Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?
Have you bought your indulgences for the week, comrade? Pay the carbon tax and your sins against Gaia are forgiven!
Putting the Wolfram Language (and Mathematica) On Every Raspberry Pi
In my experience with university mathematics and engineering departments, students, TAs and anyone who can get away with it use pirated copies. For analytical maths, there's just nothing better than Mathematica.
Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon
>(which I believe that would run afoul of an international treaty)
Not really. The Outer Space Treaty says anyone is allowed to settle other celestial bodies and use their natural resources, it just prohibits signatories from annexing or otherwise claiming sovereignty over extra-terrestrial territories. Signatories are also not allowed to drag nuclear weapons along, and that's the gist of it.
It's for the best, really - why bother colonising space if we're just going to use it to prolong capitalism, nationalism and hate?
White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care
"Metres", colonial scum.
North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official
What a bunch of seoulless, warmongering scum.
Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal
No, you need to stop giving your money to shit carriers for shit service bundled with vendor lock-in.
SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy
The video in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=2Ivr6JF1K-8
This rocket (the Grasshopper RLV) is just a test article. It's a mass simulation of the first stage of a Falcon 9, which has been launched to orbit successfully 5 times in a row. The idea is to test and prove the re-usability concept on the Grasshopper RLV before adapting it to the first stage of the Falcon 9. They've only done small hops so far, but the plan is to continue launching the Grasshopper RLV with more and more fuel until it can replicate the trajectory of the Falcon 9's first stage and safely return, at which point they'd be ready to begin adapting the Falcon 9 first stage for a safe return and landing.
SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station
It's really a misnomer to call the space shuttle reusable. "Rebuildability" is more like it. The things had to spend months after each flight being torn apart and having every part inspected over and over and a big chunk of them replaced.
The key to economic space flight is full and rapid reusability. Payload launchers need to become as reusable as passenger aeroplanes for space flight to become routine.
SpaceX Pressure Hammers Stuck Valves; Dragon's ISS Mission Back On Track
NASA was still operating it and flying the missions, though. SpaceX has its own mission control centre and its own astronauts.
al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones
>3. But make sure the civilians aren't brown/muslim men "of military age", because that means they're eligible for free entry in the US indiscriminate murder program.
Russia Says Next-Gen Spacecraft Design Ready
Just another powerpoint rocket from Putinist Russia. Like Kliper, Parom, MAKS, Rus', etc, it'll never make it into production and service as long as the official policy towards Russian rocket scientists is "the beatings will continue until morale improves".
LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio
Dammit, stop selling me longscreens and get back to making good 4:3 monitors.
How Do We Program Moral Machines?
How thick are you? Pretty much all of Asimov's works dealt with how ambiguous and incomplete the three laws were and how many horrible failure modes fall well within the domain of an intelligent machine following them to the letter. That was a warning not to oversimplify AI and machine ethics in general, not a blueprint.
Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA
Go back to your fallout bunker, paranoid moron.
Coffee and Intellectual Property
Exactly this. I refuse to recognise the concept of owning ideas. If you want to protect your intellectual property, keep it in your head (and keep your head away from fMRI scanners). Once it's out in the open, it's no longer "intellectual property", it's free information.
Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine
They could just release a new Orange Box with all of them and call it "Valve's 3: The Game".
Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters
It never "went viral" until the delusional morons started acting butthurt over it in public, and possibly not even then. Outrage went viral, not the video itself.
WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs
Helium is an inert gas. You're thinking about hydrogen gas.
How Long Do You Want To Live?
For today's safety standards, yes. Once we recognise the fact that 150 thousand people ceasing to exist every day is, in effect, worse than any war or genocide we've ever witnessed and decide to do something about it, people just might live safer lives after realising practical immortality is within their grasp.
Take extreme sports as an example. I've weighed the utility of living another 80 odd years against the probability of hitting the ground at terminal velocity, and decided I should try parachuting. If several million/billion objective years of my mind running perhaps thousands of times faster than today were at stake? Not a chance.
How Long Do You Want To Live?
Serious answer: Long enough to see the last star in the observable universe burn out.
Half-serious answer: Forever, if it turns out to be physically possible.
Pure comedy answer: There's nothing comedic about ceasing to exist. I'd very much like to postpone it as far into the future as possible.
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