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BatElite
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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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Posted on 02-10-18 08:08:24 PM Link | Quote
can you imagine if your fancy cars sucked so hard you had to blast one into space to get people to buy them lol
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Posted on 02-14-18 03:36:18 AM Link | Quote
I really wish it was the weekend already. :/ This week has been rough, and it's only been two days.
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Posted on 02-14-18 03:38:33 AM Link | Quote
Me as well. It has been quite a tough couple days for me, with no idea why or how it's happening in the first place.
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Posted on 02-14-18 10:47:12 AM Link | Quote
Tuesday is always the worst day of the week for me... no end in sight x.x
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Posted on 02-15-18 11:41:55 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I really wish it was the weekend already. :/ This week has been rough, and it's only been two days.


It's my first five day work week this year. Urgh.
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Posted on 02-15-18 01:46:57 PM Link | Quote
I really wish we would move to four tens intstead of five eights. Or even better, maybe two eights, with a living wage built in. Or maybe just full socialism, that sounds nice.

(sigh)
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Posted on 02-15-18 02:05:40 PM Link | Quote
I'm on nines - one Friday is an eight hour day, and the next I get off.

It's a decent balance.

But yeah, I'd kill for a 30 hour work week.
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Posted on 02-16-18 06:18:52 PM Link | Quote
thinking about getting a Greek yoghurt maker and just making my own Greek yoghurt instead of buying it from the store. my calculations show i would save a significant amount of money even with the 20 or so minutes it takes to do this every week.
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Posted on 02-17-18 05:56:03 PM (last edited by lion at 02-17-18 05:56:15 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by devin
Cars in space??? What is this, Battle Tendency????????????????????????? Thank you folks, I'll be here all week

i still need to finish diamond is not crash's anime
also read parts 5 through 8

when is vento aureo getting adapted, david production???!?!?!??!?!?!?
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Posted on 02-18-18 07:40:37 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I really wish we would move to four tens intstead of five eights. Or even better, maybe two eights, with a living wage built in. Or maybe just full socialism, that sounds nice.

(sigh)

I would love to start getting into four tens, but the way our daily production works, I don't think I could fill those extra two hours considering how busy it is.
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Posted on 02-19-18 01:03:25 PM Link | Quote
I don't know, but lately I've been unusually cold and I'm not sure why. Even when the heater's on, I get unusually cold, and this is from being indoors. Oh well, at least Winter's almost over.
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