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Comment: Re:So about 8' from my front door? (Score 1) 67

by funwithBSD (#49520347) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

I think you are right there.

In rural areas, the house might be a significant distance from the road. I know the family farmhouse is at least 1/4 mile from the road, which means packages must be picked up at the post office, or at the UPS store in town.

Sending a drone to get even close to the house would be easy, and unlike in a urban/sub-urban area there is a lot of area that is not casually visible from the road.

I can see a marker of some sort to give the drone an idea of where you want it to drop things off. A simple post with a simple pattern would probably enough for the drone to figure it out.
Heck, a series of reflective markers could give it a suggested flight path to make sure it does not piss off the donkey, wake up the baby, or get too close to your cherry tree and knock off flowers with the backwash.

Comment: Re:It all depends on the workload... (Score 1) 159

by funwithBSD (#49516583) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

And most game files are packed compressed binary files, PAK. There is a lot of CPU work to be done once it is in memory, they have traded CPU cycles for disk space.

I recall at least one game (A Total War title?) that offered an option to unpack the PAK files so that access was faster, but it took up a lot of disk space.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 2) 363

by funwithBSD (#49470541) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

They did before they were available. They dug the Panama Canal with Steam Power and manpower. If you can build that, you can build almost anything.

Building raceways to use mechanical water power is even easier, and can help bootstrap the other technologies. Before steam, most factories were water powered.
One such factory took in ore, and brass products like pots, pans, pins, wire, etc were produced.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein