If we can cram 4-8GB in a smartphone form factor, with hundreds of GB of onboard memory, there's no reason they couldn't have done something along those lines. With however many millions they solicited, it wouldn't be _that_ hard to find something more stripped down than a phone, but with the capacity for more RAM and storage. It would be light, small, and perform far better. That said, it's still an utter failure in the software engineering portion.
I mean seriously, what did they do, put a 128MB SD card in that machine? NO EXCUSE. They obviously knew about this in advance, or they wouldn't have an explanation already, from a craft that has fallen out of touch. I call foul on the play (and I hate sports metaphors).
Bill Nye always inspires me to punch Bill Nye in the face. Anyone who calls himself "The Science Guy" should automatically be disqualified from accepting money to build spacecraft. This problem could have been solved 50 ways to Sunday. To begin with, do they seriously not have enough storage/ram to accomodate a 32MB file? There's no watchdog in place, no mechanism for archiving/deleting the oldest entries when it gets too large? And again, I just have to say, I had simple teeny tiny small form factor servers in rack upon rack, and even then we had a shit ton of storage per node. This is downright lazy, poor engineering/design, and implementation. Everytime I see him or hear his voice I just cringe. I knew he was going to fuck up Sagan's dream.
Colan The GRAMMARIAN Strikes Again!!!
If they all really use the 2.4Ghz spectrum, then it's obvious the operator can't be too far away. Assuming the signal isn't encrypted, then possibly some kind of signal analysis would be possible, to simply detect the communication between operator and device? Frequency hopping provides another challenge all together. And waypoints make it even more difficult. It's indeed an interesting problem to solve.
Won't somebody think of the CHILDREN!!!??!?!?!?!?!
Well, let's see
If only Jayne from Firefly could help us with the math.
1% of more than a billion?
1+1x1, carry the zero, x 1 billion, divided by, oh goram that's a lot! I aint never seen numbers that big.
They've come out and stated this was largely a symbolic act for publicity.
I've taken a sledge hammer to a bunch of old gigantic DEC Alpha servers and some full-cabinet size IBM AIX systems. This was while working for Gannett it was a celebration to commemorate moving past this old tech and to direct to plate pre-press technology.
That sounds like the difference between Edison's and Tesla's approach to scientific experimentation.
But which of you wins at Chess Boxing?
I envision advertising in browser, kind of like NetZero dialup in the day except this will be achieved through DNS hijacking and http injection. Now they can target their ads to users no matter what they're doing on the web, whether they are paying for ad space on a site or not.
I catch your drift, but actually fiber to residents in NYC is not easy to come by. The surrounding areas are a different story (Long Island, Westchester, etc).
Verizon left the city for last, in their deal with the State of NY, which allowed tthem to circumvent all local laws/ordinances, for competition and right of way, so they could cheaply, quickly build out their high speed fiber optic network (for FIOS service). When they covered all the areas they wanted, it left little time for NYC, which was likely their intention all along, as it's not like you can just burry more fiber in the city. It requires an immense amount of planning and deals to link up your own city wide network, particularly for residential and business service.
That was a quick path to Godwin's Law. Congrats.
You are so far off it's not funny. Parents will continue to watch Netflix and Hulu not "TV"