A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes
The difference between theory and practice is
- in theory, there is no difference
- in practice, there is.
A simulation of self-assembling robots is theory.
An actual pile of 1,024 self-assembling robots is practice.
Less tritely, you have zero information about flaws in your simulation until you try to apply it to/in the real world. Your simulation is excellent at helping you identify logical flaws in your design. But if you fail to account for something (crosswinds, say), then your simulation simply won't help you find it.
It's that whole "unknown unknowns" thing, man.
Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Running with your bad car analogy, they also package that engine for the subcompact and electric SUV models. It's just that you can't reach the steering wheel on the one, and it's entirely counter to why you would buy the vehicle for the other.
Some chassis/body limitations may apply...
Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors
The profile for the twitter account doesn't look (to my uneducated glance) to be a corporate account, but rather his personal account.
And so people who feel harmed by the MtGox collapse are complaining that he isn't showing them contrition?
Isn't that ... self-centered? So who is the wired story really about? The MtGox personage, or the Entitled Masses seeking opportunties to excoriate him?
'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke
... because the doctors at the ER had already decided that it was not a TIA.
... because so many other possibilities seem more likely.
"I don't need any more facts because my mind is made up" doesn't just apply to the political world.
Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades
The internet connection to the place I used to live in did have a properly sized internet connection from day one:
Yep. no internet connection. Built in 1930.
The internet connection to my apartment complex was properly sized when the complex was constructed.
1970. Copper wire phone lines. They were suitable up to about 1995 too, covering 19.2k modems.
Think about how much your data consumption has increased in even the last 10 years. Comparing water usage to broadband usage is not apropos. Compare your broadband usage to the 1930's electrification projects instead.
In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL
> You could say "give me the source code or I'll sue you for beeeelions" and they can say "Ok, sue us", lose the case, pay billions and keep their source code.
... and be charged with contempt if they continue to distribute without a license.
And aside, it seems likely that part of the judgement would include "cough up the source code, mac."
Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case
A different article on this story (think it was techdirt) describes the situation:
If a party basically offers to settle for terms that match what it would likely get in a final court ruling, and the other party doesn't accept, courts tend to look very negatively on that situation.
That is "you won, what the heck are you still doing in my courtroom?"
Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
... but sadly, Rome-0 lived in Everquest and Julie-8 lived in World of Warcraft.
Forces larger than those between television networks kept them apart...
Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.
- when the NSA coopted Google and AT&T and Verizon and a bunch of other major corporations to spy on everybody..
FTFY... When some goon with a gun (even if it is a gun shaped like a law) points it at you and says "hand over the goods", you've only got two choices: obey or not. Your prospects for an immediate future are severely limited with one of those choices.
And if you obey often enough, it becomes habit.
Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Read the posts above. Gearing makes a difference.
Once the speed limit was set at 55, most cars being produced for the American market were geared for 55 being the typical cruising speed, and higher gears were stripped out, perhaps for weight reduction, perhaps for cost reduction.
Either way, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: gear a car to drive optimally at speed X, and it will do so.
Note that you can get cheap back-pats pointing out "this car's mileage starts dropping off at (speed X) instead of (speed Y)", where a better picture comes from comparing mileage for both vehicles over the range of speeds.
Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US
You young whippersnappers don't know cold.
Why, I remember back when I was young and my dad would send me outside for a pail of air. Now THAT was cold!
CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying
By that definition, they could identify a phone number of interest, then target every non-american who contacts that phone number, and "incidentally" collect every call involving that phone number ... and never have 'targetted' the number itself.
Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building
> Anyone in charge of a medium sized corporate server room can attest to that.
So don't promote it as a building power plan.
Promote it as an Extreme UPS.
RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
Just a couple of things:
If you're HERF gun is extremely directional, you're golden.
If not, you've got two options...
1) you fire it, and suddenly BOTH of you are coasting to a stop (or crash)
2) you get your buddies to fire it from the roadside, in which case the police coast to a stop right near your buddies.
Of course, a remote control could cover for your buddies, especially if there's a camera or spotter set up.
(Yeah, we've seen remote control munitions for HOW LONG now?)
NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving
There are minimum legal vehicle standards. And behavior standards. Your reasons do not well distinguish between falling within and without of them; your gripes are analog.
By the same logic, you would be offended because...
- I drive a lighter vehicle, being more at risk of injury.
- I drive a vehicle with poorer handling, increasing the likelihood of an accident, or reducing my ability to dodge an accident.
- I drive a vehicle more prone to mechanical failures (older, less reliable, other), increasing the likelihood of closing the road.
- I have some other medical condition that causes problems and/or expense when I'm to be pulled from a vehicle. Say, hemophilia, obesity, or age.
Each of the costs you have described apply as well to one more of the scenarios above. And yet, the vehicle and driver may well fall within acceptable standards for driving (and being driven).
As for your health care premium worries, the insurance companies do account for seat belt use (or lack of it). I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
A Makerbot In Every Classroom
Hate to say it, but composting 3d printed materials is every bit as likely as biodegrading biodegradable plastic bags. Not every home (or apartment complex) has a composing unit, nor a use for the final product.
This leaves two options: ship the 3d printed refuse where it can be used, or throw it in the general trash cycle. Until it becomes ubiquitous, it won't get shipped commercially (IE with "recyclable" items.
If you can't get folks to "properly dispose" of batteries or fluorescent bulbs or electronics, you won't get folks to compost 3d printed refuse.
Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services
The bill being discussed is a very limited form of the Network Neutrality concept.
> given how many copyright violations ...
By that metric, http and https do not deserve protection either. Consider the many many sites that have "pirated" movies, images, lyrics, term papers, basic research available through those protocols.
I find your ragging on the torrent protocol based on the content moved by it disturbing. But you've hit the inference on the head, though: netflix and youtube have a lot of money riding on "neutrality" for their content. Bittorrent does not.
Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government
The problem is those evil pedophiles, praying on our children, preferably online.
If the children don't know about it, they won't be violated!
Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government
The "thetechherald" article returns "page not found".
Are there alternative sources for your information? Archive links you could provide?
After Successful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way
After Unsuccessful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way.
For what subset of launches that result in the mars orbiter being on its way could NOT be described as 'successful'?
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