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Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486 486

I'm sure Audi means that the synthesized fuel is functionally or practically identical, meaning same flash point, detonation point, emissions, etc. So why can't they say that? “Chemically identical” means you can put it through GCMS and get the same results, and I'm sure that's not the case.

Comment: Well, duh (Score 5, Insightful) 239 239

If Haynes has monetized his channel, then any filming he does for it is commercial filming. YouTube videos are a full-time job for some people.
If he owned a plane, took a camera on it, filmed stuff from it, and got money when people watched the film, that would be commercial flying. This is no different.

Comment: Sounds like the setup of an Asimov story (Score 1) 162 162

A perfect fit for the I, Robot universe: a conflict between the first and second laws, plus a question about the depth of the robot's understanding of its actions.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Comment: The SD poster's theory (Score 1) 122 122

Slashdot summary:

in theory, it should be possible to construct one

Actual article:

Yet, despite the pressure and temperature gradients all the way down, despite having a liquid, molten outer core and a radioactive nickel-iron-cobalt inner core at over 4000 F, lets assume youve gone and physically created created something that will stabilize your cylindrical shaft going right through the Earths center.

Comment: Created? (Score 2) 191 191

nothing on these augmented displays will look right except from the driver's perspective

And only from one head position!

Every time some concept car âoeinventsâ video-cameras-instead-of-mirrors, I wonder whether it's occurred to anyone that mirrors show a different view depending on the position of the viewer. Is that so fundamental that we just forget it entirely?

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge