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Comment Beautiful by the numbers launch / deploy / landing (Score 4, Interesting) 103

What that said the launch was by the numbers and was awesome. I've got friends in FL who heard the sonic boom of the first stage reentering.

Since they were only boosting Dragon to LEO they didn't have to deploy the drone ship. I watched it online last night. I did notice the feed started with only a few minutes before launch which saddened me because I like to listen in on the launch coordinator loop while they're going through all the preflight checks.

Hopefully SpaceX will expose the audio feed so those of us who are nerds about this can listen in for the whole thing.

Comment I agree with Linus. (Score 2) 523

Poorly created comments are the work of the devil, plan and simple. Imagine working on a piece of software after it's been in active development for 10 years.
Some libraries just work and nobody's even looked at the code for 1/2 a decade. Shitty comments will kill you, or worse others...

Linus can be a needlessly pretentious ass about things, but I agree with him on this one.

Comment Re:Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly = Leadership (Score 1) 130

I think the term RUD is an old school engineering/rocketeering term. It's actually the complete opposite of a corporate-speak term imaginable.

Now if Musk had said: "Upon reentry the first stage suffered a propulsion anomaly that cased a loss of the vehicle." and then dropped the mike and walked off stage... that would be corporate speak.

I want more of these. I want them to understand every shortcoming of their system possible. Every failure means they (hopefully) make it more reliable.

Comment Re:How Is This a Surprise? (Score 1) 228

Do understand that a while ago Telsa said publically that they were opening all the Telsa patents for the super charging stuff and that they wouldn't be defending those patents.

Sounds like a business opportunity to me! In the next ~5 years, tens of thousands of cars that need charging infrastructure are going to be hitting the road. I couldn't sell infinite space heaters to Eskimos and even I see this as obvious. Which means either I suck at stuff like this and there's something really obvious about the economics I'm missing or there's plans for this.

Either way though, supply and demand dictates someone will see a need and fill it, with electrons.

Comment Re: Really? (Score 2) 306

The next question is what are you going to building in these industrial zones in space? Let's imagine for a moment that you decided that making CPUs was just too dirty for Earth and you were going to instead build a chip fab in space.

The first question is, are you going to use existing fab technology or invent zero-g chip fab tech?

Let's imagine you go the latter route first... That's going to be a huge chunk of change... And we haven't even started to talk about the facility in space you're going to be using this fab in... Which logically means unless you're up for lots and lots of F9 and BO launches, you're backing on serious LEO heavy lift capability coming online that's not 400M per launch...

I'm not saying you can't do it... I'm just saying... you're liking starting to talk some number of billions of dollars and you haven't even got a CPU to earth yet.

Though with that all said, I've always mused that at some point we're going to run out of aritable land and our only option is going to be to start building O'Neil cylinders and growing food in space.

That's something that once you got the structure built, and you've figured out the plan/grow/harvest cycles such that different chunks of the cylinder were always in some phase you'd be shipping food back to Earth in very regular intervals.

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