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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: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.

Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 2) 235

A good friend of mine lives in Austin and his commute is less than 10

When I worked for Tivoli it took me five minutes just to walk across the Arboretum (at which point I was at work, because I was in the nearest possible apartment complex.) I call shenanigans. Even then it was unusual to have less than a fifteen minute commute. All my friends say the 35 is now a parking lot any time it's vaguely near commute time. If you live in Austin, and you actually have a commute worthy of the name, you're not making it in ten minutes.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 4, Insightful) 311

Performing a banked approach is a standard procedure taught to all student pilots and is simple maneuver.

Great, now do it on a curve, which (as has been pointed out elsewhere) will change your relationship to the wind as the process occurs. Maybe not a big deal for a little bitty plane, unless there is much wind. Definitely a big deal for a bigger plane. It's just adding too many factors when most problems already happen on takeoff or landing.

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

I don't think it is that hard. Then again I am not a pilot, and I am guessing you are neither,

Okay, have you ever landed a 747 in a simulation? I did it on a Mac IIci with a mouse at about 8 fps, so it's not very like real flying, but it's a nice illustration of how complicated it is — especially since it was non-trivial even with all hazards turned off.

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