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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the making-it-better dept.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Discovery Magazine reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $100,000 to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) to develop a nanoparticle coating for condoms that will make them more comfortable and stronger while simultaneously keeping them thin to preserve – and increase – sensation in order to make them more appealing to use. According to the Gates Foundation, in the time that condoms have been in use, not much has changed: '[Condoms] have undergone very little technological improvement in the past 50 years. The primary improvement has been the use of latex as the primary material and quality-control measures, which allow for quality testing of each individual condom. Material science and our understanding of neurobiology has undergone revolutionary transformation in the last decade, yet that knowledge has not been applied to improve the product attributes of one of the most ubiquitous and potentially underutilized products on earth.' The nanotechnology that the Boston doctors intend to use for their improved condoms will be superhydrophillic nanoparticles that coat the condom and trap water to make them more resilient and easier to use. 'We believe that by altering the mechanical forces experienced by the condom, we may ultimately be able to make a thinner condom which reduces friction, thereby reducing discomfort associated with friction increases pleasure, thereby increasing condom use and decreases rates of unwanted pregnancy and infection transmission.'"

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what's a condom? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943795)

and why would i need one?
i heard phones and keyboards have germs. is it some new phone or keyboard cover?

Say... (4, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 8 months ago | (#45944105)

Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

Seems like a dick move to me.

Re:Say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944277)

Comment hijack detected.

Re:Say... (2)

Cryacin (657549) | about 8 months ago | (#45944419)

Let's just hope it doesn't stay in the traditional windows behaviour of bluescreening right when you finish your download.

Re:what's a condom? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 8 months ago | (#45944307)

Because the greatest threat to the domination of Windows over the Known Universe is human beings, we need to prevent them from being born- or even conceived.

TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943799)

Now you know, ladies.

Re:TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (4, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 8 months ago | (#45944375)

Definitely need to make them so they give more sensation.

Frankly, I find them akin to eating steak with one on your tongue.

A lot of effort, for no sensation at all. Hell, I find it hard to blow a nut with one on, hence I rarely use them.

Re:TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944409)

Wishing there was a "Too Informative" right about now...

Re:TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about 8 months ago | (#45944461)

Nano condom, sounds like a description of the size you buy in the stores.

Re:TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (5, Funny)

lgw (121541) | about 8 months ago | (#45944823)

So close to the right joke.

Gates Foundation gives $100,000 to help invent micro, soft condoms.

There we go.

Ohhhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943801)

No more rubber burn... NICE!

Re:Ohhhh (5, Funny)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 8 months ago | (#45944333)

I agree, this will be fantastic. I'm sick of wearing these bandages on my hands all the time.

i want to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943809)

a beta tester

Re:i want to be (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944429)

You have to bring your own test system that includes both sides, so you are likely out of the running.

Thinner, Stronger Condoms (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943811)

News for nerds.

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944013)

Not really for nerds... since nerds never get the chance to use one!

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944043)

Woooosh

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944267)

You my friend have never heard of a posh wank.

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944389)

You my friend have never heard of a posh wank.

Does that somehow involve Posh Spice? If so I'll pass just the same, thanks.

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (0)

nahpets77 (866127) | about 8 months ago | (#45944083)

Your comment made me chuckle. I tried modding funny but somehow "Troll". Replying to this to undo moderation.

Re: Thinner, Stronger Condoms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944149)

Awesome! Now the slashdot crowd can practice making even more amazing balloon animals!?!

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944197)

Thinner, Stronger Condoms:
Stuff that matters.

Condoms:
News for nerds.

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944629)

News for nerds.

Funnily this article has already been tagged "donotwant".

Re:Thinner, Stronger Condoms (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#45944799)

Apparently all the jokes about Micro-soft were actually Chinese whispers of Nano-hard.

Reduced Friction? (4, Insightful)

amiga3D (567632) | about 8 months ago | (#45943815)

Isn't friction what generates sensation? That's part of the problem with condoms now, no feeling.

