Re: De minimis non curat lex
We just need to wait for the 'Environment act - Excessive CO2 Production' law and they can put us all away forever for breathing.
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The US military regularly fly some really big lumps into orbit on the Atlas-V & Delta Heavy, there's a steady market for reliable heavy lift.
The launch economics depend on how much you (and others) are wanting to lift & where to. if a Falcon-9 can carry only your payload to Geo-sync (max 8,200kg) then you'll pay for the whole flight, If ride sharing a Falcon-Heavy (max 26,700kg) with 2-3 other similar payloads comes in cheaper then that's what you'll use.
All first launch dates slip by quite a bit. This is just PR not keeping up with rocket reality1 :)
Rocketstar are building an aerospike engine, a concept that is decades behind conventional rocket motors in maturity & requires a lot of development work before it becomes reliable enough for paying customers. Blue Origin are going from a reusable technology demo (Shepard) to Falcon Heavy competitor (Glenn) which is a big step. Best of luck to them both
Space-X has taken the nearest thing to a risk free path, build a bog standard rocket2 for LEO insertions (Falcon-1), then make a bigger rocket capable of useful Geosynchronous insertions (Falcon-9), then make it reusable (the really hard bit!) to slash costs, then make it (much) bigger (Falcon-Heavy). What is astounding about Space-X is that it has managed all of these steps in only 18 years from start-up and is now fairly close to providing a bus timetable equivalent for launch dates.
1 Lookup Virgin Galactic for world leading slippage.
2 Not simple, a well known engineering model used since the 50's. (Atlas development is comparable)
1>>>Oracle's practice of using a staffer's prior pay to set starting rates<<< - Well that's a big help in improving equality, they're waiting until everyone else does it first. Are all graduate entries paid the same? (prior pay=$zip)
2>>>It also claimed that drawing up such a report "would be costly and time-consuming"<<< Could it provide unwelcome evidence for the class action?
3>>>"would not lead to meaningful gains in support of workforce diversity and gender pay equity".<<< would job applications from those well qualified but considered to be incorrectly diverse & gendered disappear?.
4>>>unconscious bias programme<<< - Is it none responsive to any attempt at getting it to be proactive.
5>>>"there is a very real threat to its competitive position" if its diversity information was made public.<<< Do they think there're so bad they'd be blackballed by companies not wanting to be associated with them?
As corporate 'defending their position' statements go, this is 'full-auto' to both feet.
This could be the greatest threat to the Millennial life style since they started having children!
Once they're done with Veganuary they can move onto Coffebruary where they all sign 'Something must be done!' petitions in Starbucks.
Icon - has anyone checked the really important species needed for a refreshing drink?
You could be on to something...
Romans Left Rome (Italy) and came here. Angles, Jutes & Saxons - left Germany (ish) and came here. Danes - left Denmark and came here. Normans - Left Denmark, went to Normandy, then left Normandy (France) and came here.
Leaving is in our DNA!
It's the one with the map & compass...
I'll go with that.
Picking a couple of European countries for 'origin%' is just plain silly, Movement within the Roman empire 2000 years ago (and all the intervening history) has pretty much averaged out the whole European population. The far corners (Balkan, Baltic, Iberian) will show some small difference to nudge the results around a bit but no further than the visually obvious.
HR are getting sloppy if they actually generate physical evidence in the first place.
>>>One staffer she knew of did agree to relocate to Connecticut. IBM then reassigned her to an office in South Carolina.<<<
A big problem with stupidity is the self reinforcing aspect.
Having a workforce of mainly under 40's in IT removes the detailed memory of when $current-fad$ was called something else 20+ years ago and crucially how (& why) it evolved into $next-fad$.
Mainframe Bureau services (charging by the clock tick) evolved into on-premise with cheaper mini-computers then vast numbers of PC units until the hugh increases in system complexity & support costs to rise, leading back to on-premise centralisation and then exteral service companies providing a 'Cloud' (charging by the clock tick)
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Higher Saturn gravity = less mass in rings, because we already know the total gravity of both - ok got that.
Fast spinning matter (mass of gas in atmosphere) affecting Gravity - It's possible Cassini was measuring accurately enough to take relativistic gravity effects into account?
