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Comment: Re:Look outside, not inside (Score 1) 195 195

Those "quick scans of the instruments" are quicker when you can glance at the HUD (which can be done without refocusing) instead of having to look down at the dashboard and refocusing your eyes.

"quick scans of the instruments" are the whole reason the HUD was invented.

Comment: Re:Revolutionary approach? (Score 1) 134 134

The revolution is in being easily able to create complex shapes. Traditional manufacturing methods for these sort of parts fall in one of two categories:
1. Labor-intensive using simple tools. E.g. Welding the frame from stock pipe and plate.
2. Amenable to mass production, but at a huge initial cost (for tools). E.g. casting, forging, stamping.

3D printing allows complex shapes to be created from a CAD model without lots of labor. This is great for small production runs (i.e. runs too small for 2. to be cost-effective).

Comment: Bad advice (Score 1) 269 269

I see a number of highly-rated comments recommending using Google for mail rather than the ISP's mail service.
This surprises me, given the privacy implications. I can reasonably assume my ISP won't read my mail other than for spam filtering. Google, on the other hand, will use your mail as input for their advertising machine.

Comment: Fit problems (Score 1) 243 243

So this device fits around an alkaline battery. I've got a Wensn decibel meter that has a battery compartment big enough for alkaline AAs, but too small for any of my rechargeable AAs. The rechargeables have a slightly bigger diameter (the difference is 0.2-0.3 mm).
So there's a chance alkaline batteries using this device won't fit.

+ - Rosetta team proposes landing on comet to finish mission

schwit1 writes: Rather than simply turn off the spacecraft when its funding runs out at the end of 2015, Rosetta's science team have proposed that the mission get a nine month extension, during which they will slowly spiral into the comet and gently land.

Their proposal is similar to what American scientists did with their NEAR spacecraft, which hadn't been designed to land on an asteroid but was successfully eased onto the surface of Eros, where it operated for a very short time.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"