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That's an electric meter. I know, it's shocking. 143,184 Views / 431 Replies  
That's an electric meter. I know, it's shocking.
Posted by reader50, on Today at 04:08 PM, in MacNN Lounge
To my knowledge, that Electron launch was the... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
To my knowledge, that Electron launch was the first ever to record rocket sounds across intervening space. In Nov 2020. Maybe NASA did something earlier, but I don't recall anything.

The Expanse...
Posted by reader50, on Today at 07:36 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I've mentioned before that you can hear sound in... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I've mentioned before that you can hear sound in space when rocket exhaust is being released nearby. And that SpaceX had included a microphone atop a Falcon 1st stage, to capture it.

It took me...
Posted by reader50, on Today at 02:57 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Most insurance will cover a rental for awhile. If... 406,480 Views / 1,038 Replies  
Most insurance will cover a rental for awhile. If you have trouble finding a rental car, take a trick from the tourists: rent a U-haul or other moving vehicle. Like a Penske truck. They're...
Posted by reader50, on Yesterday at 03:30 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I would hope they (ship-fired bullets) have a... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I would hope they (ship-fired bullets) have a range- or travel-time limit. After which they explode. Otherwise each firefight creates micrometeorites in free orbit. In an admittedly *very* large...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 15, 2022 at 08:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
If one has a nose ring, you can actually do... 406,480 Views / 1,038 Replies  
If one has a nose ring, you can actually do something useful with it. Put the critical keys on that ring.

Should work for the belly-button ring people too. Might work for tongue rings, but eating...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 15, 2022 at 04:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Think of it like extra-salty popcorn sold in... 168 Views / 8 Replies  
Think of it like extra-salty popcorn sold in theaters. You drink it, become thirstier, and buy more. Perpetual sales machine. Until they learn not to buy this one.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 15, 2022 at 04:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
On rotary barrels, I can think of a couple... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
On rotary barrels, I can think of a couple reasons other than heat management.
• Parallelization. A barrel is being loaded as another is fired. As reloading takes time, it's impossible for a single...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 15, 2022 at 04:36 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Rob, your graph is actual party registration.... 2,539 Views / 112 Replies  
Rob, your graph is actual party registration. Read my note again - I'm referring to voting patterns. What percentage of voters reliably vote R, D, or make up their minds on a case-by-case.

What...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 15, 2022 at 04:27 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I read somewhere that the DNC is recommending... 2,539 Views / 112 Replies  
I read somewhere that the DNC is recommending candidates hit their Republican opponents repeatedly over abortion positions. Political ads I've seen are doing so.
FiveThirtyEight has a good writeup...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 14, 2022 at 08:52 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It looks like a safety breakdown all around. ... 25,884 Views / 203 Replies  
It looks like a safety breakdown all around.

• The rental house could have checked every round before re-renting the box of dummies.
• The previous renter could have been more careful, and not...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 14, 2022 at 02:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
An update... 25,884 Views / 203 Replies  
An update (https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/14/entertainment/rust-shooting-gun-trigger/index.html). The FBI has tested the gun.

The story gives more detail on the testing, but unfortunately there isn't...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 14, 2022 at 03:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Regarding a President pardoning himself. US... 371 Views / 25 Replies  
Regarding a President pardoning himself.

US Constitution, Article Two, Section 2.

A "grant" implies two parties. The grantor (pardoner) and the grantee (recipient). This implies s/he can only...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 14, 2022 at 12:26 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Ep 3x05. My assumption about no belt-feed was... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Ep 3x05. My assumption about no belt-feed was based on how that scene ended. Draper grabs the boxes, goes to fool with the back of the arm-gun. Presumably opening the ammo-loading port. If the ammo...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 13, 2022 at 06:22 PM, in MacNN Lounge
So what episode are you up to? I'm having to... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
So what episode are you up to? I'm having to hedge some answers, because possible spoilers.

Beware that once you binge up to S5, someone else will have to discuss. I'll have to avoid the thread.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 13, 2022 at 04:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
There is good legal logic that one cannot pardon... 371 Views / 25 Replies  
There is good legal logic that one cannot pardon ones self. I don't know the answers to the other questions.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 13, 2022 at 04:28 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You can read the actual documents here... 371 Views / 25 Replies  
You can read the actual documents here (https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/12/politics/read-search-warrant-trump-mar-a-lago/index.html). A 7-page PDF.

page 1: order to release the warrant, attachments,...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 12, 2022 at 09:16 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Summary after the Warrant and Inventory were... 371 Views / 25 Replies  
Summary after the Warrant and Inventory were released (https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/12/politics/search-warrant-receipt-trump-fbi-maralago-key-lines/index.html).

