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Comment: Re: Improvement (Score 1) 232

by David Gould (#45135635) Attached to: ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

Also, even with all the perpetually shifting estimates, it really does appear to be getting closer. It's not a case of "always 50 years away": 50 years ago, it was "50 years away"; 20 years ago, it was "25 years away"; now, it's "15 years away". That is actual progress -- not as fast as we'd like, or as was once expected, but progress.

Comment: Re: wrong two words (Score 2) 740

by David Gould (#44954805) Attached to: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

> (Or should I be expecting a Whooshing sound any minute now?)

Yes.

> I suspect the answer is: the "Chicago Exchanges" have nodes on the low-latency Wall Street network.

No doubt they've got the most expensive, premium, low-latency network connection money can buy; you're right that far. But did you seriously mean to suggest that money can currently buy a faster-than-light connection? That they have negative latency?

Comment: Re:Point? (Score 2) 43

by David Gould (#43312935) Attached to: Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

If you RTFS, you might notice that it mentions "replicat[ing] the energy-efficient nature of jelly movement". Any task that's useful to perform in water can be done better by making the vehicle more energy-efficient. Other properties of the design will no doubt make it more suitable for some tasks than for others. That'll all shake out as the technology becomes available to designers of machines for all sorts of purposes. Adding another mode of locomotion to the toolkit available to such designers can only be useful.

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