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  1. Spacethingy

    News Space Launch System News

    Nice little thing from Reddit, someone stabilised the video so you can see the gimballing in action: https://gfycat.com/CalculatingAridCurassow I wonder what other Instagram filters NASA will apply their awesome minds to next... :lol:
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    Another one for the "What The Heck Is That?!" file: Yes, that IS a DC3 with a turboprop stuffed into its nose. AKA a Conroy Tri-Turbo-Three. Is that brilliance or sacrilege? I'm not quite sure... :lol:
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    Randall Munroe and Star Trek. Wait a second... Oh. Oh no. Oh nononono...
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    Aw, nearly missed it! To you guys in the the Americas who have a few hours left: Happy Towel Day! https://twitter.com/Ri_Science/status/735405559243890688
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    I hope it's out of the environment!
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    Poll Browser performance testing

    Dell Inspiron 17 5000 laptop: Intel i7-4510U (quad 2 GHz mobile processor) 8 GB RAM NVidia GeForce 840M 630GB HDD Windows 10 I did five runs on each, it is indeed weird to see Edge trouncing everyone else! Browser|median Unaligned|median Aligned Edge|507|868 Chrome|433|742 Firefox|397|705...
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    News Sonic booms heard as RAF scrambles Typhoons

    Was super-sonic really necessary, bearing in mind this is an RJ85 we're talking about here? They're not exactly Citation X's... :lol:
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    I love the way you can stick cartoon eyes on anything... https://gfycat.com/HandyCleverAustralianshelduck
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    News Flydubai flight FZ981 passenger Boeing from Dubai crashes in Rostov-on-Don

    "SCE to AUX" is quite an interesting example of that point - out of a crew of astronauts and mission control, only one guy really knew that switch could save the situation.
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    Yup, that should be the punishment for any "this is why we can't have nice things" crime. Dad was a science teacher, he'd often talk about all the really cool (and safe) experiments that he and the students loved, but can't do any more because some nutcase somewhere once used a 5 molar solution...
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    News Seven outstanding Micro Bit projects(UK BBC school micro project)

    Shame they didn't call it the BBC Nano, or Femto, seeming as this is the successor to the original Micro. Although I wonder how many kids' heads that would have gone over... Wish I'd had this come out when I was younger, would have been right up my street! I wonder how many of them are going to...
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    Humor Random Comments Thread

    Letting the internet name things? Never really seems like a very good idea, although Boaty MacBoatface does actually sound rather adorable. Obligatory XKCD reference... In other news, what if the Saturn V was powered by elephants? (some elephants were slightly exploded in the making of this...
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    OS WARS MEGA THREAD (Now debating proprietary vs. open-source!)

    With regards to "forced" updates, I'm on 10 now. But only because, apparently, "schedule the upgrade for two Saturdays ahead at 1 AM" actually means "DO IT NOW!!!!!!". Several hours and one unplanned all-nighter later, and I haven't had the best introduction to it... No idea what I did wrong...
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    That ain't no asteroid, bud.

    If you zoom in on the horizon, is that a whisp of an atmosphere, or just a compression artifact? Absolutely wonderful photo though... :love:
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    Vessel Boeing 747Z

    What kind of runway would this land on?! The A380 pushes the limits at many airports in terms of width, I'm guessing this thing would be extremely limited on the airports it could actually land on? Thinking about it, that massive offset from the pilot's position to the centreline of the...
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    Orbiter Screenshot Thread

    Well, I've spent a few afternoons thrashing my net connection with all of the latest beta goodies, and I can safely say it was worth it... Good grief. This is the little LOW-res Mars terrain: I don't actually ever want to use time acceleration on slow atmospheric flights now... Heading past...
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    Discussion Elon Musk: the F9 first stage can reach orbit as an SSTO.

    With apologies for the off-topic, Musk seems to be keeping rather quiet about the F9's England-reaching capabilities! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-34941462
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    News Kolavia Flight 7K9268 (Airbus A321-231) crashes on Sinai peninsula

    Looking at that, there doesn't appear to be any debris at the main crash site behind where the wings were - would that contribute to the tail separating off hypothesis? Very sad, wonder what risks the investigation people are having to take being in that area...
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    Hardware Asus Zenbook UX 305 or Dell Latitude 12 inch 5000

    I ran Orbiter 2010 on a pretty ancient Dell laptop with an Intel GMA and just 1GB RAM, managed to keep up above 25 FPS most of the time, even with heavy stuff like the XR2. As per the new betas, I'm now using a Dell series 17'' 5000 Inspiron from a year or two back, which has a Nvidia 960M card...
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    News The Space Shuttle for Flightgear 3.6

    Looking pretty amazing! :thumbup: I don't know if it's any use, but the guys on the Space Shuttle Ultra team have just made a release and their stuff is LGPL - maybe some of their work could be useful to you?
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