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Comment: Re:Huh what?? (Score 1) 79

Yeah, it is a convoluted title, all right, and the lack of punctuation really scrambles it. But here's the breakdown, near as I can make out:

A Chapter of "Witch", Square Enix's Demo of Real-time CG system DX-12, Impresses at Microsoft Build

They're trying to cram too much into the title.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 108

by camperdave (#49591157) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

Maybe this needs clarification - the probe was not "deorbited" i.e. deliberately smashed into Mercury in a controlled manner. They did all they could to keep it up in orbit as long as possible, but the fuel finally ran out and its orbit inevitably decayed and it finally impacted today.

Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smashed into a region near Mercury's north pole, out of sight from Earth, at about 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

That, to me, is the really sad part. They should have reserved enough fuel to deliberately crash it so that the impact could be seen and analyzed.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 108

by camperdave (#49591051) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence
Blast it away from Mercury for what purpose? What else are you going to study out there? Mercury doesn't have any moons. There's nothing Sunward, and not enough thrust do climb away from the Sun to anywhere else - even if you could break out of Mercury's gravitational pull. The instruments were purpose built to study the surface of Mercury, so they're not going to register anything meaningful if you do break out of orbit.

So I ask you, why blast away from Mercury? What are you going to accomplish?

Comment: Re:Money (Score 5, Insightful) 140

by camperdave (#49566851) Attached to: New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

HOV lanes exist to encourage ride sharing and to reduce the traffic load during rush hour.

Yeah, that's what it says on the tin. In reality they just eat up a lane of traffic that could otherwise be used to alleviate rush hour congestion. It might be different if they actually ADDED HOV lanes instead of taking one of the normal lanes and rebranding it. After all, who's going to get into a car with a bunch of strangers, and not have a vehicle when they reach their destination?

Comment: Re:Curse you, Entropy! (Score 1) 480

Yes, it is what you said. I apologize. I saw your "Yes it does" in response to the statement that this tech "doesn't exactly solve the problem of greenhouse gas emissions" and went from there. I didn't read your post thoroughly enough.

We don't know if holding at the current CO2 levels solves the problem, or not. We may plug all the holes in the boat and still be too heavy to float. Besides, diesel is only one slice of the fossil fuel pie. Can this blue crude form gasoline? And what about replacing coal? We have a long way to go before we can consider the the holes in the boat plugged.

Comment: Re:Curse you, Entropy! (Score 1) 480

No CO2 is being sequestered anywhere with this process. It may stop the greenhouse gas production, but it does nothing to reduce what's already there. It's like plugging the hole in the boat. Sure, the water isn't coming in anymore, but you still have a hull full of water with nobody bailing.

Money may buy friendship but money cannot buy love.