* Posts by MrBilious

6 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

MrBilious

I wonder if those workers have skills in the more fundamental/foundational type areas and now that the launch facility is constructed and basic rocketry components are designed and tested they just need to move to a more support type setup for those areas than needing all those designers, rather than invest in re-skilling. 10% is a ridiculous amount if still hiring.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

MrBilious

I always thought that fracked gas and offshore wind were a great energy mix. Wind would offset and slow down our usage of fracked gas making supplies last decades, if not longer, also you can turn a gas powered station up and down in minutes accounting for variations in wind speed. Just wish they'd hurry up with the gas. I'm sure we'll be able to wring out more energy from our environment as time goes by too, from tidal, biomass, solar etc. Seems like it would all work quite well to me and im no greenie.

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Skyera unveils rival-crushing 21PB-a-rack flash monster

MrBilious

Re: Apart from the NSA...

You're forgetting 4k & holographic pr0n.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

MrBilious

Well...

I'd like to see Moving Mars - Greg Bear, for the realistic uber technologied mars based society or the Revelation Space saga - Alastair Reynolds for the huge ships and hard sci-fi, whizz bang space battles!

Either of these would be stunning for the visuals & no nonsense science! (well not *much* nonsense science!)

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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

MrBilious

Well Hoo-rah we should buy it from the Yanks immediately!!

Wait the yanks are buying... from us?!... Lewis, what's going on?? I'm frightened :*(

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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

MrBilious

And, with all of that high tech...

@Andydaws

Initially I thought wind power was a complete waste too but reducing the cost of said components, materials and general mass saving will then lead to cheaper foundations and erection. Secondly (as I've read in prior Reg articles), having optimised aero elastic surfaces on the blades like on helicopters and laser monitoring of oncoming wind will give a good efficiency increase too. I really think that in 10-20 years current turbines will look like museum pieces. Cost/KW is just going to go down and down and become more and more financially viable.. Especially when you consider the vastly increasing fuel costs in the future.

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