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Comment Re:Again, PR failure but engineering success (Score 1) 67

It was designed to accomplish all of its primary goals on battery power alone, which is a big factor in why they didn't want to complicate the mission with something like an RTG, while solar cells are simpler to add on in the hopes of getting an extended mission. Of the 10 instruments on board, 9 worked and collected useful data, with the drill being the one exception. Several of the instruments were of limited repeated use or would be unable to be powered under solar power even in ideal conditions. The only long term instruments would have been basically plasma monitoring equipment.

That's what people don't get. The lander was basically designed as if it wouldn't have reliable solar power. If it did, then there was an extended mission where it could continue to collect additional data. Really, the biggest failure was the landing system which was supposed to anchor it down. If that had worked, it wouldn't have bounced all over the place and it likely would have had enough light for the solar panels to work. It's also likely that they would have been able to use the drill. But even with the way it ended up, it was still able to perform most of it's primary mission.

Comment Re:Can't expect Firefox to be secure (Score 1) 271

Actually Palemoon uses Goanna now, which is a fork of Gecko. It really doesn't matter what Mozilla does with Firefox and Gecko now, as Palemoon is its own entity.

I do agree that it does feel like Palemoon is struggling to keep up as it just doesn't have the resources and unlike most of the other 'clones' it's not just repackaging Firefox.

Though maybe Mozilla should get those 500 developers working on things that people actually want. It really amazes me given the resources that put into Firefox that it isn't a much better browser than it is.

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 271

Because at least in theory, people can examine the code, find and fix issues with the software, and make improvements. Mozilla does appear to accept submissions, though I have no idea how difficult it is to get something accepted. My guess is most anyone who has the time and energy to contribute to Firefox is probably involved with one of the forks like Palemoon.

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 195

I'm pretty sure that China doesn't like the current situation either, but they view it as preferable to any of the alternatives. Hence their somewhat tepid support of North Korea. If I was North Korea I'd be careful though. If China decides they'd be better off without North Korea, it won't be good for Kim Jong-Un.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

Google maps generally assumes you can drive at around the speed limit. That windy road may technically be a 55 MPH zone, but you're not driving 55 MPH on it for most of it. I've learned that you can't trust Google maps in mountainous regions because of that. If you want to take the quickest route you're best off just getting an old fashioned map and following the major roads.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

Try having it map out a few local destinations you know well and see how it does. Oftentimes it does okay, but it's not uncommon to see it suggest something silly or even downright wrong.

Of course, I'm assuming you actually know the local area you live in. I've known people who move into an area, use their GPS for everything, and literally know nothing about how to get around even several years later. Take their GPS away and they couldn't even drive from their house to the closest gas station or their favorite grocery store.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

I've been on the tail of the dragon and I don't see why a semi truck couldn't drive on it, if they were careful and took their time. The guys in those pictures are dumbasses. Likely they planned their route as if they could drive the speed limit, not realizing they'd be driving well below it, and then screwed up when they tried to make up the time.

With that said, if I was driving a semi I'd still try to find another route if at all possible.

Comment Re:What is wrong (Score 1) 72

It's more than that. The rules are no UAS anywhere within 5 miles of an airport. The rules aren't clear as to what qualifies as an "airport", but assuming that any general aviation airport qualifies, that means a lot of people fall under that rule. I live within 2 miles of an airport, so it's technically illegal to fly a quadcopter in my yard*. Luckily the FAA doesn't care about what you do indoors, so I can fly around my living room all I want.

*You can supposedly fly if you get permission from the tower. I'm almost tempted to call them to see what they say about my ~150g quadcopter. The general aviation airport I live close is one of the larger ones that does have a tower, but I don't know what you're supposed to do about the smaller uncontrolled ones, or if those even fall under the rule. As I say, it's not very clear.

Comment Re:Drone Loophole (Score 1) 72

Supposedly the aircraft must be powered by some kind of engine or motor. So paper airplanes, kites, model airplanes, helium-filled balloons, nerf guns, and rubber-band planes are not subject to this. Still, the rules seem ridiculous when applied to things like the toy quadcopters you can buy that pose no threat to actual aircraft or the Whitehouse.

Comment Re:Damn that Dell premium (Score 1) 74

The mobile Xeon's are a relatively new thing, only coming out with Skylake. Before that, any Xeon "laptop" had a regular workstation/server processor crammed into it which is why they were pretty rare (and heavy). Lenovo has their P series out, and my guess is in the next few months there will be some more options to choose from.

Comment Re:Already??? (Score 1) 577

She's a repulsive person, an unrepentant liar, a dissembler, a demagogue, an arrogant authoritarian, a bully, a dreadful CEO, a horrible human being, and a living example of the "uncanny valley".

I was like, "Wait, what company was Hilary Clinton a CEO of?", then I remembered we're talking about Carly Fiorina here.

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