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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Nutria Re:And let someone into my garage? (85 comments)

Most Amazon boxes are much larger than a tray of milk bottles.

Must I mention that this hypothetical modern air-lock does not have to be the size of a tray of milk bottles from three generations ago?

3 days ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Nutria And let someone into my garage? (85 comments)

Two thoughts:

1) How do you get the one-time TrackPIN to the UPS guy before the fact?

2) Way back when the milkman delivered his eponymous product, there was a small "airlock" built into many houses, with doors open both to the outside and the in. Some sort of mechanism could be developed so as to deliver the package from the airlock to the house.

3 days ago
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Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

Nutria Rare Astronomical Event (53 comments)

Quick, alert the YouTube idiots: the Anunnaki are returning on Planet Nibiru!!!!

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Nutria with permission, you are interacting with the room (228 comments)

What happens when two people enter the room, and they have different preferences?

Spouses already fight about the thermostat; who's preference is "the house" going to pick?

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Nutria Re:"plenty of flat land to go around (165 comments)

In your fevered dreams!"

Said who? It costs the same as a BMW 535i, yet only goes 265 miles. That's *not* revolutionary.

Call me back when he's got a $25K minivan that can go 300 miles at 80MPH while carrying 4 people and a whole lot of stuff. That will be revolutionary! Maybe my teenagers will be able to buy such a vehicle. But I doubt it.

"Beating Ares 1 to the ISS for 2% of the development cost, on a rocket cheaper than the Russians and the Chinese,

Using an engine designed by someone else using taxpayer money is IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM revolutionary.

It's great engineering and no-nonsense construction from a company that hasn't (yet) become bloated by sucking on the DoD & NASA teats, but that is *no* revolutionary.

For it to be revolutionary, they'd have to come up with something *really* game changing, like... a fuel better than LH2/LOX which doesn't corrode everything it gets near, or spray radioactive death half-way across the countryside.

Practical, reusable rocket engines (where you don't have to strip down and rebuild the engine every time like they did with the SSME are stupendously important, and I hope SpaceX can get that working.

However, and sadly, getting a booster to land on a floating platform is "mere" engineering: throw enough time, money, sensors, accelerometers, actuators, etc -- IOW, stuff that we already have and know how to use -- that's not revolutionary.

A *real* revolution would be to find

So, while Musk is doing some important work

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Nutria Re:"plenty of flat land to go around (165 comments)

Hyperloop is a system involving partially evacuated (not hard vacuum) tubes.

The air on the outside is still going to *aggressively* want to rush in through any little crack.

it involves magnetic accelerator segments for propulsion.

Let me see if I've got this straight: we can't build regular maglev trains because they're super-expensive (the engineering, construction and maintenance would be incredibly difficult), so... we'll just make it that much harder by wrapping a (partial) vacuum tube around it???

You've got to understand that as much as Europe loves it's trains, there's a reason why high-speed trains aren't draped across the continent: the tracks have to be *perfect*, and they're always stopping and starting; even the express trains don't get up to full "steam" for very long stretches.

There's a reason that autobahns/Interstates are such a great idea: they combine all the benefits of an express train, with the flexibility of a two lane road (if you're near one, there's an on-ramp close by). And when you get "there", you still have your car to drive around in.

So, no. If maglev was a good idea, it would have already been built.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Nutria Re:"plenty of flat land to go around (165 comments)

if he doesn't, it won't be because of anything you think you know.

I've been around long enough to know when an idea is a crock of shit.

he's too busy revolutionizing the automobile, space travel, and power industries simultaneously.

Wow, you have drunk the Kool Aid!!

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Nutria Re:"plenty of flat land to go around (165 comments)

What's the purpose of developing a technology which we *know* is WILDLY impractical beyond the Pneumatic Tube Transport developed for local delivery of small items. See the Wikipedia entry on "Pneumatic tube".

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Nutria "plenty of flat land to go around (165 comments)

Too bad there's not much flat ground where it would do some good.

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

Nutria Scientific rationale? (69 comments)

How tiny of a fraction will be equivalent to the great works of art, and how many 100s of billions of years will be needed for all of the Great Works to be represented on a CCD that will degrade in less than a decade?

about two weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Nutria Re:I think the thing being missed here (300 comments)

If somebody builds it and 1% of the 1% buy tickets

Go re-read my post. Companies like Boeing or Airbus won't develop super-expensive planes unless carriers will buy a *lot* of planes.

Sadly, there aren't enough of the 1% who need/want to fly across the oceans on a regular basis for carriers to need a fleet of planes.

about three weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

Nutria "a tragic, unthinkable loss" (189 comments)

He (she?) was at one point soldier. Tell me that his/her parents never thought that he/she might never die.

And tell me that his parents never noticed that their short, soft boy-girl was "sensitive", and might one day crack under the pressure? Especially when he/she did something that he/she *knew* would piss off the government...

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Nutria Re:Don't put cameras on everything (138 comments)

Al-Jazeera got the tape but refused to show it to anyone

I bet they'd show a tape of a white American (preferably a cop) shooting black kids...

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Nutria Re:Don't put cameras on everything (138 comments)

Just wait until the next school shooting when one of these is live streaming.

Let's go for the trifecta!
1) School shooting,
2) by a black guy,
3) with a Muslim name.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Nutria Re:Don't put cameras on everything (138 comments)

Imagine if the shooters in the Paris attack had something like this ...

Exactly. Just wait until some guy with a thick accent named Abdul Mohammad Mustafa buys a couple and they wind up in Syria or Palestine...

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

Nutria Re:Bitstamp hack..... (114 comments)

you could buy a new car for 20 ounces 100 years ago you can still buy a new car for 20 ounces today.

But there are a lot more cars (and people to buy them) now than 100 years ago. That's a big problem, and why I said that the GS is unsustainable.

Gold provides natural level of inflation at about 1.5% a year.

It does?

about three weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

Nutria Re:Even more useless than politicians (300 comments)

An astrobiologist studying the possibility of life on Mars

But wouldn't that be just a regular biologist who specializes in "a-thermal" extremophiles? Or maybe the kind of geologist that studies things like stromatolites?

about three weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

Nutria Even more useless than politicians (300 comments)

Philosopher, astrobiologist, futurist, nanotech entrepreneur.

WTF do astrobiologists actually do besides suck at the government teat?

And futurists... gah. Those idiots are Miss Cleo rejects.

about three weeks ago

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