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Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 200

by Toad-san (#47394133) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

I can see the drone somehow being hit by a fireworks missile, deflecting that missile, and the missile going who knows where? Back down into the crowd (or worse, the launch site)? If it stayed above the explosions, fine; within them, maybe. But fireworks on that scale are risky at best. Throwing a solid object like some of the larger drones into the middle of them just adds to the danger.

But I must say, even if never done again, that's a wonderful video, perhaps the first ever?

Comment: Yet Another Whiz-Bang Discovery (Score 1) 139

by Toad-san (#47289667) Attached to: Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

that never seems to quite come into production or actually get anywhere. I keep hoping, but .. sigh ...

I'll still keep recycling my plastic (and hope they aren't kidding me and just dumping it into the landfill anyway). Even if it ends up being "recycled" into park benches or whatever, it's better than nothing.

Comment: Re:that's odd (Score 2, Informative) 182

by Toad-san (#47190061) Attached to: Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

Wait! What world is that? I live in Nawth Ca'lina, where Duke Power is king. And coal ash is good for the roses. Where, now that almost all the shallow water wells are contaminated with fuel, chemicals and fertilizers, they're now targeting the deep aquifers with fracking. Yeah, THAT Nawth Ca'lina. And obviously not part of your world at all, alas.

Comment: Let's Not Oversimplify or Overcomplicate (Score 1) 222

by Toad-san (#47186911) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

I'll admit Hollywood and artists have given us some wonderfully scary imagery of the killer robots of the future:

But I suspect the real future will be more like:

Or the much less vulnerable and maintainable:

Coupled with thermal imagery, a simple AI to identify sneaking human patrols, and (at least at first) a go/no go command from some Private Tentpeg hunkered down in a bunker or OP somewhere. Trust me on this: I've BEEN that Private Tentpeg .. and later, his supervisor. It isn't far, in the front lines, from a tripwire connected to a hand grenade" to a much more complicated (and even more lethal) machine. How much "intelligence" will be vested in that machine is just a quibble. Trip wires aren't smart at all, yet we've never hesitated to use them.

Comment: John Wooden Had It Right (Score 3, Insightful) 212

by Toad-san (#47092937) Attached to: Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

"The screen flickered back on. I was reborn, standing naked in an empty field, holding only a rock. Not far away I saw a man gathering wood, his back to me. I crept toward him through the grass. He didn’t hear me slinking closer.

I thought of the words of John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, who once said that the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.

I raised my rock above my head."

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles