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Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options
GPS is very useful for knowing where your submarine is when you fired the missile - in order to set the INS.
That was the original reason for GPS, and the preceding US Navy satelite system. Having your sub sit on the surface for hours while people try and make enough sextant readings to get a fix was not condusive to health when there were Russian bombers overhead.
Not sure how much use GPS would be for a re-entering missile surrounded by highly heated and partly ionised atmosphere
Re: @John Smith 19 - Encrypted service has nothing to do with freedom loving
But they have to set the price low enough that you can't do better with SBAS and beacons so will never make back the cost of billing for the service - never mind the billions for actually launching the things
Re: Full spectrum cominance
I thought Arianes' big selling point twas that although it wasn't the biggest mass to orbit launcher it's third stage was so precise you didn't need to waste mass/cost/time on putting a lot of booster technology in your payload?
ps Is there actually a market for GSO communications satellites anymore? I thought their capacity was so laughably behind fiber there was no point for phone calls and everybody was now watching ESPN and FOX over cable?
Also Arianes' cost estimates are based on actually doing this for decades, SpaceXs are marketing projections of what they hope to achieve.
Both lying like weasels of course but with different standard deviations
It's the general opinion of most actual scientists in the field ( as opposed to educational psychologists and Ritalin salesmen) that the DSM is about as sceintifically accurate as the Malleus Maleficarum and about as clinically useful
Excel ran out of rows
Who would have thought there were places with more than 16,376 unemployed?
Arguably this one is "fit for purpose" if the purpose is to reduce the number of benefits paid out
Re: There are other issues
Ariane5 is liquid fueled because the bottom half is a French SLBM
A clever way to get industry and other governments to fund development of your military toys
I would say ...
"Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure"
But with the DHS involved you never know .....
Re: 5 Years? Try 5 *decades*
These did have nuclear warheads though.
A simple engineering solution to failing to get the bang close enough - is to simply make the bang bigger
Re: Do a search
Power companies and railroads in the US and Canada were spraying it into the 1970s to control weeds - after all it was perfectly safe, the government had proved that in Vietnam.
There are a bunch of lawsuits here about it
what do you expect
If you outsource it to ......
Re: Successful when the target has a transponder?
Or they could sell missiles to current unstable regimes so that after the revolution when the new rulers try and use them - we will know where they are.
re: I'm sure Alaska would rather have the money.
Being Alaska they would rather have spent $10Bn on a giant shotgun
Re: Stupid prosecutors, stupider cops
> the judge to have actually read the First Amendment
I thought the constitution didn't apply if it was terrorism?
Re: There ought to be some kind of rule
>Else you are just facing a monolithic power which you have no way of countering
If only the founders of the power in question had thought to put some sort of clause allowing you to protect yourself from it.
Use the force
Turn off the targetting computer and trust your instincts
Re: The land of the free. My rse!
I think being Texan and being able to sign your name might be mutually exclusive
Re: Innapriarte reaction
This is el'reg co.UK where sarcasm is the highest form of wit
ps. swiftkey obviously didn't understand it - no idea what it thought it was converting the title to ?
For the Texas police to risk the lives of their citizens arresting this person.
Didn't the president just authorize drone strikes on US citizens that post terrorist messages ?
Couldn't they be automatically linked to facebook/twitter so these terrorists are taken out automatically without risk to the police?
Re: Three Amigos
>What has been depictable?
That they admitted torture and offered to knock 117 days off his sentence because of it?
>Manning is a traitor
Traitor / Patriot - so like freedom fighter / terrorist
> knowingly endangered his fellow soldiers
By leaking diplomatic cables that suggested the revealed Putin was the real power behind the Russian president, Isreal doesn't really like the Palestinians and is suspicious about Iran's peaceful nuclear energy, and that some people in Pakistan's security service might be unhappy about the US continaully bombing them?
Re: >French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing
I doubt that the NSA deliberately spy on Boeing to give the data to the DGCE,
But I suspect that GCHQ and the UK security services consider the special relationship with America as more important than British industry. So I don't imagine that they filter out interceptions on British companies before handign data over to the USA
Re: Please help a Canuck out here...
>A place merely for storage and/or tools.
That's what garages are for.
You put a $20,000 car outside in the snow so you can store a $99 broken lawnmower in the garage.
>Curious about the linguistic differences...
I still laugh when Ontario politicians go cottaging at the weekend.
