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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 19, 2018 @ 02:13 PM | 4,837 Views
20 years after viavoice began trying to push voice recognition to consumers & was an utter failure, voice recognition was rebranded as personal assistants with artificial intelligence & pushed a lot harder for the last several years. Lately, either people have got the Alexia bug or Jeff Bezos has been making a last ditch effort to promote it, much like his last ditch efforts to promote fire phone & kindle before they died. Nowadays, marketing has gotten good enough that you can't tell at all if people really crave something or if it's being pushed.

If there really was artificial intelligence anywhere near intelligent dialog to the level stock valuations reflect, it would have already changed everything.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 10, 2018 @ 05:36 PM | 5,366 Views
zuma fairing separation (0 min 59 sec)

2 halves are clearly visible in the enhanced uslaunchreport footage. There are 2 gas plumes & the 2 blobs move from right to left as they separate. The only thing you could presume is the bottom half not moving far enough away to clear the payload, but they proceeded with later launches as if nothing happened.

Meanwhile, the FH static fire was reduced from 15 to 12 seconds. The shuttle got 20 seconds, but faster data fidelity probably reduced the need.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 10, 2018 @ 01:12 AM | 5,120 Views

Multiply by 3 & you get tomorrow's Falcon Heavy static fire, the largest static fire since the Saturn V & the largest ever on a pad. There wasn't a static fire of the Delta IV heavy or the Ariane V. The shuttle was static fired only at 1.2 million lbs of thrust. The Saturn V was static fired on a test stand. Falcon Heavy #1 will be tested at 4.7 million lbs of thrust for 15 seconds.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 09, 2018 @ 05:49 PM | 5,091 Views
Some kids thought it was a block 5 in the final photo. It's ready for some kind of painting. The 1st block 5 is supposed to be #1046. Since block 5 engine testing was still going on recently , it's not visually different from a block 4, & #1044 was spotted in Fl*rida, it's probably #1045.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 04, 2018 @ 07:14 PM | 5,330 Views
The pattern of CNC milling actually looks like something from an advanced civilization. Perhaps it really did come from aliens.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 02, 2018 @ 02:11 PM | 6,636 Views
Dreamed about watching the 1st Falcon Heavy liftoff on a TV. Didn't see the engines ignite because the TV started by showing the wrong video. Someone changed it only after it was off the pad. It actually made it off the pad & was doing the pitch program. Then the right booster went out. The other 2 kept going & it strangely didn't terminate as it continued pitching over & Elon's car headed for the water. After the longest wait, it finally exploded. It seemed because the booster was the 1st to be reused from a geostationary mission, the additional stresses were an untested configuration.

Then dreamed about a 2nd Falcon Heavy liftoff which happened many years later because of the time needed to evaluate the failure & prepare 3 more boosters. It actually made it to orbit & the core stage was being shown returning to the boat. It started the landing burn real late & slowed down dramatically. As it neared the barge, it was oscillating a lot more than usual. After it hit the boat, it ended up falling over like an earlier launch & exploding. The extra mass in the center core was an untested configuration much like the earlier launches.