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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

faffod Re:This is not going to work. (104 comments)

It does mentione NASA. The first line of the summary:

Taking a page from NASA's rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is ...

So your excuse is that you didn't read the article, and you didn't read the first sentence of the summary to completion. You can't claim that you read the headline, because that doesn't mention NASA.

about a month and a half ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

faffod Re:GPS on Mars (104 comments)

a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position .....

Yup, hate to break it to you rocket scientists at NASA, but there is a slight flaw in this design for use on Mars.

I hate to break it to you, but ESA is the rocket scientists in Europe, not NASA....

about a month and a half ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

faffod Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

It's more like:
Please put your content on our service so that that we both benefit (you get some ad revenue and exposure, we get ad revenue and become the 800 pound gorilla of online video)... [some time passes] ... ok now that we are the 800 pound gorilla we want to change the service and if you don't like it we will kick you to the street. Oh incidentally, the other 800 pound gorilla (RIAA) like the terms we gave them but that's a coincidence and you shouldn't see too much into that.

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

faffod Re:Yeah... (146 comments)

You must be new around here...

about 3 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

faffod Still stuck in an analogue thinking pattern (216 comments)

When everything was analogue, you needed a custom device for each service (phone, TV, fax, etc). In the digital era that way of thinking is as archaic as the dinosaur. I do not want an internet connection that might be slightly better than my current phone, only to be left in the dust in a couple of years. I want a system that allows me to add my phone's internet the car seamlessly.
Yes someone is monetizing my mobile internet; no that doesn't mean that I want everyone monetizing it over and over again.

about 3 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

faffod Re:Deniers (869 comments)

There is more that one way to skin this cat. Refusing to do anything about it because panic, which summarizes the solution that you seem to think is the only one is just one solution. Here's another http://pando.com/2014/04/09/my... there are others, if you look.

about 4 months ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

faffod Why would a taxi company want this? (72 comments)

[I was beaten to this by an AC, but since many filter AC comments I'll jump in...] The Taxi companies have no interest in something that will effectively reduce their revenue.

about 5 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

faffod Re:..you'll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (376 comments)

Rural roads are an other good place to use them. When you approach a turn, dim them and you will be able to tell if a car is coming in the opposite direction (you'll see their lights) and you can take the turn knowing that you won't blind them.

about 6 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

faffod Re:..you'll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (376 comments)

And of course, once they see the pedestrians they can turn their high beams down. You know, not turn off the headlights. Not drive with just their parking lights, simply dim the high beams. It's all perfectly safe. It is how the car was designed to be operated. And as a bonus it is courteous to your neighbors. I recommend trying it some day.

about 6 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

faffod Re:..you'll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (376 comments)

Considering this is for the i8 they got rid of the idle and the vroom-vroom. It's an electric car, so anything to save battery consumption is a good thing (tm)

about 6 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

faffod Who really gains from this? (340 comments)

Who really wins if the FAA/FCC ban inflight cell coverage? The airlines that have built a pay service for internet connections. If we allow cellular coverage in the air, they lose a revenue stream. The airlines already have processes in place for annoying passengers. If you are really annoyed by the person next to you they don't need new rules to deal with yapping on a cell phone. On the other hand, I would enjoy being able to read news while traveling. I would enjoy getting work done with reference materials available while traveling. Please don't knee jerk away a gain for consumers.

about 7 months ago
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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

faffod Reminds me of a math class I took (169 comments)

I had a prof who would take a vote on which day we would have our test. Once he gave us the choice of next week monday or friday. The vote was overwhelmingly monday (I can't remember but something like 2/3). Immediately after he realized that wednesday was also an option, so we had a re-vote. Friday won out with a majority (not plurality) vote.
So, no, I don't think that guans are wired for logical decision making. Animals, I still hold out hope for.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

faffod Re:The worst thing... (575 comments)

You can leave your gun in your car, you can not leave your skin color, sex, religion*, sexual preference, disability at the door before walking in. That is a huge difference and has nothing to do with "progressist" anything.

* religion can also include your religion for or against gun control laws, and you may discuss your religion while on premise.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

faffod Re:At least... (214 comments)

I moved here from Europe. I spent my early childhood in India, Pakistan, Israel and Lebanon. Yes, in some cases moving is quite easy. But once you buy a house, start a family, have elderly family members that rely on you, etc it becomes difficult to the point of impossible to move. Some are luckier that others - My sister typically moves from one continent to an other every 2-3 years. Just because some people can move easily doesn't mean that it is a realistic to say "if you don't like the state you live in move to one that works for you".

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

faffod Re:At least... (214 comments)

I can't leave the city I live in - not if I want to continue being a father for my children. Saying that it is easy to pick up and move is a fallacy for many if not most people.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

faffod Re:At least... (214 comments)

Is Ohio deciding how to deal with California trade, or are a few making choices that will harm the many. The parent comment about moving everything to the state level was in response to the comment that local politicians are easy to lobby (let's not call it bribe). I find it inherently wrong that a few with money can carry so much leverage in our political system.

about 9 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

faffod POTS is highly regulated. (582 comments)

What the phone companies can and can't do with POTS is highly regulated. They have been on a crusade to do away with the regulations for a long time. This is a simpler way to get rid of the regulations.

about 9 months ago

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Touch ID sensor is custom paired to each iPhone

faffod faffod writes  |  about 10 months ago

faffod (905810) writes "The guys at iMore uncovered some undocumented layers of security for the Touch ID sensor.

Apple doesn't make specific mention of any other additional safeguards. However, as we discovered through some research and testing of our own, it seems as though Apple went through the trouble of pairing every individual Touch ID sensor cable to each individual phone as well. That's an incredible feat, and it immediately raises the question — why?

While this will make replacing the button an Apple exclusive (read expensive) job, it seems that Apple wants to make it difficult for people to hack the system."
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An interesting look at the performance of JavaScript on mobile devices

faffod faffod writes  |  about a year ago

faffod (905810) writes "Coming from a background of console development where memory management is a daily concern, I found it interesting that there was any doubt that memory management on a constrained system, like a mobile device, would be a concern. Drew Crawford took the time to document his thoughts, and though there is room for some bikesheding, overall it is spot on. Plus it taught me what bikeshedding means"
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