I agree with you on with the number of deployments, I think instead I should have stated the number of personnel deployed on combat (expecting to be shot at) operations is quite low, although we have a couple of thousand troops involved with training in warzone countries and these also have a non-zero risk level.
I think he meant the Army has enough men to undertake the current requirements (almost a historically quiet level since the Afgan withdrawal) - not actually fight a war (raison d’etre?) against another country who's decided to try their luck for whatever reason.
Can anyone think of a more expensive way to move the 900 freed up uniforms into active units?
How it adds up to about £300k/year each to replace them escapes me, The recruitment IT system is basically a simple process tracking application that will accept applicants line up the paperwork/medical/schedules etc. them punt them in the direction of a basic training establishment.
It suggests to me that all the available experienced NCOs are busy trying to hold the Army organisation together and the MOD needed the 900 recruiters in more important roles PDQ.
Also you REALLY need someone who can honestly answer the recruitee questions with 'Well I once...'
>>>“All the experts know that satellite carriers and non-nuclear surface-to-surface ballistic missiles are different structurally from missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads” <<<
Very true, but can you point out the differences while it's going up rapidly?
If this was a sneaky ICBM test then I would expect a passing fishing boat (with a good radar set) to be in the general area where it comes down.
Not a stunt, Working out the problems involved with Off-Earth farming is an important logical step in space exploration.
There are a lot of previously 'Sci-fi' scenarios that are now not only technically feasible but are rapidly approaching being financially feasible as well. We have landed probes on comets & asteroids > We can land a robotic production facility on them.
Launch cost per Kg is dropping rapidly, Falcon Heavy (starting around the $90M/launch mark) can lift 60 tonnes to LEO & 16 tonnes to Mars. One of the next flights is planned to deliver multiple satellites into different orbits.
I doubt there's anything to stop someone eventually turning up and building a lunar farmstead or colony. It certainly can't stop a totally off-planet state emerging over time and people do have the habit of moving to wherever they can get with the hope of a better life eventually. In the 19th century selling everything and buying a one-way ticket to the Americas moved 10s of millions across the Atlantic on ships built purely to satisfy the demand.
The Moon is only a few days away and presents a far better starting location for any off planet activity.
Online gambling outfits -
(1) Start operations (2) DoJ inform them it's ok (3) vacuum up vast amounts of $$$
Then several years later DoJ changes opinion with what appears to be a blanket ban on all interstate gambling (speculation?). Common sense suggests that a Supreme court decision should appear before changing anything in the status quo but we know lawyers will happily drive a stake through that beating heart.
If I'm correct here - He was convicted here for operating a botnet for payment from within the UK, Not for the events covered by the separate German case or the specific Liberian DDoS, these will just be used as evidence for the activities he actually conducted here.
If he'd been implicated with a DDoS in the USA I'd expect extradition papers to be served as he steps out of the prison front door.
Lots of separate jurisdictions with individual cases to answer patiently waiting their turn, no different to a jewel thief being implicated in robberies in several different countries.
>>>However, updating the servers Windows uses to check it is the real deal on the same day that users get their important patches takes a special kind of planning<<<
These days MS couldn't plan a brewery located celebration and given that the odds are only 30:1 of randomly landing a unrelated fubar on patch day I'm surprised it took this long for a good one to appear.
It's always a price/performance trade off coupled with risk mitigation costs.
With a small amount of planning, virtualisation and liberal use of mounted drives a reasonably priced 250-500Gig Fast SSD can provide a very easy to maintain system with slower SSD or spinning rust capacity used for non OS/application storage. If the OS SSD goes phut without warning then it's a new SSD, a clean OS & Vbox (in my case) install, mount the relevant drives, copy over the guests from backup and carry on where you left off, everything else is just h/w replacement & backups.
Unfortunately this isn't an option for the average user so we're stuck with the trade off.
Backup systems can last along time, My 10 yr old Synology DS209 (SATA300) can write about 1-Gig/min which is fine as the VM backup box. HDD failure is flagged well in advance (only happened once so far) swapping out disks and rebuilding the array is a doddle.
A nod goes to Synology who it seems provide security updates forever on old kit.
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