* Posts by Beachrider

568 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010


Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes


Did they recover the Ariane...

Just because it was so MUCH of the topic for SpaceX. Nothing on recovering Ariane...

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor


Re: If we extrapolate from the directions they were pointing in when they failed

inductive thought requires that conclusions are validated, somehow. Otherwise it is something like Astrology.

Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding


Well, there’s your problem...

I miss Mythbusters...

Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station


Does anyone need hand cleaner?

In the interest of international cleanliness...

Anyone need some Purell?

Leaning tower of NASA receives last big arm


Re: Crew?

Musk needs to get his rating with Dragon2 and Falcon9 before he can build with Dragon2 and FH. BFR would be another major step after that. Look for the first cert in the next 10 months (somewhere between August and January). FH has only one payload on its agenda (Air Force), and THAT doesn't have a timeframe, yet. BFR still awaits its first full-size rocket-build for testing, it is not likely to fly for 3+ years. I wish Elon well, but the commercial-market for FH-size loads has not-yet developed (probably because such launches were $400Mn+, previously).

Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon


Rehash of the Hydroxyl stuff from 10 years ago...

The "hydroxyl radicals/ions" found are a different thing than actually finding water. They don't have to be water at all. The current belief is that they are 'radicals' and NOT ions, on Luna. There also is no evidence (yet) of free Hydrogen on Luna. That means that these Hydroxyls are NOT doing what they do on Earth (i.e. bond to Carbon, Nitrogen and/or Oxygen to generate free-Hydrogen). IF you find peroxide, THAT would be very interesting, though.

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?


Manafort and the pre-2014 Ukraine...

Manifort is interesting because of his Yanukovych-Putin connection. He offered to work 'for free' for Trump's campaign in June, July and August of 2016. These document 'forgeries' are conceded by Gates in guilty plea. The 'accepting' of forged documents appear to be a quid-pro-quo agreement with a Bank Manager in Michigan, we will see. There is CLEARLY nothing 'truthy' about a document, just because it is a PDF.

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts


Re: It won't save any money

There ARE costs at 3 levels. First is the Deepspace Network costs. Second is Mars-relay-orbiter costs. Third is project-direct costsfor MER.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it


Re: Nasa and the preservation of knowledge

Dragon II is NOT configured for deepspace. It relies on the Van Allen belts to shield substantial radiation, just like any LEO device.

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System


Re: It's Apollo 8... minus the people

Shuttle contractors have been out of work for 6 years.


Re: Bit small for a Mars shot

They won't be in the capsule. The Apollo astronauts weren't in the capsule for Lunar trip, either.

Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means



... and old word for the 'Chevy Truck Access Method'. Rather Mainframe-ish for this audience, though.

Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo


North Carolina has HB2 in 2016 which overturns LGBT issues...

It wasn't about water fountains in NC in the 1960s. It wasn't about bathrooms in NC in 2016. The laws need to project a sense of decency and agree to deal with issues that need to be addressed.

Cassini sends back best ring-shots yet en route to self-destruct dive


Future probes for Saturn...

NASA doesn't have a funded project that plans to return to Saturn, right now. They are focussing on Mars, Europa, Asteroids and near-Earth measurements. Things always change, especially when commercial lift begins to deliver more non-NASA payloads for 'basic research'...

IBM old guard dropping like flies in POWER and cloud restructure


If you think that 'cloud' is a huge frigging mainframe...

Then you don't understand the offering from cloud providers. They dominantly provide virtualized Intel platforms with Windows or Linux. Faaaaaaaaaaar from mainframes....

Doctor AI: Good news, I'm better at predicting when you'll die of a heart attack. Bad news is...


Heart failure and Heart Attack ARE different...

Heart failure (CHF) and Heart Attach (MI) both CLEARLY affect the heart. They are REALLY different things, though. CHF does not typically take down 1/3 of its victims with its initial detection. MI really DOES end up with 1/3 of initial detection resulting in death.

