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The first space probe to pass Mercury was Mariner 10. Mariner 11 and Mariner 12 were supposed to fly to Jupiter and Saturn, but they were renamed to Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.
Natural selection is what happens if there is no special breeding goal.
Please, please show me the law that says so.
I live in a rural village of about 2,000 inhabitants, and I have 30/6 mbit/sec DSL at around 30 €/month. In fact I guess that most "cable companies" are running DSL to your home and then send the TV signals within the DSL. I know that most phone companies do. If you order a T1 or E1 with them, you get a DSL modem with a T1/E1 port.
So the results are disappointing in a way, as the most boring of all alternative explanations seems to be true.
Yes, the autonomous cars will have bugs, and there will be situations where they just crash in a literal sense. But so do humans, and they do it fairly often. An autonomous car will not be drunk driving, and it will be not getting an heart attack at 65 mph, and it will not be distracted by that phone call or the children on the backseat getting into an infight.
And yes, owning a car will become some hobby. It's not quaint not to have a car even now. A friend of mine made a point of not owning one because he always rented one if the need arised. Thus he always had a clean, well maintained car, better than most of us car owners. If autonomous cars become the norm, renting a car if you need one will be even more convenient, because you don't need to go to the rental car park anymore, you just wait until it arrives at your front door.
He crtainly acted far better than the writing in some episodes, but nonetheless despite the writing he was still able to carry the role.
I am not quite sure about that. There have been spoofs of ST:TNG, where the makers dubbed the episodes with new lines, and some of them actually changed the character of a role completely. In German, there is the "Sinnlos im Weltraum" (Meaningless/Clueless in Space) series of spoofs, where the same scenes in which Patrick Stewards appears as a sincere, deep thinker with the original lines becomes an aggressive alcoholic - just by changing the lines. (For reference: Schwarzer Kaffee, only suitable for people with a profound knowledge of the German language.)