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Comment: Conveniently Glazed Over Usability (Score 1) 30

by SavSoul (#46895309) Attached to: NASA Developing Robotic Satellite Refueling System
It's fantastic that you can get that mileage in a car that is inconvenient, small, terrible range. BMW didn't win anything other than an aerodynamics and weight contest. I saw a Tesla Model S competing quite well on the 1/4 mile against Porche, Audi, and.. yeah It smoked a BMW M3 (I am assuming due to driver error). The key was it was quite a capable machine that after a full day of racing drove home and got 75 MPG on the freeway back to the drivers house.
Moon

Golden Spike Working On Private Moon Flights 121

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-of-these-days dept.
medcalf writes "NBC reports that Alan Stern's Golden Spike Company is planning commercial trips to the Moon. From the article: 'A group of space veterans and big-name backers today took the wraps off the Golden Spike Company, a commercial space venture that aims to send paying passengers to the moon and back at an estimated price of $1.4 billion or more for two. The venture would rely on private funding, and it's not clear when the first lunar flight would be launched — but the idea reportedly has clearance from NASA, which abandoned its own back-to-the-moon plan three and a half years ago. Golden Spike's announcement came on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, the last manned moonshot. Backers of the plan, including former NASA executive Alan Stern and former Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin, were to discuss the company's strategy at a National Press Club briefing at 2 p.m. ET, but some of the details were laid out in a news release issued before the briefing. "A key element that makes our business achievable and compelling is Golden Spike's team of nationally and internationally known experts in human and robotic spaceflight, planetary and lunar science, exploration, venture capital formation, and public outreach," Stern said in the news release.'"

Comment: This happened to me (Score 2) 443

by SavSoul (#41027597) Attached to: Joyent Drops Lifetime Account Holders
I was involved in a similar situation where I had free rentals for life with a purchase of a VCR. They had a pitiful movie selection but it was still a good deal. Eventually, they decided to drop the rental portion of the business and effectively said too bad. A quick lawsuit later I had my full purchase price back in my hands. Not a lawyer but it was about 2 hour total to file in small claims and prove my membership and lifetime certificate.

Comment: Device Control (Score 1) 96

by SavSoul (#36924900) Attached to: Microsoft Exposes Locations of PCs and Phones
It would be nice if devices had the ability to limit the GPS accuracy for all applications. Something that would allow them to return circular (Spherical?) regions that are defined to fall on a LAT/LON boundry so it doesn't place you in the center of the circle. Have the lowest region be exact LAT/LON, then 100 meters, 1km, 10km, 100km and off. This would only be helpful if the device itself did it to prevent companies with no common sense from doing this.

Comment: Re:awful, awful awful awful (Score 1) 293

by SavSoul (#35387168) Attached to: Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
The difference is a person can tell if they are feeling well and will not have a mass failure all at once (occasionally heart attacks or strokes cause driving issues but out of millions of drivers the numbers are low) The question is can the computer handle when it has a sudden reboot because of a overheating device or a short circuit across the main bus. Even if it can't you would have to weigh potential total failure of the computer system with how many drunks and poor drivers (those who cause unintended accidents due to incompetence.) there are on the road and find out which is the net positive. I am guessing the computer will do a better job even if the failure rate was fairly high. It is way to much to ask that everyone takes a precision driving course and actually pays attention and acts responsibly so your theory about the computer doing better sounds accurate.
Mars

New Mars Rover Rolls For the First Time 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the keep-them-doggies-rollin dept.
wooferhound writes "Like proud parents savoring their baby's very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time. Engineers and technicians wore bunny suits while guiding Curiosity through its first steps, or more precisely, its first roll on the clean room floor. The rover moved forward and backward about 1 meter (3.3 feet). Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) is scheduled to launch in fall 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012. Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It will carry 10 instruments that will help search an intriguing region of the Red Planet for two things: environments where life might have existed, and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life."

Comment: Stealing is better? (Score 2, Insightful) 615

by SavSoul (#32368756) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones
Ya, force them to go back to stealing phones. That is much more safe for the public. This is a pain in the ass for everyone involved, a huge waste of time and money and will just push the drug dealers to either clone phones or steal them at a higher rate. It will not and cannot help.

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