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Comment: Re:Is it fair to compare it to previous solo recor (Score 2) 32 32

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) 24 24

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) 209 209

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) 815 815

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) 815 815

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) 666 666

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.

+ - 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.

+ - The Weak Force does more than just cause radioactive decays

StartsWithABang writes: There are four known fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. But while we often speak of gravitation as an attractive force between masses (or anything with energy), of the electric force as charged particles attracting or repelling, of quarks and gluons attracting one another and keeping nuclei bound together, we describe the weak force as “responsible for radioactive decay.” Is this right? Shouldn’t the weak force, you know, be a force? Shouldn’t there be a weak charge and attraction or repulsion based on that charge? As it turns out, there ought to be one, but due to the fact that it’s less than one-millionth the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, we were unable to measure it. Until 2013, that is, when we did for the first time!

+ - NASA confirms its drone air traffic control project ->

backabeyond writes: The Guardian last week wrote about a drone air traffic control project NASA is working on with Verizon, after digging up some docs via a Freedom of Information Request. At the time, NASA wasn't talking. Now it says it's working with 100 partners, including Verizon, and will spend $500k experimenting with the system.
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