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Comment: Re:Why Under the Sea? (Score 1) 149

by rasmusbr (#49041129) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia

That's called an immersed tube tunnel. The way it's done is they dig a trench at the bottom, lower concrete tunnel elements to form the tunnel and then cover the structure with rock and sand. This method has been used many times in the past and will be used in the future, for example here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Immersed tunnels aren't always cheaper than boring or blasting through rock. For one thing, it is cumbersome and expensive to dig a trench in deep waters.

Comment: Re: If they stick the landing... (Score 1) 75

US military application of existing GPS satellites can already achieve fixes down to 5cm. Centimeter-accurate positioning will never be allowed for civilian use, no matter how many satellite constellations you put up there.

I don't know about that. Is there anything malicious that a person could do with centimeter positioning that they can't already do with meter positioning?

Hell, I doubt that that there has ever been an instance where someone has managed to commit a crime because their GPS was meter-accurate, as opposed to for example 10-meter accurate or 100-meter accurate.

If I'm not mistaken the accuracy restrictions are mainly there to prevent foreign forces from developing munitions such as these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M..., but those restrictions will be extremely difficult to keep up when Russia, China, EU and others (India, Brazil, etc) have fully operational satellite constellations. You will pretty much need to get everyone to not compete on accuracy while there will be massive demand from the market for things like more accurate autonomous vehicles.

Comment: Re: If they stick the landing... (Score 1) 75

I wonder how long it will take for the magnitude of that achievement to be noticed, let alone to sink in with T.C. Mits. I have a feeling that it will get mentioned, and Bill Nye will share a few words on CNN, but that it won't get much play in the mainstream press. We'll find out soon enough, I guess.

Keeping fingers crossed... ;-)

It probably won't, but the fruits of it will be noticed. I think the general public will like ubiquitous cell and data coverage, even in remote areas, or centimeter-accurate positioning. All of this stuff will be worldwide by nature.

Those are just two things that would be possible if it was cheap to launch and maintain thousands of satellites.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 1) 392

Yeah, tell yourself that.

The same person who hits 100 sequential bulls-eyes at the shooting range is rarely able to hit a barn wall from ten yards in a real life and death situation.

Also, the government tends to use body armor and automatic guns.

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

by rasmusbr (#48888431) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sigh. This is how it works:

Big corporation A: Would you please share your most private information with us?
Average person: No way, creeps.
Big corporation B: Would you please share your most private information with everyone on the planet and us?
Average person: OMGOMGOMG!!!! Am I gonna be a famous person?! HeretakemyinfoshowittoeveryoneNOWNOWNOW!!!! I swear once everyone realizes how awesome I am I'm definitely going to be famous and I'll be friends with famous people and I'll... Have you taken my information yet???! Here, here's a picture of my new awesome outfit! I should be a fashion model.

Comment: Re:Dammit, Europe! (Score 3, Insightful) 219

by rasmusbr (#48839277) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 14 years, they already have a war with the West/NATO.

In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Muslim fundamentalists in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Gaza now have an actual real honest-to-science angry skydaddy with winged creatures that shoot fire from the sky.

Of course, this does not really bring us any closer to peace with the Islamists. If anything it probably helps them recruit.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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