"That decision broke the mold of NASA’s successful commercial space programs by putting an end to meaningful competition for years to come"
Riiight, because before SpaceX there was meaningful competition
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"Indian netizens continued interacting with scammers a staggering 49 per cent of the time"
I have spoken to dozens of them (My dad is inundated with them - to the point where we have had to take serious measures to lock his PC down), and in my experience, the vast majority of them ARE Indian.
Also, judging by the content of a lot of YouTube scam baiters (Jim Browning and the like), a disproportionately large amount of the ones they deal with are Indian.
I also suspect that the figures wrt age demographics are way off - nobody I know under 50 has fallen prey to them, and I know numerous over-50s who have.
> it can clearly get to orbit with quite a payload mass
From mars - yes (Lower gravity, less air resistance). From earth - no
Artificial gravity will require a bigger object than two starships nose-to-nose. The distance from an occupant to the center of rotation needs to be quite a way, else your head and feet are moving at significantly different speeds and you get dizzy.
For limited values of "stuff"
You ain't gonna fit a 2nd stage big enough to loft 100 tons of payload to LEO under the wing of any feasible airliner
Plus, once you have a fully reusable starship, all you are doing by using air launch is saving fuel, which is by far the cheapest part of the launch, and given that SpaceX are going to be getting fuel pretty much for free (They just suck the fuel out of the atmosphere using their fuel farms), then you're probably not saving nigh on anything vs buying jet fuel
TLDR the bigger the launch vehicle, the lower the cost/kg, and Virgin's system is inherently limited on size
“The low skill category is largely made up of ex-IT employees who used their knowledge of the systems that they used to operate in order to damage their previous employers,”
“the median criminal computer abuser is “young and male, with mental health and development disorders over-represented in their number,”
"On the flip side, British police forces have been rather good at diverting young computer-enabled criminals into activities that harness their talents for positive things, such as working in the IT industry"
So... let me get this straight... median user used to be an IT drone, got thoroughly depressed, decided to try and get rich quick by fleecing their former employer, and the solution is to find them more work as an IT drone?
I think what mike was trying to say, is how do you know whether it was identifying *the object* iPod, or *the word* iPod.
If it was the latter, then I would say that it was entirely correct and not a hack at all.
If the same engine can recognize words and objects, then just outputting "iPod" rather than "word: iPod" or "object: iPod" then that's the mistake, not that it misidentified what it saw.
> And the manufacturer is a dick having an emergency cutout that will simply drop a flying drone out of the sky with potentially fatal consequences
Not at all - this would be preferable to allowing an out-of-control drone to keep going, where it could hit an aircraft and kill hundreds. Your criticism assumes a flight controller (The motherboard of the drone) which is infallible - ie it always knows exactly what it's current state is and can override the instructions of the operator. It's better to have a human decide if it's safer to kill all motors and let it plummet rather than fly off into the distance. After all, he skipped THREE WARNINGS, so the fault is 100% with the operator, not the manufacturer
Yes, you really do want this ability. If the craft gets confused (Can be caused by something as simple as a loose motor or arm) then it can be ascending even when throttle is set to 0 (Most quads, even when throttle is set to 0, are still spinning props, because you need spinning props to control pitch/roll/yaw)
Granted, a GPS-equipped quad can *maybe* work out that it isn't actually doing what it thinks it is doing, but to be safe you would always want a failsafe cutout
Figures - police allowed to fly a 3.5kg drone in a built up area after just 2hrs training, but a hobbyist pilot has to do a >4hr "A2 CofC" to fly a 0.25kg drone and with more restrictions on where they can fly - a 14x heavier drone with half as much training (And to be fair most people doing an A2 CofC already probably have many hours under their belt)
LOL, just look at the difference in size between the SpaceX proposal and the other two
Add to that fact that the SpaceX one looks like it would be the only one to return all of the craft back to earth (And potentially reuse it)
About the only downside I see to the SpaceX proposal is that if that lift breaks down, you are royally buggered
Price is not so much the problem, it's weight.
The lightest class of quadcopters ("TinyWhoops") are in the sub-30 gram kind of range, often 18-25g
A GPS receiver typically weighs ~5-10g
With these things typically having a flight time of 2-3 minutes, adding another 25-50% or so of weight is going to seriously reduce that flight time and performance of the quad, and that's not even considering where to mount the bloody thing
Meanwhile, fixed wing aircraft are treated totally differently - for example, there is legislation coming in whereby you can fly a fixed wing up to 1000ft, but a quad is only allowed to 400ft.
If it really were about reducing the possibility of AirProx events, then this makes zero sense - how is a fixed wing less likely to hit an Aircraft than a Quad?
No it's not
The BlackBerry KeyOne / KeyTwo have a reasonably usable system by double-tapping the keyboard to enter edit mode, then move the cursor around with swipes.
Admittedly, cursor keys would maybe be nicer, but I feel "completely impossible" is overly hyperbolic
I thoroughly approve of the product tho, the HTC TyTn 2 was my favorite phone ever, I would kill for another phone in that form-factor
Was an absolute godsend, especially when coupled with a Romantic Robot Multiface 3 - load a game from cassette, pass any copy protection (read word from manual etc), press the little red button on the multiface and dump the memory image to floppy.
Game then loaded in a fraction of the time.
Of course the disks were more expensive than the 3.5" version, and much harder to come by, but loved it none the less. Was way better than the microdrive.
* If I already own a game, will I have to pay for it again to play it on Stadia
ie would I be able to play games from my Steam library?
