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Posted on 02-02-18 01:35:23 AM Link | Quote
we had clouds here, too, so it was impossible to see it :<
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Posted on 02-02-18 03:32:49 AM Link | Quote
It was cloudy here too, but not constantly, so I did get my peek at it. I did have to stay up a lot later than I should have though, and I really felt it in the morning.
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Posted on 02-04-18 03:16:17 AM Link | Quote
Quiet today... hmm :/ Not much going on here, either.
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Posted on 02-05-18 12:04:34 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by maple
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OH SHIT!

(I should mention that, reading the thread 5 pages back led me to discover that I had layouts disabled for some reason. It felt... odd)
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Posted on 02-05-18 05:07:25 AM Link | Quote
After a weekend at a LAN-Party, post con blues set in... now what?

I should do stuff, mut motivation just doesn't want to materialize.
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Posted on 02-06-18 06:04:42 PM (last edited by Tarale at 02-06-18 06:04:57 PM) Link | Quote
So… there's, like, a car… in space… now.

Am I in an anime? I don't *feel* very anime.
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Posted on 02-06-18 09:38:31 PM Link | Quote
SpaceX is neat but I wish it was a public project and not just some eccentric billionaire's pet project.
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Posted on 02-07-18 12:11:14 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
SpaceX is neat but I wish it was a public project and not just some eccentric billionaire's pet project.

Yeah but a public project isn't going to put a car into space.
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Posted on 02-07-18 12:22:43 AM Link | Quote
tired: launching actual human beings into space
wired: cars
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Posted on 02-07-18 12:23:13 AM Link | Quote
inspired: making the talking cars from cars real, then launching them into space
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Posted on 02-07-18 12:24:40 AM Link | Quote
Cars in space??? What is this, Battle Tendency????????????????????????? Thank you folks, I'll be here all week
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Posted on 02-09-18 05:01:38 PM Link | Quote
A car, something specifically designed to drive on ground being launched into space sounds like the kind of cruelly ironic scenario that would normally be the only widely-known part of some piece of old literature.

Otherwise I'm largely indifferent about that stunt.
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Posted on 02-09-18 05:03:48 PM Link | Quote
Someone reminded me about the symbolism of cars, particularly sports cars and men. That whole "overcompensation" meme.

Ever since, I can't stop thinking about how Musk sent his dick into space.

On an even bigger dick.
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Posted on 02-09-18 06:23:56 PM Link | Quote
If that dude is compensating for something, he's gotta be really compensating. Because damn.

Humanity benefits, at least.
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Posted on 02-09-18 10:17:53 PM Link | Quote
I don't really know if humanity benefits. Sure, he's making a good rocket, but it's still private information. It's not like NASA where all the shit they developed ended up in our hands.
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Posted on 02-09-18 10:38:10 PM Link | Quote
but there's a car in space now, it's freaking epic
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Posted on 02-10-18 12:12:57 AM Link | Quote
already done
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Posted on 02-10-18 12:28:51 AM (last edited by Rambly at 02-10-18 12:29:53 AM) Link | Quote
the great thing about capitalism is it encourages movers, shakers and innovators like elon musk to waste resources and manpower that probably ultimately belong to other people to fulfill personal whims that are only superficially inventive and impractical and don't give back to humanity in any tangible way
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Posted on 02-10-18 07:10:50 AM Link | Quote
it encourages innovation so much it lead elon to take credit for things nasa could've done 20 years ago had it not been perpetually underfunded ever since the '70s, and that's ignoring the far bigger picture of coporations in general wasting fucktons of resources because that's somehow more profitable to them

it's just that efficient
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Posted on 02-10-18 10:22:19 AM Link | Quote
I feel like there's some common misconceptions here... probably the biggest is that this isn't the beginning of the privatization of space-- before Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world still in use was the Delta IV Heavy, developed by the Boeing Company and operated today by the United Launch Alliance, both private companies. (Early Delta rockets were government-designed but the Delta IV has basically nothing in common with them)

Also, it's not uncommon for companies to launch dummy payloads on the first launch of a new rocket; they're very failure-prone, NASA would never launch a scientific payload on the first launch-- those things are way more expensive than a Tesla Roadster. (In fact, SpaceX has an air force launch lined up specifically on the requirement that the Falcon Heavy have one success beforehand; that's probably a common clause in their launch contracts)

In the end, it's cool in the sense of "haha he put a car in space", but it doesn't really change the "big picture" of aerospace as much as people seem to like to say.
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