The warrant covers 3 crimes:
•...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 12, 2022 at 07:03 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I take it you're in S3 now? Enjoy. Season 3 is... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I take it you're in S3 now? Enjoy. Season 3 is awesome. :)

The Expanse takes place a few centuries in the future. A 20% improvement in burn efficiency is lame over so much time. My own impression...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 11, 2022 at 06:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
One usually buys a car to devour the road. I'd... 457,828 Views / 1,000 Replies  
One usually buys a car to devour the road. I'd call payback, but this isn't even a proper road. I think their parking spot ate the car while they were shopping.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 11, 2022 at 01:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My dialog sample was a joke. Not a disagreement.... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
My dialog sample was a joke. Not a disagreement. I suppose it counts as an agreement.

During S3, at one point the camera gets close enough to read an ammo case for a goliath suit. The case is...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 10, 2022 at 07:16 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Supply officer: Ok soldier, here is your... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Supply officer: Ok soldier, here is your God-level BFG. It will always get the job done.
Soldier: Sounds good. What's the range?
Supply Officer: Weren't you listening? It *always* gets the job...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 10, 2022 at 02:40 PM, in MacNN Lounge
^^^ I'm not sure this is a valid example.... 2,539 Views / 112 Replies  
^^^ I'm not sure this is a valid example. Particularly as it happened before Roe was overturned.

The detective didn't mention anything about abortion in the FB data request. He listed skeletal...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 10, 2022 at 02:28 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Maybe punching holes is enough. Especially if... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Maybe punching holes is enough. Especially if most fighting happens in space or reduced atmosphere. ie - anywhere except the surface of Earth.

Using a very small caliber would limit range in a...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 9, 2022 at 06:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Ah, I do remember that. In my opinion, it's a... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Ah, I do remember that. In my opinion, it's a mild dose of agoraphobia. All Martians live in domes or other pressurized locations. Indoors. When they're outside, they are in a suit or vehicle. Still...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 9, 2022 at 06:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
um ... episode and time? This isn't ringing a... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
um ... episode and time? This isn't ringing a bell for me.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 9, 2022 at 02:05 AM, in MacNN Lounge
This is (at least officially) a followup on Trump... 371 Views / 25 Replies  
This is (at least officially) a followup on Trump taking boxes of records with him when he left the White House. The National Archives recovered boxes of documents, some of them classified. The...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 8, 2022 at 11:58 PM, in Political/War Lounge
The Goliath suits are power-assist, like an... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
The Goliath suits are power-assist, like an exoskeleton. So you could run around with them, even in Earth gravity, and not feel like you're lifting weights.

Rotary guns are for high rates of fire....
Posted by reader50, on Aug 8, 2022 at 08:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My impression is Boeing moved to Chicago to get... 457,828 Views / 1,000 Replies  
My impression is Boeing moved to Chicago to get away from their experts (engineers). So the management-types and accountants could count the profits as they came in, and not be bothered about pesky...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 7, 2022 at 07:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I missed this at the time, but what's the flex... 957,339 Views / 1,403 Replies  
I missed this at the time, but what's the flex hose crossing through the former rear seat area? A new fuel-fill line, routed away from possible crash zone in the fender?

That kind of flexy...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 7, 2022 at 04:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Definitely expensive. I wonder if they'll fix it... 457,828 Views / 1,000 Replies  
Definitely expensive. I wonder if they'll fix it in place, or swap the wing. As it's usually a fuel tank, and would need substantial inspection for leaks and stress fractures all the way up to the...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 7, 2022 at 01:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I pointed out the official miss on the water... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I pointed out the official miss on the water config of Ceres.

subego was right about depicting low-G in asteroids. Miller's digs in Ceres should be around 1/4 G, but actors mostly move around like...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 5, 2022 at 05:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Still in the mid- to upper-$5 range here. It's... 6,948 Views / 117 Replies  
Still in the mid- to upper-$5 range here. It's clearly been in slow decline, but has yet to approach $5.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 5, 2022 at 05:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Interesting plate. A great choice for an EV... 957,339 Views / 1,403 Replies  
Interesting plate. A great choice for an EV owner. Did you have to buy it from a previous holder?

