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Comment Re: Aerodynamics don't look right (Score 1) 153

Easily fixed - divide the battery pack and power supplies up -
Simplest would be to have 2 battery packs and power controllers that each drive every second jet.
Failure in one module would take out that fraction of power but still allow you enough to land safely.
Much easier than trying to only land with a left engine, of a twin engine aircraft, because it would only be every second fan that was out, evenly distributed across the wings.

You could also divide it say, 6 ways, so failure in one module would take out 1/6 of your power, and you would be able to land on the remaining 5/6 power.

Comment Re:It's only "surprising" to arrogant idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 150

The made in China stuff is usually poor quality because that's what the importers are choosing to get manufactured and bring in - squeezing for the lowest price, while not having sufficient quality control, so naturally you get exactly what you are paying for.

China can make good quality stuff - and quality control can make sure it stays consistently good - but you have to pay more for good quality and that's just not what the importers are generally choosing to bring in.

Comment Re:Damn, L Ron Hubbard predicted this (Score 1) 43

No, if I recall correctly (its been 25 years) that device molecularly aligned or unaligned the molecules in the substrate which made it conductive or non-conductive.
some other setting was used for cutting, which is what J.GB.T used to cut his leash and escape Terl.
  The book was actually a fun read (for a 15 year old) Shame they made the movie.

Comment Re:Slow day in tech, then? (Score 3, Interesting) 575

The fair and most capitalist thing to do would be for the airline to simply have an in-cabin auction for your seat - have the captain announce higher and higher prices for your seat, and the first four call buttons to get pressed win the auction. (first N call buttons if a different number of seats than 4 are needed)
Thrown in a business class upgrade and I'm sure it wouldn't take long to get a few empty economy seats, and everyone's happy.

Comment Re: I don't know the answer (Score 2) 392

Bill hasn't provided the answer - there would be too many ways to dodge it, as I am sure he knows. What he has done (probably intentionally) is generate enough interest in the topic that it starts to get looked at more seriously, so that hopefully we can start moving towards a solution.

If we don't find an answer, sooner or later there are going to be enough pissed off unemployable people that there will be serious social and economic repercussions, that historically has never ended well.

Comment Re:I could not agree more (Score 1) 1001

This is also exactly what I look for when interviewing people. In an interview, if I ask someone about an algorithm, I want to know if they have a basic understanding of the principles or concepts behind it - not for them to write it out by hand. I do like to know what kinds of algorithms a candidate has some passing familiarity with, because it lets me know if they are aware of some of the many already discovered ways to solve certain classes of problems efficiently, instead of reinventing it from scratch.
  Likewise with maths. I don't need someone to write out code to convert eulers to quaternions - I just want to know if the candidate has a basic understanding of what they are and how they relate to 3d graphics, so they aren't completely in the deep end when they start looking at a bunch of code that uses them.
The best use of the white board test is not to get someone to write lines of code - its to see how well they can communicate an idea or design concept to others in the team.

Comment Re: Sweet (Score 1) 360

Actually my wife bought the S7 for me - mainly because she knew I was interested in getting into VR - it came with a Gear VR. She knew I would prefer a Note, and if I didn't care about using it for that, I would have just bought a Note 4, which still has a removable battery. Unfortunately the NOte 4 is not compatable with Gear VR. Because of the battery problems the Note 7 was having, she got me an S7. I haven't had the heart to tell her how I really feel about the phone -
I thought I would get used to it, but that hasn't happened yet.

On a side note, the Gear VR has been interesting - and has a lot of potential to be really fun but I wouldn't recommend it for developing on - you have to keep unplugging the phone from the GearVR and plugging it back into USB to PC every time you want to do a build / upload - which is also pretty annoying - and even though the Gear VR has a USB port, it can't be used to passs data through to the phone - it's for recharging only. If they just corrected that, so that you could keep it plugged in and connected to the PC via USB, it'd greatly improve the whole development cycle and stop my USB port wearing out prematurely.

Comment Re: Sweet (Score 2) 360

I hate my S7 Edge - but the thing was too expensive to justify replacing it yet.
I also have a Note 2 which I love and would have bought an Note 7 except for the battery fiasco. I got an S7 edge instead and really regret it. The curved screen edge feature is bloody annoying - I constantly accidentally hit keys on the side when using the keyboard, from holding it, and yet find it really hard to hit the 1 key when trying to - it ends up miustyping as 2 - though that might be partly the fault of the curved screen protector I have on it. I also miss having the larger screen of a Note - it's harder to text on smaller screens. Wish I had gotten just a flat screen or mabey even another brand with a large screen.
It's bad enough they took the replaceable battery away.
If the jack goes, I'll never buy another Samsung.

Comment Re:Just what we need (Score 2) 107

Uber's whole business plan is based on people using ther own capital (ie. car) to drive customers from point A to point B for a low fee of which Ubse gets a cut without having to spend anything on maintenance and repair, - without Uber having to spend capital on buying, or committing to fixed cost leasing of vehicles.

Unless everyone starts buying flying cars, they will have to majorly restructure their business. Same goes for them having fleets of self driving cars. They lose their greatest business advantage - the lack of need to tie capital up in depreciating assets.

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