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Comment Re:Felons (Score 3, Interesting) 425 425

Attorney and lawyer are oftentimes used interchangeably but there is a difference. A lawyer is someone who has studied law. An attorney is someone who practices law. You're allowed to practice law in any jurisdiction in which you've passed the bar exam.

As a lawyer you are qualified to give legal advice but you need to be an attorney to represent others.

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 220 220

I once screwed up my staging. I used to separate and ignite engines simultaneously.

I got confused on which separators and rockets were together. I somehow had my command capsule separator in the same stage as my tower release for launch. I was very confused on the launch because I couldn't figure out why I had no control over the rocket.... and then my capsule blew up as the rocket reached enough speed.

Comment Re: FTFY (Score 3) 194 194

The Potomac is 24ft deep at the mouth. The USS Wisconsin, which is the closest battleship to the Potomac, has a draft of 36ft. However it would be worth noting that DC is likely within the firing range of the mark 7 guns of an Iowa battleship located in limited parts of Chesapeake Bay. I'm not sure if those parts of the bay have sufficient depth for the battleship.

Comment Re:Oh, PLEASE no... (Score 1) 107 107

Let's posit for a moment that New Horizons (launched January 2006) did just overtake MH370 (disappeared March 2014) and the lost plane is actually on an escape trajectory out of the solar system.

Then losing connection with the probe isn't a big deal. We'll just whip up another one add in the propulsion technology on MH370 and we'll have another probe at Pluto in about a year and a half.

Comment Re:Why is a robot different from any other machine (Score 1) 342 342

It wouldn't cost much money at all. In fact a number of industrial machines where the users need to get to an area that can be dangerous during operation to load or unload the device can use a simple visual sensor and mirror to detect if any object has entered the enclosed area and require a button on a control panel outside the area to be pressed to resume operation. I'd be surprised if the manufacturers of equipment don't include it or something like it as a standard safety feature. Our laser cutters use it. It's simple and effective to ensure that no humans are in the enclosure during operation but it also may not be effective or work depending on how and what types of maintenance needs to be performed. In the case cited by the article this was a repairman or machinist doing something to the robot that was outside what a standard employee would be subjected to.

Comment Re:Altough I agree (Score 1) 61 61

It doesn't seem like Microsoft is selling Bing Maps to Uber only some of the underlying tech. I imagine Uber has been courting both MS and Google trying to get some sort of map technology for their business. It's a great business decision on MS's part. There's a high probability what they're selling is not at all risky for Microsoft and they may have also be receiving up front payment which puts the government threat to Uber as a non-factor.

Comment Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 334 334

Self-insurance will require that some amount is set aside and cannot be touched thus it will be available should the insurance be required. This means you're locking up a sizeable amount of your assets where you can't get access to them. The people that can afford to self insure are not the majority of Uber drivers.

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