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Comment Re:Banking in Space (Score 1) 131

Agreed. Inertial dampers and gravity generators make stories easier, so even a little bit of physics shows the writers are trying harder. The fictional Starfury of Babylon 5 probably addresses the force and acceleration issues. I think the ideas of modern aerial combat (e.g., drones, missiles) have passed by the N-Dimensional Fighter of the early 1990's, but it's a neat idea.

Comment gig indeed (Score 1) 432

Clever wordplay? When I saw "Uber" I thought the word "gig" referred to a small, horse-drawn carriage. (After looking it up, I see that gig can also be "a light, fast, narrow boat adapted for rowing or sailing".) Then I thought maybe she meant it's harmful, so maybe she meant the pronged-thing-on-a-handle, also known as a frog-sticker. Finally reading the comments, I realized "gig" meant an un-contracted, one-off performance.

Comment Re:Not trying hard enough... (Score 1) 441

I'm pretty sure the "4" comes from mapping the letter grades A, B, C, D, F. "A" has the most points (4) and "F" the least (0). Most of the time -- but not always -- the letter grades have already been mapped from a numerical scale or percentage, e.g., A=[90-100], B=[80-89], C=[70-79], D=[varies?], F=[can't fudge a D].

Comment Re:Ask Slashdot question in the making... (Score 3, Interesting) 36

I've even heard it more-broadly stated that there are NO long-term stable lunar orbits. It's an issue for orbital debris: since (1) objects don't burn up on entry, and (2) an uncontrolled orbit is impossible to predict in the long term, therefor all lunar orbiters should be removed rather than abandoned and lunar deorbits should be targeted rather than random.

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