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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch 71

Posted by timothy
from the despite-not-being-run-by-the-usps dept.
According to NBC news, "A series of delays held up the maiden launch of NASA's Orion capsule on Thursday, adding some extra suspense to the first test of a spacecraft that's designed to take humans farther than they've ever gone — including to Mars." The much-anticipated launch, which had been scheduled for launch 7:05 a.m. Florida time, is to boost into orbit — empty — an instance of the Orion crew capsule intended to be part of a manned mission to Mars. As of shortly after 9 a.m. eastern time, troubleshooting has been in progress on the Alliance Delta 4 launch vehicle's hydrogen fill and drain valves in attempt to make the launch within today's launch window, which extends to 9:44 a.m. Besides the technical problem with those valves, the launch was delayed by wind, as well as by a boat that strayed into a restricted area. (Shades of the stray-boat delay in October for Orbital Science's ISS delivery launch.) Friday and Saturday have been designated as backup dates. Update: 12/04 15:03 GMT by T : The launch has been scrubbed.

Comment: obvious (ab)use case : (Score 1) 196

by Thud457 (#48515323) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

I have to admit, it would be nice if my fridge would automatically re-order things I'm running out of and want always stocked.

I would not be nice if my fridge ordered 50,000 pizzas because the script kiddie down the block H@XX0R3D some NSA-mandated vulnerability.

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score 1) 110

by Thud457 (#48506345) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More
But what of curation?
If I do a web image search, I get 2,000,000,000,000,000 possible matches to wade through. With maybe 0.0001% of them being simplified line art or, heaven forfend, SVG.
Also, that random pile of images has no cohesive style.

wow, me break /.'s spellcheck. There's a surprise.

+ - AI could make lawyers obsolete by 2030->

Submitted by Thud457
Thud457 (234763) writes "Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will dominate legal practice within 15 years, perhaps leading to the “structural collapse” of law firms, a report by Jomati Consultants predicting the shape of the legal market has envisaged.

"First, we unplug all the lawyers" -- robot Shakespeare, Henry 6.0 "

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Oh, the entitlement... (Score 1) 246

by Thud457 (#48501009) Attached to: 10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial
Ah, but see, that puts in stark contrast the GENIUS of Microsoft.
The only unbreakable lock is the one that does not exist.
They brilliantly prevented people from running Windows on 68k Macs, with 100% success.
Unfortunately, their engineers aren't the Titans they were in the days of yore. I've heard rumors that Windows 8 has managed to sneak onto some tablets, but I don't believe them.

Comment: I'll keep warning you, you won't listen (Score 2) 153

by Thud457 (#48450279) Attached to: NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining
Just remember I told you so when Elon Musk is holding the Earth for a ransom of one MILLION dollars or he'll smack us with an asteroid.

Also, could one of these new asteroid mining companies get whatever's left of Atari to sponsor them so they can fly under the Atari logo?

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.