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Comment Re:This could be really useful for docks and ferri (Score 1) 105

Why try to maneuver the huge vessel? A simple floating bridge with gangways manually controlled like they do with airbridges for the airplanes is even more simple. Given the mass and inertia of the ships, throwing a couple of thick ropes and tightening them automatically will adjust the floating bridge gangway to the ship.

Comment Who were the peer reviewers? (Score 2) 135

The unsung heroes of science are the peer reviewers. It is the peer review that gives science the feedback to stay on course. Without a strong and independent peer review there will be no difference between a philosopher, a quack, a pundit and a scientist.

Most of the general public would not know that even Einstein's publications went through peer review and there were reviewers who checked and rejected Einstein's math. Think about it.

Do we know the reviewers who rejected the flawed paper by Einstein? Or, are their names lost to history, without even a Tomb of the Unknown Reviewer?

Comment Rick Snyder uses this research to fend off. (Score 1) 97

The administration of Gov Rick Snyder is under lot of fire for its lacklustre response to the crisis in Flint. The residents are still being asked to walk to the local fire station to pick their daily ration of water bottles. Today his spokesman vigorously pushed back claiming it is according to plan. He said, "The latest research shows aerobic exercises improve the brain cell count and the children with lead affected brains need to get all the exercise they can get to get back on track. This is how the administration is finding innovative ways to make Flint residents get adequate physical exercise".

Comment They should also try Jedi helmet technology (Score 1) 601

Basically the idea is, people are driving fast because the windshield is transparent and allows them to see the road, giving them a false sense of security. This Jedi helmet technology was first demonstrated by the famous scientist Dr Obi Wan Kenobi and his graduate student Luke Skywalker back in the 1970s. Once your eyes are covered and stop overloading the brain with useless visual information, the brain will start becoming more sensitive to extra sensory perception from the Force. Further replacing glass windshields with steel will also improve the crash worthiness and improve the strength.

So pretty soon road safety engineers will be advocating for opaque windshields, probably made of steel.

Comment Old technology. (Score 2) 49

Till about the 1990s, all over Indian even in very small towns there were "Typewriting and Shorthand Institutes" . In those institutes pupils have been typing since 1900s. .

They started morphing into programmer mills churning out dBase III, COBOL, coders and now they teach everything from Java to Ansys Fluid Mechanics R17.1 (Register for two courses and AutoCAD is free!)

Comment I think the influence is mild (Score 3, Interesting) 110

I have always enjoyed sleeping in late and had trouble staying awake in the 8am classes. But finished college and had trouble showing up for work at 8 am. When the daughter came along, I had to get up early so that I could return early and take care of her. That sort of set the habit and now I am up at 5am weekdays even when I stay up watch the election debate till 11:30. And can't stay in bed after 7 on weekends.

I don't think I got it through DNA. Mainly circumstances and habit. If at all there was influence from DNA it is quite mild.

Comment No way it is getting certified in 10 years (Score 1) 150

If everything has already been developed, tested, proved cost effective and if they are ready to deploy it today and apply for FAA certificate, it would take 10 years before they get it. Plain documentation of what the system is, and FAA failure mode review and the maintenance and certification requirements, additional independent testing by FAA... no way they can get a hydrogen fuel cell into a passenger plane in less than 10 years.

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