* Posts by MajDom

18 posts • joined 16 Feb 2018

Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

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"Why would they mention Airbus?"

To inform people like you. Thales, which is a French group, delivered part of the rover's tech to AIRBUS, which is a European company (mostly non-UK) and built the rover (assembled in UK). Some of the involved sites happen to be in the UK. Calling it a "Brit" bot is acceptable (although slightly wishful thinking), but NOT mentioning Europe (with the exception of ESA) is specious.

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Interesting. No mention of Airbus. Another article indicative of the new UK propagandistic "reality."

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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The Moon certainly wasn't low-hanging fruit 50 years ago. It is today.

The Voyager missions were/are awesome. Sad you find them worthless.

What took what whom so long? Cassini-Huygens, a NASA/ESA collaboration, didn't get launched until 1997.

And what giants are you talking about? Wernher von Braun? NASA? Are you talking about the US? I am talking about the UK vs ESA.

Be precise, anonymous coward.

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What would be even cooler is if Elon got his Starship ready for flight, flew to the far side of the Moon and had his picture taken by that Chinese rover. Or maybe just take it home and have it auctioned off?

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Re: I can just imagine the timeline

"It's all dark"? No, it isn't. The side currently facing the Sun is actually pretty bright. No blue skies, though.

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"Has the EU done much space travel?"

Hell yes! The EU neatly planted its flag on Titan. That's a moon of SATURN, not the low-hanging fruit that the Earth's moon is. It also has its flag sitting on a comet. Try and hit that softly as a target.

ESA, unlike the other agencies, is not into propaganda. It's into hard science. Also, you can't beat the European launcher Ariane in reliability.

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: I trust Google more than the EC

legally hamstrung by the EC we have no ability to hold to account whatsoever

By what tabloid did you enjoy your education, pray tell? Read up on it before perpetuating this lunacy..

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Re: UK needs the EU

Politicians in the EU parliament can be voted out just as easily. And commission members are chosen by ELECTED nationals. Why keep perpetuating this fallacy that they're unelected? Sounds like scaremongering tabloid crap. Why not complete the farce and use the word "sovereignty" in there somewhere?

From Russia with(out) Zuck: Popular Facebook boss gets another invite to turn down

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Endearing how Russia continues its important nation posture

Every time something gets the press' attention for a while, Russia gets all dressed up to express its opinion. As if it has any kind of authority beyond the mediocre fabricated image it tries to project.

It's Zimbabwe with a stockpile of weapons, a caption that should accompany all articles about Russia's opinion.

ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

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Re: A bit too much threatening nationalism there...

I don't recall demanding justification anywhere. I hope you allow people to make their own judgements as how they regard a specific company.

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Re: A bit too much threatening nationalism there...

It appears translating from Chinese is like navigating a minefield. ;)

If he indeed meant "domestic market," the meaning becomes entirely benign and factual. If not, my nasty nationalism allergy flares up. ;)

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Re: A bit too much threatening nationalism there...

He could have mentioned what his market was like and not mention a "strong motherland." People who do that betray strong nationalistic feelings, and I can't feel pity with CEOs brandishing jingoism in an argument. Especially if you have customers outside of that little superior utopia.

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A bit too much threatening nationalism there...

The ZTE CEO also said (not mentioned in this article) "We have a strong motherland and 1.3 billion people behind us, and they provide us with the confidence and determination to overcome all kinds of difficulties."

What's that threat with strength-in-numbers all about? Greater numbers equals greater righteousness? Big red flag there.

UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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That's a bit like the Mini Cooper, isn't it? Version 1 was fully British too. But you can't really compare it to today's version.

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There was no Belgium to defend when Napoleon was around.

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It's not a British option. It's a European option. Eurofighter is primarily Airbus.

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Re: @ wolfetone

Be proud, lad. It's the UK's first aviationary contribution since Thatcher decided it should concentrate on services. Which primarily consisted of enabling Russian billionaires to speculate on EU governments and stabbing their EU partners in the back.

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Your article leads to believe the Typhoon is fully British. It's 33% BAE, 46% Airbus, and 21% Leonardo. Hence, a minority British participation.

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