DistortoiseLP t1_jeg63we wrote

Remember J-UCAS? The navy took ownership of that and evolved it into a number of UAV programs compatible with the carriers.

Remember, you only found out the US equipped Hellfire missiles with swords that can assassinate a man in their home when they deployed it. So while you know they already have a refuelling drone and all the investments necessary to launch drones like that from carriers, don't expect to find out a strike platform is ready until it already struck something.


DistortoiseLP t1_je1n49p wrote

>Four men had entered into the reactor building at 10:38 pm and found the third man.  Legg was discovered last because he was pinned to the ceiling above the reactor by a shield plug and not easily recognizable.

I get the strong impression "pinned to the ceiling" is underselling how getting blasted into the ceiling by a nuclear reactor meltdown would reduce a man into a bag of hamburger.


DistortoiseLP t1_jd3p2cg wrote

>The attack was also captured on aerial footage by Ukrainian soldiers, who launched a unique rescue mission by attaching a piece of paper with the words “follow me” to a small drone – an operation which featured in a recent documentary by Ukrainian filmmaker Lyubomyr Levytsky.

That sounds like something out of a Portal game.


DistortoiseLP t1_j5ro6il wrote

Google does charge for Google Maps, just not for the typical user that makes up the value they're charging for. If you want to use the API for anything down to embedding a map on your site up to a full featured application like GeoGuessr, you're paying on a per-request basis once you use up the complimentary quota.

Ads certainly aren't the only way services like Maps are monetized, although luring customers to businesses is still the typical use case to pay for it. The people using it for free are the product that Google then charges businesses to leverage. Once upon a time, much of this API was free, and it's there that Google installed the premiums in this case.