I'm actually surprised they're trying this; I wouldn't want to be the first one to take it up. Two things that are almost guaranteed trouble in aircraft are counter-rotating propellers and especially shaft-driven propellers. I see insufficient rear control surfaces (what are they going to do when they start to hit compressibility?), poor-to-no stability, and almost impossible emergency exit. The concept of an aircraft with poor visibility and no room for fuel or weapons as a fighter is laughable. They're not testing Bugatti's concept, because they're not powering it sufficiently to test the one thing it might have been good at - speed.
Couldn't he have, you know, drank the water that was building up?
That IS a stupid... No, actually, it's not. I'm going to assume, however, that drinking a fluid that's probably floating around as globules inside your helmet, without choking on it, would be tricky. Also, "Ewww, helmet water!"
"Glass may be the straw that triggers the backlash."
I disagree. Let me explain why.
Casino's. I was in Vegas last month, and people in casinos where takign pictures and no one cared. WIth their phones with DLS, and all over the place.
A few decades ago when I worked in Casinos, you would have been asked to leave. After I noticed it I started looking for the tradition no camera signs, and I could find any.
If Casinos finally caved, then pretty much everyone is going to cave.
I disagree with your disagreement. Casinos were banning cameras for their own reasons, not due to the preferences of their patrons. Due to concern about cheating, etc. They caved to the number of customers who had cameras in their cell phones, which they would not leave behind. To compensate, they stepped up their own surveillance and security. I actually have experience trying to surreptitiously take pictures in bars for professional reasons (insurance) and people DO NOT LIKE IT, if they become aware of it - and not just the person I'm there to document!
Given that it costs you nothing to upgrade to the latest OS X now, why are people still running the old version?
Because they can't, or don't want to. I have some applications I've used for many years, that don't run without Rosetta. Since versions of the OS later than Snow Leopard have no compelling features I want, and some UI changes I actively dislike (open folder in new window, anyone?) there's no reason to update. plus, of course, the fringe machines that CAN'T be updated, but are still completely usable.
I have lots of Macs, and some are on the current OS - but I prefer to use the ones that aren't. For me, 10.6.8 is the Gold Standard.
Of course, we don't really know the nature of the incident; if this woman was antagonistic herself...
If you read the original article, a couple of women nearby rolled their eyes and covered their faces, clearly not wanting to be recorded. She said she felt "threatened" by this, and specifically TOLD them she would now be recording them. Sounds pretty antagonistic to me.
"...what will it take for general acceptance to finally take hold?"
Major changes in society, that won't be happening anytime soon. Look, we're already monitored basically 24/7. We don't like it, but if we squint our eyes and look the other way, we can pretend we aren't. The Google Glass thing is just shoving it in our faces and not allowing us to ignore it. (The reasonably common perception of Glass wearers as pretentious hipsters doesn't help).
I think it's far more likely that places like bars (where we want to relax and do foolish things) will ADVERTISE that they don't allow these devices, and don't record internally. Glass may be the straw that triggers the backlash.
Another no. At least, not until most of your neighbors are cyborgs.
Basically got tired of the game vendors and their nonsense. The newest game I (occasionally) play is Escape Velocity Nova, and that's a dozen years old.
200 comments to say "NO"?
"...capture and redirect an asteroid to a safe orbit of Earth's moon for future exploration by astronauts in the 2020s." Note that it's already 2014. At this point, we couldn't get a box kite in the air in six to fifteen years, let alone a mission like this. No budget, no sense of urgency, and no time to divvy up the contracts amongst the congressional districts.
I like Slashdot - I really do. The news may be a little stale, but the design is clean and efficient, and the commenters are generally reasonable adults. Now, a lot of successful web pages have been redesigned to "freshen" them or expand their market. I wonder how well that works out, in general? I no longer use Google News, Google Images, Slate, or a family of humor sites - was it cheesburger? - I used to visit. I can't think I'm so much an outlier that I'm the only one.
2009 iMac. Under normal use, the computer itself is completely inaudible. If I fire up the external RAID arrays, however... The 2008 MacPro I can hear, but it's under the table so I don't really notice it. The PCs go up the scale from there.
In the woods when I was at summer camp. Sometimes I wonder if ball lightning isn't simply an unlucky bird that got turned into instant plasma.
Maybe sometime, but I've been within five feet of a fair sized ball, and a vaporized bird would not be my first choice for an explanation. It melted the screen in my bedroom window.
What is this "virtually everybody" she is talking about?
Virtually everybody WHO MATTERS. If you're not on the committee, you don't matter; and if you disagree, you don't matter either.
"A lot of the privacy people, perhaps, don't understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan."
Maybe we shouldn't occupy that role?