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Comment Re:From Theri Privacy Policy (Score 1) 52

All the US government has to do to sort this whole encryption thing is to get ahead of the game. Use a company like this as a front, develop a trully 'safe' system (it can very well be 'unbreakable' as they'll have a backdoor) and problem solved. It becomes popular, it's free or dirt cheap, everyone uses it and they're set. It's something like having the KGB be your phone operator.

Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 125

Find an HD version on youtube. Download it instead of streaming it. It takes about the same time to download as it would take to stream but, when you do get to watch it, it won't freeze randomly. Same thing with Vimeo (which seems a bit slower around here). Then either delete it or keep it for personal viewing. As for how to download it, well, there are ways. But the point is, you don't have to look for alternative sources, just figure out how to make the most out of the obvious ones, since they're not working as they're supposed too in your case.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 1) 310

The point is that since there's so much we still don't know about the moon, it makes sense to make it a priority before considering Mars. The fact that going back to the moon can also be helpful in doing the Mars thing, just adds to it. One step at a time. We haven't been to the moon for so long, everything has to be developed again, so start there. It should be a no brainer. I'm all for going to Mars, but I also wished the going back to the moon thing was done a couple of decades ago. Then going straight to Mars would make more sense.

Comment Re:Because ceramics don't get hot? (Score 1) 80

This is what I want to read about. Does this new ceramic outperform the tiles used on the space shuttle? Could they be put to that kind of use without having to be replaced every few landings? Could the 3D printing process allow for these tiles to be much bigger, as in 10 nicely shapped huge pieces put together instead of hundreds of small square angle 'bricks'? The tiles on the space shuttle were small to avoid breaking, which is more likely to happen on bigger surfaces.

Comment Re:A positive step (Score 1) 74

I still wonder what it's actually for...

Entertainment is always an option, even if nothing else comes out of it. Just imagine playing something like Battlefield YOURSELF, like in paintball style, but wearing VR glasses instead of a protective mask. All of the needed ingredients seem to be maturing, like VR displays and cameras, motion control, etc. I can almost see myself moving to Battlefield 1942 Desert Combat's Al Nas or Lost Village... I could finally get off the damn chair!

Comment Re:A positive step (Score 1) 74

I am much more interested in this kind of thing than in Google's nonsense with self-driving cars. I understand Google is paving the way for improved versions of Tesla's autopilot so it is great to see, but as far as personal enjoyment of driving an augmented-reality experience will be the future and bring great benefits.

Yeah, it's great to see the driving experience being augmented for a change, instead of being dumbed down, which seems to be the norm these days. Still, I can see a lot of value in self-driving cars, even for private use, under certain circumstances or for some people.

Comment Re:At least it is a place that gets some snow... (Score 1) 76

All the previous posts seem right on target. I'll add that the area is still too small. Maybe they (the US government, or whoever) should turn an old abandoned military base to be used for this sort of test. Some of those places are huge and completely abandoned. Just had to them any features lacking in it's original layout, to make it as real and inclusive as possible, and just populate it with vehicles from any car maker on navigation company requiring a perfect sandbox to play around with the technology. Sure, add some real drivers (stunt drivers, I guess...) to the mix, not only to challenge the self driven cars, but also to evaluate them. After a few months everybody would have tons of great information. And think about it, it's a given that one of the 'documentary' channels would probably jump on board to help finance the whole thing, provided they could find some air time in between the ancient astronauts and pawn shop or auction related reality shows...

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