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Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 311

The runway is banked, and the angle of the bank is proportional to the radius. Anything moving along the runway, at any speed, should naturally stay on the runway. Slower objects will roll towards the inner, flatter area, and faster objects will zip around the high rim.

The word you want is not banked, it is curved. Unless you say it is progressively banked, but that's solely an unnecessarily loquacious means of stating the same precise thing. But that's just another undesirable added complexity. Now if you don't touch down at the correct lateral position for your airspeed, you're going to have to deal with the runway trying to either dump you off the bottom, or squirt you off the top.

Comment Re: Internet Rape (Score 1) 370

I am just happy that none of the hot topic governmental decisions or actions do not effect me.

Of course they do. Trump is sure to expand visa programs after claiming that he would diminish them, for example. He's stepped up programs that cause people to hate us, which creates more terrorists. Under his watch, congress is selling out our data. I don't know how you imagine these things don't affect you, but get ready. You'll soon see that they do.

Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 235

the 35

Nobody local calls it that except the immigrants from out-of-state.

I started calling it that after I heard locals calling it that. It was over ten years ago, though. I haven't been to Texas in ages. The only thing I miss there are some exes. Not all my exes live in Texas, but some of them do.

Anyhow, you do point out the only way to get such a short commute in Austin: move to the corner of town near where your work is.

And that's precisely what I did when I lived there. And people shit themselves because I paid $1/sqft. Hilarity.

Comment Re:It doesn't take 7 billion people (Score 1) 346

Assuming people have enough for ten years then by the 2030s late 60s plus ten years, plus 20 years is late 90s, and it's not likely that life expectancy will have increased that much in that time span.

My father retired at 59.5-years-old because his older brothers all kicked the bucket at 60. He lived 15 years into retirement. Fortunately, he had a pension and Social Security. He spent his pension, saved his Social Security. After he died, all his bills and his funeral were paid out of his savings account. You can't rule what medical advances will keep people alive longer.

Comment Re:So what? Nothing really has changed... (Score 1) 370

Who follows the rules now? How many of you actually have read the TOS for your ISP? It's privacy policy?

Who gives a shit? If every corporation in America has my data, big deal. It's the government I fear, and they can already demand a full log of all your packets from your ISP under NSL.

There is only one ISP I can realistically use where I live, so it doesn't really matter what their TOS, AUP, PP or anything else says.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 325

I don't think what you said and what I said are different. You can't tell people what they want to hear if you are trying to be accurate.

Some people would like to hear the truth. You can reach those people. You can also reach a percentage of people who would like to hear lies, but it's a pretty small one. It's a variation of the saying about it being difficult to teach a man something if his paycheck depends on him not learning it.

Comment Re:"such an Orwellian model" (Score 1) 61

That's illegal, generally classified as "peeping Tom/voyeurism/invasion of privacy/intrusion of solitude." So let's restrict drone operation in the same manner instead of simply letting them broadcast an ID.

It's already illegal to operate the drone in a manner which violates your privacy. If they're looking in your windows, they're not supposed to be.

I'm not really against drones having transponder signals; I'm against people being able to look up my identity from the signal information. You (or the DA) should have to file a lawsuit to get that information.

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