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Comment: Re:35:3:20 WAS AN INSIDE JOB! (Score 1) 102

by meta-monkey (#49385793) Attached to: Tatooine Youth Suspected In Terrorist Attack

PROTON TORPEDOES CAN'T MELT SPACE STATIONS. Particularly ones the size of a small moon.

You can clearly see from the footage that the station was destroyed from the inside. CONTROLLED DEMOLITION.

Oh, and we're supposed to believe the official story that some magic proton torpedoes made it all the way from a tiny exhaust port to the reactor core? Have you seen the size of the exhaust ports on a Freedom Station? They're no bigger than a womp rat. Impossible to bulls-eye. Or are we to believe some magic force guided them in? Tell me another one.


Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 190

And then refuel it each time? Or change out the battery for a charged one? How much time do you really save? How much money is the delivery truck driver's time worth? $25/hour? Do you really think you're going to save $50 worth of his time in a day?

And who is piloting it? If it's autonomous, how does that work? What keeps it from running into a power line or a clothes line or a TV antenna or landing on the dog?

It just sounds like a lot of effort for a low chance at a small return.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 190

Maybe. I don't know how you could possibly land a drone safely at an arbitrary address. You'd need a designated landing area to be able to do it autonomously.

And I don't know how much bicycle messengers get paid. Maybe they make more than $20 for a 10 minute delivery. Maybe it takes them more than 10 minutes to go a mile or 2. Maybe $20 is economical for a drone delivery. But maybe not -- to all of these things.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 190

It doesn't. But the other forms of power have their own problems. A gasoline powered drone needs to carry the additional weight of an engine, and it needs to be refueled. Perhaps the refueling could be done by robots, but however you do it, it adds additional costs.

A long range drone needs to be able to downlink video to the pilot reliably over long distances. There may be a way to use the mobile phone network for this -- but not in rural areas with no network coverage. Otherwise you're going to need a proprietary communications system using a tower or using satellites or a blimp or something similar for a relay.

Then there's the weather. Drones won't be able to fly in some weather.

It will be very hard to beat the cost effectiveness and reliability of a truck. I don't think anyone can do it. It will be really cool if I'm wrong though.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 190

Yes, but packages don't really mind waiting in traffic. They usually have a lot of other packages in the truck to keep them company as they are all delivered, one by one, along the delivery route. It turns out to be pretty efficient.

Some people are in too much of a hurry to receive their package to wait for a truck to navigate traffic. They'll pay extra for quick delivery. But in that case, it's hard to see how a drone beats a bicycle. Bicycle messengers are low-skilled and numerous while drone pilots are rare and presumably more skilled and more highly paid.

Drone delivery seems really cool. I just don't see many situations where it can be economically competitive. Not for a long, long time.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Except that doesn't make sense. Drones will have very limited range when carrying any package with significant weight. Rural areas are probably outside that range, unless the drones are big -- big enough to carry a package and a lot of fuel/energy. Big drones will be very expensive.

Drone delivery makes the most sense when delivering items to boats offshore or to other recipients who are inaccessible by land. Aside from those specific cases, my guess is that drone delivery can never compete economically with truck or bicycle delivery.

Comment: Re:A new Firefox? (Score 1) 137

by Mashiki (#49381175) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

It's a branch of firefox, basically the same thing without all the bullshit. I've been using mainly chromium(chrome branch) for the better part of two years. The chromium branch is the same as chrome minus the tracking components stripped out. For anyone interested you can grab the prebuilt here or grab the uncompiled version from the repository here and build your own.

Comment: Re:So doe sthis mean I can... (Score 1) 1098

by Kohath (#49375637) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

If you believe in freedom for everyone involved, then that means everyone. If you believe in forced association, then you want the Jewish deli owner imprisoned or fined or put out of business for discrimination.

Or you don't, because you want to pick and choose which discrimination is OK and which isn't -- micromanaging force to be used for whatever whimsical objective you feel good/bad about on a particular day. No one is ever free to choose any different than you. Penalties for unapproved choices will be severe.

Comment: Re:Maybe this is just my perspective as an outside (Score 1) 123

by Mashiki (#49374963) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

Really? Let's look at their latest moral outrage over a 30 year old limerick that's been used up to this day. Now let's look at the pushback by people against the sjw mindset and narritive. Their narrative is, it's "transphobic" it's not, it actually caused murders(it didn't). If you're unwilling to protect your culture, then don't whine when someone turns around and tries to make it into something you wouldn't recognize. The rest of us however, have no desire to see an already and accepting culture turned into a pile of crap. Much like what they did to atheism, comic books, and the sci-fi/fantasy book genres.

Comment: Re:Maybe this is just my perspective as an outside (Score 1) 123

by Mashiki (#49374905) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

This is the first time I've heard of it in nearly two months. Even Slashdot and Cracked stopped posting stories about it weekly some time ago.

Cracked just finished namedropping gamergate a week ago, and the washington post did something similar a few days ago. It's still in the news, which should tell you something.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein