I went to the polls at about the same time, and had to spend one hour waiting in line...
Please turn in your Vocab Nazi card at the nearest Nazi Card Collection Center.
Lanai is located east of the International Date Line, at 20.833333 N, -156.933333 W. The name "typhoon" is reserved for a tropical cyclone in the Northwest Pacific Ocean (i.e. west of the International Date Line). See http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/A1.html for more details.
5) Re-fuel with fuel conveniently pre-manufactured by previous robotic missions (this is the only part not obvious to me how it would be done for whatever that's worth).
You just make it there, using the Sabatier reaction or something similar.
That sound you hear is a 256-kbps WHOOOSH...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't we have systems designed to monitor weather, flooding, seismic activity, volcanism and so on? If they're finding out about natural disasters from social networks, that's beyond pathetic.
True, but sensors can't tell you what impact a tornado is causing; for that, you need "ground truth" information. The National Weather Service still has a network of weather spotters to complement the information given by the sensors, and took storm reports over Twitter a couple of years ago to further augment that info (not sure if they are still doing that, though).
I used NoScript to block the JS too, but only a few can use these workarounds. Some opt to use mirrors like thefreedictionary. For the masses though, they cannot use wikipedia for 24 hours, and they cannot work around it. It is a major disruption of operations, as far as they are concerned.
And Mars continues to give Russia a big, fat middle finger. No Russian/Soviet probe has successfully completed a mission to the Red Planet...
If you want to learn controls, it seems Electrical Engineering would be a better fit than Computer Science. While Mechanical Engineers have to learn a fair degree of controls theory, the EE guys live and breathe controls, so it would make you more proficient in that area, at least on paper.
Have you considered using Fortran? Matlab is much closer to Fortran than C (arrays start at 1 instead of 0, to pick a rather annoying bug), has plenty of libraries available (just like C) and the newer versions of the language standard are not the spaghetti-laden soup they used to be.
Heh, I was wondering what K'Breel was going to say about this. You seriously should put all of these in an eBook or something similar... if nothing else to ensure that all the gelsacs that have been sacrificed during the Blue Planet's invasion are memorialized properly.
Awesome post. Let me add one thing, though: If you like BASIC, you will love FORTRAN. It is procedural, so it is similar in concepts to BASIC; and it is extensible, so you can start with a Hello World program in Fortran with a PRINT *, "Hello World", similar to BASIC's PRINT "Hello World".
You can then gradually introduce concepts, such as loops and conditionals in the same way with BASIC; then, you can take on more complex ideas, such as variable typing and allocation (IMPLICIT NONE ftw!), pointers, modules/classes, and you can go all the way to object oriented fluff with the latest standards.
Moreover, FORTRAN is still being used in industry, and not just as a legacy language. There is extensive development of parallel code in Fortran, and the language still reigns king in High-Performance Computing. Thus, the language can grow and be anything from a crayon to a calligraphy quill as desired.