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by Maui
Mon May 22, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1748
Views: 147869

Re: SpaceX News

That sounds like a pretty direct competitor to Vector Space Systems.

Wonder how many players the micro-satellite industry can support? How big can it get without making space junk an unmanageable issue?
by Maui
Wed May 17, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1748
Views: 147869

Re: SpaceX News

I'm guessing not really. I think the big issue issue for the 2nd stage is that it will be going that much faster and thus will require that much better of a heat shield and/or fuel to slow down. Not clear to me how this translates into recovering the fairings which strikes me as likely more of an ae...
by Maui
Tue May 16, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1748
Views: 147869

Re: SpaceX News

It has been frustrating to try to understand progress they are making on fairing recovery compared to the booster recoveries where we got to watch every attempt. I wonder why SpaceX is being so secretive about the fairing recovery attempts? Also, I'm a little surprised the fairing isn't susceptible ...
by Maui
Fri May 05, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 171
Views: 34642

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Hi there, RERT! Been a while.... Yes, many industries do have special breaks and subsidies that apply to them, so I suppose oil is not terribly special in that regard. Still doesn't make it right or or make it not a subsidy. I bet the effective tax rate is (besides being a dubious cherry picking of ...
by Maui
Fri May 05, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 171
Views: 34642

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Say there was a big corporate tax break and repatriation of trillions... this would certainly help the US economy (possibly at the severe expense of our kids?), but I suspect not so much help high-risk ventures like fusion. If someone is looking for a high-risk, big-payoff investment, the individual...
by Maui
Thu May 04, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 171
Views: 34642

Re: More Helion Energy news....

You mean, did he propose to slash half of ARPA-E's funding? Yes, yes he did.
by Maui
Thu May 04, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 171
Views: 34642

Re: More Helion Energy news....

As a side note, if Trump really kills ARPA-E, this is going to be a major blow for small fusion research groups in the US. Funding for small fusion projects in the US has been crap (pardon my french) and ARPA-E has been at least funding some of them. Astonishingly, the budget deal actually increase...
by Maui
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 64
Views: 13947

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

by Maui
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 2999

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Not sure that analogy works, but I get your drift. Still, Trump certainly has stated he is anti-regulation, but blue-collar jobs and, really, coal jobs in particular are something Trump has spent a lot of energy on. If there's one thing I give Trump credit for, its trying to follow thru on campaign ...
by Maui
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 2999

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Maybe, but Trump seems hell bent on saving the coal industry. Not that I think he could do it, but that probably won't stop him from trying. A nuclear revival would only help bury coal... would he want that? I'd sure like to have an unbiased answer as to whether nuclear (any fission tech) makes sens...
by Maui
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 12607

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Check this out: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/01/14/noaa-jumps-the-shark-in-tampa-bay/ Willis seems diligent and level-headed, not prone to wilder flights of skepticism. Here we have a government science body causing real economic damage by predicting the utterly implausible, on the basis of pre...
by Maui
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 12607

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Thanks for clarifying pbelter... I didn't confuse the two of you; it's just that you jumped to his defense with the strawman thing. Choff built that scarecrow all by himself. About oil companies, let's be clear-- they are not denying it, calling it a hoax or calling it a fallacy. In fact, they have ...
by Maui
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 12607

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

AGW was not "invented for the purpose of installing dictatorships in North America". This is a classic strawman. If the Cultural Marxists succeed in making N.America and Europe into dictatorships they'll turn off the anti warming crusade like a light switch, won't need it anymore. Arg! So...
by Maui
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 12607

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Strawman is a way to discredit someone by pretending they hold positions which they do not. Like saying that people who believe AGW is fallacy are conspiracy theory nuts. Sounds familiar? Umm: I have no difficulty believing in massive global conspiracies Besides, what else do you call the idea that...
by Maui
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 12607

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

If the Cultural Marxists succeed in making N.America and Europe into dictatorships they'll turn off the anti warming crusade like a light switch, won't need it anymore. That was the plan! Brilliant, wasn't it? A livable minimum wage would have been impossible to push through Congress, so, lucky for...

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