If not, congratulations on registering it before anyone else.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 5, 2022 at 02:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I never thought of that one. We use a... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I never thought of that one.

We use a nuclear triad, so there are multiple locations to worry about. They launched 1/2 of their missiles. Perhaps they used the surface ones, so as not to give away...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 5, 2022 at 05:02 AM, in MacNN Lounge
If you are upright, gravity tries to pull your... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
If you are upright, gravity tries to pull your blood to your feet. Causing you to faint. The only worse position would be head-down, where the high blood pressure in your head would stroke you out....
Posted by reader50, on Aug 5, 2022 at 02:36 AM, in MacNN Lounge
No need for math. Mother Nature handles it... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
No need for math. Mother Nature handles it automatically. A kind of natural selection.

They blast an asteroid. Yielding a cloud of debris with random velocities. Secondary collisions will mix that...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 4, 2022 at 08:17 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't have any inside history on the location. ... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I don't have any inside history on the location.

It sounds like you're assuming circular orbits. Most orbits are elliptical, with rare exceptions. Like trojans...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 4, 2022 at 02:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Or they're in (very slow) orbits of the asteroid.... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Or they're in (very slow) orbits of the asteroid. Also, the missile will have orders to hold station. So it doesn't drift away from the camouflage rock.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 4, 2022 at 04:25 AM, in MacNN Lounge
There is the connection(s) to the life-support... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
There is the connection(s) to the life-support backpack. Which presumably connects to both suit and helmet.

Actually, there is evidence they use mag-locks for such connections. Can't cite the...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 3, 2022 at 08:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The acceleration juice here does not fill body... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
The acceleration juice here does not fill body cavities. You'd need that for super-high Gs, along with tanks for personnel. This stuff is a cocktail of blood thinners, stims, and some other drugs. To...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 3, 2022 at 02:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Man, does that annoy me. Right up there with... 2,539 Views / 112 Replies  
Man, does that annoy me. Right up there with naming laws, so it sounds like they do the opposite of what they do.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 3, 2022 at 02:14 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Why do motorcycle riders have a visor that opens... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Why do motorcycle riders have a visor that opens (on nice helmets)? Why not just pull the helmet off? (bug or rain windshield maybe)

If you assume the helmet is inconvenient to add/remove, then...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 2, 2022 at 11:41 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The helmets are removable. Check 1x4, between 34... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
The helmets are removable. Check 1x4, between 34 and 35 minutes in. Holden has reached the holding cell, and the prisoners are about to suit up. There's a shot of Naomi holding her helmet separately....
Posted by reader50, on Aug 2, 2022 at 09:44 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I disagree - the science is indeed hard SF in The... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I disagree - the science is indeed hard SF in The Expanse. At least, as much as science was known when each book was written. Which was 2011-2021, so pretty modern. They certainly speculated about...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 2, 2022 at 07:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Aren't you getting hit by a heat wave? I'd think... 121,670 Views / 333 Replies  
Aren't you getting hit by a heat wave? I'd think hot coffee would not be the answer.

Sweaty people driving around. Add hot coffee. Sweaty, jittery people driving around. This is not an improvement.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 2, 2022 at 05:32 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm not seeing any faces. Perhaps they could... 406,480 Views / 1,038 Replies  
I'm not seeing any faces. Perhaps they could rename their service.
Posted by reader50, on Aug 2, 2022 at 02:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Absolutely. They didn't expect the attacking... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
Absolutely. They didn't expect the attacking ships to have railguns, and they were overconfident. The Martians made several tactical errors.

Note that the attackers were also overconfident, tried...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 1, 2022 at 02:19 PM, in MacNN Lounge
They clearly use it as both, and I've called it a... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
They clearly use it as both, and I've called it a shuttle more often than not. Naomi referred to it as "one leaky lifeboat". The MCRN people referred to is as "your ship".
Posted by reader50, on Aug 1, 2022 at 01:30 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I think you mean, it opens if it fails. So I... 2,001 Views / 140 Replies  
I think you mean, it opens if it fails. So I guess you'd prefer a lock that when it fails, it locks you into your suit. ;)

For Sale: Used space suit. Needs new visor latch. Previous occupant...
Posted by reader50, on Aug 1, 2022 at 12:10 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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