Re: "We are still very keen to donate some of the proceeds to the cause"
Isn't that any public companies modus operandi?
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I'm just a parish councillor, which is unpaid and takes up a load of time, which I am happy to give as a benefit to the community. It actually costs me money to be a PC! The number of people who think I am in it to line my pockets and are really quite rude about it is non-zero. Yes, they are vile, nasty, and have no idea what they are talking about.
"All new wireless based systems look great before an economic number of users are added."
So ask yourself this question. Why are SpaceX/Starlink launching, if it's not economical/profitable in the long run? They have better access to the numbers than you do, yet you seem really confident it's not economical. So what do you know that they don't, which means they continue to spend huge amounts of money on satellites and launches for apparently no reason?
Tell that to all the people who started out with lots, and now have much less. Trump for example.
Thing is, Musk is very good at spotting where improvements can be made - Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, Boring Company. These are all going to make a HUGE amount of money, because HE spotted areas in markets where there was money to be made.
The SpaceX approach is STILL cheaper than the NASA approach, and much quicker. These SS prototypes are not expensive at all in the general scheme of things. Look at SLS, in development for over a decade, still not flown, and estimated to cost a billion per launch at least. Now look at Starship, started development less than 5 years ago, already had four launches, albeit not fully successful, but the progress rate is WAY faster than SLS. And it will be reusable, and cheap to fly.
There won't be a source, it's nonsense.
You only need to apply common sense. People are flocking to use the F9. SpaceX use the F9 for Starlink. Musk is not stupid and doesn't suffer from the "sunk cost fallacy". If it wasn't cheaper to reuse, they would not be reusing. And it's certainly cheaper than all the other providers.
As for the comment above about using solids. Just no. You cannot turn them off once lit. They are a dead end for manned spaceflight and more expensive than the Kerolox they use on the F9.
It's odd that he's been in the right place so many times. What a lucky guy...
Whether he's a dick? No idea, never met him. I do appreciate his openness in broadcasting so much SpaceX stuff when he really doesn't need to. I'd say he was well planted in reality though, compared with the others you mention.
The corollary is that if someone issued code under MIT or similar, rather than GPL, then they INTENDED for that work to be freely available. They WANT people who are too lazy to write their own to use it, they WANT it to be free.
If they want GPL they should use GPL.
Uses VSCode for C, although you don't need to use an IDE if you don't want to. Command line compile and drag and drop works fine. Eclipse also works.
There are a number of (mostly) unique features. Twin cores, PIO, HW PWM, HW interpolators, sophisticated DMA, HW Dividers. All combines to give the ability, for example to drive two DVI displays...
So what you are saying is that you hope that a launch on a exactly predefined trajectory, doesn't crash in to a satellite, also on a exactly predefined trajectory.
I personally don't think hope comes in to it, just maths.
Also note, the satellite are released below their final orbit and climb up using onboard thrusters, so the actual launch itself could not have this happen.
Indeed. For years, OSS advocates have been saying the income source for software should be the maintenance side of things. But as soon as someone implements it, it all goes to shite.
So where are the companies that run these projects going to get the money needed to stay afloat? And we really need over arching control, because otherwise the devs just go off and do what they want, not what needs to be done - because maintenance is so "BORING".
Yup, defo. autocorrect! State's. I mean, really. I should know better.
I should also have added that the UK education system also seem to be producing its unfair share of anti-science people, as shown by the number of people who don't want a COVD vaccine, and are willing to risk death or long term impairment rather than have what is a tested vaccine.
Sorry, done on a tablet and I never get on with the keyboards on those things. Although I could claim an ironic statement?
Let me try again, on a proper keyboard, and with more time.
In the times when I have worked in the State's, for an American tech firm, the number of foreign employees greatly outnumbered home grown talent, EXCEPT in management which was a different split altogether. I still think the education system is to blame; Indian and Chinese systems really seem to produce people targeted at these tech firms, whereas the homegrown US system appears to be producing flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers and religious nutjobs. And management.
Run the latest firmware and most heat problems go away unless you are really hammering the ARM's. In general use they do not get hot enough to burn anything. So no, most people don't need active cooling. You are more than welcome to use it of course. It will prevent throttle under high constant workloads ARM (ie not video playback which runs cool as its done by the GPU). Not sure why you are seeing dropped frames, things like Kodi should run without anything like that.
Have you ANY Idea how expensive our own constellation would be? Any idea at all?
About £15B minimum to get it up there, and a couple of million a DAY to run it.
All that money just to replicate something that ALREADY exists.
Might be cheaper if using a LEO constellation like Starlink, but LEO is getting crowded.
Unfortunately, gloves prices have gone up by a factors of about 2-3 in the current crisis - what used to be 50 pairs for 4.99 is now 20 pairs for 5.99 (YMMV). So supplying gloves is an expensive business. But then so is masks I suppose. Just have to put prices up to cover the costs.
Ah yes, YouTube, that bastian of accurate reporting and fact checking.
Nothing wrong with electric cars that isn't worse with internal combustion - you heard it here first.
Blimey, the Musk haters are out in force today. Bunch of twats. He's just a bloke who runs a few companies. If you don't like the way he runs them, don't work for them. If you don't like his products, don't buy them. But in all other respects, haters and deniers, please just fuck off and self isolate, and that includes the internet.
Of course people buy them for 'other things'. And that is entirely the plan. All the profits from selling Pi;s go to the Foundation. So selling to as many people of possible is the right choice to make. And for example, making a cheaper desktop, increases the market hugely. As for hurrying out of the door, no, not really. Some issues with over heating that we eventually figured out, although all they do is throttle when hot (just like phones), the USB mistake has been fixed. Spectre? Not seen that exploited yet, I expect the dangers are somewhat overblown.
I reckon just three flaws on launch, 2 quite minor, isn't too bad.
I always look forward to the comments from people who know better than the people who actually designed and built a probe that spend 7 years in space then landed on a moon of another planet.
I guess climate science is also anathema to them, all those know it all scientists, giving it large.
You can plan for known and unknown circumstances. It's the unknown unknowns that get you.
Which is why I will always believe that software will have bugs in it, not matter how much time you spend on it. Even some of the most robust software ever written, used on, for example, space probes, occasionally reboots itself because something somewhere got in a state that was entirely unpredictable.
So never expect software written to a schedule to be bug or crash free. Because that schedule means you can never take care of everything.
Majority of Raspberry Pi manufacture is Wales, although we do have quite a bit of stuff made in China. But we do have people over there a lot, and have a Chinese/Hong Kong guy there permanently looking after stuff. And we still have problems....
Kickstarter people NEVER realise how much work is involved in taking a product from concept to full scale production. We get quite a bit of stick because of how long it takes us to get stuff out. But it's really because we do it properly and try not to release stuff before its ready and because doing it right takes HUGE amount of time and money. We do have occasional glitches before anyone brings them up!
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