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Comment Re:NTSB fines? penalties? (Score 5, Informative) 82 82

No laws were broken. There is no way to levy a fine. The NTSB is not in the business of fining individuals or organizations for violating rules or laws. That's the job of the FAA and other various agencies that oversee road vehicles, trains, and boats.

The NTSB does their best to identify the probable cause(s) of the incident, what factors led up to that incident, and, most importantly, what measures to take to prevent any future incidents. It's up to agencies, like the FAA in this case, to implement suggestions from the NTSB.

In this case, most of the blame appears to fall on the FAA.

Comment Goodbye! (Score 4, Insightful) 100 100

Goodbye DirecTV/AT&T!

I'm not even going to wait for the first shoe to drop. I am now devoting some actual time to finding a valid replacement for DirecTV that will still give me access to all the shows I like: Mr. Robot, The Americans, Silicon Valley, Veep, Halt and Catch Fire, and various shows about catching gold and crabs. Right now Sling TV from Dish Network looks like the best offer.

But just fuck AT&T. I've been a customer at one level or another for going on two decades now. I thought DirecTV was a sneaky asshole with their never ending un-announced rate increases on everything for no good reason, hundreds of channel slots wasted on non-stop infomercials, shopping channels, etc.

I can't imagine what good ol' AT&T has in store for the millions of innocents that just want decent TV at a decent price. The horror.

Comment Thursday (Score 1) 99 99

Okay, so, first off.. Slashdot was broken all day, without explanation. My power went out at 1:52 this morning, perhaps related, perhaps not.

Second, they replaced her entire skull with a "3d printed titanium mesh skull", and she is "expected to make a full recovery"? What happens when this 3-year-old girl starts to grow?

As she continues to grow, the titanium implants will become surrounded by her own bone, which will lead to the strengthening of the top of her skull.

Yeah, but are they going to stretch and grow with the bone? Nobody appears to ask or know.

Comment Stop shooting yourself in the foot (Score 4, Interesting) 289 289

Municipal broadband is a good thing. It might not be a needed item in population centers. But once you get outside of those areas and into "the sticks" your options disappear just as quickly as all the other traces of modern civilization. You're left with two, one, or sometimes no option.

My company currently has the best internet connection it's ever had in almost 20 years, provided by wireless point-to-point from the nearest city. In terms of cost, uptime, bandwidth, you name it, this connection is better in every category. The ILEC in the area (Frontier, formerly Verizon, formerly GTE) can't event begin to compete. All they offer is T1. Comcast just started to pull cable, but why would I choose to switch the worst company in the western hemisphere for an inferior solution? Besides, we all know what Comcast has to offer.

I'm going to stick with the better solution provided by the local government. If something better comes along, great. If anyone in my state's capitol starts to try to make this illegal they will hear from me ad nauseam.

Comment Smartphone for landing beacon? (Score 2) 99 99

In the last diagram the drone (object 200) is shown directly over what appears to be a smartphone (objects 600 and 602).

Looks like in addition to tracking your location for the "Bring it to me" function, they plan to use your smartphone as the "landing beacon" for the final part of approach and landing. Didn't see that mentioned in either article. Looks very interesting.

Comment The answer from 1995 (Score 1) 63 63

Put your name on it, then walk around with it in your pocket. Go about the world as you normally would.

When a friendly "kills" you, they will take it from you. After your respawn and get your gear from your corpse, you have to track down that person and negotiate for your ear, err, "3D printed selfie".

Comment Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 1) 152 152

It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit.

Why? You have EVA access to all external parts of ISS Alpha. You should have access to all internal parts of the station. The real issue I've seen come up is all about seals. The station is mostly modular, single piece segments attached to a node. Just seal up that node junction internally (like it was before the module arrived), disconnect external connections, use the station arm to pull the module free, replace the seals, reconnect.

I can think of at least a Lego and a car analogy, but I can't be bothered to type it all out.

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