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    News The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead

    I think what a lot of people don't understand is these modern high powered smartphones are not easy to make. The public wants larger power hungry displays, more processing power, quick charging and longer battery life. At the same time, they want it stuffed into the tiniest of space as well...
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    Speed of Light frame of reference

    I don't see how something itself can be it's own reference. I always understood it as the point of observation. For example, if I'm in space and turn on a flashlight, the light is moving away from me at the speed of light, hence, I'm the point of reference. Now let's say you're behind me, and...
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    News Here be Dragons: SpaceX reveals manned Dragon design

    What type of smartphone do you have, mine does all sorts of things in real time. The AGC itself is easily simulated on a PC, I bet my iPhone 5 could run dozens of that simulation with plenty of power left, although the aurdino might be useful for interfacing (unless the computer on board is...
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    News Here be Dragons: SpaceX reveals manned Dragon design

    Completely reasonable answer! Actually I had the same thought shortly after I replied to you. I'm guessing the first launch of it might be a demonstration mission unmanned. It's unusual to fly manned craft the first time out. Perhaps it's a mock-up made with actual flight hardware. In other...
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    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 with 6 Orbcomm generation 2 satellites, July 14, 2014

    Exactly. Elon Musk said in an interview, when he was looking to buy a rocket, and saw the cost was so crazy, he sat down and did the math on the materials and labor costs (if most work was done in house and not sub-contracted, and sub-subcontracted) and realized it'd be cheaper to start a...
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    News Here be Dragons: SpaceX reveals manned Dragon design

    What made you think it's a mock-up?
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    News Here be Dragons: SpaceX reveals manned Dragon design

    Looked pretty amazing to me. Can't wait to see it in action.
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    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 with 6 Orbcomm generation 2 satellites, July 14, 2014

    Ok, I get it... you dislike SpaceX for whatever reason. Price is only an indicator of cost btw... Ok, so there are other companies participating in Commercial Crew, are you saying that money is wasted too? Or just the money spent at SpaceX. I was hoping that you would have responded with...
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    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 with 6 Orbcomm generation 2 satellites, July 14, 2014

    What funding? SpaceX is a private corporation that's funded by it's founder and a few other investors. You called it a project... it's not a government project, and you mentioned funding.. what funding? Sure, NASA has tossed a few bones to help out with COTS and CCDev as they have with some...
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    Updates SpaceX Falcon 9 F5 CRS SpX-2 through CRS SpX-12 Updates

    I've been part of that team since nearly the beginning. Without getting into too much detail I can give an overview of what we've been doing the last month or so. Basically there's 3 types of frames in mpeg video I,P and B frames, I frames are basically a full frame. All the information to...
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    Meshing Question Human models

    Blender 3D is a free, open source option. It's considered the best free 3D modeling software out there, and is fully capable of modeling humans as well as rigging them for animation, and creating the animations as well. To my knowledge, there's no 3D Modeling software specifically geared...
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    Question Invade Venus

    Send the 3 Stooges!
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    General Question Conversion of Orbiter Playback file to AVI

    First, you need to install a screen cap program like Cam Studio It's a free open source screen recorder that will record both audio and video. Then, simply turn on the recorder, and then run the playback, when it's done, stop the recorder and you're done. With Cam...
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    Discussion SpaceX's Grasshopper RLV

    BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's over an 1/8th of a mile... big jump this time. It was great to see the rocket fight against the wind to hold it's position.
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    Launch News Orbital's Antares Maiden Flight & ORB-D "G. David Low" Cygnus Demo updates.

    Congrats to the Orbital team, alot of hard work coming to fruition. A beer can shaped one way only craft isn't as sexy as a capsule that's all but human rated, like SpaceX, but for cargo delivery, it's looking like it'll be a good, safe way to keep the ISS crew supplied with cargo.
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    DARPA's Humanoid Robot Challenge.

    From what I see, DARPA is about 25 years behind Honda and it's long running Asimo project. Asimo climbs stairs, walks, runs, turns (while walking/running), avoids others, recognizes people, can be directed by holding hands with a person all untethered and fully autonomous. We seem to be doing...
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    SpaceX First Stage Propulsive landing Discussion

    What this discussion is basically saying is "business vs safety". Since the launch is unmanned, there's really no safety issue either, just the potential loss of the payload. SpaceX doesn't insure launches, so they don't stand to loose if the launch goes bad. The way I see it, the more they...
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    Discussion SpaceX's Grasshopper RLV

    Elon has gone over the math on this and works out to be more or less just barely feasible... Typical payload to orbit is 2-3 percent of take off weight. Added bits to make it reusable ~2 percent. If the efficiency of payload to orbit can be extended to 4 percent (just 1 percent more), and...
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    News Neil has passed away

    I just got a notification on my phone... so sad to hear the news when one of my role models growing up passes. RIP Neil.
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    News Electric cars can now do 300 miles on a single charge

    Yeah, I think at this point, if Musk wants to get Tesla into a position where it's not eating money anymore then they need to come out with a low end model. A low priced model would certainly widen the customer base, and many more people would consider a Tesla if it was priced more in line with...