CHF is what this study works on. GREAT, it is a very important thing. MI has different causes and aren't referenced in the article, so why is the title about Heart Attacks?

Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two


Soooo, crashing it into Mars would be OK?

Just askin'

50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck



You need to compare similar systems before drawing conclusions. The Russians have famously tried their Gemini-like (Vostok) rocket systems vastly beyond what NASA did with Titan. It evolved into Soyuz, but kept the manned vessels in LEO for 54 years, now.

NASA redirected its basic research prime work to Apollo immediately after their FIRST Mercury/Redstone manned launch. Russia tried Energia for ONE launch, but it was unsuccessful and shortly abandoned. Russia has NEVER gotten a large rocket to 'work'.

Russia has also kept Proton in its quiver, but has never qualified it for manned use. It has a track record of severe failures 10 percent of the time, too. Proton is 4-5 times the lift of Soyuz, no where near the 25-30 times Soyuz for Saturn.

It is MUCH harder to build big rockets for manned work, especially for Lunar or Martian missions.


to Gene, about the 6 hour launch...

As part of the 1998 ISS agreement, the orbit of ISS is inclined 50+ degrees from the celestial equator. That was a special dispensation to the Russians to enable more Russian monitoring and cheaper Russian launches. NASA would have MUCH preferred a ZERO degree orbit.

That being said, at least the Russians exploited the arrangement.


Are you saying that it was ONLY Germans?

Von Braun did not get a job on American rocketry until 1957. The Redstone and Titan ICBM projects (even the F-1, which became central to Saturn V) predated this time. He was reviled for his wait-and-be-sure approach with Redstone rockets for project Mercury. There WAS a way for the USA to get someone in space before Russia, but his cautiousness caused the USA to not-risk a person on the March 1961 Mercury/Redstone successful launch. The next one would be May. The Russians launched in April.

He was part of a team for Apollo (started RIGHT after the May 1961 Redstone launch). He had nothing to do with the capsule and his design for LEM was merged with others. The second & third stage (HydroLOX) rockets were mainly outside of his control, too. He had a LOT to do with adapting F-1 to Saturn V and refining the RP-1/LOX design. None of the electronics was derived from German technology.

He stood on his head and did a LOT of work, but he was a member of a team.

He did care VERY little for the human cost at Peenemünde

Level 3 celebrates $34bn CenturyLink gobble by blacking out Eastern US


Re: Interesting Picture...

Suffice it to say that, in the northeastern US, true end-to-end carrier diversity is QUITE available. There are resellers that vend a mixture of circuits (usually to meet a price). Certainly the internet can have surprising conduit non-diversity. Most companies do business with backup circuits that have clear carrier separation, though.


Interesting Picture...

The picture that accompanies the article would leave one to infer that NOTHING was accessible in the Washington-Philadelphia-NewYork-Boston megopolis. That simply isn't true. If you have carrier diversity, you wouldn't have been affected at all.

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog


Costs per hour for F-35

I get it that the press ALWAYS cites noisy dissenters for less-mature aircraft (e.g. A350). F-35 will be much cheaper to operate than F-22. F-22's special paint and other stealth technology is quite expensive to maintain (not quite as bad a space shuttle 'tiles', but it give you the idea). F-35 is more practical, in that regard.

F-35 is not going to 'linger', like A-10 did. It is designed to function in contested airspace, where A-10 is VERY susceptible to Drones and faster Aircraft. ISIS has been getting quite good with Drones, that is why you don't hear much about A-10 in the middle east, these days.


Harriers in the US Marine Corps...

Harrier is a completely different thing than A-10. A-10 is just very susceptible whenever other aircraft or drones are nearby. It drags refueling craft within 250 miles of the warzone, too. It is NOT useless, just becoming more limited in scope. A-35 and Drones are supposed to take-on this work, but they will do it very differently.

