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Comment: Re:Sort-of-worked. (Score 4, Informative) 54 54

Pitch is part of the plan. Escape systems need to move the capsule out of the path of the rocket below it.

"T+.5s: After half a second of vertical flight, Crew Dragon pitches toward the ocean and continues its controlled burn. The SuperDraco engines throttle to control the trajectory based on real-time measurements from the vehicle’s sensors."

Comment: Re:Can't he still win (Score 4, Informative) 932 932

Oops, should have hit paste before posting:

"Mr. Cantor can't run as a third-party candidate. Virginia law forbids candidates who lose primary elections from appearing on the general election ballot. It is not immediately clear if he will mount a write-in campaign , as did Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) after losing a 2010 GOP Senate primary." — The Wall Street Journal

Comment: Does swerving (/ Choosing) improve the situation? (Score 1) 800 800

It's not clear to me that swerving is going to improve the situation. It seems possible to me that swerving may expose the vehicle to increased danger. If swerving leads to a rollover or an angle with less crumple zone material it may increase the danger to occupants of the vehicle. "Don't Steer, hit the deer."

Swerving could also result in the vehicle traveling into areas where it should not ever be. A sidewalk, a median, a house, etc. Persons in those areas are not acceptable alternative impact targets as they should have a reasonable expectation of not being exposed to traffic danger.

Comment: I wish the first company with Autodrive was BUICK (Score 1) 287 287

Seriously. [though I'll take mod +funny too] Buick drivers (typically elderly) would benefit greatly from this technology as it would grant them improved safety and autonomy. And society as a whole would benefit as the elderly with autodrive would present fewer road hazards, and would be able to stay out of assisted living for a longer time thus helping to keep the cost of assisted living down.

And within 30 years, I'll need cars to do the driving for ME!

I can't wait.

Comment: Kill (the character of) the Messenger (Score 1) 784 784

Yes, we should all focus on really important things like Bradley's gender identity and not wasting any more time on all that trivial information about what the government is doing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contents_of_the_United_States_diplomatic_cables_leak

Good to see priorities are in order.

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