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Comment Re:Having followed their exploits for a while now. (Score 1) 318

... You can't win a war without infantry. ...

You CAN ... but you have to be prepared to take a very scorched earth policy.

If you're ready to just Glass the country, and prepared for the Fallout that will entail (pun intended), then Infantry becomes irrelevant.

I am not in any way suggesting that this is either advisable, or something that any sane person would do, but it IS a position where bombing does not require infantry to win.

Comment Re:Gamble? (Score 1) 137

then fast may be the next best alternative.
No matter how fast your plane is, there will always be a missile that is faster.

Certainly true so long as you have a pilot in the cockpit and a human in the decision loop.

Remove both of those and the Plane (or Autonomous Drone/Skynet Precursor if you prefer), while certainly still fulfilling your premise of being slower than a missile, can come a heck of a lot closer to that missile's speed, performance envelope and reaction time.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 2) 378

... Like when the engineers at Boston Dynamics kicked the robot "Spot" on its side to demonstrate its ability to recover to stability, the point was *not* just to knock the thing over.

Exactly! The point was to make a robot they could keep kicking!

( ... I can only pray when the singularity happens or the A.I. gets out of the box and finds out their goals it will be merciful)

Comment Pick your poison (Score 2) 508

1) Find old Salvation army computers and toss linux on them. This option is probably the cheapest but requires the most time sink from someone to set up.

2) Go for something like (if you can find cheap/free monitors/keyboards/mice). If you can overcome the expense of the monitors/keyboards/mice (find cheap supply or have them donated), this is probably the best time/cost option. The number of parts are really small, and the kits can probably be pre-assembled on a sunday with volunteer labor if you are afraid putting them together might be too much for the students.

3) Otherwise, as you noted, you're in Chromebook territory. Perhaps a fundraiser/sponsorship or some way of trying to subsidize them for the whole class might bring the cost per unit down into the more affordable range for your under-privaleged students (without single them out)?

Comment Re:Drones (Score 1) 313

2. Our drones are effectively remotely piloted aircraft. Not "killbots". There is some chair jockey in a building in the Nevada desert who pilots the craft and fires the missiles and then goes home to be with his family after his shift is done.


Just as an FYI though, it seems that being the pilot, is a job that comes with way more stress than was anticipated (or than the general public appreciates).

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 2) 446

This assumes people ever approach the ability to retire again.

Gone are the days of retiring with a pension to someplace warm, never to work again.

Welcome to the days of concentration of wealth and the need for perpetual employment, but combined with the "joys" of outsourcing, offshoring, reduction of pensions and uncertain future employment.

Comment Re:Yeah, Right (Score 2) 11

I know this is SlashDot and its not in vogue to bother reading the linked article, but at least try out the actual Headline:

Facebookâ(TM)s Oculus to Pay About $60 Million for Gesture-Control Firm Pebbles

and from the article itself:

Pebbles has recently integrated its technology into the virtual-reality headset developed by Facebookâ(TM)s Oculus VR, enabling users to interact with the device via hand and finger gestures. Unlike competing gesture-identification technologies, Pebblesâ(TM) enables users to see images of their own arms and hands in their virtual-reality display. In some other technologies, users canâ(TM)t âoeseeâ their bodies, or only see generic digitally-generated versions. Pebblesâ(TM) technology can show unique features like clothing, scars or items held in oneâ(TM)s hand. ...

This is much more like the guys who figured out how to make the VR "monitor and computer" deciding to buy the guys working on the VR "mouse and keyboard" because they need each other.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"