Bad feeling? Wait until we find out that they use Apple maps for navigation.
The real problem here is the utter insufficiency in determining when a person is really alive or dead.
^ This is the heart of the issue. Same with other dilemmas. Said differently, when does this thing become a human, and when does it cease to be a human?
I recall reading a sci-fi book back in the 70's, about a guy who was in a vegetative state. He was being kept alive on a machine, and unable to communicate. But his mind was still good enough that he could think logically. So, much of the story was about his thought process; whether or not he wished he were dead, and how this compares to a person who has good physical health but no mind. Sorry that I could not find it via Google. But it was an interesting read that got you thinking.
If a machine is faking a heart beat on an lump of rotting meat, then by all means pull the plug. But if there is still a functioning brain that lost connectivity with the body, then the decision becomes more difficult. In my case, if I'm capable of reasoning, then I'd just as well spend the rest of my life daydreaming while keeping a distant hope that I could someday be connected up to some sensors and actuators. But I can understand how many people would prefer that someone pulls the plug.
Either way, a living will would help a lot, and save the prospective plug-puller a lot of anguish.
Yes, good ol' Libertarian "The government shouldn't violate my right to violate others rights!"
I assume you made that up to sound clever.
From the very first part of their faq: http://www.lp.org/faq "Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another." I'm pretty sure that the "do no harm to another" phrase applies here.
This is mission control. I said to ask MARVIN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_the_Martian -- not MAVEN.
Here's the US ground station map. http://www.gps.gov/systems/gps/control/ Nothing in Russia.
Can't the Russians just put theirs in Cuba?
Think they considered hanging a camera on each of those balloons? Nah. Who would want that?
A Ford F-150 truck with Ecoboost weighs 4,935 pounds. A Tesla S weighs 4,647. Right about the same weight.
The F-150 is a full-size truck with a heavy chassis, and a 11,300 pound towing capacity. A Tesla S is a little sedan. By the time the Tesla S is beefed up to truck capability, it is going to weigh a lot more than the Tesla sedan, and also a lot more than the F-150.
The F-150 pays fuel taxes which are used for road maintenance. The much heavier Tesla will pay zero. Plus, the F-150 owner will help pay for the Tesla's rebate.
See above comments. FTFA: "to commercialize the unproven technology of floating offshore wind power" Keyword: floating.
Don't blame your reading skills on Fox.
Exactly. With a straight face, they cite statistics comparing a new $100,000 Tesla with an old beater that is held together with duct tape and probably worth a few hundred bucks.
It's not exponential. Energy required per unit distance is roughly proportional to the square of speed.
So, if AC's Vette gets 26 MPG at 66 mph, then it would work out to roughly 6.5 MPG at 132 mph.
Powerpoint. Because software runs best on an overhead projector.
I never understood why social security numbers have become secret. It was my student ID both in undergrad and grad school. Available to everyone. Once upon a time, you were even supposed to keep your social security card in your wallet. Now it needs to be kept secret, along with my mother's maiden name.
It is just a has code -- not a password.
"What you are noticing is the low levels of education and intelligence on the part of all the Slashdot editors."
What we are noticing is the laziness of some ACs, who criticize the wording of the summary without even reading the first sentence of TFA.
Odd as it may seem, some of us read
Before that steam drill shall beat me down, I'll die with my hammer in my hand. —John Henry
Here's you chance to write an app that postpones texts until the GPS says you've stopped for more than a couple minutes. Implementation details are left as an exercise to the reader.