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Comment Probably not better at orbital speed. (Score 4, Insightful) 62

I have serious doubts that a feathered reentry would work for anything that has orbital reentry speed. There's a reason we have capsules with heat shields, and it's still tricky. We lost a shuttle over damaged heat shields. I suspect there would be strong vibration issues at orbital reentry speed as well that they haven't had to face yet since all of their flights so far (as well as those actually scheduled) have been sub-orbital. That being said, I wish them luck and hope they continue to innovate.
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Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company 406

markass530 writes "An iPhone insurance carrier says that four in six claims are suspicious, and is worse when a new model appears on the market. 'Supercover Insurance is alleging that many iPhone owners are deliberately smashing their devices and filing false claims in order to upgrade to the latest model. The gadget insurance company told Sky News Sunday that it saw a 50-percent rise in claims during the month Apple launched the latest version, the iPhone 3GS.'"
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US Grants Home Schooling German Family Political Asylum 1324

A US judge has granted political asylum to a family who said they fled Germany to avoid persecution for home schooling their children. Uwe Romeike and his wife, Hannelore, moved to Tennessee after German authorities fined them for keeping their children out of school and sent police to escort them to classes. Mike Connelly, attorney for the Home School Legal Defence Association, argued the case. He says, "Home schoolers in Germany are a particular social group, which is one of the protected grounds under the asylum law. This judge looked at the evidence, he heard their testimony, and he felt that the way Germany is treating home schoolers is wrong. The rights being violated here are basic human rights."

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