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Comment Re:Signal triangulation = GPS (Score 1) 157

Even without any atmosphere, the diffraction-limited resolution of a 2.5 m optical system watching from a 200 km altitude is limited to ~5 cm. Is that sufficient for reading the plates? (Even that number is only for watching from straight above, which sort of doesn't work for vehicle license plates - Pythagoras then applies for diagonal lines of view.)

Comment The consumer market needs military-grade security. (Score 1) 281

I think we need two things:

(1): Some form of secure (preferably cloud-stored) backup/restore mechanism with appropriate encryption and access protection mechanisms, and

(2): A convenient, easy to trigger yet unlikely to be accidentally triggered mechanism to locally wipe the hardware. Factory reset plus cache clear should do the trick.

Comment Re:Tired of this space obsession (Score 1) 90

What is this obsession with shoving stuff into space? There are already so many satellites in orbit that we'll soon be at a critical point of so much space debris flying around that it'll be self generating and dangerous

Maybe with lower costs, some of this extra stuff could actually take the other old stuff out of the way?

Comment Re:You are wrong. Elon is right. (Score 1) 266

The thing is, the news media report on what is unusual and what is likely to attract consumer attention, not necessarily in that order

I think the reasoning here is that while a "watch a dog make an amazingly complicated trick" news attracts news consumers as successfully as "watch an imperfect self-driving car cause an accident", only one of them is potentially harmful by means of feeding normal people's irrationality.

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