Re: What about using gravity?
The terminal velocity of a drone is probably a lot less than the speed of an aeroplane.
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The terminal velocity of a drone is probably a lot less than the speed of an aeroplane.
Also, there should be no pregnancy or magic baby plots for at least 3 seasons. We had enough of that with Amy Pond.
There's no technical reason why 1 Bitcoin can't be worth $3.7 million. It means people would trade in satoshi instead - satoshi being the actual fundamental unit of Bitcoin. Each Bitcoin is 100,000,000 satoshi. If 1 satoshi is worth 37c, that's fine. If necessary, with protocol changes, it can be subdivided further.
It's not a structural problem. Your calling it a "bubble" makes it clear it's a psychological one. You just don't think Bitcoin can be worth that much. You probably also didn't think it could be worth $1,000, or $1.
A much deeper problem is scalability. That's part of what SegWit attempts to address with its effective blocksize increase, but to manage anything like the transaction rate of a fiat currency much more is needed.
You might also be interested in Karl Schroede's Lockstep, Their spacecraft crew spend the journeys asleep, and the colonists adapt the same technology so they sleep during the period of no external contact. (While they sleep, robots mine the resources needed to sustain them when awake, thus allowing them to survive on marginal outer solar bodies.)
If/when Etherium moves to Proof of Stake, then the GPUs will become worthless for it.
You can't be made pregnant by a candle stick.
But not many. SpaceX spent around a billion dollars developing reuse, and they want to recoup some of that by keeping most of the savings back. Apparently the main incentive to the customer is an earlier launch slot.
In Heinlein's "I Will Fear No Evil", they tried to make cash illegal but couldn't because the black market was too important to the economy. 14 years before "Neuromancer".
(Note: not a recommendation to read "I Will Fear No Evil".)
Apparently the first booster took 4 months to refurbish, and the second 2 months. Obviously that will come down as they get more experience, and especially as Block 5 starts flying. (Block 5 is a design refresh which takes into account what they've learned from the earlier boosters.)
When that money was spent, he was more than just a bail jumper. There was a European Arrest Warrant on him, which we were obliged to honour. Now that warrant has been dropped, it is purely a local matter, so perhaps it can be resolved.
On the other hand, the case itself hasn't been dropped, and the Swedes have said they will revive it if Assange ever comes within their reach. I think Assange has to be careful here. If he spends any time in police custody, the Swedes might act.
This is not about survival of individuals, but of the whole human species. The Mars colony is more likely to be wiped out then Earth, but it's still less likely that both will be wiped out at the same time.
The premise is that the Mars colony will be self-sufficient. I expect that to take over 100 years, but it's hard to see it taking more than 200 years.
The journey time is around 3 months. That's short enough for microgravity not to be a big issue (people have stayed on ISS for over a year). Radiation comes from two sources. General background radiation is weak enough that some shielding will suffice for the short flight duration. Solar events are stronger, but can be shielded by orienting the engines and propellant tanks etc between the Sun and the passengers. Their chances of cancer will probably increase by a few percent.
The ships are horribly expensive. They have to be, to be large enough for the job. However, they are reusable, so the cost of bringing them back is essentially the cost of the fuel. Hence it is much cheaper to bring them back than to leave them there.
It also means the people sent to Mars don't have to die there. It can be a return trip. That will encourage more people to go.
Shame. My first computer had one of those. An Elf II, with 256 bytes of RAM programmed via a hex pad and no ROM. Assembly code would have been a luxury. Circa 1978.
Sounds like their use is temporary. You use them as an intermediate when buying Vertcoin, but once bought you don't use them thereafter. And even this step will vanish if/when exchanges accept direct dollar/Vertcoin trades.
It's often the same with Proof of Stake coins too, like Nxt. No ASICS or GPUs needed, you can mine them with a Raspberry Pi, but to buy them you depend on the exchanges that expect Bitcoin.
LibDems do accept Brexit is going to happen. They think we should read the fine print before signing the contract, is all.
Although if it then failed to ignite, you'd probably lose rocket and payload. For comparison, during a SpaceX launch the rocket is held down by clamps for a few moments after ignition, while the computer checks the telemetry and decides whether it is healthy. Launches have been aborted after ignition, with no harm done; just fix the problem and try again. I don't know if this is standard for rockets that are not reusable.
It's main benefit is for people and countries who can't use normal banking services. A lot more people have smart phones than bank accounts in places like India. It's also for people who don't trust fiat currency (see, for example, the inflation currently in Venezuela). Historically it also allowed for cheap or free money transfers, even across national boundaries. Those days are gone because the system has reached capacity creating competition for space in the block chain, but they might return if the block size issue gets resolved. Finally, it allows for permission-less innovation. For example, if you are a business that wants to accept credit cards, you need permission from the CC company. They might refuse if they don't like the look of your business, for example because it competes with them, or you are Wikileaks, or it involves sexual services they disapprove of morally.
