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Most Motorists Think Self-Driving Cars Are 'Dangerous': Poll
Mon Nov 17, 2014
In reply to: leroy brown #1 Agreed. There's actually a trend in technology that people using/operating it cause more problems than the technology itself does. For example, most computer issues are caused by user error. Two of the worst nuclear accidents in history, TMI and Che …
'Now Is the Time': Tech Giants Urge Congress to Pass NSA Reform
Mon Nov 17, 2014
In reply to: MM-584706 #5 Nope, Facebook takes the taco on that.
Dropping Out, Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
Mon Nov 17, 2014
In reply to: Kris119 #2.7 Yeah, that'd be great if we could do that. Colleges in particular are so desperate for students, though, that the administrations are afraid to discipline students (at least, for minor issues) for fear of losing a "customer". As a result, they largely no lo …
Comet Probe Starts Drilling, Location Still Sought
Fri Nov 14, 2014
Bummer about the solar panels. I'm a bit torn on what I would do if it were my mission. On the one hand, if the panels aren't receiving sunlight, there's the temptation to put the lander into hibernation until it does start receiving sunlight, assuming it ever does. The risk there …
Philae Probe Transmits Data From Comet 317 Million Miles Away
Wed Nov 12, 2014
I hope the landing goes well! Only about an hour and a half to go!
After Accidents, Space Industry Braces for More Oversight
Thu Nov 6, 2014
As much as I personally don't care for the concept of commercial space flight, occasional failures are a fact of life. The Virgin Galactic accident was tragic, just like Columbia and Challenger, but these things happen, and are not frequent enough to warrant additional scrutiny.
Antares Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes on Launch
Tue Oct 28, 2014
In reply to: Redwizard000 #12 This exact thing has happened to me in KSP half a dozen times. Rocket goes up slowly, engine overheats and explodes, then rocket falls back to pad and goes boom. So there's their problem! :-D
New York City Nixes Advertising 'Beacons' in Telephone Booths
Mon Oct 6, 2014
You know, I don't necessarily think the problem is the privacy in and of itself. Part of the problem is constant, invasive advertising. It's sent everywhere - to our e-mail inboxes, over our phones, and to our homes. I understand that some advertising is necessary to pay for "free" …
MIT Study: Online Courses Really Work (If You Finish Them)
Thu Sep 25, 2014
Meh, I don't believe this study. I've seen much more convincing data that suggest that the reason online students do as well as in-person students is because the online students are cheating more often and are getting away with it (they just don't consider what they're doing cheating, even tho …
Scientists Show You How to Make an Invisibility Cloak (Sort Of)
Wed Sep 24, 2014
I tried this with the 75 and 150 mm double convex lenses that come in our optics kits this morning and couldn't get it to work convincingly. I only had about two minutes to set it all up and try it, so I didn't get to really play with it much; I'll try again later and see if I can't get the de …
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