* What will the selection be? AAA only, or indie games too?
* What about save games? Will I be able to upload my existing save from my local PC, and download again after?
* Will multiplayer servers be limited to people only in the same datacenter?
Your ping rate affects others, not just you - that extra latency is not fair on people running locally, so is likely to lead to segregation
* Mods - will you be able to upload mods?
* What forms of input will be supported? If I have a HOTAS controller for example for use with Elite and such, or a steering wheel, will I be able to run the config software for it? Will DirectInput controllers be supported, or only XInput? What about things like eye trackers?
* Will you be limited to only the voice comms solution provided with the game (If any)? or will you be able to use Discord etc?
* Once a game is made available, will it be available for ever, or will even single player games be pulled at some point
I suspect the answer to most, if not all of these questions will not be the one I want
Personally, I think something like Parsec cloud (Where you rent the whole PC, not just access to the game window) will be much better for the consumer
"Most advanced game controller" - absolute bollocks
Unlike the DualShock4 and the Steam Controller, it lacks gyros and any form of touchpad.
The paddles on it are only independently readable via the Windows.Gaming.Input API (Or raw HID, if you code support for it yourself), which is meh - the reading application must be the active window to receive any updates, so third-party remapping applications such as UCR, Joystick Gremlin etc don't play nice with this API as they sit in the background
Nice feel in the hand though, and the interchangeable parts are nice, but still, better off with a DS4 or SC if you want maximum possibilities, both of which are a fraction of the price
Buy a Wooting keyboard - that way you can hot-swap the switches if one breaks without even unplugging the keyboard.
If you get the linear switches, there is no clicking to annoy colleagues, and no physical switches (The switches are optical, not electronic), so they won't break in a hurry
Once in service from 2030, the Alfa-X will run at a mere 360kph or 224mph. This would make it the fastest train in the world
In Blighty, HS2 is due to carry its first passengers in late 2026 and is hoping for a top speed of 360kph
So same speed as HS2 then and 4 years later?
Unless we hit more delays of course
"85% of people who sometimes ride bikes also sometimes drive cars"
Maybe you are mis-quoting this? https://www.cyclinguk.org/statistics
"85% of the people aged 18+ who cycled also held a driving licence"
But then the other statistic is wildly different to what you quoted:
"31% of the people who held driving licences also cycled"
Given two sets, C (Cyclists) and D (Drivers)...
C ∩ D is 10% of D ("Only 1 in 10 drivers also cycle")
C ∩ D is 85% of C ("85% of people who sometimes ride bikes also sometimes drive cars")
Therefore, D is ~8.5x more than C ?
Is my maths wrong? Really trying to wrap my head around these statistics
I watched NASA's announcement video yesterday, and LOLed at his squirming trying to justify SLS as enabling re-usability - "It will launch re-usable moon landers, thus it's furthering the sustainability goal"
Admit it guys, it's a one-trick pony (Bigger max diameter), and that trick is looking pretty pointless given how promising Bigelow inflatable habitats are looking.
Just ditch the incumbent industrial military complex already, it's been sucking you dry for years
Volume != mass
If you pack a capsule intended for regular cargo (Food, water, meat bags etc) full of gold, it's gonna have a lot more mass than normal.
One would imagine these things (eg the heat shield and chutes that slow it) would be rated for a certain mass, the volume is a constant. Then there's the increased fuel needed to get it off the moon, to the earth, and to de-orbit it
Unless you had no other use for that vehicle (eg bringing people back home), then it's still consuming a resource that could be used for something else.
It also limits you to only bringing as much back as you sent up, which kind of destroys the whole economics of it. Surely for it to be viable, you would need to be able to bring back orders of magnitude more than you sent up.
I am assuming this is a flippant comment, but whatever, I will honor it with a response anyway...
AFAIK it may actually be desirable to do that, I seem to remember reading that eventually we will lose the moon as it is gradually moving further away.
One would imagine that is because the mass (inertia) is higher than the gravitational hold the earth has on it, so lowering it's mass would keep it in orbit? Dunno, I may well be wrong on that.
Whatever, I seriously doubt that we could ever mine it enough to make that much of a difference, and of course it would only apply to things we then removed from the moon (ie fuel) - we could mine all the resources we wanted if they stayed on the moon, and not change it's mass. In fact, the balance is currently the other way - at this point we have increased the mass of the moon by landing stuff on it that came from earth.
Of course, the same also applies to earth - we are lightening the mass of that all the time by sending stuff into space that does not come back.
> isn't the moon just a dead rock
That is one of the plus points of the moon
1) It's dead - no chance of destroying any indigenous life.
2) It's close, but outside the worst of the gravity well
3) It has a fair amount of water (Rocket fuel / oxygen)
Therefore, we can strip mine the absolute buggery out of it, and no-one gives a toss
You should not have to request that they don't incite people to trespass on your private property, it should be opt-in, not opt-out.
What if there were millions of these games - do you really expect property owners to know all the sites they have to go to in order to opt out?
The problem is that too many of the highest earners do not pay tax.
Make the top tax rate 50% (The state getting more than you is frankly ridiculous), but make penalties for avoidance really harsh and start enforcing it - no exceptions, no loopholes and prosecute any accountants who facilitate avoidance.
> And an industrial drone with a net has been shown to be an effective way to catch and disable a drone
Good luck trying to catch an FPV racing drone with an industrial drone and a net
Hell, TinyWhoops are so small and fast, no form of physical interception is likely to be effective - my Mobula7 is about 26g and will do in excess of 50km/h
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