If you are in the Western world, it's quite likely you have no real need of Bitcoin.
Hopefully by 2020 SpaceX will have been reusing first stages and fairings for years, and maybe second stages too (at least for Falcon Heavy). They should have paid for a lot of their research and be able to pass savings onto customers. Even so, getting below $10m will be challenging.
The Swedes haven't dropped the case because of lack of evidence. They've dropped it because they can't proceed without physical access to him, which they are unlikely to get. It's not their fault they have no access, it's his, because he jumped bail and fled to the embassy. It seems fair to me to prosecute him for his own actions.
They've also said they may reopen the case if he becomes available. That may happen if he leaves the embassy, is arrested for bail-jumping, and the Swedes issue a new arrest warrant while he's in jail. (I doubt he'll get bail a second time, given he's a proven flight risk.) It seems to me he has to stay in the embassy at least until the statute of limitations expires on the final accusation. If he truly does not fear the rape case but does fear extradition, I don't see when he'll ever be able to leave. The UK will never guarantee not to extradite him to the USA.
If he does leave the embassy after the rape case is dropped, it will confirm that he was in fact avoiding justice for that and the extradition thing was just a pretext.
It's also worth noting that he said he'd hand himself to America if Chelsea Manning was shown clemency, and that has now happened (as her sentence was reduced and she's out of jail). So he's got no excuse to hide on that score.
The Northern Ireland system offers free ID cards. There are no plans for that mentioned in the manifesto.
Assange did not use the word "pardoned". The tweet was: "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case". Clemency means, to moderate the severity of punishment due. Early release is clemency.
Covered in the penultimate paragraph of page 1.
There may be communication between satellites. They can aim lasers at each other, for a point-to-point mesh. Again, this is what SpaceX's Internet constellation will do.
The computing power won't disappear. There will always be a satellite or two overhead, that has the most recent state of your app. That state will be broadcast from satellite to satellite as they move, and your ground station will track the satellites and hand-off from one to the next with solid-state phased arrays. I'm not sure what the applications are, but it does sound cool and workable.
I'm guessing their ground receiver is some kind of phased array. That is, a fixed-position, solid state pizza-box sized array of tiny transceivers. It aims itself by adjusting the timing of how it broadcasts or integrates the signals across the transceivers, and using wave mechanics. Magic, in other words.
It's what SpaceX plan to use to talk to their global Internet constellation.
The Mooltipass link worked for me. It expects you to carry a smart card, a dongle, and (to use with a phone) a USB cable. I'm not convinced it's easier to use than, say, KeePass, which is software you can keep installed on any device that needs it, with an archive replicated via DropBox or similar.
It was called "unmasking" because that is the technical term for what happened. That is, voice calls intercepted and recorded, people's names not covered by the warrant were redacted, and later those names restored. Restoring the names is called "unmasking". There are people in government who have the right and duty to unmask such names (eg, when they are needed for context). The same term would have been used whoever was involved. The term does not indicate bias.
I had a quick look but I couldn't easily tell whether it can use GPUs for parallel code. Does it?
The equivalent to cutting open a safe would be cracking the phone PIN. No-one denies a warrant will give them the legal right to do that. However, if the phone's security is such that the PIN cannot reasonably be cracked, it doesn't help them.
There is more to a data type than its memory. There will, for example, be class invariants that need to be preserved. If you see everything as a just bag of bytes then you are missing some powerful tools. For this reason, a file handle is more than a pointer to memory. It has meaning beyond bytes.
That is, for backwards compatibility and efficiency.
Georgie off C5's The Gadget show claimed a VR record for playing 25+ hours of VR Minecraft, only last Friday. That record didn't last long.
Currently mox.com and mox.ru can both exist, even if owned by different entities. That's the whole point of having different namespaces. Given that, мох.ru should be allowed whether or not mox.com exists, so long as mox.ru doesn't exist.
If both spellings want the same namespace, as in мох.com and mox.com, then it should be handled as if the spellings were the same. First-come, first-served, or whatever the rule is. That isn't making IDN second class. It is treating them the same as everything else.
The expectation is that other payment protocols will be layered on top of Bitcoin, so many user transactions get reconciled by a couple of Bitcoin transactions. See, for example, the Lightning Network.
Because he's an alleged rapist and undeniable cad.
Actually even the first stage Falcon 9 is capable of getting to orbit on its own, albeit without a payload. It goes a lot faster than its terminal velocity. Blue Origin's New Shepherd is doing a much less difficult job generally. It is less close to performance limits and as a result can be made much heavier and so stronger. It's more comparable to SpaceX own Grasshopper rockets than Falcon 9. Grasshopper was reused multiple times, albeit only flying a few 100 metres up and down.
