As for airbrushing, there was an interesting story run by the BBC a month or two back. Apparently Queen Elizabeth I signed into law the right for theatrical companies to kidnap children off the streets without limit or redress in law. It was apparently boasted that not even the children of nobility were safe.
This isn't the sort of thing that gets a lot of mention in productions set in that period.
Norse-style grave goods were also still deposited at the time, apparently some Londoners considered themselves the true descendants. Probably a bit like modern Wiccans, except with big, sharp pointy swords and large quantities of booze.
Other cults doubtless existed before, then and after.
As for medicines, the oldest actual medical book (not a reprint or modernized version) is from 1772. It isn't old enough to get a feel for really old cures, but it is certainly old enough to get a feel for what people were trying. Hemlock (as a drink and a poultice) is well-known, as was the use of mercury. Tea made from ground ivy doesn't sound good and the treatment that calls for the patient to down half a dram of antimony probably wasn't one that encouraged people to call on the doctor very often.
Fireworks listed in a book from 1776 could not be used today - the compounds and gasses produced are too carcinogenic. Companies hiring pyrotechnic experts back then presumably didn't have to worry about sick leave or pensions.
Head lice, tropical diseases brought in by sailors, personal zoos of deadly animals, cholera epidemics, the occasional plague, religious extremists... No, wait, that's modern life, isn't it? When was the Children's Crusade, anyway?
The key is to make sure that each release is an improvement over the previous release. If you do that, your customers will be happy, and won't worry much, as you build trust and confidence over time. In your situation, if a particular customer requests the change logs, I would give them, but a general release is not important.
The real problems come when your releases break things. After an especially bad release, your customers might not be willing to upgrade for two or three years (see: Windows Vista). Make sure each release is better than the previous. That is crucial.
I'm working on it. Seriously. They dug up an Iron Age settlement not far from where I used to live. My father was one of the scientists on the team, providing magnetometry, ground penetrating radar and mass spectrometry. One of his colleagues from the university provided geological analysis and a colleague from another university handled conservation of things like amber artefacts.
I have all that data (not all of which was released to the public) plus the archaeological reports and a decade of photographs of the site from over a dozen people, plus photographs of very nearby contemporary monuments.
My plan, from the very start, has been to turn this into something educational. My thought has been to construct a virtual reality, much like Virtual Rome (dunno if that is still being run), so that people could see a reasonable reconstruction of what the site looked like - not just in one era, but in each of the eras for which sufficient data exists.
Admittedly, this has turned out to be a very difficult project - well beyond my artistic skills and a very tough challenge for the virtual reality software that has been open sourced. Any help - any at all - would be gratefully received. I tried to get kickstarter funding, to hire the necessary talent, but kickstarter rejected the project outright as too freakish.
If that project fails, I am looking to see what other educational uses I can put the data to.
Actually, they did the reverse... There was a record temperature reading from about 100 years ago in Libya. This wasn't convenient because we should be setting high temperature records now, not 100 years ago... so they found a way to discredit it and get a modern death valley reading in place.
The range issue can be solved by using drones only for the last mile. Take a truck full of packages and some drones, park it in the middle of a delivery area and let the drones drop off all packages in that area.
Sure, that's what I was talking about when the story came up the first time. At least, I think it was the first time, you never really know around here. However, that's not really necessary, at least not in the first generation. Amazon can cover a significant percentage of the customers who would use a service like this simply by placing centers intelligently. Safeway still offers grocery delivery in counties where they only cover a tiny postage stamp of the total area if it will be profitable given the location of the store, and by the same token, Amazon may reasonably offer drone delivery only in subsets of certain regions.
According to the Guardian article you linked, and that I have up there, it was a publicity stunt.
False. According to that article, it is probably a publicity stunt, and some people have said that they think so, but there is no actual proof. They in fact do not unequivocally state that it is such in the article (though quoted sources say that they are sure that it is such) which I presume is why you didn't copy and paste anything where that actually happens, instead choosing to employ prevarication by calling attention to Amazon's odious business practices. I agree that they are odious, but that does not reflect upon the validity of the drone delivery model, nor Amazon's intent (or lack thereof) to employ it.
I think you're likely correct, but the linked article does not prove that you are, and it is therefore bullshit to continue pounding on it as if it contained the facts you're looking for. It doesn't. It contains speculation.
But if you really believe their is a chance that drones are going to be dropping packages off at you doorstep in under 10 - 15 years, you neither understand the logistics and you are both delusional and naive.
I'm pretty sure I do understand the logistics. Quadcopters are already capable of doing this job right now, the infrastructure needed is simply not there. The infrastructure required is broad in extent, but a straightforward and simple extension of existing systems already in place at Amazon, such as robots now performing picking jobs in some of their distribution centers.
Set down the Adderal and the Code Red.
Congratulations, you're an asshole! Your prize is getting to live with yourself!
I can't believe you got modded up...
I still just can't believe it's not butter.
I would concur with that. What I have proposed is at the upper limits* of what can be achieved by a single entity running a single entity. If you need finer granularity, more dimensions or greater timelines to give everyone a fair chance in life, no single entity (corporate or government) could do it.
*It may actually be beyond. Not financially, but organizationally. To predict the optimum path for each student individually, track that, and correct at a moment's notice, no entity has shown the capacity to do that. To perform a travelling salesman heuristic for that many people, remembering that exactly ten people with identical requirements in a subject can enter a location simultaneously and that people of different needs should never enter the same location simultaneously at all, and all the other constraints...
