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Comment Re:The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 5, Insightful) 201

Space-X is about optimization for launch systems, not optimization of a rocket. That's why they are so focused on reuse. It's the best way to bring down system costs in the long run.

For example, the Saturn V used two different kinds of fuel: LOX with RP-1 and liquid hydrogen. This optimized performance for the 1st stage booster vs the upper stages. This increased the cost and complexity of the ground support. SpaceX uses only one kind of fuel for all stages. This reduces complexity and cost.

If you build a booster stage that is robust enough to return with only aerobreaking, it is going to weigh more and be more complex. You pay for that extra weight for every launch. Note that some of the structure is only used for re-entry and is dead weight on the way up. Breaking with the engines means they are used both on the way up and the way down.

As Musk points out in his presentation, fuel is the cheapest component of the launch system. Therefor it makes economic sense to use more fuel to land the launch stages, which are the expensive components.

The people at SpaceX are not dumb. They came up with a different solution because they framed the problem differently. Rockets are hard, and there is not a single best way to build them. There are a lot of projects that use vertical powered landing: McDonald-Douglas DC-X and Blue Origin New Shepard are examples and NASA funded various prototypes. Aerobreaking is not the only reasonable option.

Comment Re:Ehical Stockholders (Score 5, Insightful) 58

No they don't. One of the biggest drains on retirement savings for 401k plans is the fees charged by Wall Street. Given the end of defined benefit pensions, and the general under funding of pensions by government and business, the only hope most people have is their Wall Street based savings and home ownership, if they have not already been locked out of the housing market.

Wall Street is a rigged game: heads the insiders win, tails everyone else in the entire world looses. Remember 2008? Wall Street has ended up way ahead, and the rest of the economy is just now beginning to recover. Home owners who were victimized got squat and the bankers were bailed out. That bailout is still going on. It's called a zero interest prime lending rate. A blind poodle with diabetes can make a profit with a zero interest rate. Wall Street love the current setup. Free Money!!!

Meanwhile the gap between the very rich and everyone else is accelerating. It's a fact. So just how stupid do you have to be to support a system that is so massively corrupt?

Comment Re:I'm an immigrant (Score 2) 858

Even though I got modded down to -1000000 for calling Trump (and his supporters) racist, here is a real time/real world example. This happened right after I put up my post, and it's a morning news story today (September 23rd).

Ohio Trump campaign chair Kathy Miller says there was 'no racism' before Obama

Kathy Miller called the Black Lives Matter movement ‘a stupid waste of time’ and said low African American voter turnout could be due to ‘the way they’re raised’,

Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was “no racism” during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.

Kathy Miller, who is white and chair of the Republican nominee’s campaign in Mahoning County, made the remarks during a taped interview with the Guardian’s Anywhere but Washington series of election videos.

Trump is like Romney: they both think a lot of people in this country are intrinsically inferior, and they base their opinion on wealth and race. They're rich white boys who were 'born on third base and think they hit a home run', and that regular people are scum.

So Kathy Miller resigned, but that is irrelevant. Her racist remarks are completely in line with how Trump is promoting his campaign. She just said out loud what Trump and many Republicans believe. It's a revival of the White Citizens Councils of the 1950's, which were the cleaned up version of the KKK.

Comment Re:I'm an immigrant (Score 0) 858

What the hell are you blathering about. You think you have a rebuttal because you use the phrase "intolerant left"?

Trump and his supporters are white supremacists. They clearly think that "mexicans", i.e. anyone who is poor and speaks Spanish, doesn't belong in the US no matter where they were born. They think that all Muslims are terrorists. Trump just endorsed unlimited police "stop and search" policy, which translate to harassing black people whenever they are outside, and even sometimes when they are just being in the privacy of their own homes.

