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Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

GonzoPhysicist Re:Is this an achievement? (47 comments)

Babies and boats don't have 7 meter umbilicals attached to what is basically an underwater sail.

4 days ago

Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

GonzoPhysicist Re:Is this an achievement? (47 comments)

The thing of note here is that this vehicle is half surface and half submersible. There is the top section that is mostly a surfboard with solar panels and a bottom section that hangs down about 7m and has a bunch of wings on it. So the fact that it didn't get torn apart or tangled up is impressive.

4 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

GonzoPhysicist Re:Distinct DNA (1330 comments)

I'm not going to draw the line, but "Can it suffer?" is just as much a grey zone as the DNA one, as any stressing factor can construe suffering. A plant suffers from lack of water, a bacterium suffers in too low a pH, I suffer if I don't have coffee in the morning.

about a month ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

GonzoPhysicist Re:There goes Google (248 comments)

Then you find it using a different search engine. It just shows why the way they implement "right to be forgotten" doesn't make sense.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

GonzoPhysicist Re:As an OS, sure, as a UI, no (516 comments)

The most glaring example of this to me is the default setting of "hide extensions for known file types". I think it first showed up in XP, but why would you ever want that turned on?

about 2 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

GonzoPhysicist Re:No Benedict Cumberbatch? (325 comments)

"Yes he is playing a blue skinned admiral, but he is definitely not Thrawn"

about 3 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

GonzoPhysicist Re:so? (325 comments)

I've heard it was more about avoiding any emotional attachments, and seeing as this is an important part of parenting the two don't go together very well.

about 3 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GonzoPhysicist Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

I'd rather be beat up and robbed than shot and robbed.

about 3 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

GonzoPhysicist Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Why is it listed as a coffee maker?

about 4 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

GonzoPhysicist Re:three responses (562 comments)

The dog's sniffing around isn't even considered a "search" so it can't be illegal. Now the cop just has to claim the dog looked at him he right way and they can tear your car apart.

about 7 months ago

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

GonzoPhysicist Re:Flat like a shell. (433 comments)

Does turtle prime disrupt the whole stack with a mighty smack of its flipper?

about 8 months ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

GonzoPhysicist Re:Hitchhiker's Guide (732 comments)

But the books aren't even the original story, the radio program was. That's one of the best things about H2G2, in each of it's incarnations it starts the same way but the plot eventually diverges.

about 9 months ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

GonzoPhysicist Re:Question (167 comments)

If we're not counting physical visits then I've got all 24 covered by a buoy up at the north pole.

about 9 months ago

NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

GonzoPhysicist Re:I wish they'd do it here. (372 comments)

Monterey, CA did it a little while back. One nice side effect I've noticed is less light pollution compared to the presidio which didn't change their lights. No idea about the cost savings though.

about 9 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

GonzoPhysicist Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

I often use it to get spell check results without moving a hand to the mouse, though it doesn't seem to show them in this text box (using Chrome).

about 10 months ago

New X Prize Quest: Sensors To Probe Oceanic Acid Levels

GonzoPhysicist Re:Paelo History (91 comments)

But the CO2 levels have never changed this fast before, there's a good chance evolution is too slow to keep up.

about a year ago

What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

GonzoPhysicist Re:Not Many (222 comments)

Maybe that little chameleon made 'em think it had something to do with SUSE.

about a year ago

Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

GonzoPhysicist Re:as a guy who surfs in California (86 comments)

We do, check out Barbara Blocks's work. I set up an acoustic receiver for them in Monterey and we just got our first hit last week.

about a year ago


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