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Informative)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 8 months ago | (#45943967)

Not completely. Condoms squeeze the guy, sometimes (depending on girth) causing complete loss of sensation (much like cutting off the blood from you foot or arm). This same squeezing also causes less, how shall I say it, 'back-and-forth' of the skin on the penis. I don't know what the sensation is like for women, but they seem to hate them as much as men.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944161)

Condoms squeeze the guy, sometimes (depending on girth) causing complete loss of sensation (much like cutting off the blood from you foot or arm). This same squeezing also causes less, how shall I say it, 'back-and-forth' of the skin on the penis.

Citation please?

Re:Reduced Friction? (2)

Max Threshold (540114) | about 8 months ago | (#45944163)

This is what Trojan Magnums are for.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944327)

They're actually not any wider than your standard condoms.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

Max Threshold (540114) | about 8 months ago | (#45944481)

Then they must be more elastic. They're certainly different in some important way.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 8 months ago | (#45944491)

Those can be tight for some men also. Penises do not come in 2 sizes (regular and magnum). BTW, magnum condoms aren't very much wider than "regular" sized condoms, and seem to stretch even less.

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Insightful)

Antipater (2053064) | about 8 months ago | (#45944173)

Condoms squeeze the guy, sometimes (depending on girth) causing complete loss of sensation (much like cutting off the blood from you foot or arm).

This is important. I hope, while they're redesigning the materials, they also do something to combat the "one size fits all" myth of modern condoms. Many people's aversion to condoms are a result of a size mismatch. Penises come in many different sizes, not just "regular" and "magnum", so what's comfortable for one man may not be for another. A condom that's too tight can cut off all sensation, while a condom that's too loose can slip or tear. Nobody advertises one-size-fits-all running shoes, but one-size-fits-all condoms are our only option. I hope Mr. Gates works to fix that as well.

Re:Reduced Friction? (3, Informative)

poetmatt (793785) | about 8 months ago | (#45944323)

"one size fits all" myth of modern condoms

This doesn't exist. Condoms come in multiple sizes, and anyone who thinks there is a one size fits all is actually very misinformed about condoms.

Re:Reduced Friction? (5, Funny)

Jamie Ian Macgregor (3389757) | about 8 months ago | (#45944325)

you'll need an outlet store with a computerised fitting system by the sounds of it. here, poke your member in this hole while we 3d scan it. oh, and watch this porn.

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Insightful)

barlevg (2111272) | about 8 months ago | (#45944329)

this, I think, is more of a societal issue: not many men are going to feel comfortable going to the convenience store and checking out with a box of "size smalls." Shopping on the internet is an option, I guess, but do you really want Amazon knowing your penis size? I can just imagine the targeted advertisements on BOTH ends of the spectrum.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 8 months ago | (#45944401)

this, I think, is more of a societal issue: not many men are going to feel comfortable going to the convenience store and checking out with a box of "size smalls." Shopping on the internet is an option, I guess, but do you really want Amazon knowing your penis size? I can just imagine the targeted advertisements on BOTH ends of the spectrum.

Easy solution. Have her get on the pill, and make sure she takes it like she's supposed to (those "I can't remember if I took it" scares suck!!).

Re:Reduced Friction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944505)

OR... IF you are done having kids like me, just visit the doctor and get snipped. Works like a charm and made me big points with the Wife....

Oh.. Wait... This is Slashdot.

All you single fellas out there don't have sex you don't pay for anyway.. Forget it and put on the condom, EVERY time.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944527)

Except condoms also prevent the spread of diseases, which I assume is what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is interested in as that's closer to their main mission (their focus has been malaria, so I assume this is about AIDS).

Anyway, there's much better ways to do birth control that don't require remembering to take a pill every day at the same time. And they tend to be more effective as well.

