California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction
You have a point, but you're a long way from cutting into actual need.
I live in a country where everybody has access to high quality ground water. Our avarage daily water consumption is per capita less than a third of that of a the US, where you don't have access to high quality water. (our tap water is cleaner than bottled water.)
I was shocked by the disregard for water the first time I visited the US. Just as an example, your toilet bowls are huge lakes of water compared to what I'm used to. Flushing all that water just made me feel guilty.
German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network
Thats a rather bleak, defeatist attitude, you know.
I'd rather go down fighting than just accept the status quo, and if the "bullies" move to my preferred battleground, so that I can actually fight them, instead of staying out of reach, I'll see that as a small step forward.
German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network
Foreign bullies I can't do anything about. Domestic bullies I can drag to court, try to vote out of the government, smear in the domestic media, etc.
I prefer to fight my bullies in my own back yard, thank you.
NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific
It is - the remedy for the uneducated masses is education. I don't know of any remedy for superstition. (Just look at the creationists.)
Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination
I know you're trolling but, I am proud. So thank you.
It took quite a lot of political pressure to get this through the EU. But it's quite worth it. Refusing to support other countries in this particular traditions is one of the better things that has happened in politics over here the last few years.
Also, correction for the summary: The EU didn't ban selling certain drugs to prisons, they banned exporting drugs to a country that would use them for killing, i.e., the prison could have used the drugs from Lundbeck, but the EU would then ban export of the drugs to the US, even to hospitals. So, if you'd like to put a negative spin on what we did you could say that we held you hostage and threatened to deny you medicine.
Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems
I ran a part of the process plant by hand during the commisioning phase for the last automation project I was on. Working together with an operator I could barely keep up with one fifth of full capacity for four hours and we were both completely drained afterwards.
The complexity of modern process plants is mind-bogling to people who haven't seen them - and even when they've seen them they don't understand that all the valves, pumps, heat exchangers, etc., around them are doing a finely choregraphied balet behind the scenes. The manpower needed for running a process plant by hand is in the neighborhood of 10-20 times that of running an automated plant, and even then the throughput will be less and the quality of the resulting product lower.
Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building
At my company I'd yell something unintelligently and grab the nearest car, and everything would sort itself out afterwards. I walk to work, so I've been in the situation. It's really not a problem.
Factory-In-a-Day Project Aims To Deploy Work-Ready Robots Within 24 Hours
Automation engineer here.
I (obviously) don't think that automation is inherently unethical, but I very much agree that societies can use it in unethical ways, e.g. for concentrating the wealth of a country on only a small percentage of the population. I don't see the current skewed distribution of wealth as a problem of automation, but as a problem in the government. I miss a good debate about who should benefit from the increased productivity, how the wealth should be redistributed in a "fair" way, and what role the government should take in this endevour. I miss hearing views like Nick Hanauer's.
App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music
Here you go.
Nazi party's anthem: Horst Wessel Lied or Die Fahne hoch.
Socialist song from the same period: Die Internationale (Still in use.)
Both are quite fun to sing. (I sang them in a musical we did in high school.)
Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums
It might not be news, but it is still stuff that matters!
I want the world I live in to be a good place, not a place where, as you put it, people are tortured and spied upon. I want to be able to sleep at night, knowing that my government works for basic human rights, including the right to privacy and the right to not be tortured in some prison camp!
The more the wrongdoings of the governments of the west are exposed, the easier it is to stand up against them using non-violent means like voting and demonstrating. So, don't come here and tell me that it isn't in the category news and/or stuff that matters. I for one don't accept the world I live in, and I want to change it for the better.
ISS Astronauts Fire-Up Awesome 'Cubesat Cannon'
Yep, perfectly normal. Most (if not all) cubesats tumble when they're jettisoned from their launcher.
For them not to tumble when they're jettisoned, they would have to have their center of mass perfectly on top of the spring and they'd need to have the exact same friction against the launcher on all four sides. It's much easier to just fit them with a de-tumbling system, e.g. a magnet on a spring.
Robots: a Working Breed At the Dairy
That's one side of the coin, and the're some tendencies that really point in that direction - the most important being the capital needed for automation. Automation is horribly expensive up front, but pays off over the long run.
But as an automation engineer I really hope we can find some way to stop this madness before it goes too far down that path. I don't do automation because I want to enable the rich, I do automation because I want to help lower the prices of goods so that everybody are able to afford them. (Without having to leech off cild labor in third world countries.) I want to minimize hard, dangerous, boring and/or manual labor as much as possible to enable the common man with free time and better buying power.
The problem as I see it isn't with the capitalists, it's with informing the common population that there is another way, so that they will wote the right people into office instead of yet another front man for large multinational corporations.
UCSD Students Test Fire 3D-Printed Metal Rocket Engine
Castings, sure. But rocket engines are usually welded. It's not really a usefull comparison.
The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later
Most don't really need two cores, but that's not a reason not to want two cores.
I fell in love with multiple core processors when I first got one, not because my computer in general became faster (I'll bet that all but one of my cores are idling most of the time) but because my computer wouldn't get unresponsive when I was doing computationally heavy tasks (or programs crashed).
Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink
Interesting. Who's going to ask me to "go large for just $0.99 more", so I get the genuine experience that's so integral to McDonald and their competition?
Linux 3.12 Codenamed "Suicidal Squirrel"
It was the last time I checked.
MIT's Inflatable Antennae Could Boost Small Satellite Communications
Actually, cubesats need at least a simple attitude control system, i.e., detumbling. Without one they spin up. See e.g. AAUSat II:
We are still working on finding the reason for the fast rotation rate, especially why it accelerated over the course of 40 days. We have a number of ideas, der include the torque caused by the magnetic dipole generated by the solar cells.
That said, being able to actually point in a specific direction with the sat is quite hard, and a lot of work.
Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn
Kinetic energy is 1/2 * m * v^2, so using your numbers gives ~5195 joules. It's actually a lot of energy, about the same as a car going at walking speed, delivered as you say, at a knifes edge.
They'll easily chop a man in half if the rotors don't break first.
DIY Space Suit Testing
If your response to Anon was purely to the utility of ship-suits for this particular application, then I was doubly wrong (or triply, I'm not sure what I'm up to.)
No worrys. I got a good smile out of it. ;)
An external "ship-suit" could perhaps be usefull in some cases, e.g. on the ISS for EVAing, but I'm not really convinced. The only reason I can think of to send an astronaut out to do something is because her hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity is required on a particular spot. (otherwise they'd just send a robot) So, the "ship-suit" would have to have sleeves and gloves with which she could manipulate objects as easily as from a normal space suit.
Tethering the astronaut would on the other hand be much simpler. Just clamp the Canada-arm onto the suit. No need for foot-fasteners and all that other fancy stuff.
It's an interresting concept, but there's a lot of engineering tradeoffs to consider before judging one of the solutions superior to the other.
DIY Space Suit Testing
I'm fairly certain ThreeKelvin's original comment was in reference to the article. ;)
- And your analogy is definitly better.
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