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Comment Re:Opportunities for profit (Score 1) 12

At some point, when natural mines are all but exhausted, that'll change, but not for now. By then we'll see current waste deposits become the new mines

Indeed. And in this case, surely it would be a good idea if we started burying E-waste in separate dedicated E-waste dumps instead of in with all the other landfill trash, so we can find it more easily when we need it again.

The Military

Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats 622

Dr. Tom writes "The U.S. has deployed more than 11,000 military drones, up from fewer than 200 in 2002. They carry out a wide variety of missions while saving money and American lives. Within a generation they could replace most manned military aircraft, says John Pike, a defense expert at the think tank GlobalSecurity.org. Pike suspects that the F-35 Lightning II, now under development by Lockheed Martin, might be 'the last fighter with an ejector seat, and might get converted into a drone itself.' The weakest link is the pilot. A jet could pull 15 Gs, out-turning any conventional aircraft, except it would kill the pilot. Is it time to stop spending billions on obsolete aircraft?"

Comment Re:If they hadn't brought their drone (Score 5, Informative) 1127

Given that the article says it crashed onto the highway, and helicopters aren't known for gliding, I'd say they were on top of the highway.

Their video shows the drone flying away from the highway, then returning towards the highway presumably after it was shot at; around 2:15 in the video, it looks like it took some damage to one of the rotors, so it was perhaps damaged enough to no longer maintain altitude, but not enough to prevent them bringing it back under some control.

Comment Too fast (Score 1) 239

UGH, stupid BaceFook walled garden and Soundclod pages which don't play; I finally found it on YouTube:

Marconi Union - Weightless (Radox) HighQuality Audio (most relaxing tune)

The heartbeat is way too fast! Since at 60bpm it is half dance music speed of ~120bpm(+), the brain merely interpolates the extra beats in between. Remember the quote:

"127 - disco heaven!" :-)

Everyone knows slower reggae/hip-hop tempos around 90bpm are more mellow. So a tempo of 90 or 45 would work better, or if they'd wanted to relax people, use a steadily slowing down tempo say ranging imperceptibly gradually from 100bpm to 40bpm.

The ever-changing randomly-placed sounds and panning are distracting, not relaxing. The drifty evolving analogue pad sounds are nice, but there is so much else wrong with this to know where to begin. There is nothing new here that Eno wasn't already doing in the late 1970's. But I guess it's all about the self-promotion and attention-seeking. Perhaps these so-called experts and scientists should come and visit my record collection. Or just check out artists like Oophoi.

"the UK's leading therapeutic sound practitioner"


Comment Re:Git could use revision numbers (Score 1) 442

To those who are unfamiliar, each commit in Git has a SHA1 hash which is used as an identifier instead of a revision numbers. Unfortunately, they are very unwieldy to communicate to others. At work we always use the name and date-time instead, but that has problems as it doesn't convey the branch for instances when it matters.

You don't have to use the entire SHA - e.g. for a long unwieldy SHA like a809deeb979c33a7cc9ac48da72a2a22eaa7dc62, you can simply refer to it as, say, commit a809deeb, or even a809 - as short as you like, as long as it's still unique. In most repositories, the first 8 characters should be a pretty safe bet.

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