Re:Reduced Friction? (1)

spasm (79260) | about 8 months ago | (#45944739)

Wasn't there a story about a propaganda stunt during WWII involving "accidentally" dropping comfort & care supplies intended for one's own troops on the enemy; the care packages contained boxes labeled 'Standard size condoms' containing extra extra large size condoms?

Re:Reduced Friction? (5, Funny)

SpankiMonki (3493987) | about 8 months ago | (#45944833)

...not many men are going to feel comfortable going to the convenience store and checking out with a box of "size smalls."

You're right! Small condoms should be labeled "Tall", with larger sizes labeled "Grande", "Venti", and "Trenta".

I bet they could charge a lot more for condoms if they did that.

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944467)

Strangers in the night, exchanging rubbers.

This ones much too tight, I need another.

This ones much too loose, I'm losing all my juice.

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 8 months ago | (#45944517)

A condom that's too tight can cut off all sensation, while a condom that's too loose can slip or tear. Nobody advertises one-size-fits-all running shoes, but one-size-fits-all condoms are our only option.

Length isn't usually an issue (for most men) as can you roll as much as needed to the base. But as you've pointed out, girth is. The girth of a man's member can dynamically change based on arousal and any length of time. So while that "magnum" may feel right now, it can become loose later before climax has been reached. It's already an issue having to interrupt the moment to roll on a rubber, but having to choose which size works best depending on the mood already kills it.

Preventing pregnancy aside, smart phones with terahertz scanning capability (say 6 years from now) might be able to detect STDs and other blood related issues in the future. Essentially a Tricorder that's not a medical device, but just as damn near as good. So if you're clean, and she's clean, to hell with the condom. Have fun! Just be sure to scan well before the mood sets in. Personally, i've never been promiscuous and trust is always important to me (I'm married). So all that technology is a moot point as far as i'm concerned.

Custom condoms exist (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944545)

There already are different sizes condoms based on your measurements (96 available sizes). They-Fit is the brand and they have an on-line store (European company).

I have tried them and they are pretty much spot on :-).
Their largest size makes Magnum look like a condom for mice. And their smallest size goes to well veeery small.

Re:Custom condoms exist (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about 8 months ago | (#45944783)

Yeah, I've heard good things about TheyFit. The problem is they're not allowed to sell to/in the US (FDA regulations or some such thing; I didn't look at the details). Your average convenience store shelf (at least everywhere I've lived) has only standard and magnum. So I wish success upon TheyFit, and I hope other, similar companies start up, and I think Mr. Gate's money could have some weight in starting that.

Re:Custom condoms exist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944791)

They used to be available in the U.S. and were great. Does anybody know why they're not now?

Re:Reduced Friction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944677)

Will they also have 'left-bend' and 'right-bend' options?

Mr. Gates (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 8 months ago | (#45944689)

If history has shown us anything, based on experiences from Microsoft products, Mr. Gates' condoms will come in only one size -- Mr. Gates' size. And you'd better be happy with that.

Re:Mr. Gates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944865)

Micro. Soft.

Says it all, really...

Re:Reduced Friction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944457)

Not completely. Condoms squeeze the guy, sometimes (depending on girth) causing complete loss of sensation (much like cutting off the blood from you foot or arm). This same squeezing also causes less, how shall I say it, 'back-and-forth' of the skin on the penis. I don't know what the sensation is like for women, but they seem to hate them as much as men.

I'm quite sure that for women it is only psychological (not to say not important for the experience) whether the man has a condom or not. For men, it seems you are talking about a really bad fit size wise. Condoms do exist in multiple sizes and thickness - go to a specialty store and buy a range to try. For many men, if a condom is helping to stay in the game a little while longer this is a plus for your partner ;-)

Re:Reduced Friction? (2)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#45944657)

It's definitely not psychological. According to my anecdotal evidence.

Re:Reduced Friction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944825)

It's definitely not psychological. According to my anecdotal evidence.

