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Comment definitely aircraft (Score 1) 312

aircraft have a less chance of collisions or other accidents than ground vehicles, and less natural obstacles that their program can misinterpret. autopilots of varying complexity have been in commercial use for decades. Even if you're physically inside the robotic aircraft the chance of failure-even if it is catastrophic-is small with respect to the robotic ground car or bus. Most of us deal with this kind of risk daily anyways. As for the chef and the spouse, so much can go wrong that would be hard to anticipate in the engineering phase. And when something goes wrong either your digestion or your genitals are on the line. Definitely not in my comfort zone.

Comment a good reason to go back to the moon first. (Score 1) 444

we could build industrial manufacturing systems and a launching point on the moon. industry would be pollution-less on the moon, and the lesser gravity couldn't hurt. launching missions from the moon would remove a lot of the problems and costs inherent in launching missions from earth. Building some infrastructure could make space exploration a lot more feasable.

Canadian Censorship Takes Down 4500 Sites 227

uncadonna writes "According to activist group The Yes Men, the government of Canada has shut down two parody websites criticizing Canada's poor environmental policy. The article goes on to claim that 'In response to Environment Canada's request, Serverloft immediately turned off a whole block of IP addresses, knocking out more than 4500 websites that had nothing to do with the parody sites or the activists who created them. Serverloft was shown no warrant, and never called the web hosting company about the shutdown.'"

Comment I wish i could work more... (Score 1) 354

I once had a job where i sold cell phones and was expected to bust my ass the entire time, which was a bit unrealistic since the mall we were in was completely dead. As much as i loved the other staff there the owner signed all the wrong exclusivity deals and was actually scared to death of technology. Long story short, there just wasn't a lot we could do. I would sa i did 0-2 hours here, even though i honestly tried to do more. Shortly after i gave my notice the HR manager (one of the two other permanent employees) was sent over to fire me (even though i had already quit) for being late twice in two weeks, she gave me a hug. My next job was at a newspaper where i worked my ass off(6-8 hours with intermediary deadlines) but if there wasn't any work they let me do whatever. Then i got laid off because of the recession.YAAAAY!! Anyways i can definitely say i enjoy jobs where i actually work more. Slacking isn't a natural state for me.

ISO Calls For OOXML Ceasefire 312

In response to the continued attacks on Microsoft's OOXML standard, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has called for a ceasefire. "Last week the ISO committee in charge of document standards, SC 34, met in Oslo to discuss the way forward for OOXML and ODF. The plenary session was marked by protests outside, largely carried out by delegates from a nearby open-source conference. The protesters were calling for OOXML to be withdrawn from ISO standardization -- something that could theoretically happen if a national standards body were to protest against its own vote within the next month or two."

Satellite IDs Ships That Cut Cables 186

1sockchuck writes "Undersea telecom cable operator Reliance Globalcom was able to use satellite images to identify two ships that dropped anchor in the wrong place, damaging submarine cables and knocking Middle East nations offline in early February. The company used satellite images to study the movements of the two ships, and shared the information with officials in Dubai, who impounded the two vessels. The NANOG list has a discussion of where Reliance might have obtained satellite images to provide that level of detail. Google News links more coverage of the developments."

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