* Posts by Mo'Fo B'dass

8 posts • joined 17 Jan 2019

NASA wheels out Habitation prototypes while SpaceX encounters problems with parachutes

Mo'Fo B'dass

Re: Cost?

And the ever-spiralling cost of the British HS2 (not so high-speed train service) is currently in the tens of billions of GBP. I can't help feeling that establishing an outpost on the moon is likely to be of more benefit to mankind than travelling from London to Birmingham 10 minutes faster. The cost may seem high but the benefits and experience gained should pay us back many times over.

Move the money from HS2 to a lunar hyper-loop system. Too much caffeine? At least we wouldn't have to chop down any trees and bulldoze peoples homes. Let's just go for it.

It's 50 years to the day since Apollo 10 blasted off: America's lunar landing 'dress rehearsal'

Mo'Fo B'dass

Re: Grit

Also check out Chuck Yeager's autobiography "Yeager". It's a rollicking good read.

Take my bits awaaaay: DARPA wants to develop AI fighter program to augment human pilots

Mo'Fo B'dass

Hmm. ISIS may be bonkers but they are not totally unreasonable. They DID apologize to Israel after accidentally bombing them - you've got to wonder why haven't you? And they HAVE negotiated withdrawals. They are not entirely nuts. Everything is up for negotiation - for the right price - definite. Speak softly, carry a big stick (Teddy Roosevelt?)

As for drones. You hack the tech and turn the drones on the enemy that sent them (probably us). Same for all this top gun AI. if it's hacked it's game over...your whizz-bang super fighter flies INTO the path of danger rather than away from it. Or just nosedives like a certain modern airliner. It may even disable the ejector seat - just for giggles - or even activate it (probably want to airgap that one if not already done). Maybe, just to be clever, make the plane unflyable in a way that looks like a bug in the software - rather than a hack - as you'd want to keep your hacks secret.

People get carried away with tech as the possibilities are endless and it sounds so cool BUT there are always countermeasures.

Last week in space: Giant aircraft, asteroid impacts and exploding satellites

Mo'Fo B'dass

Re: Stratolaunch vs Skylon??

If you want to try air-to-air refuelling at Mach 5 be my guest! (Mach 5 is just before they put their foot on the gas and shoot on up into space.)

I'd like to see a catapult launch like they have on them there Aircraft Carriers to overcome inertia and save a bit of fuel. Probably minimal gain and you'd need strong ropes ;-) Still like to see it though. Or a rocket sled/maglev...and a big ramp/ski-jump affair. It'd look soooo awesome.

I like the skylon concept coz you can plonk people in them and take off - and land - like an aircraft.

The piggy-back to 30000ft sounds a bit shonky (too many things to go wrong). If my engines aint gonna work for any reason I'd like to know before take off rather than at 30000ft. Whooooosh... splat! If taking people I want the passenger capsule to have ejection capability and a big parachute.

Brit rocket wranglers get Reaction they wanted after rattling SABRE

Mo'Fo B'dass

Re: "That's the future..."

Here, exploding technical achievements and exponential increase in knowledge. (or new and more devious ways of shooting ourselves in the foot and not having the conscious wit to realise it)

We will trust the bigger and better machines, we will ignore warning signs as we will be seduced by the benefits. We will trust then get dependent on the technology we ourselves build and then one day the tech will fail badly and we wont have the capability to fix it (so back to the stone age).

If a car failed you in the period 1950-1990 you could have a go at it with a spanner. You may or may not be able to have fixed it and be on your way. A car fails you now and you cant have a go at fixing it with a spanner so you have to get out and walk...scale that up to society level. Some future tech that our societies absolutely depend on - but cannot fix - fails...

Any human being stranded on a desert island with a sharp stone and a few trees has a fighting chance of thinking up a way of building a raft and sailing off somewhere to safety. What do you do if you're stranded on the moon in a broken spaceship? It's broken? Nothing ever breaks and hasn't for decades. There are no tools to fix this stuff because none were ever required...until now.

There are signs today if you look around that the future may not be rosy.

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

Mo'Fo B'dass

Re: Productivity funk...

A seat...you'll be lucky. If it turns out that capacity is freed up elsewhere and people can actually sit down at peak times then - clearly - there's an oversupply of carriages so they will reduce them...so you'll still end up standing at peak times even if there are fewer passengers. Seats are overrated IMO. If you get one then - as sure as eggs is eggs - you'll get a fat bloke standing next to you with his arse in yer face emitting last nights curry farts straight down your gob. Then you'll throw up on your laptop and no worky stuff for you - 3g, 4g or 5g or that H thing that I see on my phone most days. Pah! I spit on the UK train companies.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

Mo'Fo B'dass

Same issue here: I'm writing an old-fashioned green-screen app for a nameless company

...

"Enter Qty->"

"Is Qty Correct Y/N->?"

Person in charge of software testing asks...."But what happens if they press 'Y' by mistake?"

Hmm...tricky one that. To be fair "Y" and "N" ARE quite close together...

What chance have we got?

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

Mo'Fo B'dass

Legal Thing

Isn't there something in International Law about being able to make a land claim if you have "farmed" the land. Could this obviously-doomed-to-fail biosphere experiment be part of a sneeky legal land grab?

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