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(SFGate)   You know your country's nuclear launch capabilities aren't very sophisticated if launches get hampered by snowfall   (sfgate.com) divider line 34
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2012-12-07 11:03:58 AM  
And here I thought we were going to blow the thing out of the sky with our orbital ABM laser at launch. I didn't know the weather machine was operational yet.
 
2012-12-07 11:05:33 AM  
We should just tell them it's our weather-control machine doing it. Maybe they can bankrupt themselves even further to build their own weather-control machine.
 
2012-12-07 11:08:19 AM  

Arkanaut: We should just tell them it's our weather-control machine doing it. Maybe they can bankrupt themselves even further to build their own weather-control machine.


Brilliant! Make it so.
 
2012-12-07 11:08:37 AM  
Snow does play hell with paper mache.
 
2012-12-07 11:09:40 AM  

Arkanaut: We should just tell them it's our weather-control machine doing it. Maybe they can bankrupt themselves even further to build their own weather-control machine.


2. Steal their weather machine
3. ?
4. Profit!
 
2012-12-07 11:11:34 AM  
I do not fear a rocket where the solid fuel is charcoal.
 
2012-12-07 11:18:45 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I do not fear a rocket where the solid fuel is charcoal.


FOOL! THIS ROCKET IS FUELED BY THE HEART AND SWEAT OF THE PROLETARIAT! IGNORE THE MEN WITH THE SHOVELS!
 
2012-12-07 11:26:33 AM  
Here's the deal if you're a North Korea engineer. Odds are the launch will fail and at least one scapegoat on the team will be killed as an object lesson. Or maybe just sent to a labor camp if Dear Fatass is feeling nice. I'd delay the shiat out of that launch if I was an engineer there.
 
2012-12-07 11:26:48 AM  
We are TOTALLY going to nuke you next spring, you just wait till after the snow melt and then IT'S ON!!!!!!
 
2012-12-07 11:27:24 AM  

Arkanaut: We should just tell them it's our weather-control machine doing it. Maybe they can bankrupt themselves even further to build their own weather-control machine.


I don't think we need to expend effort to bankrupt North Korea.
 
2012-12-07 11:29:50 AM  
www.popularmechanics.com
 
2012-12-07 11:33:35 AM  
Where is this "North Korea" place everyone keeps talking about? I only know of one Korea: Best Korea!
 
2012-12-07 11:36:37 AM  
North Korea is an interesting study in the art of pretend. I wouldn't be surprised if they launch the missile and it ends up in the water and floats up a little flag with the words "Suplise!"
 
2012-12-07 11:37:14 AM  
DaCaptain19

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I do not fear a rocket where the solid fuel is charcoal.

FOOL! THIS ROCKET IS FUELED BY THE HEART AND SWEAT OF THE PROLETARIAT! IGNORE THE MEN WITH THE SHOVELS!


Do you know how many citizens have to starve for those men to have shovels..... make it so.
 
2012-12-07 11:41:33 AM  
Wait, it snows in North Korea? Clearly I don't know my geography...
 
2012-12-07 11:45:43 AM  
Gives new meaning to the term "nuclear winter".
 
2012-12-07 11:45:52 AM  

pseudoscience: Wait, it snows in North Korea? Clearly I don't know my geography...


It snowed on M*A*S*H at least once, so it must snow in North Korea!

2. Steal their weather machine
Not such a good idea.
The Homing Missile was created so that an enemy would steal the plans and build it.
 
2012-12-07 11:47:34 AM  
The Best Korea already has a weather control device.

ace.imageg.net
They don't need the stinking running dog Americian capitialist version, besides they don't have enough power to run it.
 
2012-12-07 11:51:22 AM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

The Challenger crew would probably disagree with submitter.
 
2012-12-07 11:57:43 AM  

KayakDude: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 277x182]

The Challenger crew would probably disagree with submitter.


I'm not sure... Let's ask them.

Oh, right.
 
2012-12-07 12:05:38 PM  
Did you hear about the North Korean that tried to shoot an arrow into the air?

He missed.
 
2012-12-07 12:10:41 PM  
It makes sense to not try out a new piece of technology in less than optimal conditions. Why add more variables than needed?
 
2012-12-07 12:16:51 PM  
You youngsters might be forgiven your hubris, but it would pay you to remember that the NK rocketry program is in it's very infancy, and they have to steal the information on how to do most of the work and invent what they cannot buy or steal. It's hard work.

When the US was doing rockets back in the 1950's with our stolen german scientists - and Thank you, Dr. Von Braun...our first efforts blew up more often than they worked. When you use materials in new ways, failures happen in new ways and when you have to figure out what happened from the bits left after the explosion, well, the learning curve can be steep.

Given how poor NK is, and how hard it must be to get adequate materials to build even one rocket, I'm not sure I blame 'em for being extra careful with their rare hardware.
 
2012-12-07 12:21:35 PM  
It isn't how well the bear dances, it is that it dances at all.

That said, NK must know that if they even consider turning missiles toward the US, they are going to be turned into a glass parking lot. It is PR, and good luck with that "peaceful space program" Best Korea!
 
2012-12-07 12:25:05 PM  
Snow stops a rocket launch?

Hmm... some brutha turned INFORMER!
 
2012-12-07 12:35:57 PM  
Subby obviously hasn't seen a Korean drive in snow.
 
2012-12-07 12:37:45 PM  

Foundling: pseudoscience: Wait, it snows in North Korea? Clearly I don't know my geography...

It snowed on M*A*S*H at least once, so it must snow in North Korea!

2. Steal their weather machine
Not such a good idea.
The Homing Missile was created so that an enemy would steal the plans and build it.


upload.wikimedia.org

Those ain't sand dunes our boys are taking cover on......

Battle of Chosin Reservoir, you know, the most famous battle in all of the Korean War....
 
2012-12-07 01:31:11 PM  
Why would snow hamper Photoshop?
 
2012-12-07 01:59:26 PM  
"Images from Dec. 1 showed no rocket at the launch pad, but by Tuesday North Koreans were seen working under a dark canvas"

Best Korea has learned about the dark canvas!
 
2012-12-07 02:10:36 PM  

WelldeadLink: "Images from Dec. 1 showed no rocket at the launch pad, but by Tuesday North Koreans were seen working under a dark canvas"

Best Korea has learned about the dark canvas!


We cannot allow a canvas gap!
 
2012-12-07 02:32:29 PM  
Great! Now we know how to stop North Korea's missiles from every getting launched. We'll bombard the country with snow making machines. Hell, we may as well throw them some bad and onoxious skiers to get with them.
 
2012-12-07 03:28:51 PM  

KayakDude: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 277x182]

The Challenger crew would probably disagree with submitter.


I had a Happy while reading this thread. Then you took it away.
 
2012-12-07 05:30:35 PM  
The matches got wet again?
 
2012-12-07 07:35:49 PM  

davidphogan: It makes sense to not try out a new piece of technology in less than optimal conditions. Why add more variables than needed?


This launch prep is an attention whore stunt being pulled by North Korea because the ROK (South Korea) is preparing for a national election. This is more about intimidation and bullying than it is about practicality. North Korea likes to do things like this and then blame the ROK's relationship with the United States as their justification for doing it.
 
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