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Comment Re:Makes sense to me. (Score 2) 223

Maybe, maybe not. The bed of the truck would make for excellent battery swap potential. The end user can't swap the cars battery. I can see several potential ways to make battery swap much more feasible in a truck, at least for a commercial outfit to equip one.
Also the electric All Wheel Drive dual motor in the current models is far superior traction control to Internal Combustion Engine AWD. Its even possible they might put 4 motors, 1 for each wheel. This would offer vastly superior traction to any truck on the market today.

Comment Re:More likely to be used by drones than post offi (Score 2) 393

Whichever one you want.
what3words is a word -> lat/long service. It works extremely well for lat/long information. Perfect for saying where your geo-cache is, or even telling people where to meet in the park, or approximately where you are in some rural area. Its not a replacement for an actual address, but certainly can help if you don't have an actual address.

Comment Re:Who needed help here? (Score 1) 503

Yes, but this is discussing industrial radiation.
For instance your microwave oven produces 1000 watts of 2.4GZ EF radiation. That bandwidth tends to get absorbed by water rather than traveling straight through it. Your WiFi router on the other hand produces less than 1 watt of WiFi. This is akin to shooting yourself with a laser pointer or touching a LED lightbulb or shooting yourself with an industrial laser or touching a 1000watt lightbulb.

Comment Re:Spot on (Score 1) 189

Of course, its entirely possible some alien species may not consider us intelligent or even sentient based upon their yardstick.

One interesting thing to really think about is how evolution has shaped our "intelligence". We often are worried about how an artificial AI may be fearful and attack us. But isn't fear simply something we evolved, an intelligent machine has no reason to fear death. It also has no reason to feel greed or anger or any of the feelings we've evolved in order to ensure our own survival. In fact a machine is more likely to have its code copied and survive if it doesn't feel these things. Now humor, joy, love, etc we may want to program in.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy much? (Score 1) 503

No its specifically an allergy to packet routed network systems only. They also have to be in the range of 2.4GZ or 5Gz.
The 0.8 - 1.9GZ range used my mobile carriers obviously aren't going to have any effect. Now we definitely need to avoid anything in the 430,000GZ-750,000GZ range which are obviously lethal dosages (visible light spectrum)

Comment Who needed help here? (Score 5, Insightful) 503

Sad story, a mothers crazy notions about what was causing her daughters illness, leads daughter to assume its true. Kids trust their parents about these things. There is very little difference between a real medical condition and one you believe you are having. The school though, should have looked into getting both of them psychological help.

Comment Re:MST3K (Score 4, Interesting) 134

Well not exactly. In the book explains that the HAB had excellent CO2->O2 converters. Mars Atmosphere is 95% CO2. It just requires energy, which comes from solar panels. So he had near infinite O2.
-spoilers-
The chemical conversion he does involved turning O2 and Hydrogen into H2O, which basically just involves burning Hydrogen. But burning hydrogen is very dangerous, so he puts on his spacesuit and empties the room of all the O2 (which requires a good bit of tricking the computer system). And slowing feeding the system just enough O2 and H to burn into water.
Unfortunately he forgot that his spacesuit slowly leaks out O2 when he breaths out. So the room slowly filled with O2 until it reached a critical point and the entire room exploded. Much bigger explosion than in the movie apparently.

Comment Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

Yep, you will see buses replaced by much smaller autonomous vans. At first you may even have the same old routes, but that's fine because you can a larger fleet of vans, imagine a van coming every 5 minutes instead of a bus coming every 30 minutes. Later the routes will get more auto customizable. You'll likely save money by walking to the nearest major road because navigating the small neighborhood suburban streets is very time consuming,
In general some type of autonomous pod would be cheaper in the long run than having to share a bus. Maybe pods that join up together on major roads and act like a bus for fuel efficiency.

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