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Comment: Not just Russia.. its global internet isolation. (Score 1) 157

by mrops (#48582033) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Resources have a way of not having boundaries, radio waves, land, water... and internet.

We have already put man made boundaries on other resources, so why not internet. It is just inevitable. The sad bit is that internet is not like land or water, there is abundance of it, unfortunately we just don't know how to handle abundance.

Comment: Re:Why do we call remote quadrotors "drones"? (Score 1) 42

by mrops (#48451009) Attached to: Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

$1000 is way too much. I can build one for $300 that can take off, take (waypoint/altitude) mission off an Android device or PC (wireless). Navigate all on its own, trigger a few relays or servos (to do what ever) come back and land. Fly time around 17-20 minutes with a payload of 500g and a total weight of say 1.5 kg.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 263

by mapkinase (#48117189) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I do not believe in democracy. I do not believe general population should play any role in making complex important decision. It should be left to technocrats and leaders, true leaders.

I state again: if someone wants to know about science, he should study science. All those colorful analogies do not worth a damn, they do not increase understanding of public, their only purpose is infortainment like news or weather.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 0) 263

by mapkinase (#48105931) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I never liked so called popularizers of science. You know who is the best popularizer of science? Good lecturer at the university.

Kapitsa Junior was a Professor giving lectures to fellow students from the same year. They bloody moaned from his inept lectures. On the TV he was an established host of the popular sci program, in the classroom he was nobody.

Feinman was never a popularizer like Sagan. He was a brilliant lecturer for people who want know, who were serious about physics.

Sagan, Dawkins, etc are all from the same cohort of nobodies.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar

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