Blue Origin's next rocket, New Glenn, will be interesting. It will be orbital. They say it will be a scaled up New Shepherd and everything they learned on one will transfer to the other. I'm not so sure. I think they'll find they are hitting new problems for the first time, problems that Falcon 9 has needed to solve.
If you're counting Blue Origin's suborbital hops, then you should also count SpaceX's Grasshopper.
Refurbishment costs should go down as Block 5 comes into play. Block 5 is supposed to incorporate lessons learned from studying the boosters they landed successfully. They are currently on Block 3 or 4, and they've said they won't bother reusing them many times.
Use DropBox or similar for synchronisation, and then use KeePass for the password manager.
If you use KeePass, the password file is encrypted locally before DropBox sees it. You're main vulnerability is if your local machine gets compromised to the point that someone can inject a DLL into the address space of the KeePass process, but if they can do that, they pretty much own you anyway.
(A simple key logger isn't enough, because KeePass uses a secure desktop for its master password, and a simple clipboard sniffer isn't enough if you use its autotype mechanism instead of copy and paste.)
This sounds like the technology SpaceX plans to use for their Internet via satellite scheme, which they hope will pay for their Mars colony. The hard part (aside from launching 7,500 satellites into LEO, which they think they have nailed), is making the pizza-box ground transcievers that can track the satellites as they move.
I use a password manager, but not a password website. Specifically, KeePass. So passwords are stored locally on my PC. I use DropBox to back them up and replicate them to other devices. I can get at them from my phone without needing internet access.
According to NASA TV, a wrong value about the ISS position was uplinked from the ground. So nothing wrong with the hardware or the software that was in orbit. I don't know where the wrong value came from; whether it was a typo, or someone not allowing for the 24-hour launch delay, or ground hardware.
Although the frozen oxygen is a popular theory, SpaceX themselves aren't committed to it. They seem to say that even liquid oxygen can be trapped in the buckle space by the pressure, and then ignite. The freezing merely exacerbates the problem.
Scott Adams is certainly worth reading, but for me he crossed the line into evil months ago. Much of his "persuasion" amounts to saying whatever will get the result he want, whether or not it is true. This applies to what he writes in his blog, which is often misleading or simply false. He admired and privately endorsed Trump even while claiming to endorse Clinton. He gave a tutorial on increasing the Trump vote by manipulating friends who are Clinton supporters into not using their vote - and said that because it was legal, it was OK. He has written that fake news is OK if it supports Trump.
It won't be Russia vs America, because Trump likes Russia. He's making noises about reducing NATO, which would let Russia extend into Europe and eventually Britain or France might fight back with nukes, but that's a whole other scenario.
It is China that Trump dislikes. He's already "pissed them off" by accepting a phone call from Taiwan, and they've already retaliated by grabbing a US research drone (from the sea). If that kind of thing escalates, there's no knowing where it will stop. China owns vast amounts of US debt, for example.
Actually the vote on proportional representation was also similar to Brexit and Trump, in that the voters were lied to and some believed the lies. (Eg, they were told it meant some people's votes counted more than others.) As a separate issue, the vote wasn't for proper PR but some half-baked hybrid scheme. Many people voted against it because they wanted proper PR; which in my view was very stupid because such votes were inevitably taken as endorsing the status quo. The upshot is that it was just a big a fiasco as Brexit, and we probably won't get another chance for 20 years.
The system we are left with is worse than America's electoral collages. For example, UKIP got 12.6% of the last election vote but only got 1 seat out of 650, rather than the 82 or so they deserved. I'm not a UKIP fan, far from it, but ignoring any party that has that many votes is wrong. Arguably it encouraged the feeling of not being listened to that helped produce Brexit.
The article mentions a girl and pony video, so presumably bestiality, which is illegal under UK law. (And it mentions Scotland Yard, so presumably UK law applies.)
> I don't recall any such public behavior. Okay, that private conversation with one other guy, that
> was caught on tape and then leaked by media partisans years later was a tad off-colour, but
> everything else is merely controversial, not disgusting.
It wasn't so much "off-colour" as an admission of sexual assault. And there are numerous other examples, such as him going to the changing rooms during Miss World so he could ogle the 16-year-olds naked. Here's a public quote from Trump: "You know, no men are anywhere. And I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant. And therefore I'm inspecting it... Is everyone OK? You know, they're standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that." He said that on the Howard Stern show. It's been confirmed by women in the dressing rooms, and even his daughter.
Given that, it is entirely reasonable that women not want to perform at his inauguration. That's not undermining the Office of President, that being worried he might go backstage while they are changing again.
The average sentence for this kind of crime is 3.5 years. Manning has already served double that. She's not getting let off lightly at all.
He's accused of having sex with an unconscious woman, knowing she wouldn't have consented had she been awake. It didn't "turn into rape" - that is rape in Sweden (and in the UK). It only came to light when the woman asked the police to force him to get an STD test, but that doesn't change what he did.
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