Let me state this once and for all. Any flock of flying robots, autonomous or not, over my head or my property will encounter bags of nails, wires and other terrible obstacles designed to swat them. Just the fact that something is technically possible does not mean we should allow this. Stop the madness!
You are definitely missing something. Tape drives have built-in hardware compression since the mid-nineties. See for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...
The EXB-8500C had hardware compression in 1992 or so.
What if that nice bright laser hits a reflective object and then points toward a plane? Just a few articles back I read that will be rewarded with a $10.000 fine.
And as others have already pointed out, today's headlights are plenty bright, thank you.
Really fly the airplane, don't just act like it's moms minivan with your eyes glued to the damn GPS
Well, that depends on which country/region you are in. Here in The Netherlands the GPS is almost mandatory to ensure you do not fly into some temporary or permanent patch of restricted airspace, don't get reported for flying over one of several hundred unmarked Natura-2000 wildlife areas (that contain no wildlife) and don't inadvertently bump 200ft into oh-so-precious Class-A which covers half of the country from 1200ft up. And these days the authorities don't tell you how to avoid intrusion, they send you a 'transaction proposal' of several hundred €€€.
This on top of mandatory Mode-S transponders, mandatory 406MHz ELT's, soon mandatory 8.33MHz radio's, annual 120 Euro charge for using radio spectrum, annual liability insurance, annual hangar rent rates, 3+ Euro/liter Avgas ($15 per Gallon..), landing fees of €30 for the lightest, lowest noise category plane, mandatory annual SoA renewal fees, mandatory annual medical check (at 50+), etc, etc, etc..
Flying has become impossible to afford and is no longer fun.
.. is Windows-XP back. Also by popular demand.
How's that migration coming along for you??
Not according to the wordings on the ICAO license. It has a note reading "The privileges of the license shall be exercised only if the holder has a valid medical certificate for the required privilege"
So the Flight Crew License is really a license which grants you specific privileges, and the Medical Certificate certifies that you are mentally and physically fit to perform that privilege. You need both to be valid before you are allowed to fly.
Note: I am in Europe, perhaps the rules under FAA are slightly different.
If you were correct, I wonder why general aviation pilots study for their PPL, or Private Pilot LICENSE.. Mine says "Flight Crew License" on the front.
I do not know what is more disturbing. The facts revealed by Snowden, or the statement by Hayden that the goal is "to return to the position that we had prior to his disclosures".
Microsoft could fix this by releasing one last roll-up service pack, XP SP4. That would set a new baseline with all known patches applied. Since they are not going to release any new patches after April 14th, they'll never hit this issue anymore.
I'm pretty certain that MS will never do this because XP SP4 would make a huge negative dent on their Win8.x forecast.
This kind of research is exactly what the government needs. Another excuse to blame Global Warming on some computer model. First they did this on upper Earth, now it's Middle Earth.
I can see it coming, CO2 taxes to 'save Middle Earth'..
If Oracle succeeds in claiming copyright on the Java API then the next step is natural languages. Today an author can claim copyright on a story written in English. Claiming copyright on the Java API is like claiming copyright on the English language. Every Slashdot member who has ever written an article or even a comment would be liable for copyright infringement if this flies.
I do not know how to stop this insanity but there must be a way to stop big corporations from taking and claiming ownership of everything. This has gone far enough.
They *THINK* they can get someone younger for much less pay.
And they *THINK* they will get all the experience from that younger person too.
What sets us "old farts" apart from the younger folks is that when we started, computers, software and infrastructure weren't half as complex as they are today. And we have seen it all grow. With that, we still know what happens under the hood. We still recognize a failing harddisk, a bad memory problem, a network routing issue etc, when the young guys just see their mouse, tablet or app not doing what they expect. The young folks know where to look when things work. We know where to look when things fail. Employers do not recognize that until they are hit by disaster.
Well, you are posting on Slashdot which no doubt is hosted on a fair number of servers in a big power guzzling data center, for your viewing pleasure. Just because your meter isn't ticking does not mean there is no energy being spent on your behalf.
I just can't see how a curved display is any better than a flat one. It makes the shape of the phone awkward, it becomes unstable on a flat surface unless the back of the phone is flat. In which case the sides are much thicker than needed. To me this is a totally unnecessary gimmick. Next up: Wavy displays, round displays, triangle displays. But Why?!?? Different != Better.
I'm not so sure you can compare the energy levels and claim that it is therefor impractical . A steel ball is solid, and its impact is on a very small surface area. A bird, although heavier, will absorb part of the impact energy, and the impact is spread over a much larger area. I agree that just the sheet in the video will not withstand a bird strike at that speed, but 10 layers or so will do an amazing job. Having a curved surface also helps in taking the impact.
Perhaps also interesting, the goal is not so much to keep the glass intact under all circumstances, but to make the event survivable. The bird (parts) need to have decelerated to non-lethal impact speed, and the canopy should hold to the point that the aircraft can land safely.