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(Gizmodo)   Meet DARPA'S newest robot "Cheetah" with a top speed of 28 mph. Be afraid. Be very afraid. (w/video)   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2013-10-04 12:39:27 PM  
2 votes:

Cpl.D: Set.Target = "Terrorist";

return("ERROR: Ted Cruz not found.");

Try "Gay Joe McCarthy"
2013-10-05 12:16:44 PM  
1 vote:

indarwinsshadow: Sugarbombs: Quantum Apostrophe: indarwinsshadow: Reminds me of a talk I was having with my 11 year old son the other day. We got into a discussion on computing power. I was explaining to him that 25 years ago, my top end system was an 80286 with a 10 meg hdd, 4 megs ram, 3 1/2 fdd and a vga display...dial up 14.4

Did you also explain to your son that the Boeing 747 first flew in 1969 and still looks the same today and has improved by just percentage points instead of orders of magnitude? And that therefore it's quite silly to think that people are going to colonize Mars?

I don't think the Mars portion is relevant to the thread unless BD is 3d-printing interplanetary habitats, but 747s have eliminated the flight engineer seat due to advancements in software.  Other than that, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  We won't see any eye-widening major development in aircraft design until the boom-less supersonic designs go beyond matlab and wind tunnel testing... funding pending.

Don't ignore the fact that the Navy has been doing alpha testing on drones that can land on carriers autonomously.  That's like a fly trying to land on Michael J. Fox.

I ignore QA. He's on my "don't pay attention to the trolls" list provided by Fark. I'm not interested in anything he has to say.

I too have QA on ignore, if I wanted to witness that kind of deranged blathering, I'd give my Labrador some ketamine.

Tech got threads got a LOT nicer with the ignore feature! Hint: mine has one resident.
2013-10-05 11:41:44 AM  
1 vote:
I'm of the opinion that QA is the geek equivalent of an old man yelling at clouds...
"Quantum?! In my day we had REAL physics, none of this uncertainty stuff. And what's with these newfangled computing machines? They go twice as fast every 5 years, sure, but can they operate a slide rule? Good luck living forever, flying to the moon and having a neverending supply of food with THOSE, suckers!! And anoth-'zzzzzzzzz'...
2013-10-04 06:06:48 PM  
1 vote:
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What a self-powered robotic weapons platform might look like.
2013-10-04 05:38:24 PM  
1 vote:
The troops won't be able to ride that thing to town for sexual relief.
2013-10-04 04:51:19 PM  
1 vote:
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in case you need to feel better...
2013-10-04 04:46:26 PM  
1 vote:

give me doughnuts: ThisIsntMe: The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?

A mechanical horse that needs fuel a mechanic and spare parts and can't breed.

It can sit on a shelf for a couple of years, be partially disassembled, stuck in a box, and air-dropped.

You want to try that with a horse?

I'll give it a shot, if you give me a horse.
2013-10-04 01:43:10 PM  
1 vote:

ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground

Have fun with that.

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2013-10-04 01:30:23 PM  
1 vote:

Esroc: Dansker: clancifer: Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.

As long as the field is flat, solid and unobstructed.

Nah, there's videos out there of its cousin, the "Big Dog" I think it's called, climbing over shiat with no issue whatsoever. So they've already figured out that obstacle. It's just a matter of combining the two designs so it can both move fast and climb.

If I recall correctly, Big Dog ambulates in quite a different way.
This one looks like it would be foiled by a low curb, and sink up to its knees in sand or in an actual field.
But don't get me wrong, I think its awesome, and if they made a tiny version that would run on a couple of AAA batteries, I would physically force my money into their hands.
2013-10-04 12:28:44 PM  
1 vote:
Set.Target = "Terrorist";

return("ERROR: Ted Cruz not found.");
2013-10-04 12:11:21 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-10-04 11:33:27 AM  
1 vote:
Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.
2013-10-04 10:47:43 AM  
1 vote:
...want to ride.
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