There are no more Hawker Siddeleys in active service, since the late 1980s.

Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband


Re: So, only the constitution is valid?

@Dial, the Constitution enabled slavery. It did not allow women to vote in elections (statements about their eligibility to serve as electors and representatives miss this key point). Remember that the first 10 amendment showed that other foundational requirements were not met with the original Constitution.


Re: Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator...

@Dial, these municipal ISPs are solely about public WiFi. They are NOT about wired broadband, to the public.


Re: The view from the UK

@frj, for the USA, this one, they aren't declaring state supremecy. They are advising that a general ruling by the FCC goes beyond the FCC's charter. The FCC can still force a break in the logjam, they will just need to use a bigger hammer and o get on-the-street wifi available label with reluctant providers. New competition for frequency awards and federal rights-of-way will just be used, while the consumers wait...


It isn't simply 1996, anymore...

Ownership of the telco or cable franchise is VERY different now than it was in 1996. The telco/cable poles are on city property. My company was successful in getting right-of-way to run scores of fibers over miles of poles, without paying cable or telco. Long distance fiber providers are competing with the entrenched monopolies and winning their share of the business. One city has strung up a few hundred hotspots for city-wifi. The cable provider has 100,000+ hotspots over a four state area. When I do venture into NYC, people are using their handhelds for many video servic s, even in the subway. Making noncompetitive monopolies obsolete is happening.


To the anonymous non-American...

The FCC tried to engender compliance with promises made when spectrum, etc. was awarded. Dozens of towns do this local-WiFi-ISP thing, across the nation. Somehow, this state has a law to prevent it. The court is just telling the FCC to use its BIG hammer, if it needs to get ISP service for this population. Lawyers are getting rich and consumers are being denied access. The FCC uses its big hammer SOMEWHERE every year.


Re: The bureaucrats, this time, were trying to do the right thing

The UK has certainly made it a priority to solve THAT issue... Baby/bathwater


Re: Beachrider

Read my first entry in this stream. It is DIRECTLY from the inside of the article.


Re: Beachrider

What color is the sky in your world? The judge decided what I said, NOT the broad thing that the Reg said. That the FCC lacks the authority to enable municipal ISP services when state law prohibits them. The Reg decided to make it a larger victory of states' right over federal restrictions. It isn't. I gave the counter example of FCC always winning on most of its rulings, so long as it is ruling within its domain (frequency, power, ICC right-of-way, etc.).


Re: Beachrider

It is clearly NOT what they said. Read the text. It IS how the Reg bumper-stickered it. Change enough words from a true statement and you can make it into a false one.


Re: How much ...

But now those providers face loss of their spectrum and right-of-way allocations. This is just raising the stakes and assuring their eventual confrontation at THOSE levels. They should have taken their medicine before challenging this...


So, only the constitution is valid?

People talk like that in Cali, all the time. THEY have OVER 500 AMENDMENTS to their constitution. It is a hideous interpretive farce. Others that go for the basic constitution are fomenting a return to slavery and property's-owner ONLY voting (don't even think of women voting, in any case).. I don't get why this would be attractive...


Re: Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator...

this is about direct-to-consumer Wi-Fi. There were spectrum sales (by the FCC, never by towns or states) with commitments to downstream public services, like WiFi. The FCC can revoke the spectrum awards. It happens ever year, for some. As to wired communications, that is a mix of private/regional/state/federal authorization. Almost nobody owns all the property that their wires traverse. Those right-of-ways can be revoked in many ways.


Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator...

Hmmm, misses the point of the ruling by a LOT. This court felt that enabling municipal ISP ownership was outside the FCC's charter. Rulings that force states to adhere to frequency and power settings have NEVER been deemed to be outside the FCC's domain.

IBM puts Global Tech Services staff at risk in 'skills remix'


IBM just isn't the old-IBM...

