Slovenian Guest: I actually didn’t know until today that the Soviet Buran orbiter was the first space shuttle to perform an unmanned space flight, including landing in fully automatic mode. Via spaceflightnow (with pics): The sleek-looking white space plane, bearing a remarkable outward resemblance of NASA’s space shuttle, only flew once and never took off with cosmonauts on-board. After two trips around the world, the Buran re-entered the atmosphere, gliding back to Earth and withstanding...
Scipio Americanus: This is no mean feat in and of itself, however as Slovenian Guest points out it is not really comparable to what SpaceX is trying to do.
Slovenian Guest: Slashdot commenters are unimpressed: “The real difference between this and SpaceX is that in order to get a payload into orbit you need enough thrust to move the fuel required to get you there. This means powerful engines. This rocket had a small engine that is capable of hovering. On an orbital class rocket your engine will have too much thrust making it impossible to hover. That is what SpaceX is trying to do. Land using a thrust to weight greater than one. This is much more...
Slovenian Guest: Add the loss of privacy into the mix and you get perfect marks, not adults. Foreign intelligence agencies must be wringing their hands in evil glee… But to quote Al Fin 2101: “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too early or too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.”
Bomag: “I have seen the future, and it looks like Molenbeek.” I notice more and more that politics or religion trumps economics. Residents here would rather have veiled women, 30% unemployment, and closed Jewish shops than countenance the alternative.
Slovenian Guest: From the BBC Radio 4 Today show, paraphrased: Emergency surgeon Doctor Pelloux thinks that he and his team saved perhaps fifty lives on the day of the Paris attacks, in part, and this is extraordinary, because he was preparing for what happened, only a few hours before the attacks began: Patrick Pelloux: We worked to a scenario of an attack. We know since Charlie Hebdo that they take Kalashnikovs and kill everybody, like in Call of Duty, you know, the stupid game. So in the morning we...
Kudzu Bob: Joseph Moroco, I had the same reaction. Since when do Pentagon brass select military targets based on “feelings”?
Spandrell: Where I’m from, people blame that on the water. People in that city lose their blonde hair because the water from there is hard or soft or dirty or whatever. Our hair though stays blonde because our water is awesome/blessed/sacred.
Slovenian Guest: I watch Catch A Contractor with Adam Carolla, and it’s amazing how people just hand over tens of thousands, life savings, upfront to fishy contractors who barely speak English; the naivety is almost unbelievable. But I guess vigilance is racist, so come on in José, meet my family and take a tour of the house, maybe take some jewelry on the way out!
Grurray: “bourgeois bohémiens” To the Moors that must have seemed like shooting ducks in a barrel.