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Comment Go down with the "ship"... (Score 1) 460

Remote pilots probably don't feel the same level of anxiety as one aboard a craft that's in might also mean that, because the remote pilot isn't in any danger, they might not put enough effort into trying to save the craft.

So long as, if a plane goes down and a "present" (on board) pilot would have died, the remote pilot is shot-on-the-spot, I think that'll work as providing enough incentive for them to make sure the craft doesn't crash.

Just my thoughts.

Comment Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (Score -1) 260

I know nothing about electricity other than the fact that AC and DC are different, so feel free to mod this down.

Assuming that our DC sources of electricity are already somewhat efficient, why don't we just have other things that use that current be DC as well?

It would seem that inverters loose some "energy" in the conversion process, which is why we need this Google like X Prize to develop something more taking them out of the equation seems like it would be a good idea.

Is it just that we're so used to designing electronics etc. to use AC, or are there other benefits? and, if so, then why not put effort into designing AC sources of electricity?

Comment Less than impressed (Score 1) 308

These are supposed to be technical people, but their email list subscription system doesn't work... It's happy to send me an email, but denies that my email address is in the system. Very disappointing. Makes me wonder how well they're going to be spending the SuperPAC money if their own systems work no better than anyone else's.

Comment Revolution (the TV Show) (Score 5, Interesting) 74

Feb. 27th, Revolution had code scrolling on the screen (yes they were debugging at light speed), but they stopped at a C function that did actually have a runtime bug that matched the story line (an unused/released C malloc). The only thing that spoiled it was that the same statement was missing a semi-colon, so the code wouldn't have actually compiled in the first place.
Oh was nice to see some code that did actually match what the characters were babbling about...even if there were other things that they did that didn't make any sense what-so-ever to someone who actually understood what they were seeing on the computer screen.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!