It is possible that the problem is too big, that it must be distributed somehow. The internet is a powerful tool for that, but it has to be used correctly.
I have worked with computer aided learning, in the sense of designing it and experimenting with its limits, back in the 90s. It was grossly underutilized, people looked at it only as a book with clickable images and audio. Internet whiteboards, collaborative tools, shared documents - all existed back then. So did multi-way videoconferencing, telerobotics and all kinds of other nifty teaching aids. Almost none were used then.
Today, some of these are used, but the technology has not stood still. Not just data but entire applications can be pushed from machine to machine. Sensors can track hand motions, allowing instructors in music, sculpture, painting or, indeed, archaeology to know precisely what is or is not happening, instant by instant. Simulators can compare expected results with the actual, long before anything is finished. In science, DIY spectrometers can tell chemistry lecturers everything they need to know.
There will be ideas I haven't even stumbled upon. My knowledge is broad, but technology is broader by far.
But these aren't being used. Computer Aided Learning remains 20 years behind the curve at best, 40 years behind at worst. (80 if you include YouTube videos of lectures, Open University was providing that sort of material a long time ago.) If you want a revolution at the level of individuals running the show, that is where to start. You need between quarter to half a century of development to be factored in. That is a lot and inertia is high. If MIT can't be more original than a video camera, an achievement sci-fi conventions could boast of even in the 80s, the people with the knowledge will not adapt to new methods by choice.
His argument is paramount to "Scientists shouldn't publish in these journals because they're too highly regarded."
Perhaps those trees are overwatered, and some others could use a little love.
No competition from Amazon. Have we already forgotten it was a hoax?
Your link doesn't even prove that it was a publicity stunt, and here's why: its conclusions are based on false premises and it's full of fud. It's also clear why you didn't bother to link to the full article; it doesn't say what you want it to say either.
First FUD: "The practical issues are manifold". Yes, welcome to the real world. FUD, not a specific objection. The specific objections are then made, and they are stupid. "[...]how does it [the drone] then find the package's intended recipient?" Probably it homes in on the mobile device used to make the order, and you'll probably have to use one. How is the transfer of the package enacted? Depicted in the video. It knows where it's being delivered. What stops someone else stealing the package along the way? You mean, by shooting it down? Ah yes, this line item was expanded into two, for filler purposes. And what happens when next door's kid decides to shoot the drone with his BB rifle? The same thing as when next door's kid (the house has a child?) shoots anything else that doesn't belong to them. Except in this case, it's recorded by high-resolution camera.
Then we have an outright lie: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates this area, intends to make commercial drones legally viable and workable by 2015, but this deadline is all-but impossible No, no it isn't. It probably won't happen anyway due to lobbying from entrenched interests. But there's no reason why existing regulations can't be applied to commercial drones. The area below 500 feet is already available due to existing restrictions on civilian air traffic.
Meanwhile, Wired claims that Amazon's delivery model makes the drones unworkable, but that is just fucking stupid. It's stupid because Amazon has already changed their model partially to add more services, and there's no particular reason they can't do it again. Sort of like how Wired changed their magazine from having purple text on black backgrounds to having black text on neon green backgrounds to having black text on white backgrounds. Two changes, see? The drones won't be able to deliver everything in Amazon's catalog. It'll be small, high-value items often ordered by themselves by people willing to pay extra for rapid delivery.
In short, while it might well have been a hoax, nothing you have presented (nor any other evidence) proves it to be so.
Thank you for the link. It looks intriguing.
Basically, my assumption has been that you can treat education as being a problem in multi-variable space, that it cannot be reduced until all the variables have been identified together with their relationships and interactions, but that once reduced to the simplest elements, those elements should naturally form a very simple pattern or weave. If my reduction is inaccurate, the weave I have produced will be flawed. Threads will tangle, patterns will become disjoint or incoherent. The same is true if any of those three core assumptions are wrong.
This book you pointed me to, along with any others I find, will definitely give me different perspectives. If my three assumptions are correct, all perspectives should reduce to exactly the same atomic components. If they do not, the idea of atomic components must be wrong.
It is also the case that a different perspective might lead me to reject utterly my entire line of reasoning (won't be the first time, won't be the last) and adopt an entirely new outlook. That can be a very good thing. Never be afraid to learn. I have an interesting mind but far better ones exist for this sort of work. It would be foolish to ignore the ideas of others.
And if it kinda goes along with my thinking? My ideas evolve constantly, even during a post. The very worst that can happen is that I'm inspired and correct mistakes in my thinking. As tragedies go, that seems acceptable.
I look forward to the book, and hope I find many more.
Plastic cartridges are simple and more than adequate for small calibers. Plastic bullets, while more complex to do can be done. ( tho not with a home 3D printer )
Not only that. It has always been legal in the U.S. to make your own guns, just not to sell them to others.
Within some federal boundaries, like you cant go out and make a sub-machine gun in your garage ( legally ). Now i happen to think that its *all* a form of illegal infringement, the precedent is there. ( i wont even get into the state limitations.. more illegal infringement )
Oh, you can also sell them later, the point is you cant make them with intent to sell.
Remember too that the 'intended purpose' is not always what it appears to be. This is just about incremental removal of rights, the irrational 3D gun 'craze' is easy pickings for them to eliminate them from the legal market. One down, makes the next one even easier.
No. He was just mis-quoted to get people all pissed off and get some ad revenue.