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Comment: Re:Charging (Score 1) 192

by uniqueUser (#32991470) Attached to: Micro Plane That Perches On Power Lines

Although expecting the electrical grid to be up during an invasion seems like a bad assumption.

In Iraq, some utilities where kept as whole as possible so that they could be used during the invasion. Same thing as hoping there is still a bridge over the river by the time you get there. But, yes, I agree. The ones with the guns tend to have the advantage over the ones who are not as well armed.

Comment: Re:Charging (Score 1) 192

by uniqueUser (#32991392) Attached to: Micro Plane That Perches On Power Lines

Not to mention how to bill for it

I don't think the user will be expected to pay a bill. More likely used for military surveillance.

Your military gets free electricity?

The military of my country? Yes, I would assume so. I don't think an invading force will usually set up an account with the local utility company before beginning a military campaign. Could be wrong though. I personally have never planed a war, but if I did, I don't think I would expect to pay for the electricity my spy MAVs used. Just seems silly when looking at the big picture.

Do you really think the civilian use for this would out weigh the military use?


Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes 128

Posted by timothy
from the older-I-get-the-wetter-mars-was dept.
Matt_dk writes "Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods."

Comment: Re:Do we have to be nasty? (Score 1) 583

by uniqueUser (#30299774) Attached to: Black Screen of Death Not Microsoft's Fault

Grovelling? How sad it is that an honest apology gets an insult. If you find "We apologize to Microsoft for any inconvenience our blog may have caused." as grovelling[...]

I agree with you @Eevee, I did not detect any "grovelling" either. Unfortunately for some, if every sentence does not begin and end with "M$ Sucks" then you are labeled a M$ Fanboy. While I admit I have my own Microsoft frustrations at times, MS not the root of all evil.

Comment: Re:She looks retarded ... (Score 1) 599

by uniqueUser (#28485681) Attached to: Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age

Sure, be sympathetic for the family ... but also look at the reality - that for too long we've held euthanasia as being "unthinkable", a taboo

I am not shocked by your ideas of euthanasia. It just bothers me that you would want to kill Emily just because her sister, Brooke, has some unknown abnormality.

Comment: Re:No - there are plenty of safer alternatives (Score 2, Interesting) 486

by uniqueUser (#27969427) Attached to: Microsoft To Banish Memcpy()

In the same way that having a seat belt and an air bag in my car, doesn't change my driving habits

I consider myself a safe driver. Seat belts and air bags don't really affect my driving habits either (as far as I know). But what If there was a 7 inch (~18cm) spike sticking out of your steering wheel and 100lbs (~45kg) of high explosives attached to both bumpers, would your driving habits change? Me? Maybe. Sometimes a little danger can make things a little safer. I once heard of a study that showed some poorly painted and poorly lit roads had an increased accident rate when lighting was added and the yellow lines were re-painted. Apparently people began speeding b/c of the perceived increase in safety. I don't remember the source. Maybe Uncle Google can help me later, but I have to get back to work now.

Comment: Depends.... (Score 1) 834

by uniqueUser (#27906069) Attached to: Go For a Masters, Or Not?
Do you have good expectations of finding a job right now? If so, I would say go get the job and then work on masters in two to three years.... But, if you have the ability to stay in school or think that you might get lazy and not go back to school, then get the masters now. Perfect thing to keep you busy while the economy turns around.

Comment: Re:priorities, priorities... (Score 1) 133

by uniqueUser (#27628649) Attached to: DHS Seeks "Ethical Hackers" To Protect Federal Net Infrastructure

they're training tens (hundreds?) of thousands of various kinds of soldiers each year, and they're aiming to train only 250 "cyberexperts" a year by 2011?

250 is plenty! I swear, if one more cyber- anything is created, I will rip off my fucking nose. Regular experts will do just fine thank you.


Computer-Controlled Cargo Sailing Vessels Go Slow, Frugal 210

Posted by timothy
from the using-up-all-the-wind dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Big container ships are taking it very slow these days, cruising at 10 knots instead of their usual 26 knots, to save fuel. This is actually slower than sailing freighters traveled a hundred years ago. The 1902 German Preussen, the largest sailing ship ever built, traveled between Hamburg (Germany) and Iquique (Chile): the best average speed over a one way trip was 13.7 knots. Sailing boats need a large and costly crew, but they can also be controlled by computers. Automated sail handling was introduced already one century ago. In 2006 it was taken to the extreme by the Maltese Falcon, which can be operated by one man at the touch of a button. We have computer-controlled windmills, why not computer-controlled sailing cargo vessels?"

"Microsaccades" Help To Refresh Your Field of View 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the adding-a-new-word-to-the-spellchecker dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes with news of research from the Salk Institute into small, unconscious eye movements called "microsaccades," the purpose of which has been in question for many years. A recent study showed that those movements were essentially responsible for maintaining a coherent image for interpretation by the brain. They are also the cause of a famous optical illusion in which a still image appears to move. '"Because images on the retina fade from view if they are perfectly stabilized, the active generation of fixational eye movements by the central nervous system allows these movements to constantly shift the scene ever so slightly, thus refreshing the images on our retina and preventing us from going 'blind,'" explains Hafed. "When images begin to fade, the uncertainty about where to look increases the fluctuations in superior colliculus activity, triggering a microsaccade," adds Krauzlis.'"

Comment: Re:Using ISS for research, finally (Score 1) 161

by uniqueUser (#26862539) Attached to: Russia Aims Towards Mars
Maybe the retirement of the ISS in 2020 can be a good thing? I wonder how likely it would be for a non-governmental group take take ownership? It would be a ridiculous cost just to get an equivalent amount of mass up there again. I hope we can take advantage of it and not let the ISS's fate be that of Mir.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw