It's possible that live the vuvuzelas are amazing, but on my TV it sounds like a group of angry bees are flying around, probably because the sound is reduced to two channels (left, right). But I must say, in the Netherlands vs Denmark match, the vuvuzelas weren't that awful.
Don't want to be pedant here, but your calculation does approximate quite a lot:
Degrees in one inch - arctan(1/24)2 = 4.77
"Data points" in eye for one inch, 12" away: 4.7750*2 = 477 (magic number cited in article)
Why the last multiplication by 2? The eye doesn't see pixels, it sees color difference, which means that the limit (not the minimum) is when two of those pixels cover the same "cycle" -> 1 color change in the cycle (in any case, that's how I understood the article).
Isn't it more likely that tourism is also a big business? Tourists only come back (or tell others to go) if they feel safe. Asking tourists for protection money or other such things is just shooting yourself in the foot if you (indirectly) get money from tourism.
Right. In other words if you go there as a tourist you will most likely get no problems from the mob. They might own the hotel, but you'll be mostly safe. You won't have to bribe them, you won't have to have a bodyguard with you.
If you go there ready to start a business or invest a couple million dollars, you'll definetly deal with mobsters.
Doesn't Zune Pass do that? If you live in the US it should work. For $14.99 you get music streamed, but also downloaded to your Zune, and you can keep 10 songs per month in non-DRM'd format. And SmartDJ should be able to do the automatic downloading (although I don't know how good it is).
(From Zune.net: "The songs are yours to play on up to three computers, and three Zune players and phones, for as long as your Zune Pass is valid." and "Additionally, a Zune Pass gives you 10 song credits to redeem each month. You can keep these songs forever - they become part of your permanent collection.")
This is the only device and marketplace that meets -EVERY- -SINGLE- request the author made.
It gives him his unlimited music. It gives him his DRM-free tracks to keep each month. It gives him his recommendations based on his tastes. It gives him his automatic download whenever the Zune connects to the internet.
The idea is nice, but I think it's impossible. Just think of the amount of material you'd need to take in the plane for the shielding. And what about the water used to power the turbines? You'd also need a huge water tank. It's just way too heavy for the moment. We first need to find a more efficient (in the case of a plane, lighter) way to get energy out of a nuclear power source.
Actually, after a bit of hunting... an An-225 can carry 250,000 kilos, and a 100 megawatt SSTAR reactor is projected to weigh ~500,000, with 10 megawatt ones projected to be ~200,000. A quick perusal of Wikipedia suggests other ones may be smaller yet, including a couple which have been made (but I can't find any weights except for the SSTAR).
Surely we can make a bigger plane, especially if the power output of these things is enough to significantly increase the power of the engines, meaning the plane won't have to be as light (I'm thinking a flying-wing plane). Though does anyone know what the approx. power of those engines might be?
About that, has anyone noticed the test isn't very consistent? In the first exercise the speed of a raptor is 25 m/s, in the second exercise the wounded raptor runs at 10 m/s. So far, so good. But in the third exercise the raptors run at 10 m/s. Why, are they wounded? And of course, can the raptors chew through walls?
Maybe I completely missed the point, but, why WebKit? Why is WebKit better? I mean, I could use the exact same arguments for Gecko, and even for the IE rendering engine. I mean, if everyone uses the IE rendering engine, it'll always look the same, but that wouldn't resolve all problems.