6. What impact would this have on Google's self-driving cars?
Maybe. If it was possible, whether that would be seen as a violation of the Outer Space Treaty or not is a different question.
I'd be more worried about someone using one of these on a highway on cars traveling at high rates of speed. If the transmitter were stationary a vehicle may not be in range for long enough, but if you had one mounted to the rear of your vehicle facing backwards (and shielded somehow from affecting YOUR vehicle) it could cause horrible accidents as cars behind the one that was shut down plowed into it. In Massachusetts this weekend we had a 65-vehicle accident caused by black ice on the road -- this could be worse.
I'm not a lawyer, but reading 17 USC 512 it doesn't look like there's anything requiring service to accept DMCA takedown notices electronically. Section c, subsection 2 requires companies to make their designated agent's email address available, but specifically does NOT say that they must accept notices at that email address. If companies declared that they required physical takedown notices (due, of course, to the ease with which spammers have flooded that public address with spam and fraudulent takedown notices!) it would be much more expensive for companies like Warner Bros. to (ab)use the DMCA like a shotgun.
How about a hair dryer on a motion sensor to scare the cat away with noise and hot air? Or a shop vac with the hose set into the exhaust port?
Kitty might not make it to the potted plant before it defecates.
In Virginia, you're "driving" if the keys are in the ignition, even if the engine is off.
So if you're responsibly sleeping off your buzz before heading home, DO NOT turn on the radio or you'll get a DUI.
If you want to listen to the radio while falling asleep or passing out, sleep it off in the passenger seat.
Seems to me that being certified to practice medicine by the medical organization of which you are president is a bit shaky. Of course, I doubt he'll use his medical degree again now that he's drunk the waters of political power so it's really a moot point.
Theoretically we could represent every number like this: 1111111 instead of 7. So why do we have any numbers other than 1? Because it's much less work to write 1234 and manipulate those four digits than to write or type one thousand two hundred thirty-four 1's and count and/or manipulate them.
Or, referring back to Randall Munroe's Up Goer Five the term "helium" is shorter and more precise than "that kind of air that makes your voice funny." When I explained this to my nephew who's in kindergarten the latter was good enough; when he gets older and more interested in rocketry, I'll clarify using the former. But if I were a rocket scientist, or speaking to someone who was, I'd use the former term even though it's "harder."
Yes, it leads to blackmail and intimidation. Suppose I want Kang to win the election instead of Kodos. I can threaten to harm your family or release a secret I know about you unless you vote for Kang. With the current system, unless I look at your ballot before you put it in the ballot box (and that would be difficult to do covertly in the polling place where I usually vote; it may be easier in other places) I don't know for certain how you voted. But if YOU can check how you voted, so can I. If you voted for Kodos or anyone but Kang, I'll harm your family or broadcast your secret.
In addition, you expect everyone to memorize their key pair and enter it perfectly in the voting system? People have enough trouble remembering eight character passwords (so they choose "password" or write it on a sticky note.) Asking them to remember a longer key made up of (what appears to them to be random) letters and numbers would result in them bringing a copy of their key to the voting booth
On occasion, if the power company fucks up badly enough, there are consequences . Frankly, regardless of whether or not it was a good idea to give the IT staff advanced notice (it wasn't) offshoring your IT in New England will likely come back to bite them in the ass in the winter. It's not like there are snow and ice storms that would interrupt power and communications and the ability to remotely connect to IT systems, after all
Asimov's Trantor had, if I remember correctly, 40 billion at its peak and that was basically one planet-wide city. Or you could go up an order of magnitude or two and use Coruscant at a trillion people. Of course if you do that, you run into a problem or two or three. If you're wondering if a webcomic author is a good authority on the physics of a fictional city, he's not just a webcomic author.
Of course, we COULD use that science to send some of those billions of people to planets or celestial bodies other than Earth. Keep a few billion folks on Earth, send a couple million to orbiting habitats, and put the rest on Mars and its moons as well as Earth's moon.
It's a good thing the footage from these helmet-mounted cameras is posted to YouTube in real-time. That means there's no time for the chief and the appropriate members of the city's legal department to review the footage and choose what to release to the public and/or the news media, what to hold onto in case of legal action against the city and/or the fire department or to use as training footage, and what to erase.
Equations are one piece of the puzzle. Words are another piece. Pictures or examples are a third. Using one of the pieces alone may not be enough; using two or all three, if done well, could be better.
For instance, in explaining E = mc^2 you could explain it in words: the amount of energy that would be released if a small piece of matter, say 1 gram, is enormous. Or you could give the exact amount of energy produced. Or you could show a collection of Olympic size swimming pools and indicate by how much it would heat the water they contain using a graphic of a thermometer. E = mc^2 on its own doesn't really paint a picture in readers' minds of how much energy that actually is. Even the number, without some sort of context, doesn't really do it justice. But most people have some idea about how big an Olympic sized swimming pool is, and can tell that it would take a lot of energy to heat it. If you say "turning one gram of matter completely into energy would take 100 Olympic swimming pools from just above freezing to just below boiling" (pulling that figure mostly out of thin air) that's something a lot of people can picture.