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Comment "software that can do more things better" (Score 1) 515

Citation needed.
Is, in principle this possible - sure.

I would suggest based on past history that you should expect this extra data you have opted to share to leak in ways big and small, from the individual leak, to wholesale compromise of companies databases.
You should expect inadequately tested rolled out drivers to brick certain device configurations until someone skilled can fix it.
You should expect the 'automated' things to be increasingly harder to fix if that automatic service goes wrong.
Increased opaqueness to the general user - random changes in user interface to hide or eliminate features which 'most' users are not using.
And all other sorts of things.

Microsoft et al do not care about the 10% of users that this may make things awkward for - they care about the nebulous users that it may win, or retain by simplifying and making their lives easier.
The few for which life is made hard or impossible - well - maybe for a few months you'll be able to find ways to revert to the old behaviour.

Comment Re:Failure to understand definition of zero-day (Score 1) 253

I strongly object 'do not even conceptually know'.
Zero days are hardly ever fundamentally novel attacks.
Inadequate input sanitisation, buffer overflows, ...
http://www.zerodayinitiative.c... - for example

None of the first several I looked at looked particularly novel, even compared with attacks of a decade or two ago.

Comment Re:Inserting into orbit would have been interestin (Score 1) 98

It is not in principle insane.
The atmosphere contains a large amount of very light gas, and plutos mass is low.
This means that the atmosphere is quite 'puffed up' - meaning you can skim the planet and get quite a decent brake.
The required large aerosurface due to the low density makes it 'interesting'.
It requires detailed knowledge of the atmosphere.

Comment Re:Meanwhile.... (Score 1) 98

"If any exoplanets were outweighed by something else in the same orbit, we would have detected that other thing first"

This is not correct in many cases.
For example, for Kepler - planets are found by looking at the dimming star as the planet comes in front of the sun.
If Kepler detects a planet, it is entirely insensitive to small objects in the same orbit, even if there are a _LOT_ of them.
It is also insensitive to objects outside the plane of the system (apart from timing transit variation for really large bodies)

Similarly - radial velocity is going to be entirely insensitive to multiple small bodies in an orbit.
It's worth noting that Kepler has detected exactly 0 earth-like planets in earth-like orbits around sun-like stars.
There are lots of holes in the data due to insufficient signal-noise.

Comment Re:Meanwhile.... (Score 4, Insightful) 98

Pluto as a planet doesn't really make much sense, without including others.
Eris, for example. While currently three times the distance of pluto from the sun, at times (next ~2800AD) it is actually closer than pluto to the sun, as well as more massive.
There is no real inarguable set.

Comment Re:Inserting into orbit would have been interestin (Score 1) 98

The problem is that you pretty much can't pick another.
The trajectory chosen was to reduce mission time.
If you have 9 years, then pretty much the only way you can do a pluto probe is blasting past at >10km/s.

If you try to make the trajectory more gentle, then yes, you can do this - a hohmann transfer - but this will take literally a hundred years. There is nothing close to pluto that can slow you down meaningfully at all with a gravitational assist.

Nuclear powered ion engines, nuclear rockets (dusty fission rocket), and aerobraking are all in principle possible, but they all have their own risks.

Comment Re:Inserting into orbit would have been interestin (Score 2) 98

Well, yes, everyone knows that would be awesome.
Some rough numbers I did indicate that to stop New Horizons (It is only 400kg) at pluto would take a Delta V heavy. That is - around 500 tons.
A launch campaign to launch 500 tons to pluto is likely to need several thousand rockets.
Stopping is hard.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.

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