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Comment Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 2, Informative) 360 360

> Sure the backend layer of OSX is unix, but the window manager they put on it is a toy.

Actually, it is not a toy. The Mac window manager is top notch. Don't confuse the operating system or windowing system with Apple's various gui-based software packages that work on top of them.

Comment Re:Dune was good, but still failed (Score 1) 234 234

> It kinda lost me when the Harkonans, a powerful empire in their own right, had to melt down their artillery pieces because they needed the materials elsewhere.

This was explained in the book, and the explanation was internally consistent with technology of the time. The magic shield technology had made artillery usless millennia earlier. It was just the unique conditions on Dune that made artillery tactically useful. Once the Harkonnens had won the artillery was no longer needed, and may not be needed again for centuries or longer.

Comment Re:First Book Is Still Solid (Score 1) 234 234

> When Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson started writing Dune books, I tried to read House Atreides, but got disgusted with it halfway through and tossed it in the bin. It was one of the few books that I owned that I actually threw away, it was that bad.

And House Atreides was, by far, the best of the Brian & Kevin books. I found that the best way to read their books is to treat them as second-rate fan fiction.

Comment Re:Huge waste of Resourses (Score 1) 256 256

The time scale for the Sun expanding after the core hydrogen runs out is about 2 billion years, most of that will occur in the last 100 million years or so. Any people (or whatever) living on each of the inner planets will have plenty of time to see the Sun coming to get them.

Comment Re:So what you're saying is... (Score 4, Insightful) 74 74

Most driving is not fun. It is tedious and frustrating. How many people can honestly say that they enjoy their daily commute or look forward to driving Jr to and from hockey practice? If all driving was like traveling the Sea to Sky Highway on a light traffic day then self-driving cars would be removing something fun from life. But, in the real world, self-driving cars will alleviate one of the most boring tasks that many people face.

Submission + - NASA drops $2.3M on supersonic aircraft research->

coondoggie writes: This week the space agency said it invested $2.3 million for eight research projects that will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions from supersonic jets. NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project, which picked the new projects, focuses on developing sonic boom reduction methods and defines the necessary approaches or techniques for objectively assessing the levels of sonic boom acceptable to communities living in the vicinity of future commercial supersonic flight paths.
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Submission + - Google's Self-Driving Ccars Have Autonomously Driven Over 1 Million Miles

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced that its self-driving car project crossed the 1 million mile mark last week. CEO Larry Page originally challenged the team to drive 100,000 miles on public roads, and they have now done that 10-fold, or the equivalent of 75 years of typical U.S. adult driving. If you’re confused at the figure, that’s probably because you remember the 1.7 million number revealed last month. That number was for manual and autonomous driving combined; today’s 1 million mile number is just for autonomous driving.

Comment Re:What about a bus? (Score 1) 280 280

Shutting down a route temporarily to change all the buses that are running along that route, then starting up the route again will cause tremendous disruption, not to mention the loss of business while the route is not operating. The (very) few transit systems that do this use live vehicle swaps. That is, they replace one vehicle with another at an end point of the route. This avoids the need to shut down the route,a and means that passengers do not have to transfer from one bus to another.

Comment Re:What about a bus? (Score 3, Informative) 280 280

This depends where you are. In many cities buses run full regardless of the time of day. Even when ridership does decrease the reason that bus companies do not switch to minivans is that the most expensive part of operating a bus is the driver. Switching to smaller vehicles does not save a transit authority enough money to justify the logistical nightmare involved in changing vehicles while a route is in operation.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?