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Comment Re:Two pilots, one flies for five days straight? (Score 1) 21 21

Almost any aircraft would change altitude or course to avoid unfavorable winds or find favorable winds. You are nit-picking something that would be totally stupid to NOT DO. When an aircraft has a cruising speed comparable to a motor bike, every tiny bit of wind has a huge effect. You don't get any extra credit for setting a distance record against the wind.

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 2) 688 688

Electric cars aren't for everyone, yet. As your only car it might not make sense if you make more than the occasional road trip, but for a couple it might make perfect sense to have one electric, and use your gas car for your road trips. Some city folks rarely leave the city, so an electric makes sense for them. It really boils down to how you use your vehicle. For some they make total sense. For others, not so much.

I don't have an electric because it doesn't fit my lifestyle at all. I travel a lot, and it is always in a motor vehicle, usually way out in the boondocks where recharging isn't even possible. I almost always have a car full of camping gear that wouldn't fit in most electrics. I travel on remote dirt roads that often require 4WD. To the best of my knowledge there aren't any genuine 4WD vehicles. (all wheel drive isn't the same thing)

Comment Re:Is it fair to compare it to previous solo recor (Score 2) 37 37

Records are almost always broken due to advances in technology, or at least knowledge. Better equipment or better training are consequences of improved knowledge. But it still counts. Even track records are due to better shoes, and new knowledge of how to train the human machine. The four minute mile was once the holy grail of track, now it is routinely run under 4 minutes. Technology plus knowledge.

Comment Re:So how much are they paying? (Score 2) 25 25

Agreed. The car has some printed frame connectors which join the carbon fiber tubes that provide the strength of the frame. The carbon fiber tubes are NOT printed. When somebody figures out how to print a whole car I will be really impressed.

There isn't anything about the drive train that is printed, so the figures about the car's performance have nothing to do with 3-D printing.

Comment Re:Teach vs Learn (Score 4, Insightful) 230 230

Yes it does matter. If a piece of software does what it is programmed to do, in the direct sense, then it is not AI. If it can learn to respond or act in a manner that is not directly programed to do, then you are seeing whiffs of AI.

As a practical matter it might not matter right now, as a developmental task it certainly does matter.

Comment Re:Um, what about history? (Score 1) 818 818

On the west side of the Oregon State Capitol there is a feature called The Walk of Flags where the flags of all 50 states are displayed. Part of the Missouri flag includes a piece of the Confederate Battle Flag. Note: this is the current flag that now the official flag the State of Missouri. Because people like you have gotten a burr up their asses, there is now a call for the State of Oregon to remove the official Missouri flag. So I ask you, how is this going to promote racial equality?

Comment Um, what about history? (Score 5, Insightful) 818 818

Shall we remove all confederate items from museums? Shall we rewrite the history books so the civil war never happened? If we remove the confederate flag from everywhere, will that mean slavery never happened? The civil war happened. Slavery happened. Racism happened, and it is still happening. Removing some flags will not advance the goal of eliminating racism.

Instead of quibbling about a flag that some people find offensive, why don't we work to fight actual racism. Lets stop looking the other way when whites are treated differently than other races. Fighting so hard over symbols while we are mostly ignoring the reality of racism in the US seems counterproductive.

OK, I do see the point of removing the flag from statehouses, but historical displays and museums...give me a break. And, yes this is happening, as crazy as this seems.

Comment Re:Nuclear? (Score 3, Insightful) 308 308

Maybe it is "social problems", but that doesn't make it any less real. Fukishima, Three Mile Island, Chernoble, and Fermi accidents have all created a widespread mistrust of the nuclear industry's assurances that nuclear power is safe. Realistically, this "social issue" isn't going away just because some engineers wish it would. The nuclear overlords have screwed up big time in the risk management of these facilities, and there likely have been other screw-ups that didn't turn out so badly. It may be mostly a social issue, but it is a problem that isn't going away soon.

Comment Re:Nuclear? (Score 1) 308 308

Wasn't Carter a nuculer engineer? Why would he outlaw it? I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here, since the President doesn't make laws, congress does.

Laws can be changed. Why hasn't the nuclear industry sought a reversal? You would think it would be at the top of the industry's wish list, since reprocessing is probably the biggest barrier to nuclear power.

Comment Re:Nuclear? (Score 3, Insightful) 308 308

I'm not sure what you mean here. "can process nuclear waste"? To the best of my knowledge nearly all of the waste of commercial power reactors is sitting on site in vast pools of water. It hasn't been processed, and I'm not aware of imminent plans to process it. So, really, it seems that there are some problems that are preventing the processing. Maybe in theory we can process it, but in reality it isn't happening. This is still a big barrier to widespread construction of new nuclear plants.

Comment Re:Who buys them? (Score 3, Insightful) 668 668

Hypochondriacs buy a lot of homeopathic cures, because it works well on their imaginary ailments. On the plus side, it probably doesn't hurt them either. Unfortunately, even hypochondriacs sometimes get real health problems and fail to get proper health care that could actually help them.

I have a friend who has a serious problem, but refuses to see a practitioner of allopathic medicine. She is trying one quack treatment after another and is not getting better. No amount of facts seem to interfere with her beliefs.

Comment Re:$68 Billion for high speed trains (Score 4, Informative) 599 599

The reason we can't (easily) solve this is really simple. There isn't enough water. If southern California wants to look afar for water they have to look at the Columbia River, which is the nearest river that seems to have abundant water. Believe me, Oregon will put up a big fight if SoCal tries to ram through the kind of infrastructure to move water through Oregon.

All the other water in most of the west is already spoken for. SoCal really has two choices. One, desalinate. Two, get along with the limited water that is available. There aren't any decent other choices.

It isn't partisan bullshit. It is a really big problem with no good choices. SoCal can't just steal water from other users. In the western US water gets used by somebody, and somebody owns just about all the water rights.

Submission + - First 8K Videos Start Popping Up On YouTube

An anonymous reader writes: On YouTube, 8K videos only just started appearing, but most people's computers still aren't capable of handling them. According to the Daily Dot, the first 8K YouTube video to go viral is a short film called "Ghost Towns" though most users are unable to even watch it.

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