On an orbital class rocket your engine will have too much thrust making it impossible to hover. That is what SpaceX is trying to do. Land using a thrust to weight greater than one.
Speaking from a position of complete ignorance here -- is there no way to reduce the thrust of the rocket to the preferred rate?
The Russians claim they are opposing ISIL (or whatever we want to call them) but actually spend more energy attacking the other opposition to Assad.
The Turks claim they are opposing ISIL but have a different agenda: Support the Ethnic Turks in the border area, fight the Kurds, Assad and any Shia muslims who get involved. ISIL are Sunni fanatics (as are Al Q), Turkey is mostly Sunni.
I'd guess that the downed plane did not enter Turkish airspace, it was definitely bombing the ethnic Turks in the border area.
If Russia actually restricted their attacks to ISIL, Turkey would still be looking to attack the Kurds whenever they could.
The Russians only have one ally in the area - Assad. If they dropped him then they would lose face, other potential allies would not take them seriously.
The US are allied with Saudi Arabia and have been since Eisenhower. The Saudis have done very well out of this alliance, so have - to a certain extent - the US. The problem now is that the Al Q / ISIL strain of Sunni Islam is the Wahabi strain which comes straight from the Saudi ruling house - those two organisations are practicing what the Saudis preach. Acceptance of that conflict of interest would mean the end of the US / Saudi alliance. That would leave the US out on a limb - it would take a lot to get them together with Iran and that is the main regional alternative.
Backslash-as-a-filepath-separator is extremely annoying, both because it's gratuitously different from every other OS, and because it's also used (in C, C++, and elsewhere) as an escape character, which can cause endless hilarity for anyone who isn't very careful about that.
And I'd also like them to replace the Windows DOS prompt with bash running inside a proper terminal window. Installed by default.
But I have no idea where this "zero knowledge encryption" label came from or what it's intended to actually mean.
Without going to extreme measures like actually reading the article, I'm going to guess that they mean encryption mechanisms where the service provider (read: Apple or Google) has no way to unilaterally decrypt the user's data, because the only place the decryption passwords/keys are ever stored is on the user's device.
Reductio ad absurdum noted. Now on to the harder part -- how can we most effectively prevent acts of terrorism without doing all of the above?
Maybe the US Navy designed TOR to be vulnerable in the first place
Yes, it could have all just been an elaborate ruse... but given the fact that any software of non-trivial complexity has vulnerabilities in it somewhere, it's more likely that the designers of TOR didn't foresee every possible attack vector. This would make them neither more nor less nefarious than any other designers of (allegedly) secure software.
This begs the question of where our intelligence agencies are focusing their efforts.
I'd imagine that US security agencies are concentrating their efforts on... the US.
How about this, instead:
Reporter interviewed some investigators who mentioned that the terrorists had been using encryption, and published the story including that fact. The investigators then realized that the terrorists associates might later read the article and realize that their encryption methods might now be compromised and abandon them -- so the investigators asked the newspaper to bury the article, in the hopes that the terrorists would continue using their (perhaps now compromised) encryption methods a bit longer and thereby expose themselves to capture.
I know it doesn't exactly feed the obligatory Slashdot "government is evil and wants to hack your computer" line, but it seems equally likely to me.
Bitcoin mining, of course -- it may not be as fast as a similarly-priced GPU farm, but the coins it creates will be of the highest possible quality and workmanship.
I'm pretty sure that Anonymous Coward's response was itself propagating some other kind of meme, but I'm not motivated enough to look it up.
Anyway, the thing is to take inappropriately over-the-top invective with a grain of salt, since it was probably intended to be tongue-in-cheek.
You are aware that the attacks yesterday were by - mostly - Belgians? CLOSE THE BORDERS TO BELGIUM. You know it makes sense.
Except armed people stop killings and other violence all the time.
Can you back that up with some evidence? Sounds truthy to me.
This is under 10 pence per capita a year.
This part of "the system" ain't broke, it is a waste of energy trying to fix it.
Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing