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Comment Odd (Score 4, Interesting) 240

I was under the impression that Birth, Death, and marriage information was publically available in California.

It would seem that this law is in violation of the existing laws, but IANAL, nor am I a rich 'celebrity'. Hollywood folks seem generally above most laws, or at least shielded from them.

Submission + - SpaceX Test Fires First Raptor Engine (

Thelasko writes: Elon Musk is preparing to unveil his plans to colonize Mars at IAC tomorrow. As a tease to his lecture, he has released some details about the Raptor engine on Twitter, including pictures.

Mr. Musk states that, "Production Raptor coal is specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN (~310 metric tons) at 300 bar." He goes on to note that the specific impulse spec is at Mars ambient pressure.

Comment Re:What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1) 347

The world in which a language is said to be based on another if it shares a great deal of syntactic similarity.

Ah, I see. So C# is C-based in the same way that Farsi is Arabic-based, or Indonesian is Malagasy-based. Everything to do with superficial appearance and nothing at all to do with semantics.

Submission + - Should we bring extinct species back from the dead? (

sciencehabit writes: For decades the notion of “de-extinction” hovered on the scientific fringes, but new advances in genetic engineering, especially the CRISPR-Cas9 revolution, have researchers believing that it’s time to start thinking seriously about which animals we might be able to bring back, and which ones would do the most good for the ecosystems they left behind. Science Magazine explores why and how we might do this, which animals might be first, and the big risks involved.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 347

My best advice to all of you engineers in the Class of 1890 is to bet your careers on coal-powered steam. Yes, we hear talk of internal-combustion this and electric-power that, but they are all just expensive novelties. Coal is efficient, it provides for many jobs among the lower classes in the mining industry, and is also unwasteful in that most of it literally disappears into the sky, far away from the refined mouths of gentlemen like yourselves.

Besides, the electric power proposals proposed rely on coal-powered steam, so why not just cut out the inefficient middle-man?

All of the great engines of our industry today are powered by coal-powered steam. Would you have us return to the days of the wind-mill or water-wheel? I think not.

Believe me, young engineer, you will never want for a well-paying career if you just stick with coal-powered steam.

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