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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

wagnerrp Re:Who pays the ticket? (475 comments)

You are "driving" a Google automated car. You get pulled over for doing 10 over the speed limit.

Won't happen, barring a software bug, and a software bug IS an unavoidable liability of writing software. Google allows their autonomous vehicles to maintain pace with the flow of traffic, up to ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit. If the average flow of traffic exceeds the posted speed limit, it indicates the posted speed limit is much too low for the conditions of the road. Further, it would require everyone on the road to be similarly breaking the speed limit, which would mean those other hundreds of vehicles would all have to be simultaneously pulled over and ticketed, which is a logistical impossibility.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

wagnerrp Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

Come now. What percentage of people on the road actually have any situational awareness? They're not looking around to track voids in traffic should they need to change lanes in an emergency. They're not looking downstream to see that accident half a mile away and traffic backing up. They're watching no further than the brake lights in front of them. Even if they are trying to pay attention, it takes a hell of a lot of concentration and practice to constantly track a dozen cars around you in all directions, and a hell of a lot more to anticipate movements when those cars leave line of sight. This sort of thing is trivial for a computer.

As for "self", are you referring to the current state of the car? Surely autonomous control tied into your vehicle's data bus with direct access to engine sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, suspension deflectometers, and all manner of other equipment would have a much better chance of assessing the current state of the vehicle than the driver.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

wagnerrp Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

The US has no hard limit. If you're breaking the speed limit, you're breaking the speed limit, and it's the discretion of the office how bored/lazy/behind_on_quota they are as to whether you get pulled over and ticketed. The fact that the UK has actually codified this is absurd. Why not just bump the signage by that much, and make the signs themselves the hard limit?

about a week ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

wagnerrp Re:Wow. (160 comments)

The implication is that as a student, they moved her around to many different projects in many different areas to get a wider breadth of experience, but only a couple of them were ever likely to come to fruition.

about two weeks ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

wagnerrp Re:The Death Ray Hotel (98 comments)

If it's not structural, it's cosmetic. As long as you adhere to weight and attachment limitations, the facade can be changed on a whim.

about two weeks ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

wagnerrp Re: Cloud Computing! (98 comments)

It's still nothing more than a cluster. The only difference is your high availability and dynamic allocation is now performed at the (virtual) machine level, rather than the application level.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

wagnerrp Re: There we go again (383 comments)

The point he was making is that with proper procedure, a hash could never be attacked offline. As soon as the hash database were compromised, all hashes contained therein would be invalidated. The attacker could brute force that database to their heart's content, and no valid passwords would ever result from it.

This of course assumes the administrators are paying close enough attention to notice in short order when the database has been compromised, and that all users define a secondary means of contact through which to send a reset password. It also ignores the issue that most users use the same username and password across multiple sites, such that a pair compromised on one site and invalidated as described would still be valid on another site.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

wagnerrp Re: Would YOU be able to sleep in space?? (106 comments)

For the first couple of seconds you are in a true freefall, relatively unencumbered by air resistance, accelerating.

You're already experiencing significant drag when you jump out of that aircraft at 100 knots. You're only in something closely resembling freefall when you jump from a balloon, or base jump.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Chooses Texas Site For Private Spaceport

wagnerrp Re:Why bother? (113 comments)

Florida is a good thousand miles away from the Texas launch facility. It would take more fuel to continue downrange and land in Florida than it would to turn back and land in Texas. Florida might be a good landing site for a recoverable Falcon Heavy center stage, but they're likely only around 100mi down range by first stage cutoff.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

wagnerrp Re:Oh so close... (22 comments)

The difference between something able to reach 100km, and something able to reach that altitude with enough energy to make it a quarter of the way around the world, is significant. They are really not close at all to being a useful transportation mechanism.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

wagnerrp Re:So was the landing successful? (112 comments)

Especially when you have a hot bell and combustion chamber that suddenly come into contact with salt water.

about a month and a half ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

wagnerrp Re:Hey smart guys (151 comments)

Does Virgin Galactic even have plans for a vehicle capable of LEO insertion? All that SpaceShipOne/Two nonsense barely even qualifies as reaching space, and achieves about a 50th the energy necessary for actual orbit.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

wagnerrp Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

Officer Zau kicks over the wood stove, lifts open a patch of the tile floor and shines his light into the darkness below.

Officer Zau unholsters her Type 15 pistol, takes aim at Han and puts her finger on the trigger.

I think there's something more interesting going on here than simple population control...

about a month and a half ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

wagnerrp Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

Stay on topic and discuss the technical aspects of the missile system, at least that is what should be discussed here.

The article itself hardly touches on the technical merits of the missile system. It mentions how there are hardly any public releases of technical aspect to discuss, and that the handful of images of the system in operation show intercept angles that are highly unlikely to be successful. The core argument of the article is that the whole situation is nothing more than a PR campaign on both sides.

Hamas fires inaccurate artillery rockets, unlikely to actually hit anything, at Israel, under the hopes Israel counter-attacks and causes lots of collateral damage that looks bad to international press.

Israel produces a defense system and makes precision counter-attacks to prove their technological and military prowess, and restraint in its use, to international press.

about a month and a half ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

wagnerrp Re:No. (502 comments)

It looked like the SB card performed well within the 20-20K range, and unless you're looking to do further processing on the analog output from the card, anything more than that is unnecessary.

about a month and a half ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

wagnerrp Re:Dual or quadricopters (103 comments)

Because they don't scale up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square-cube_law

Smaller rotors means lower mass flow rate, requiring higher flow velocity to produce the necessary thrust. Higher flow velocity means higher power requirements. The larger your aircraft, the more difficult it becomes to produce the necessary amount of power to remain airborne.

about a month and a half ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

wagnerrp Re:not that surprising. (103 comments)

More importantly, a pair of counter-rotating rotors gets around the pesky roll issue caused by rotor stall on the retreating side at high speed. The rotor may still stall, but it doesn't matter nearly as much since you're still balanced.

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

wagnerrp Re:Those rotor blades have no air to move! (104 comments)

You're going the complete wrong direction. If you want to have any change in hell of actually having enough power to get this thing in the air, you need to get your blade loading down, and that means a huge rotor. Huge rotors mean you need to be running low RPMs to keep it subsonic at the tip, and remember that the colder and higher molecular weight atmosphere means the speed of sound is going to be ~30% lower.

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

wagnerrp Re:Why a separate rover? (104 comments)

The quadrotor design paradigm exists because small electric motors are cheap, and the power-to-weight ratios available in the couple pound range are absurd to the point that good engineering is unnecessary. In the couple thousand pound range, power becomes far more scarce, and the small, inefficient rotors just won't cut it. They have lowered the minimum barrier to entry for hobbyists, and research projects that need a simple airborne platform. They don't work well for full scale aircraft.

about a month and a half ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

wagnerrp Re: Incoming international flights (702 comments)

once your cell voltage drops below a certain critical value, a protection circuit disconnects it from the rest of the pack.

Makes it hard to charge it, eh?

Yes. It does. That's why a Li-Ion battery is permanently dead if you allow it to self-discharge too far.

about a month and a half ago

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MythTV 0.24 Released

wagnerrp wagnerrp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wagnerrp (1305589) writes "Following with the accelerated development schedule, MythTV 0.24 is now available six months after the release of 0.23. MythTV is a distributed Linux-based PVR and home theater application. Highlights of this release include a brand new theme-able playback OSD, playback of HD audio formats, multichannel and 24/32-bit audio output, Bluray playback, and multi-angle DVD playback. A full listing of changes is available on the MythTV wiki."

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