Re: Give the toddler a bigger firearm
It's a good idea - as long as it apples to everyone.
Would be interesting to watch German police marching into Westminister to arrest Hague because GCHQ stored data on Germans.
Re: Summary of talks
The difference is that I suspect the French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing - I suspect GCHQ+NSA are.
Re: Clouds - nope!
Ironically it is probably more secure form the NSA in Germany than in the UK. The only thing limiting NSA spying in the UK is how quickly GCHQ can send them the data.
Re: Great view
"best view of Northampton" is there such a thing?
Re: Not Orthanc
Which raises the question of what kind of lifts do they have in Orthanc?
Do a group of orcs all stand in the lift not making eye contact?
Do they play cheesy elevator music?
Is there a notice limiting it to 15 persons, 30 halflings, or 10 uraki ?
Hasn't he been caught yet?
Surely with the 100% all seeing eye of the NSA he should have been detected, orange-jumpsuited and be on an unlisted flight to electrode-on-the-scrotum land by now?
Having drunk what Americans produce when they try and make tea.
I don't think the Boston harbour thing was a protest, just a misunderstanding of the recipe
Until you discover years later that there is also a fixed admin account and the password, which you can't change, is "cisco"
End of the eu?
So Ireland makes a few % while ripping off the rest of the Eu by allowing tax scams to operate
Presumably other Eu countries could run their own scams, sorry - revenue enhancement processes ?
I'm trying to get a CE mark for a medical device - it's a lot of work. Now if some "business friendly" new Eu country would rubber stamp it for me I would be prepared to open a branch office there and employ a couple of locals.
Ireland used to be famous for giving asylum to any refugee that arrived - along with the Irish passport they got a ferry timetable and a strong hint in the direction of Liverpool. Presumably in return for say a 1000euro processing fee some poor new Eu country could hand out citizenship to everyone in Somalia. At a stroke solving illegal immigration in the Eu.
Re: pretty obvious really
>Space Shuttle that wouldn't have never gone to space "Enterprise"
Presumably because the engines cannea take it cap'n
Re: I quite like the train noises
You forgot "station stop"
As opposed to random stop for 20mins,a quarter of a mile outside the station when we are already 20mins late ?
In most government departments allowing the staff access to anything OTHER than facebook would lower productivity across the nation
The safest thing to do with all government employees, and especially military/security services - is to sit them at a desk with facebook/angry birds/tetris to distract them.
Re: What a worthless toy.
Get yellow Lance Armstrong wristband (should be lots available)
Write "put down that pastie you fat bastard' on it with marker pen
Re: Who'd be an astronmer
Actually you do spend a lot of time peering into optics.
You also spend a lot of your time saying;
This fscking mirror is filfthy when was it last recoated?
I can't see the chip - the fsckign filter wheel has jammed!
There is fscking ice on the inside of this dewar window!
Whose fsckign fingerprint is this on an interference filter?
Although if you work on an interferemeter with 100s of optical components linking 4 telescopes you can get a little frustrated with peering into optics - and your language coarsens a little.
Re: Oh look, the anti progress brigade turned up in the forum
I'm always amazed at the number of readers on el'reg with a sound understanding of physics/maths/economics who can see through cheap publicity stunts.
And presumably they get to sell to the grid at 5x the price they pay to extract. So their data center gets paid for by the poor people trying to heat their homes
Re: Show them you mean it
Or the more paranoid, cynical and probably accurate conspiracy
The NSA wanted this information out there because it has a chilling effect. You might think twice about clicking on the EFF/Peta/GreenPeace link if you think it's going to get logged by the government.
A Bullshit Artist is always useful aren't they?
Re: Good artists copy; great artists steal.
However the cover artist seems to have stolen the idea for a world encompassing tree from Norse myth. If you thought Apple's lawyers were bad you haven't been up against Odin
Re: No auto destruct ?
The rocket holds a hundred tons of kerosene - exactly what sort of auto destruct could destroy that quicker than it burning?
Presumably the former USSR has a few 1000 such devices lying around but putting them onto rockets might seem unfriendly
The difference is that Americans thought they had a Constitution prohibiting this sort of thing. Brits just assumed that they have always lived under fascism - albeit it one that couldn't make the trains run on time.
Re: Come on you lot...
In which case there are a lot of people in the West due to be shipped back to the USSR - who were merely criminals for spying on it.
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