Another easier way to fix the youtube issue is built into almost every browser, incognito mode. Always browse youtube in incognito and it wont matter if your logged into gmail or not.
The real question in my opinion is what kind of guiding system do the drones use. Flying with visual guidance is considerably harder
We did this back in 2002 with the X-31, although we used a simulated carrier. So while it was the first actual landing of a drone, it wasn't even close to the first to do a full auto carrier landing.
What the most likely primary sensor technology is GPS for the drone, merged with good old rate/accel/intertial sensor suite. What was done with the X-31 was put a suedolite (ground gps) around the target, in this case it would be the carrier. The X-31 would do a first pass through the 'bubble' created by the ground station and refine it's position to within 1 cm (yes that close) in all 3 axis. Then it would circle the target and autoland starting at about 15km out.
So I doubt it is anything fancy like imaging, ladar, radar, but more likely enhanced GPS that the X-31 pioneered.
Oh, and the X-31 could hit that landing without the arresting gear but doing a stale manuever, wicked cool if you ever get to see the videos. Modern Marvels did a show on it and it has some of the ok footage.
Alibre is worth learning if your serious about CAD/CAM. The personal version is only $99 and should do anything you want outside of NURBS. You absolutely don't want to use something like Blender for 2D/3D precision work.
Alibre tries to follow the Solidworks way of doing things, so if you learn Alibre then you can quickly migrate to something more high-end if you ever need too.
It has support for full parametric solids cad, so it isn't the old school Autocad stuff where you have to pretend you know what its going to look like from your 2D sketches.
When your ready to cut metal, or print plastic, Alibre can output a number of solid models (STL) formats, as well as DWG and DXF which are critical for using importing into a good CAM package (whole nother ask slashdot on choosing a good CAM).
Alibre has some pretty easy to follow tutorials to get you started.
I don't work for the company, just a VERY happy camper when I bit the bullet 2 years or so ago and got the $99 version. Used it to design a 3D printer down to every last nut/bolt.
Yes its a challenge, but like everything worth doing...
Last, but not least, get plugged into the forums at cnczone.com. They have categories for every type of machine from mills, lathes, to 3D printers; from every type of CAD package to every type of CAM. Its a great asset, and once your hooked you'll spend more time reading on cnczone than here on Slashdot (sacrilegious i know).
Just a guess that your experience with Win 7 was in a corporate environment?
I've been running Win 7 at home for just over a year now and not ONCE did Windows force an update down my throat.
In fact, it probably has the BEST update system I've used. It'll download in the background (if you so choose) and only install at your next reboot. It NEVER asks me to reboot. If I happen to, the updates install quickly (already downloaded) and the machine is ready next power-up.
Now at WORK... They force the pop-ups, the force in the installs, and the force the reboots at the most asinine times of day, totally wrecking my workflow. Don't blame the OS for something that is totally under the influence of your corporate IT policy.
Consoles have been a money pit for Microsoft.
I would agree that historically that was true. But ever since they start experimenting with the 'Metro' dashboard on the xbox, it has been stuffed with Adverts.
I'd have a hard time believing the xbox team is still in the red.
As a followup, and generally high regard for canines, have you ever made a cat-ling gun? If not, why not? If so, how many lives do they have on average?
Whole-heartily agree... Even back during the first space shuttle disasters the jokes were circulating all the local Florida schools the SAME day. I still remember around 10 of them.
The jokes, while tasteless, were still funny. The thing is when I remember one of those jokes, it immediately gives way to pause as I reflect back to that day, looking up and seeing the orange flash on my way to school. That moment wasn't funny to anyone, and it will forever be burned into my history.
Except this is Commerical Access To Space, so shouldn't it be CATS?
I for one am all for exporting CATS into space.
I'm there as well, with Doors, Epic TeamCenter and a hodgepodge of 'homebrew' tools. Do yourself a favor and do a serious evaluation of Seapines suite. Their Surround SCM is a great repository that has a lot of more modern features. The defect tracking tool is very easy to modify to suit my needs at past employers. And now I hear they have a fairly decent requirements management tool.
I can't speak for the requirements tool, but the others integrate with each other VERY well. All their products has web based versions, and all there products cost about 1/10th of Rationals.
I'm currently, slowly, trying to push my current employer over on the software side of the house and see if it doesn't work it's way up.
No matter what you do, do and extremely DETAILED evaluation of the combination you want. Once your decide on a toolset you likely locked in for a long time due to corporate politics.