Is the Admiral suffering from dementia, or is he just a fucking idiot? The attack on the Cole was successful because the rules of engagement did not allow the Cole to fire upon the boat.
If being able to fire on boats (or use a drone swarm like the proposed) is going to be a requirement for a us ship to visit a port, there are going to a lot less ports for them to refuel at.
Isn't it phantastic when science and engineering can profit from stupidity and narrow-minded nationalism? If only that were always the case!
Well, if it gets a little more cash spent on actual science (sad that it takes an international pissing contest to get that done, but thats the world we live in)
Immediate use: Cleaning up spilled ping pong balls on still water.
Finally an experiment that cleans up after itself
Hardware is hard. Good hardware is harder.
Yeh, IMO were not going to see a really serious open hardware till some really nasty DRM/Trusted computing evil comes along and turns peoples minds to it.
Without life, Biology itself would be impossible.