We have seen many proposals for supersonic business jets, and none of them was viable. Why should it be different this time?
So...not very much terror?
"abject" means "sunk to or existing in a low state or condition." It does not mean "an extreme amount."
... which is appropriate, given the pelvis design of crocodiles. Humans can run much faster than this bipedal croc ever could. If it had been running on all four legs, it might have been faster, but upright - no way!
And there is nothing "bio" about this process. Those hoped-for microorganisms which are supposed to digest the plastic do not exist in nature.
There are real biodegradable plastics, but they are not made of polyethylene, but from polylactic acid, starch or cellulose. There are even synthetic, biodegradable plastics which decompose just as well as the biopolymer-based sort. But they cost more, so this oxo-degradable variation of polyethylene was invented.
What I might add: If she has a sharp mind, she will have moments in her life where this will bring her in trouble with other, less bright people. Tell her that only the dimmest minds are sure of their opinion, and explain Dunning-Kruger to her. Tell her that people's opinions are made subconsciously, and that the mind will only put a veneer of reason on top. She should be aware of that, accept her doubts, and watch her own decision process. This took myself a while to learn, and I wished I had understood this earlier.
And tell her stories from your past. Funny or sad, they will give her a fuller picture of you.
Sure, there will always be some leeches who will try to get rich with MAFIAA methods, but if you fall for their cons, don't blame patent law for it.
one that protects non-commercial printing of spare parts or widgets for home use as "fair use".
Funny that you say this. This is part of existing IP law. If it's not commercial, it is not infringing. Plain and simple.
This won't keep some crooks from using MAFIAA techniques, but they have no legal base to stand on.
I'm still reminded of what I've read about the Wright Brother's attempts at powered flight, up against dozens of other teams, some with national support.
What is that bullshit about "dozens of other teams"? You obviously spout misinformed nonsense - the only opponent with some national support was Langley. All others (Whitehead, Santos-Dumont, Ellehammer, whoever) paid their work out of their own pocket. But at least they laid all their results open and did not try to sue everyone else on the planet like these trolls from Dayton, OH.
For example, in programming, most languages simply don't allow me to use Icelandic characters in variable and function names.
Try Swift. You can even use emoticons as variables, if you so desire. I wouldn't be sure if that is an improvement, though.
The reason is Chinese superstition. 8 is a lucky number in Chinese, because the sign for 8 shows two triangles pointing up. By the way, 4 is considered an unlucky number in China because it sounds similar to the word for death. Since most customers for both Airbus and Boeing are assumed to be in East Asia, their marketing departments put eights into their newest products wherever they can. The newest version of the 747 is called 747-8.
Do you spot a pattern?
This would have been News for Nerds 180 years ago.
As usual, please do not use Slashdot summaries for your physics education.
If Germany had just grabbed their "lebensraum" and stopped they probably could have kept it.
Nonsense. From the start, Britain would accept nothing but unconditional surrender by Germany. They kept the flames burning by expanding the war to Norway and Greece, helped by the Italians who opened new fronts in Albania and North Africa. Germany and most likely Hitler, too, never wanted the big war which followed. In fact, Germany tried to negotiate for peace as early as late 1939. The flight of Rudolf Hess to Britain was one of many attempts at negotiations. They would have stopped if only the Allied had allowed them to stop.
When their greed trumps even the most basic tact and professionalism, how can anyone in their right mind expect us to believe that the best thing for everyone is to let them run amok unchallenged and unregulated with a virtual monopoly? It boggles the mind.
It's the army of lobbyists in DC, these are the ones who want to make our elected representatives believe that. And they are quite good at it. What you and me believe is completely irrelevant.
Fruth Innovative Technologien has developed an algorithm to fill large volumes with such a scaffolding quickly. This speeds up building time and saves on the precious sinter powder, and yes, the scaffolding is very strong for its weight. They do this for more than a decade now. And now a MIT professor comes up with the same idea, and it is presented as a breakthrough. MIT marketing at work.
the biggest hiccups were very localized and unpredictable.
What a surprise.
The things you anticipate are those that you predicted and prepared for. It is always the unpredicted ones which cause hiccups.
In the end, you cannot prepare for all eventualities, but you must budget for a number of them that will hit you, even when you cannot say precisely in advance what or when they will be. If you don't, your project will come in late and over budget.