Local Motors, I guess.
Wasn't the entire probe and lander cold-soaked for ten years prior to the landing? Or is being removed from the sun so much colder than space? I'm seriously asking. I don't know the answer.
>The Soviet Union launched some reactor-powered radar satellites (RORSAT) that now sit in graveyard orbits. Some of them crashed, too.
Unfortunately they crashed in China, and when they complained about LOLSATs who couldn't keep their orbit nobody took them seriously.
-[Seal] Give me a ping, fish, one ping only....
-[Fish] WTF again?!?!
-[Humans] Damn, we lost another one... oh well, back to youporn.
For a human, using a sponge and squeegee combo is probably the most effective way to clean a window. For a robot, I would imagine that the answer is something more like a pressure washer, with a hood which covers the work area and reclaims the wash water. The water would then be filtered and reused until the particulate count rose too high, at which point it would be flushed and replaced with fresh. A sheeting additive would be used to cause the water to run off without spotting.
This probably wouldn't replace human window washing entirely, but it seems like it has the potential to replace at least some of the washes.
I've often wondered if anyone has ever tried a project to make a building which washes itself, using a robot designed for the building, and a building designed for the robot. I can imagine many problems with such a project without even undertaking it, mostly related to critters taking up residence in the mechanisms and/or tracks, but if it operated continuously that might well eliminate some of those objections. A universal window washing robot has a more complicated task than such a device would.
Did you even read the article? You'll find it discusses how the old World Trade Center Towers had built in devices that were made specifically for the building that would automatically go up and down cleaning it. The only problem was they missed the corners and creases of each pane and the rich people at the top of the building didn't want the grimy borders to their new expensive view of NYC.
It sounds like you have a lot of ideas for building a nice big heavy expensive machine that moves up and down a building. Burst forth and implement your idea, I think you'll find that the the weight, the power and the water feed to these devices will push you towards what has already been implemented and did not do a satisfactory job. Humans had to follow up behind the built in robots to clean spots they had missed.
It's funny, I read articles on Slashdot about how AI is the one thing that threatens man. And we can't even implement AI and pattern recognition to replace a window washer -- oh the incongruity!
> What state would the man be in after 10 years in space?
The "Bored" state.
Microsoft is the dark horse in this race. Intel's trump card is that their products run on x86. Computing power is getting to the point where mobile devices are able to run Windows 8 quite well. I have a Dell Venue Pro 8 from last year that can run full-on Windows 8.1, and it's based on the old Atom. While the device has flaws, it is still goddamned amazing (and very useful!) to have Windows instead of Android in terms of application compatibility.
The new Intel Broadwell processors promise even better performance and lower power consumption. If Microsoft does not fuck up Windows 10, then this would push sales of Intel-based tablets. Why bother running Android or iOS when you can get desktop applications running on your tablet, even if you pay a slight premium? Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 sold $900 million in the last quarter. Competing devices such as Yoga 3 would only get more users onto the idea of a Wintel tablet.
Congressional Republicans do not believe that tax cuts need to be offset with tax increases, only that spending increases must be offset with spending cuts.
Because most people in this society have empathy, and this includes most doctors and most hospitals, and they choose to treat people with critical, immediate needs without charging them, even though these types of needs incur the largest costs. Those costs are then passed on to everyone else, including you, who uses the facilities in a normal fashion, whether you like it or not.
Unless you are a doctor yourself, or are willing to ignore your own medical needs and the needs of those for whom you are a caretaker, you have no choice but to shoulder some of the shared costs when you use the services.
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The stuff about bullies is a red herring; school shooters are not significantly more bullied than the average.
Different people react to bullying in different ways. Do we blame the bullying, or blame the reaction? So far we seem to be doing neither; you're discounting the bullying right now, and the mental health system doesn't seem to care that some people need more support than others. Instead we pretend there was no way to stop it then demonize the shooters when it's over.
Most people the police interact with are never arrested. Victims, for example, would also be on the video, unless the video is reviewed and those people are obscured. The inside of private homes will also be filmed, including the locations of valuables.
Sort of how the 200 years or so of computer development up to the point of Singularity showed tremendous advances in computer science and engineering, and yet, once the machines are sentient, the wild diversity of the quintillions of robot that spread through the galaxy will represent the majority of the fossil record - especially after most of the old PCs of Earth have subducted.
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