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Comment: Re:This was bound to happen. (Score 1) 112

by BradleyUffner (#48298587) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

What far greater uses are there for a sub-orbital craft ? And don't tell me that this is a stepping stone to an orbital craft. It isn't. If they wanted to design an orbital craft next, they would basically have to start from scratch.

Wow, it's almost like you think sub-orbital craft and orbital craft don't share any technology at all. All orbital craft have to move through the thick lower atmosphere before they reach orbit. Learning how to do that quickly, efficiently, and safely is just one thing that we area learning with these vehicles.

Comment: Re:Robocoin has 44 operational ATMs worldwide (Score 1) 117

by BradleyUffner (#48154763) Attached to: The Great Robocoin Rip-off

I can't vouch for the quality of their products or service, but I know Robocoin is one of the leading Bitcoin ATM manufacturers. According to Coin ATM Radar, there currently are 44 Robocoin ATMs operational worldwide, in the United States, the UK, Canada, Spain, Japan,... Robocoin provided the very first Bitcoin ATM machine in the world, in October 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.

They are currently ranked 2nd, after Lamassu with 90 ATMs. But the Lamassu ATMs are mostly smaller and cheaper one-way machines (cash to Bitcoin), although they do sell a two-way solution now.

On Coin ATM Radar, a total of 267 operational Bitcoin ATMs are registered at the moment.

Wow, that's /almost/ 1 per state.

Comment: Re:Been there, done that (Score 1) 600

by BradleyUffner (#47902465) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

It's not a liability no matter what, it's just that I don't believe this technology is durable and reliable enough for mounting in a gun just yet. In a safe, you can have the scanner mains powered with a battery back up; a gun kept in the nightstand for home defense might well turn out to be out of batteries just when you need it most.

So the gun on the nightstand couldn't be kept plugged in the same way you charge your cell phone overnight?

Optimization hinders evolution.