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Comment: That one looks jewish and that one's a coon (Score 1) 299

Speaking as a veteran (Not a raging libertarian) I can tell you that you would likely see entire units refuse to fire on American civilians. In fact we are taught to disobey unlawful orders.

Officer: fire!

[uneasy silence, some shuffling of feet]

Officer: They're cormanusts! And terrusts! And queers, probably.

Dakka-dakka-dak! Dakka-dakka-dakka dak!

Comment: A garland of pickled ringpieces. (Score 1) 148

Cross platform? They haven't even solved cross version.
People used to give me Word 2007 docs to correct. I had Word 2003. After two attempts I started asking for a hard copy that I'd scrawl on with a pen. They thought I was mad until I showed them; If I tried to do it on the 'puter the editing used to happen in a random location. I say random, the one place it didn't happen was where the cursor was.

Mars

NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers 83

Posted by timothy
from the imperial-probe-droid dept.
SternisheFan (2529412) writes with this story at the Verge about an approach being considered by NASA to overcome some of the difficulties in moving a wheeled or multi-legged ground vehicle around the surface of Mars, which has proven to be a difficult task. Rover teams still have a tough time with the Martian surface even though they're flush with terrestrial data. The alien surface is uneven, and ridges and valleys make navigating the terrain difficult. The newest solution proposed by JPL is the Mars Helicopter, an autonomous drone that could 'triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day,' according to NASA. The helicopter would fly ahead of a rover when its view is blocked and send Earth-bound engineers the right data to plan the rover's route.

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