We need to do a double blind study ;)

Re:Reduced Friction? (4, Informative)

QilessQi (2044624) | about 8 months ago | (#45944251)

It depends on whose sensation we're talking about. :-) The wearer should experience almost no friction from the latex itself, since it's supposed to stay more-or-less in place. But the latex is thin enough that he can sense the temperature and "grip" of his partner, which is probably the primary stimulating sensation for him.

His partner, on the other hand, would certainly experience friction from the latex, which is one reason you should use lube with condoms -- too much friction, and thrusting becomes difficult for the pair and especially irritating (or painful) for the person being penetrated. That leads to irritation, soreness, and an eventual halting of adult activities.

(PSA: Make sure to choose the right lube for the condom you use -- some lubes will cause the material of the condom to fail, which leads to babies, and possibly also a halting of adult activities. But also talk to your partner -- certain women report high incidents of yeast infections after using certain types of lube.)

So I can see a thinner, lower-friction condom being a boon for both partners, as it would increase sensation for both, and also lead to fewer incidents of vaginal/anal tearing from friction, which are not only not fun but which also which increase risk of STD transmission.

Re:Reduced Friction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944285)

actually its more like the lack of friction that generates sensation. put some lube inside the condom. you'll thank me.

i think this is the wrong path (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943831)

people want to feel the juices

Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943849)

Bill Gates is spending $100,000 to build a really small condom.

Re:Summary (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 8 months ago | (#45944125)

Nano condoms?

Re:Summary (2)

biek (1946790) | about 8 months ago | (#45944433)

Condom nanotubes

Diamond Age anyone? (2)

squidflakes (905524) | about 8 months ago | (#45943869)

How long before we're hiring kids to go pick up nano pore condoms off the beach so we can recycle them in to materials to keep the nanobots off our lawns?

Probably never, but I finally get to make the reference!

Re:Diamond Age anyone? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 8 months ago | (#45943947)

How long before we're hiring kids to go pick up nano pore condoms off the beach so we can recycle them in to materials to keep the nanobots off our lawns?

Probably never, but I finally get to make the reference!

It's probably because I just finished Snow Crash last week, but when I read the headline I envisioned the scene where dread pirate Bruce Lee is randomly inspecting his men's condoms prior to mass-buggering Hiro.

I wonder how Neil Stephenson would feel if he knew that articles about scientific innovation in the field of fucking invoked thoughts of his writings...

Re:Diamond Age anyone? (2)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 8 months ago | (#45944223)

How long before we're hiring kids to go pick up nano pore condoms off the beach so we can recycle them in to materials to keep the nanobots off our lawns?

Probably never, but I finally get to make the reference!

It's probably because I just finished Snow Crash last week, but when I read the headline I envisioned the scene where dread pirate Bruce Lee is randomly inspecting his men's condoms prior to mass-buggering Hiro.

I wonder how Neil Stephenson would feel if he knew that articles about scientific innovation in the field of fucking invoked thoughts of his writings...

Not as bad as Neal Stephenson would feel (ducks)

Re:Diamond Age anyone? (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 8 months ago | (#45944391)

I wonder how Neil Stephenson would feel...

Not as bad as Neal Stephenson would feel (ducks)

You know the worst part? I bothered to spell check the last name.

Possible simpler solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943889)

Why not just coat the existing ones in teflon?

I'm guessing there's something obvious reason that's bad that I'd know if I wasn't a virgin?

Latex (1)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 8 months ago | (#45943891)

Hopefully superhydrophillic nanoparticles will not cause allergic reactions in some women, like latex does.

Re:Latex (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944201)

...or men for that matter.

Re:Latex (2)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 8 months ago | (#45944557)

Hell, I actually never knew that men could be allergic to condoms. I found this site: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA368178 [drweil.com]

One interesting tidbit from that article:

If you are affected, you can opt for polyurethane condoms, which protect against pregnancy just as well. Polyurethane is thin and strong and effectively conducts body heat and, according to some reports, is more compatible with sexual pleasure than latex.

