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Comment Re:Stop spreading BS. (Score 0) 110

The link works fine for me ...Georgia law is also available for free at the Library of Congress website [loc.gov].

It links back to the same source. In any case the official version of legislation is, almost by definition, not "also available" elsewhere.

Fake news and garbage journalism, designed to manufacture outrage and generate clicks, rather than inform.

The claim being made is that the official version (i.e. the law) is the annotated version and that consequently you cannot freely access the actual legislation, such as it would be proper to rely on in court. Is that claim untrue?

Additionally, were the claim true, there would also be the serious issue, raised by the promoted comment of ip_what to TFA, that this outsources to an un-elected and non-public body, and exclusive right to change the face of the official legislation of the state. Which would be rather worrying.

Comment Re:History? (Score 1) 67

See above. The SRBs didn't so much land as hit the ocean at highway speeds, bob around in corrosive saltwater, have to be fished out, taken back, fully disassembled, recast, fully assembled, with a large fraction of the parts replaced.

If you want the airplane equivalent, it would be as if every plane flight, instead of landing, crashed into a mucky swamp and banged the plane up badly, ruining half the parts, and the whole airplane had to be broken down, large chunks of the plane replaced, and oh, instead of using jet fuel you have to open up the fuel tank, break it into pieces, and mould a non-extinguishable propellant into place before reassembling it.

This is, needless to say, not the model SpaceX is going for.

Comment Re:Reusable - like the shuttle? (Score 2) 67

In addition to the corrections to your post concerning the tiles, the Shuttle orbiter was basically a second stage (at best, a 1.5 stage). A significant minority of the dry mass of the system. The SRBs were also "recovered", but A) they landed in saltwater, B) "landing" is being generous, they hit *hard*, C) solid rockets aren't just a "refill and reuse", you have to disassemble and recast. The net result is that reuse didn't really save any money on the SRBs.

The Shuttle's TPS was a big maintenance problem (not an issue for Falcon). The SSMEs were also pretty high maintenance. Shuttle had to build a whole huge ET each launch. And NASA has such huge amount of heavy infrastructure overhead.

It's hard to say how well reuse of Falcons will go at this point. But it should at the very least fare far better than the Shuttle system.

It's also worth noting that Falcon is only the start of SpaceX's plans. While they've learned what to do and what not to do from the Shuttle program, they want their experience with F9 and FH to influence their design of ITS and its support infrastructure.

Comment Re:History? (Score 1) 67

The SRBs fell, uncontrolled, into the ocean and were re-filled with firecracker stuff. It was always only marginally economical to reuse them. In contrast, the Falcon 9 is a liquid fueled rocket with on-board avionics, which soft-lands in a usable state. Its engine has been tested after landing, without any refurbishment at all.

The new goal is to turn around a booster and re-fly it in 24 hours.

Comment Re:Reusable - like the shuttle? (Score 1) 67

But they skimped on the maintenance, allowing tiles to get loose.

The problems with tiles were not due to deferred maintenance. They were engineering problems with the adhesives, etc.

It also took a lot of work to refurbish the engines on the Shuttle. They had to be completely removed from the craft after each and every mission, disassembled, and a lot of parts replaced.

Comment Re:Just wait for Falcon Heavy (Score 1) 67

Actually, the next milestone is rapid reuse :) Tweet from Musk this evening:

Incredibly proud of the SpaceX team for achieving this milestone in space! Next goal is reflight within 24 hours.

SpaceX has a backlog. It'll be nice to see if they can really up their launch rate and clear it all out.

Comment Re:Some people (Score 4, Insightful) 67

I'd be the first to encourage people to innovate. But you're painting your portrayal of politicians with a rather wide brush. While we have some deplorable examples of politicians, we also have some who made a major positive contribution to the world.

Then we can talk about lawyers. You might not like them, but the alternative to using them is that we duke everything out or have shooting feuds to settle our disputes.

Comment What Twitter *really* needs to do: (Score 3, Insightful) 57

What Twitter really needs to do is change from hearts-only, to a visible thumbs-up count (same as the heart) and a visible thumbs-down count.

Why?

Because politicians -- pretty much all of them -- sit there with these asinine tweets that have "hearts" on them in the thousands, sometimes tens of thousands. And there is no indication whatsoever from the people who disagree on the tweet; you have to wade through unending BS to see that, and there's no telling how far you'll have to go.

But if a politician says "X", and it's 10,000 thumbs-up / hearts, and 150,000 thumbs-down, now you know what you're looking at. And for that matter, so does the politician.

I don't care -- at all -- about other folk. But I think Twitter is doing the nation a direct disservice by going hearts-only on politician's accounts. I don't think it would hurt anyone to see both sides of the opinions of their tweets either (goes for slashdot comments, too.) Politicians, though... that hearts thing is straight-up misleading at times.

Anyway. I doubt they care. But I thought I'd speak up here. (Yeah, I sent them a support item on this. It disappeared into the usual darkness over there.)

Wouldn't it be nice if some politician posts X, and you could actually show them what you thought? I think so.

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