day, one you are a bit in shape (just a few weeks to adjust). Also, your workout doesn't need to be more than 30-45 minutes, but you should work out with some intensity, once you have worried up to being able to do so.

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