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Comment: Re:Where have I seen this pattern before? (Score 1) 77

by camperdave (#48174505) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones
Why Washington? Because The Fancy Article is talking about filing flight plans, and since a central authority has to have a center, and Washington is the location of the central controlling authority in the US. (I suppose I should have said Warrenton, Virginia, home of the Air Traffic Control System Command Center, but I didn't know that earlier).

Why do you want a central controlling authority in the first place, whether or not it is geographically sharded? Why is there any need for any sort of database, 4D or otherwise? Simply have the drones talk to each other and negotiate how to avoid each other directly, like small plane pilots following visual flight rules. No need for a database. No need for any authority.

Comment: Re:Where have I seen this pattern before? (Score 1) 77

by camperdave (#48169541) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones
Why does it need to be centralized at all? The only way a collision is going to occur is if two drones are trying to fly through the same piece of sky at the same time. If they're close enough to do that, they are more than close enough to talk to each other wirelessly. They can then autonegotiate between themselves which one yeilds to the other.

Comment: Re:List of Animals by number of Neurons (Score 1) 154

by camperdave (#48162053) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

It's more than just a matter of brain size, it's also the ratio of brain size to body size. A bigger body requires a bigger brain just to coordinate.

Tell that to the Brontosa...er Apatosarus (poor creature. It went extinct twice!). Anyways, brain the size of a meatball - body the size of an articulated bus.

Scientists will study your brain to learn more about your distant cousin, Man.

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