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Comment Re:Space elevator? (Score 1) 98

So what if the launch loop didn't have the turnarounds at each end? What if the two stations were near one of the poles instead of at the equator? You locate at a latitude just far enough away from the pole to make the circumference of a circular loop equal to 4000km. Then, instead of tossing the cable up in a straight line and have to turn it around at the other end, you toss it in the air, and the earth's rotation carries it around to the other station "halfway around the world", where it's launched up again.

Maybe it wouldn't curve just because the earth is turning underneath it? Maybe it would go in a straight line equal to a great circle headed away from the pole?

Comment Re:Importing characters from earlier games (Score 2, Insightful) 241

Seems like there's a middle ground where the designer could provide for a dual path experience. Create levels and challenges that can't be solved using the god-like tools developed in the previous installment. Newbies to the 2nd installment could play through and gain the tools they need along the way. Imports could play through and still be entertained by the challenges and gain new tools.

I think it's limiting to assume that any uber-powerful skill can be applied to solve any kind of problem.


Submission + - GPS notification of speed cameras

sfm writes: Imagine your GPS giving warnings when approaching speed cameras ? A new service does just that, and even includes common locations for mobile speed traps. If we believe the press, the purpose of the cameras is to improve safety. There should be no complaints about this new service, right?

Comment Re:Marketing MIA (Score 1) 625

In the 1980s everyone used a CLI even on home systems. What do you think has happened since then has caused people to lose so much intelligence?

There hasn't been a massive loss in intelligence, there's been a vast widening of the market that now includes many more folks without any geek cred or desire to do system things. They're just trying to do whatever their application is doing for them.


Submission + - OLPC Delivered Today (

ahem writes: "I just got my OLPC order today. I'm going to unpack and take a look after the girls go to bed. More news after I've taken a look."

Feed Clinical Trials Go Offshore (

Often outsourced to developing countries with low-paid workers and few regulations, clinical trials are cheaper to conduct -- but there's a downside. In Bodyhack.


Microsoft Wanted To Drop Mac Office To Hurt Apple 479

Overly Critical Guy writes to mention that more documents in the Iowa antitrust case have come out. This time, it's revealed that Microsoft considered dumping the Mac Office Suite entirely in a move to harm Apple. "The email complains at poor sales of Office, which it attributes to a lack of focus on making such sales among reps at that time. It describes dumping development of the product as: 'The strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately.' The document also confirms that Microsoft at the time saw Office for the Mac as a chance to test new features in the product before they appeared in Windows, 'because it is so much less critical to our business than Windows.'"

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