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Comment Drop the term (Score 1) 91

Giving a clearcut definition to "autonomy" that is inclusive of all its uses is downright impossible. Authors in engineering argue that the term is at least context dependent (things are autonomous regarding task, environment, etc). Perhaps the best way here is to stop using "autonomy", and invent new ones.

Submission + - Google Code shutting down

Bugamn writes: Google annouced today that it is shutting down its code hosting project, Google Code.
In their blog post they annouce that developers can export their code to GitHub, or follow documentation in order to export to other plataforms.

Submission + - Philae Lander touches down on comet 67P (

iceco2 writes: The ESA Rosetta Mission has successfully landed the Philea lander on the comet after 10 years in transit.
The lander is expected to dig into the comet and hopefully gain insight into the birth of out solar system.

Comment Another another delay? (Score 1) 43

I know that technical delays are common. But aren't they becoming too common in SpaceX? The past two or three launches have been affected by technical issues (even if not very serious). I wonder if this happen in other rocket launches also? Perhaps it is just the case that SpaceX have better means of checking for technical glitches BEFORE takeoff. But even so, wouldn't be better for them to "just" improve build quality??

Comment Re:Punishment fits the crime (Score 1) 1198

It is difficult to reply when you do not point the exact problem in my argument. Nevertheless, I do argue that it is probably not his fault, ultimately. But that does not imply that I defend that he should be exempt of any sanctions. Any criminal has to be punished. However, society should expect any normal human to learn and recover. If, at any point, society believes that a person probably cannot learn and recover (at any cost), it is society right to contain this person and its duty to investigate ways of doing so. If that turns to be life imprisonment, so be it. However, when an society kills someone prematurely, it removes this person right to try to learn and recover. I would accept a different argument in case society could not keep this person contained, but that is not really the case.

Comment Re:Punishment fits the crime (Score 4, Insightful) 1198

That cost, even if it is correct, it is negligible in the face of: (a) the risk of murdering innocents, when other methods of containment exist; (b) the shame of being one of only developed countries in the world that still implement archaic methods of containment; and (c) the fact that this sort of person and his mental condition is ultimately a result of his own unfavorable context imposed by society.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania