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Comment FAA should provide free/reduced cost beacons (Score 1) 165

FPV and drove aircraft operators love gadgets that help them with their flights such as GPS, antenna tracking functionality and on-screen displays. The FAA should provide free GPS-enabled beacons that would let the government track these aircraft in real-time. Hobbyists (myself included) would jump at free gear that would allow them to track lost aircraft (too late for my plane, I'm afraid!). FAA could throw in some special sauce like ability to remotely enable loiter mode, auto-land, perhaps fly predetermined routes (DIY Drones stuff has much of this capability already) I can live with having to obey the laws of the air at the expense of carrying some free gadgets on my aircraft.

Comment Re:Where to spend $200 billion (Score 1) 515

They do, but they don't have to. We have the technology today to form virtual trains that would cut the cost of fuel, even at high speeds, way down via drafting. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... Add lane keeping, highly responsive cruise control, and some way to pay the guy in front that is burning all the fuel, and you have a system that is WAY more flexible than any mass-transit system along with similar efficiency benefits.

Comment Practical uses: (Score 1) 75

1) Remodeling - just walk into your bathroom, wave the phone around, go to hardware store and ask your phone, "How many 4" tiles do I need" 2) Digitize custom Lego models.... or your house. 3) My weed-wacker has a broken plastic bit, scan the bit, edit it to not be fractured, tell someone with a 3D printer to send me an un-broken version. you're welcome.

Comment Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (Score 1) 674

I haven't read Dawkins but I read a book by Susan Blackmore years ago that sticks in my brain still - "The Meme-Machine" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Meme_Machine Ahh the forward is by Dawkins :-) Anyway, the idea is that the evolution of humanity is now primarily driven by survival of the fittest memes. I think the collection of Science memes would be gaining on the Religion memes if it weren't for the fact that humans who have been infected with the Religion meme seem more likely to reproduce.

Comment Sony is making the right move - towards Steam (Score 2) 371

I love Steam because I don't have to hassle with selling my used games. It does not bother me in the least because I never pay over $15 for a game. They frequently have great sales and you can build an awesome library with very little money.

A console that would work the same way would be a great thing. Of course, Sony needs to work on their security... and their game prices!

Comment Re:But a plecebo is the most effective drug of all (Score 1) 566

But a patient's belief that the placebo works is required for it to work! You want Aussies to get their placebos from unaccredited hacks? The "drugs" will likely work better if they come from graduates!

Healing is a great deal more about psychology than most slashdotters would like to admit. It's a messy business, studying the human mind. The hard sciences have difficulty dealing with something so complex.