So it is factually correct that a Trump Presidency is not the same as a Clinton Presidency for a very large number of Americans. And if you don't or won't acknowledge that reality then you are just as much of a racists scum as Trump himself.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 858

Remember that Hitler was not the creator of Nazi ideology or the fascist political style. The first big fascist political leader was Mussolini. If you look at a historical comparison, it is reasonable to compare Trump to Mussolini. Both have the same bombastic political style, both are ultra-nationalists and are eager to use violence in foreign policy and both were intrinsically racists. Hitler supercharged the racism into antisemitism. Mussolini had much less vicious antisemitic views, but he acceded to Hitler after he came to power.

So it is reasonable to call Trump a fascist if you have Mussolini as a model.

Comment Re:subject (Score 2) 120

Angular 2 works with JavaScript. You don't have to switch to TypeScript to use it. There's even a tutorial for Angular 2 with JavaScript on the Angular site.

Your decision making process would be better if your opinions had a better factual basis. On the other hand, this is Slashdot and facts don't count for much around here. You fit right in.

Comment Re:Laws should be changed... (Score 1) 241

Escalating fines. If a company makes a few mistakes, the consequence should be small. If they make a lot of mistakes the consequence should be large.

If the fine per instance is too small, it will have no impact. Just take a look at how banks behave if you want to see how useless small fines are. The fines will have to be big enough so that they add up to significant amounts or the fine schedule needs to be non-linear.

Unfortunately hell will freeze over before anything happens to limit the damage caused by the DCMA.

Comment Re:False Dichotomy (Score 1) 761

"which was going completely unused 99% of the time"

In the universe I live in, I can't leave my house without seeing a kid using wired ear buds. They're ubiquitous. Current market statistics say that almost half of those people are using iPhones.

What universe do you live in? I've never been there.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 1) 761

What's the battery life on a wired headphone? The only reason for power in a headphone is noise cancellation, which is an added feature.

So your claim is that having to charge headphones along with your phone to get an equivalent listening experience is unimportant. In my book you just defined yourself as being really stupid.

Comment Re:LOL, "Courage"? More like GREED... (Score 0) 761

You left out Mac OS.They used to have their own operating system, now they sponge off BSD. As far as I know, they don't contribute anything to the BSD community. The last time I looked there was no sponsorship by Apple of any BSD activity. If I remember correcty they did some work when OSX was new, but that ended a long time ago.

Comment This the direct result of "No New Taxes" (Score 1) 618

Taxes pay for public education. The UC budget has not kept up with the combination of more students and rising costs.

So they are trying to keep a sinking boat afloat. That's why they recruit out of state/out of country students: they pay full tuition, as opposed to residents who pay less.

Also, don't underestimate the influence of the corporate takeover of the educational system. The regents and the leadership at all the campuses are integrated with corporate interests. Public funded research results in patents and the profits are used to support research. Sounds OK, but in fact the ultimate benefit goes to corporations who have deals with the schools. It's a lot like the NFL using state supported schools as their farm team system. Get someone else to develop the talent and harvest the results at a huge discount.

I'm not defending any of this. It's just one more example of the corrupt state of the country. All the costs are go one way, all the payout goes the other.

Comment I can't use earbuds. (Score 4, Informative) 274

Using earbuds is not a viable option for me. Putting things in my ears causes medical problems and my ears clog up.

How long will it be until there are compatible headsets available? And how much will they cost? And will they even work or have acceptable battery life?

I have a sinking feeling that I'm going to have very few options for my smartphone headset in the future. Not much choice and stupidly high prices.

Why is this happening? Because the two manufacturers who matter, Apple and Samsung, are having a pissing contest over who's phone is thinner. So Samsung has to recall phones that are catching fire and Apple has phones where the touch interface fails because the case flexes and solder pads disconnect from a chip. Both these engineering failures happen because cramming reliable electronics into such a slim case is nearly impossible.

Given a choice between a phone as thick as the previous generation that was reliable and had a longer battery life, pretty much any human being on the planet would choose a thicker phone. I bet that a phone twice as thick with really long battery life would sell in vastly greater numbers then any of the current crap. But we don't get that choice. Marketeers and designers who are completely out of touch dictate what choices we have, and they don't give a damn about what we want.

Just another case of pretend capitalism. Nothing to see here, move along.

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