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DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk 35

Posted by timothy
from the why-not-spiders-like-in-minority-report dept.
DillyTonto writes DARPA has put out a call for ideas on how to build a fast, autonomous, maneuverable UAV that can fly up to 45 mph, navigate without assistance from humans or GPS into and through buildings that are a labyrinth of stairwells, small rooms, narrow hallways and terrorists. DARPA wants this drone to fly like the bird in this awesome hawk POV video that shows it shooting through gaps narrow enough it has to tuck its wings to get through. If you can watch the video without thinking of the forest moon of Endor, there may be some movies you should watch over the holidays.

Comment: Re:As Russian (Score 1) 260

by Hognoxious (#48669973) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

There's a reason why Eastern territories of Russia are sparsely populated. The chief reason is that it simply makes no sense to live there.

Presumably that wasn't case until fairly recently, or there'd be one hut instead of a few hundred.

Are these sparsely populated areas of Canada (which we all knew about, thanks) full of formerly thriving ghost towns? Outside of areas where there were gold rushes the answer is "no".

Did you actually read my post before replying?

Comment: Re:As Russian (Score 2) 260

by Hognoxious (#48663401) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

I saw a TV program some time ago about how depopulated some parts of Eastern Russia are. There was a village that looked like it had 300 people in it; there was just an old couple.

If that's typical the Chinese could simply walk into half the country and it'd be months before anybody even noticed.

Comment: Re:SOAP vs Rest (Score 1) 183

by Hognoxious (#48663243) Attached to: Devuan Progress Report Published

It is what it is because a bunch of people got talking about problems they were having with their Linux set-ups and decided that the best way to solve their problems was to re-implement a few system components under the umbrella of one project.

It may be the best way to solve their problems. But if I'm suffering from these problems, I haven't noticed yet. So I'll take the status quo over a half-assed solution that's been in existence for a shorter period than some people's uptimes, thanks all the same.

Pohl's law: Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.