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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

seven of five Lift? (83 comments)

Atmospheric pressure on Mars is 1% that of Earth. How're you going to get any lift?

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

seven of five Yay! More coders! (200 comments)

Because as we all know the demand for programming is infinite....

about two weeks ago
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Microbots Deliver Medical Payload In Living Creature For the First Time

seven of five Microtubes... (41 comments)

Calling these things nanobots or microbots is misleading. They're little tubes propelled by hydrogen gas bubbles. No onboard or remote intellegence or control of any kind really. Micro-torpedoes maybe.

about two weeks ago
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Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe

seven of five Obilg HAL 9000: (95 comments)

"I would recommend that we put the unit back in operation and let it fail."

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

seven of five We're sorry... (125 comments)

the National Security Breach database has been breached. Please try again later.

about three weeks ago
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The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

seven of five Safety? (85 comments)

TFA says the sample was removed from a display for safety concerns. According to this source, Pu 239 has a specific activity of .063 curies/g. For a 2.7ug sample, that's 0.175 uC. I don't get why anyone thought safety was an issue for such a tiny source.

about three weeks ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

seven of five Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (628 comments)

Human effort is the only thing that requires compensation.

Careful there. Raw materials cost in proportion to their rarity and difficulty in digging them up. Service providers (Banks, ISPs, Telecoms) routinely charge inflated BS fees, which, if charged rationally, would amount to billionths of a cent.Government licensing fees, fines and taxes also have little relationship to reality outside of what the market will bear. In commerce, the relationship between real value and dollar cost is a matter of power politics (CEO vs worker wages).

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

seven of five Emigrate, automate or evaporate (628 comments)

In a competitive environment, those companies that don't adopt the latest tools to keep costs as low as possible for a given level of quality are eventually driven out of business. Even boutique manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce have crap-tons of automation.

about a month ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

seven of five Oblig. BBT (138 comments)

"Penny?" knock knock knock. "Penny?" knock knock knock. "Penny?"

about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

seven of five REO Speedwagon (244 comments)

Time to eat a fly...

about 1 month ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

seven of five Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

Also: How do you keep a 30 kW laser, at any frequency, from blinding everybody in the general direction of the target?

Some of these things work in IR so scattered/reflected light might burn your head off but it won't blind anybody.

about 1 month ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

seven of five Re:Expert? (417 comments)

Here's a question: if self learning were possible to the extent we're talking about, why haven't we seen it yet?

about 2 months ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

seven of five Stories readers can relate to (368 comments)

On the one hand, an SF writer wants to challenge the reader's beliefs, but if you take things too far, the characters become unrecognizable. How do you write dialog, for example, between beings with digital RF implants instead of speech? And let's face it, with advanced technologies, the human body itself will likely become obsolete in a century, tops. Stories like this are not only a huge challenge to write, readers won't know what to make of them. People read for escapism, and to have their perspectives stretched, but they're also looking for morality tales where good triumphs and order's restored. They want characters they can relate to, even to a small degree.

about 2 months ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

seven of five Re: Honest, honey... (189 comments)

One good lawsuit would give Zoosk some motivation to cut the crap.

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

seven of five Re:Unlikely (454 comments)

Yeah, but every time you engage the manual mode, your insurance company will ding you 500 quatloos.

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

seven of five Cars will be luxuries... (454 comments)

The continued collapse of the middle class will mean fewer and fewer will own cars outright... the self-driving aspect means you can tell a car to pick you up and take you to destination X, maybe with less hassle and delay than with present-day cabs, for those few occasions you really need one. Less car ownership means less revenues to the state, which means they'll REALLY have to jack up the fees to make up for it. Electric and hybrid cars have already given states fits because of less fuel taxes paid, and now they're trying to come up with per-mile-driven schemes.

about 2 months ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

seven of five Re:violence solves everything (98 comments)

why would anyone pay the fine?

If you're a student, guess what? The university can suspend your grades and privileges till you cough it up.

about 2 months ago

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Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

seven of five seven of five writes  |  about 4 months ago

seven of five (578993) writes "Two Norwegian lawmakers have jointly nominated National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, they said Wednesday on their party website.

Snowden has "revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance," and by doing so has contributed to peace, said a joint statement by Bard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen of the Socialist Left Party.

Nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize — whose previous winners include such figures as the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama — close on Saturday, with the winner announced in October."

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FAA Computer Glitch Causes Widespread Delays

seven of five seven of five writes  |  more than 5 years ago

seven of five (578993) writes "From the AP, A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays.A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays."

Anyone out there caught up in this?"

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