IBM is changing the way that it relates to its people. It isn't a sudden change, but it has gone to new levels. A friend of mine did a 500 person presentation at Share in the USA and he was laid off 3 days later. The presentation was not the issue. There is just a LOT of stuff happening in parallel with business-building processes at IBM.

By Juno! NASA delivers first new snaps from Jupiter


Juno and its pictures...

Juno is orbiting in the long cycles for a couple of years. Some of these pictures will be uber impressive. Most of what it does will be non-visual, though. NASA is trying to resolve much about Jupiter's liquid/solid middle. They want to find out much more about its magnetosphere, too.

London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit


Even with Article 50 by November...

I agree with others that this merger won't be delayed by the Article 50 work. UK will be out of the EU by November 2018. They will just hedge their bets by doing "disaster recovery" infrastructure in Amsterdam, or something like that. Nobody expects the major EU capital market to be outside the EU, for very long.

Man dies after UK police Taser shooting


Detail is available...

NO NEED to make stuff up any more. This guy was is VERY BAD shape before he threatened the officers. He had stabbed his dog with a kitchen knife. He then stabbed himself, too. He was outside his house behaving erratically, holding his bleeding dog.

That much has several sources...

The officers report that he was pounding his head against glass when they tried to stop him. He still had the knife. They tased him, to try to sedate him. He had lost WAY more blood than they already knew.

Hitting a man with baton or physical weapoons when he appears disoriented doesn't work. The knife kept them from gang-tackling him, too.

It is a BAD result that the officers made every attempt to avoid, This man did public service in the military and found himself unable to cope with his life. He has my prayers.


There isn't any detail...

Speculation of the officer's decision need more detail. Tasters have been lethal in both medical and skin-topical issues. In American police training for tasters, the officer gets to receive a Taser shot, so they understand what the device is.

Orbital ATK fires up revamped Antares rocket


Spaceflight Now shows the launch plans...

There is a website that shows all 'known' launches scheduled for June to December:

ULA: 11

Roscosmos: 10

SpaceX: 10

Arianespace: 4

Orbital: 4




ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged


They left the foreskin on for a while...

Because they knew that that would excite the Europeans! It is gone now, pop-pop...

NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest


Constellation was cancelled...

After the 2009 test of the Ares rocket development, Constellation was stopped, altogether. Ares is nowhere to be found. Orion was resurrected with SLS, but the funding was shifted to Commercial lift. Commercial cargo has been working since 2012. Ares wouldn't have been ready until 2017, at best. Commercial manned lift is on track for manned testing in 2017 and ISS deliveries in 2018.

ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule


Bigelow's POC activity on ISS....

Bigelow has been orbiting a primitive POC (with video feed) that is still aloft. Genesis 1 & 2. This is a much more hardened device that will be evaluated for robustness and radiation protection. It will show if certain lightweight material can be MORE protective that currently used metal-structures in the ISS. Parts of the ISS have been using hybrid hard/soft protection for years.

Genesis 1&2 did have 'scares' within their first year (solar flare). The new test is MUCH better instrumented. It really would reduce the lift-weight and potentially do a much better job than the traditional stuff. We will see...

NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts


NASA and its 'Basic Research'..

This kind of stuff is why NASA was invented. It is about driving basic research when private industry wouldn't do it, themselves. It is terrific that SpaceX brings such an entrepreneurial approach that causes more of this work to enter the commercial sphere FASTER than in recent history.

Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby


Re: What is your source...

Actually, there was NOBODY ELSE WOUNDED, at all. Whatever source the writer used must have used, eliminated the information, as cited by the Reg. I was looking for how this 'original research' was justified. It wasn't justified, at all.


One person shot...

There WAS some nasty, WRONG transcription of radio calls during the initial situation. Only the dead guy had a gun. Only the dead guy had ANY wound. Publicizing NASTY sources is just not-good, right?


What is your source...

This article did not say that she had a gunshot wound to her head, just a wound. Do you have a source for your comment?


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