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Comment Re:This is an OS (Score 1) 103

It should also know what version you are running so it can offer updates.

That you choose to install or not.

If and when you choose to update it does need to tell Microsoft what packages (of Microsoft origin, not elsewhere) it has so that the appropriate updates can be installed. I do believe that the correct default option is for it to check for updates; many end users will not initiate update checks by themselves. If an update is needed: a red flag in a notification area should be shown; maybe getting bigger the longer that it is not clicked on -- but always performing an update is the user's choice.

Comment Re:If Apple built a Hololens we'd never hear about (Score 1) 93

The tiny viewing area is what ruins it for me as well. Big and bulky I can understand, but a total lack of peripheral vision input is just killing the experience. You're looking around inside a sphere with a window that maybe covers 3% of it (think about it: 45x45 degrees is 1/8 of the horizontal and 1/4 of the vertical, or 1/32 of the whole.) It's a cool toy for looking at specific stuff, but it's far from an immersive experience.

Comment Re:An allegation has been made. (Score 1) 760

I'm expecting that whoever does this investigation is going to act in the shareholders' best interest, which among other things means not exposing the company to massive liabilities in court. If the investigation supports the allegations, then those responsible are going to get canned.


Comment Re: Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 255

Habitation of Venus would be "cloud cities"


Probably better to get some kind of cloud city working on Earth before attempting to go trans-solar-system with the concept. By the altitude Venus' atmosphere is more dense than Earth's, it's also highly corrosive.

Jupiter is a little too active for my taste, but perhaps Neptune or Uranus might have some attractive latitudes at which to float a city, assuming you bring your own power sources and don't rely on the sun.

Comment Re:How much to re-create Apollo? (Score 1) 255

How expensive would it be to re-create the Apollo program?

"This graph shows the amount spent by the United States on piloted spaceflight from 1959 to 2015. It shows the importance of the Apollo program ($100 billion spent over ten years) and of the Space Shuttle ($200 billion over 40 years)". A quick search suggests that NASA's total annual budget for this year is something around $19 billion for context, so Apollo would consume a little over half NASA's total budget per year over the same ten-year period. (That $100 Bn figure is inflation adjusted as far as I can see, and yes, that's assuming that it hasn't become more expensive in real terms to do the same thing.)

Awesome article - please upvote!

Comment Re:How much to re-create Apollo? (Score 1) 255

How expensive would the PR fiasco of a crew death on return to the moon 50 years later be?

Apollo had its problems, but all in all, it was a very lucky program with far fewer deaths than it should have had, considering the risks that were being taken.

Sure, we can do it safer today - safer takes more time and money. Apollo was consuming money quickly, but it ran such a short span of years that it really didn't have a chance to match the budget of a modern "safer" program.

Comment An allegation has been made. (Score 5, Insightful) 760

And it appears that Uber is investigating said allegation. We don't have enough information to know whether it happened or not. That's what investigations are for.

After the Duke Lacross Lynching and the UVA rape hoax, I'm inclined to reserve judgement until an accusation becomes a lawsuit and is litigated.


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