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Comment Re:Lottery machine? (Score 1) 64

From a code approach it's pointless, because the physical simulation would run exactly the same each time. Unless your randomize various factors such as for example, the release time of the balls, the speed the wheel which "mixes" them up. However, for this approach to work, you still need your underlying random number generator to already be working to generate the randomization required by the physics engine. And at the end of it all, you're putting a whole lot of effort into a limited entropy randomization system when you could just use a couple of dedicated algorithms to achieve a much greater result.

From a device point of view, yes - this is basically what hardware random number generators are. There are lots of different ones out there that use different factors such as background radiation, RF noise, plasmas, etc, to create a non-reproducible value. Most of them are pretty good at what they do, and while some may be "better" than others, the differences in the degrees of entropy they produce are largely academic - almost any of them will do the job.

Comment Re:Better late than never...? (Score 1) 119

Oh yeah, it's real. A quick Google will get you plenty of decent flight video. Here's the "old" one flying at 5000 feet.

The new model looks much sweeter. :) This is video from April last year - not flying nearly as high, but that's because this is one-off unmanned prototype.

Earlier manned footage:

Comment Re: Better late than never...? (Score 2) 119

He left not because it isn't working. It's no pipe dream, their aircraft have been flying for a few years now. He left because the board declared that a personal, consumer version of the aircraft was not a priority. The whole reason he started the company was so that eventually he could have a personal "jetpack", but once the company went public, the board had to look at risk vs return and decided to make the consumer version their lowest priority. He didn't like that, so he left. He can always buy a consumer edition once it eventually (if ever) comes out, but their focus at present is first-responder.

Comment Re:Load of Garbage (Score 1) 119

There's plenty of video of the Martin Aircraft around, and it's been shown at air shows on and off for a few years now. This one is a reality. Here's some nice, manned, 5000 feet flight video for you. (Not great landing though, ha! Better landings in other videos :))

This one is a reality. It's not American, which is maybe why you haven't really been aware of it? The key in ongoing development for this (some Chinese firm recently threw $50 million into Martins IPO) is to get the materials lighter, and fuel efficiency greater. 125kgs is enough for a (healthy weight) paramedic + first responder gear. But for military applications for example, you'd want to be able to carry first of all a person that weighs more than 125kg, but gear as well. So, the machine has to be lighter, or fuel more efficient (ie, requiring less fuel, thus less weight).

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