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Comment: Re: The difference is that THERE is evidence (Score 1) 63

by radish (#48621705) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

What you're saying basically boils down to "in the end you have to trust the people who wrote the OS or built the device". Yes, yes you do. This article is an example of how one such group abused that trust. Of course Apple and Google could do the same, but absent of any evidence that they have done so saying they could is kind of redundant.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 78

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Compression and cooling (Score 1) 102

by Tumbleweed (#48619157) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

What I wonder is how long it will be before some mega rich person(s) decides to build a semi-permanent offshore city, not so much a rig, more a case of a huge boat that is actually anchored to the ground and you take boats TO it.
There'd be loads of technical hurdles, but given the sheer size of such a construction, the issues of waves would be lesser, more so if it is designed properly to deal with them. (not to mention the use of large-scale wave guides similar in design to metamaterials, which is being tested on some oil rigs last I remember)

I'm not sure what the benefit of that would be over the very large mega-yachts the super-rich currently use - they're mobile, so they get the benefits of going to places around the world in luxury, plus being able to move out of the way of bad weather, etc.

I suppose the possible sheer _scale_ of a floating city has an appeal as a display of wealth to some.

Comment: Re:I question your numbers. (Score 2) 553

by Lumpy (#48618979) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

I dont drive a super sized hummer, I drive a civic. Operating expenses for a civic are $0.12 (my real expenses as calculated over the past 4 years of ownership I average 44mpg on the highway at 75mph)

$273.60 there and back for 3 people plus all the luggage I can fit in the trunk. That is the real cost and is dead close as I have made this same run 4 times.

Comment: Re:This is not the problem (Score 1) 553

by Lumpy (#48618175) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The people that actually do the work to make the product that makes the company money... Those people are FAR more important than a manager that manages managers.

CEO/Owner - > department managers. THAT IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED. everyone in between are dead weight parasites.

Comment: Re: Good, we're not trying to create more work (Score 1) 553

by Cro Magnon (#48617329) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Revolt? With what? A few guns and knives against armed drones? I would call it less of a revolt and more of a plinking session. :)

There are 7 billion people on Earth. Assuming 99% of them lose their jobs - just how much ammo do you have for them new-fangled drones?

Comment: Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (Score 1) 165

by Lumpy (#48616881) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

The two times I used a towncar service it was great. Typically they know the best routes through the city and they pay attention to rider comfort above all else, they do not drive like maniacs and intentionally slow down smoothly. The towncar I used in Chicago 4 years ago did not even have a GPS, he knew the city, something that is rare now.

Comment: Re: This is not the problem (Score 1) 553

by Cro Magnon (#48616677) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

My single income is quite a bit less than 100K, and there's no way in hell I'll have a 300K house, barring winning the lotto, something illegal, or both. But I still make more than many entire families I know. Some of them would be thrilled to make 50K. By their standards, I am rich.

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