I've never heard of polyurethane condoms either. Hell if I didn't find them at Walgreens! ( http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/trojan-supra-lubricated-premium-polyurethane-condoms/ID=prod2303823-product [walgreens.com] )

It looks like you need some help with condom ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943893)

It looks like you are you're need some condoms ? Would you like help ?
* How to put it on ?
* Just give it to me without help.

Re:It looks like you need some help with condom ? (1)

umghhh (965931) | about 8 months ago | (#45944213)

in soviet Russia condoms wears you!

2 Birds 1 Stone.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943915)

If only this will stop loony Christians from using Windows.

Wrong site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943929)

I thought this was news for nerds?

There needs to be a completely different approach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943949)

The main problem with any kind of condom is the lack of intimacy... I'm not alone in that I would rather not have sex at all than to have to wear one. Maybe a better approach would be some kind of spray or something that would cut out the possibility of STD and/or pregnancy. Until there is something more radical than a new twist on an old nuisance, I can't imagine them becoming any more popular than they already are.

Re:There needs to be a completely different approa (4, Informative)

Overzeetop (214511) | about 8 months ago | (#45944039)

Well, the pregnancy prevention part is pretty simple - outpatient surgery will fix you right up.

Preventing microbe transfer when bodily fluids are mixed and parts are in direct contact - well, that's quite a bit more challenging without a physical barrier.

Re:There needs to be a completely different approa (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944157)

my wife and i will start having sex without a condom and i'll only put it at the very end
after ten years of marriage we only have 2 kids

Re:There needs to be a completely different approa (1)

hondo77 (324058) | about 8 months ago | (#45944841)

The first and only time I did that, we ended up with twins. Seriously.

Re:There needs to be a completely different approa (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 months ago | (#45944187)

When I lived in Japan, one option was condom paint (for lack of a better phrase). Basically, you paint your hard-on with latex (?? or something like that) which dries out to form a skin-tight condom. There's also a baggie on the head to catch your swimmers. It wasn't as good as bareback, but it was certainly better than any condom. Oh, and the girl painting your pecker sticks her finger up your ass and sucks your balls to help keep you hard.

Re:There needs to be a completely different approa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944319)

Well of course she does. Goes without saying, really.

I'll take ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 8 months ago | (#45943951)

... my nanotechnology in the extra large size.

Two words (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45943953)

micro + soft

Re:Two words (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 8 months ago | (#45944551)

Followed by Blue Screen of Death....

Wrong order of magnitude (1)

Alopex (1973486) | about 8 months ago | (#45943993)

Shouldn't it be microtechnology for the micromen? Or is this some kind of confidence booster?

time to disrupt the condom market! (0)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 months ago | (#45944009)

We don't need better condoms, we need better sex. I prefer bareback oral and anal. The problem is, a lot of people have no oral skills and think anal sex is dirty or gross. I'm glad shows like Glee and Two and a Half Men show anal sex as a positive thing, but it's not enough. Schools should encourage it and teach proper ass hygiene. There's no reason your ass should smell like, well, ass.

As for oral, look at all the fatties! Clearly they enjoy putting things in their mouth, so they must get some pleasure from it. So suck a dick (or a clit).

Obligatory Tom Swifty: (4, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 8 months ago | (#45944171)

I am not a homosexual necrophiliac, said Tom, in dead earnest.

Thanks, try the veal.

Re:Obligatory Tom Swifty: (2)

Jamie Ian Macgregor (3389757) | about 8 months ago | (#45944365)

did you hear the other one about the homosexual necrophiliac? he was upset with his boyfriend, the rotten bum split on him.

Re:time to disrupt the condom market! (1)

umghhh (965931) | about 8 months ago | (#45944195)

As for quality of oral sex one has to think a bit and practice. Majority of us does not do either and of those that practice majority does not think. The result is that majority of ladies I did go to 'bed' with sucked at sucking. I did not try with men but judging on what the ladies say it must be the same.

