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Submission Siemens Squashes Cross-Channel Electric Flight

Jay Maynard writes: AvWeb is reporting that Slovenian airplane maker Pipistrel has been forced to cancel its attempt to be the first electric-powered airplane to cross the English Channel after Siemens ordered them not to fly over water with their electric motor. This comes just two days before Airbus was set to do the same thing, with Siemens as a major sponsor.

Submission Sony Buys, Shuts Down OnLive

Jay Maynard writes: The OnLive gaming service that rose from the dead and became an inexpensive way to get high-end performance on low-end hardware has now been purchased by Sony Entertainment. Their games, desktop, and SLGo Second Life services will all end on April 30, 2015, and be free to use until then. This marks the end of an on-again, off-again saga...

Comment Mission requirements (Score 1) 229

Put simply, electric vehicles don't meet my mission requirements: a midsize SUV or station wagon (think Chevrolet Equinox, Lexus RX, Subaru Outback) enclosed carrying capacity for stuff and/or people, able to travel 300+ miles at 70+ MPH away from the Interstate Highway System, and able to do it again in 15 minutes, indefinitely.

How far away from being able to do that are we?

Comment Re:Debian 8 was already a lost cause. (Score 3, Interesting) 338

Of course, you ignore the multitude of technical arguments against it, centering on its monolithic nature and its propensity to devour everything in its path.

I don't have a lot of strong feelings about systemd, but it does strike me as fundamentally failing to understand Unix.

Comment Re:So much for Debian 8, then... (Score -1) 338

Actually, I use Linux Mint and OS X. Yes, I know Mint's an indirect Debian derivative, but 1) they derive directly from Ubuntu, which pays better attention to users, and 2) they don't call it GNU/Linux.

And Google has all of my details anyway; I switched from an iPhone to Android this last upgrade (a second-gen Moto X) because it integrates better with the stuff I was already using: Gmail, Google Voice, Google Calendar...

You know what? I'm not paranoid about Google. They don't care about me individually, and I opt out of their ad targeting. The rest I just don't care about.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.