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Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 3, Informative) 213

Even if you enjoy driving most of the time, there are moments in which driving can be a hassle and self driving capabilities still make sense, even for a Porsche. For example: you might want to have an enjoyable ride driving your Porsche to your destination's door, and then let the car self drive to a parking spot and pick you up afterwards when you're done. Or perhaps you enjoy driving your Porsche on a rural winding road with no traffic, but you'd rather be working or reading when stuck in city traffic.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 190

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 190

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

Comment Starting out with the wrong assumptions (Score 2) 165

This is starting out with the wrong assumptions.

Design a brick system that can be produced with 3-D printers, and will hold together when fabricated within the tolerances of an SLA printer. Forget FDM, it's too low precision and SLA is already achieving an equal or lower cost of manufacture compared with FDM.

LEGO is manufactured to astonishingly high precision, but I am not convinced that this is the only way to make a brick system.

Comment Re:No comparison (Score 1) 132

Blue Origin will eventually have a two-stage rocket that can reach orbit (although they are planning on a much smaller payload than SpaceX for their first iteration). When the booster of that rocket lands without damage, they will duplicate what SpaceX has recently done, although in smaller scale.

Blue Origin to SpaceX at present is a sort of bicycle-to-automobile comparison if you account for the tremendous difference in energy and the application. So, I think there really is an intrinsic difference between the two of them.

If you want to say there's no intrinsic difference, then we need to look at Orbital's Stargazer and Pegasus, which have been carrying small payloads to orbit for years, and there's only been one Stargazer all of that time so there is no question that it's reusable. The only difference is that Stargazer lands horizontally.

We can then look at the B-52 and X-15 combination, in which both stages were reusable, a human was the payload, and we're going back to the late 1950's.

Comment Re:And will insert its own ads... (Score 1) 223

I absolutely agree anyone is free to set up a free website and pay for it with their own money... and many do. I also agree that anyone is free to go to a website that supports itself with ads. And any website that uses an *honest* ad system (I.E. serving them from their own server) can't even be subverted by Brave.

And, anyone is free to keep on supporting the current web, disaster that it is. We all have choice, at this stage of the game. I'm saying Brave is the only sane choice for the greater commercial web. I'm all for community wireless and all that sort of stuff. It's not going to scale. It's not going to replace the big web. Commerce happens. Call it greed all you want, that won't change how life works. I prefer a consumer-choice based approach that lets us at least reign in the corporate insanities, which is what Eich is trying to do.

Comment Re:And will insert its own ads... (Score 2) 223

It's actually the only sane approach to the modern web. The web can't be "free". Someone's got to pay the bills. It either has to be ad-supported or subscription-based. Think about it: if you go subscription-based for everything you are MUCH more trackable than an ad-based web.

The current ad-based web is an absolute nightmare. The average person who doesn't know the magical combination of browser add-ons ends up with a frozen browser several times a day. Try to even have 6-7 tabs open in Chrome or Firefox and you end up with problems.

Not to mention, the current ad-based web is scary intrusive.

If you read the details on Eich's approach:

1. He is protecting your privacy. Ad impressions are guaranteed on the buyer side, but your identity is protected. That is built in.
2. He is not "choosing" the ads you see. You get to choose the type of ads you will see, based on a blind profile that doesn't reveal your identity to the advertiser
3. It places sane limits on the number and placement of the ads.

I've been on the web since day one. I never minded a moderate amount of advertising. Anyone who does is a ridiculous sourpuss of a human being. What I mind is them ferreting out my identity, and ruining decent websites with ads that pop up, or under, or run extravagant javascript code that crashes my browser, or... Flash, just anything Flash, or auto-playing video and audio, etc... If we can get rid of that, I'm all for it.

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