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Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 344

In the first case, not that serious aside from processing power. In the second case, so many technical problems that it took in inflation adjusted dollars more than 20 billion dollars and and even after that most countries still can't do. In the third case, lack of understanding of aerodynamics and lack of efficient combustion engines. In the last case, they were actually moving in that direction. The real problems that slowed it down were metallurgy and quality control.

For a site supposedly for nerds the nerds sure are short sighted when it comes to technology

I think you are missing the point here. My comment was to not say that this is impossible, but exactly what I said: the technical problems are immense. If he can get over them, that's great, but it is worth appreciating how difficult this is likely to be.

Comment Re:Backdoors (Score 1) 123

Exactly my thought. Especially considering the value difference between an employee list, and a backdoor key to every encryption method on the planet (I know, I know....except OTPs), there's no way in hell every hacking group on the planet won't be trying to break into the FBI/NSA/etc to get their hands on this key.
If they actually manage to force through some stupid encryption backdoor law, I give it a month, tops, before someone evil.....make that "someone else who's also evil".....has the backdoor key.

Comment Re:Asinine (Score 4, Insightful) 123

This serves no such purpose. It's a juvenile action. Just because you have unauthorized access to do something and you have the skills to do so, that doesn't make it right.

I read it as "You want a backdoor key to every encryption scheme in the world, and you can't even keep your own employee lists safe?"

Comment What I use (Score 1) 137

I have multiple devices - more than a typical hotel provides sockets for. So I carry a 4-way or 6-way power extension lead for my home-country's type of wall socket. Then I have all the usual chargers (my laptop; company's laptop; client's laptop ; generic USB charger ; camera battery charger) , which plug into that. This works if I'm at work in my home country, at a clinet in my home country, at a client in their home country, or at work in any other country (e.g., where the client is operating).

I additionally carry ONE adaptor each for home-country to US ; and home-country to European "Shucko" (which is mostly compatible with Russian). And I carry a multimeter and a screwdriver - but I carry them normally anyway.

In combination, this then gives me 4 (or 6) sockets to my home country, in any country in the world. Well, any country I've met so far. I've occasionally had problems with only having South African sockets available.

Comment Re:Ob (Score 1) 50

As I've said before, the reasons for "removing" "planet status" from Pluto (or, more strictly, defining "planet" and finding that it doesn't include Pluto) are not the reasons you give, but they are reasons.

For an accessible summary, see Hal Levison's "hand waving explanation." These may not be the criteria that you consider important, but the way to change that is to devote the couple of decades necessary to become a sufficiently respected voice in planetary science, and then to go and argue your case.

Hint : it's science. It is not a democracy. It is a meritocracy, with your merit being judged on the basis of your published work.

Comment Re:Who needs a startup? (Score 1) 25

[In voice of some millennials]

That way, when an anomalous result appears,

What is this thing you call an "anomalous result"? This can't happen to me. That's implying that I can't see an obvious problem before it happens, and that CANNOT be true.

[end outraged voice]

One of the things that you learn with experience is that you can actually be wrong. It's one of the things that a lot of people these days have to actually learn, because they haven't learned it in their pre-teen or teenage years.

For the last several years I've been introducing "Bright Young Things", recently recruited to a major company to work in managing the acquisition of data from the Real World. They too, despite being bright people, have to learn that they don't know everything, and that the Real World has things going on that they don't know about, and don't understand.

It's an education for them.

Comment Re:Who needs a startup? (Score 1) 25

... and he misses the point.

Plainly, from the scenario, measuring the humidity wasn't part of the original experimental plan. The experiment is already running, and what the lecturer is saying is that (some of) his students don't conceive that there might be something worth recording that isn't in the experiment plan. Realising that your plans may be wrong is the first step. THEN you go on to "well, what can I do about this.

You'd also be able to (probably) tell if there were a humidity effect by doing parameter-free ANOVA on your existing data, or attempting to back-estimate the humidity on other days of the experiment, in order to determine if there is an effect, if it's large enough to be detectable, and if it's large enough to be worth the £40 tool, the £130 tool, or simply taking a humidity report from the weather website.

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 344

Is he? I didn't get the impression of that from TFA that it would switch over. TFA talks about both electric and VTOL but not about using conventional power during flight. If that's what he meant, that's much more potentially reasonable but given his long-term goals of dealing with global warming and fossil fuel dependence (which is why he's so in favor of electric cars) that doesn't seem like that's what he means. Do you have a citation or source that he means that?

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