OT: when you gather some experience and do some thinking and then apply then you can see almost directly whether ladies in documentaries that we all so value do this right or just fake it to satisfy the moron director of the movie.

A nano condom... (2)

freshlimesoda (2497490) | about 8 months ago | (#45944019)

for my size please. eeeehhhh....WTF!!!

Uhh... idle, anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944047)

How is this not in idle?

Sure darling... (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45944109)

I AM wearing one. It's just the new Nanotech ones, that are so thin you can't see it!
It's also super-micro-coated so it doesn't hurt regardless of what we do!
You trust me, right?

[In passing, condoms have been used for centuries. It's latex ones that are only a few decades old]

Want to preserve sensation ? (0, Troll)

dargaud (518470) | about 8 months ago | (#45944249)

Then how about you start by NOT sexually mutilating hundreds of millions of baby boys in plenty of countries and religions. Barbaric.

Re:Want to preserve sensation ? (2)

Antipater (2053064) | about 8 months ago | (#45944345)

How about you not try to ignite a flame war on an unrelated story? This is about condoms, not circumcision. It's an issue for both cut and uncut men. Take your rant elsewhere, please.

Re:Want to preserve sensation ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944359)

Pfft, they're just cutting off half the sensation.

Re:Want to preserve sensation ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944437)

Exactly. The CONservatives try to make everything about religion. They can't help it. That's all they know since they're so ignorant. That's why they keep posting religious rants that disrupt this site. Thank you for fighting against that.

Real cowboys... (1)

bradgoodman (964302) | about 8 months ago | (#45944253)

Real cowboys ride bareback!

Aaaaaaaaah! My dick! (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about 8 months ago | (#45944353)

What could possibly go wrong?

Star Trek Voyager (1)

jeff13 (255285) | about 8 months ago | (#45944395)

Really?

Still not one Seven of Nine joke yet? Slashdoters, yer slipping.

So basically (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944453)

they are into the anti-virus business right now.

99% less red balloons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944483)

one possible outcome

News for Nerds??? (2)

tekrat (242117) | about 8 months ago | (#45944615)

A product that 99% of slashdotters will never get to use, despite the coolness of it being nano-technology. Then again, 99% of slashdotters don't get to use supercomputers either, but Slashdot reports on them. Maybe when we get sex robots, but then again you really don't need a condom for a machine unlikely to get pregnant.

Creating problems to sell solutions (1, Interesting)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 8 months ago | (#45944665)

Douglas Adams said this back in '95:

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all his customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who by peddling second-hand, second-rate technology, led them all into it in the first place.

Indeed, it still seems to be that Bill Gates' modus operandi is to create problems to sell solutions. His foundation promotes male genital mutilation (aka circumcision) as a solution to AIDS, even though real life numbers show it does not work at all. And a side effect of circumcision is that it severely reduces sexual sensation, which makes men even less inclined to use the actual solution, condoms (not to mention it increases the likelihood of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, dyspareunia, and alexithymia).

So his solution now is to make a high-tech super-thin condom. Which would not be necessary if his so-called charity didn't get men mutilated in the first place!

Biodegradable (2)

ugen (93902) | about 8 months ago | (#45944669)

While they are at it, could they please make condoms biodegradable. After plastic bags, condoms are probably one of the worst culprits in terms of emitting plastic into the ocean and nature (unlike plastic bags, condoms are often flushed down the toilet).

Sizes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45944827)

Yeah, but will they finally make them in sizes that make sense? According to the FDA and condom industry (they blame each other), there isn't an issue, but all condoms are sized for men with a thin long penis. Even the magnum condoms aren't much wider, just longer. Not every penis is the same size. Even "custom" condoms are often far too long (like 18 inches at large widths!), even if they are the right width.

Dupe! (2)

hawkfish (8978) | about 8 months ago | (#45944859)

Isn't this what the "wearable computing" poll was all about?

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