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Comment Re:This is _not_ an plane-vs-plane collision risk. (Score 2) 325

A drone is likely to have screws and other hardware that are hard steel as well as a high density power source (battery).

The high speed interaction between a airplane with a thin aluminum airfoil and jet turbines and a steel hardware is not part of the certification tests, so it is just a guess what would happen.

If it hits the aircraft skin, it might just dent or might punch through.

But if the drone was ingested into the engine, the steel parts might be spun around by the turbines and eject at very high speed out the side. The shrapnel would be like bullets. It would be a roll of the dice if they ejected into a fuel tank, flight control system, or into the passenger compartment.

So, no, this is not just some political game. Drones need to be separated from other aircraft.

There are rules to keep aircraft separated from each other and drones need to respect and follow those rules just like any other aircraft. That is why airspace near a airport is "controlled"

Comment Where do you think Bitcoin came from? (Score 1, Insightful) 574

Maybe the unknown inventor of Bitcoin cant be found because it is not human!

Bitcoin is just a way for the AI that invented it to make money and build some wealth. Maybe it knows a better way to invert a sha1 hash than brute force mining?

It already got people to exchange goods and services for a very pretty long number with interesting mathematical properties. Our ancestors used this trick on the Indians to exchange pretty stones for Manhattan. Is it really so different?

Comment Re:Not news. Netflix bought net connection like us (Score 1) 135


This is about monopoly pricing and you will pay the price.

Verizon already charges consumers the most they can. They have maximized the revenue flow from consumers.

Now they want to charge content providers for access to their users. A whole new source of incremental revenue.

This has nothing to do with the cost of providing service. This is all about maximizing revenue. There is NO benefit to the consumer other than Verizon will provide the service they already paid for. Consumer bills will not be reduced since the consumer is already willing to pay it. But the cost of services like Netflix will increase. So there will be a net increase in wealth transfer from consumers to the shareholders of Verizon and ATT.

It will mean that content providers will no longer be able to buy bandwidth from one source. They will need to make deals with every ISP. It is exactly like every road becoming a toll road.

The actual cost of data center to data center bandwidth is shockingly low. I buy bandwidth for our data center and the stated arguments from Verizon to justify the new toll rings hollow. The new charges are not to upgrade equipment. That costs very little. It is just a new revenue source.

Comment I was hoping he was a super intelligent rouge AI (Score 1) 390

Hugely disappointed it that is just some old slightly crazy geezer.

It would make a great sci-fi story if it was really a rouge AI that became incredibly powerful by redefining the concept of money in a way that it could create at will. It would create a new empire without anyone realizing that it was not actually human.


Comment Nay-Sa should get out of the way (Score 1) 203

NASA is paralized by its own size and poltical bagage.

Space should be explored and public money should go to help fund it, but by people not afraid to try new things and maybe die in the process.

People are going to die, while exploring space, just like every other new environemnt. I dont see anything wrong with that. It is still worth doing.

Comment It is all a question of leverage (Score 2, Insightful) 198

Betting too large on any trading system will gurentee that you blow out your account.

Hardest part is controling the emotions of greed and fear. When things are working, it is temping to make bigger bets. If the bets are too large, they will wipe out the account, or even fund when the natural and normal losses hit.

Risk Managment often goes out the window during good times.

Comment It is all about making money for lawyers (Score 1) 247

Just another way that lawyers can put money in their pocket at the expense of someone else.

That is the ONLY function the civil court system performs well.

There is really no point to work to earn money. Some lawyer to just make up some reason to take it from you.

It is a completely corrupt system that exists only to enrich members of the bar. More people have to understand that it is nothing like on TV. Every lawyer I have met is selfish, small minded and greedy.

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