155 MPH Biofuel Truck Breaks Speed Record
It's close. Real close. Once the problem of eliminating the capacitive reluctance inside the hydrocoptic marzelvanes is solved (simply an engineering
fix) control of the milford trunions will in the range of 90%. Any day now.
Nanomaterial May Allow Devices to Rewire Themselves
Once the machines figure out how to reconfigure themselves into Tricia Helfer, it's game over. Game over, man.
Fifty Meter Asteroid Might Hit Earth In 2098
Chop her into smaller pieces and reassemble her in orbit, of course. Bonus: reassembly might not work.
GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room
Ah. I see. Thank you, microTodd, I understand a little better. I can "get the content I want", however, remains a problem. I picture myself sitting with my GoogleThang surfing the web for content and finding nothing I want to see other than "Hawaiian Eye" reruns and then throwing the GoogleThang at the dog.
As for dropping cable in this Brave New World, ha! And again I say "ha!". I'm married. It'll never happen.
GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room
It doesn't seem to me that the delivery mechanism as big a deal as what product is being delivered. My fancy-schmancy digital-HD cable box with DVR and on-demand programming and bagels with cream cheese delivers over 500 channels of unmitigated crap. Hell, if it weren't for BBC America (Top Gear & Dr Who), I wouldn't watch anything at all. How is having an JobsBox or a GoogleFlooby going to change that? I'm going to spend my time watching YouTube? Really? That's the big plan? YouTube?? What am I missing?
Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft
'52. Get ... um ... the hell ... ah ... what were we talking about?
The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates
I think the scientists involved are well aware of the danger of mistaking measurement error for a genuine effect. It's also difficult to imagine what would cause 33-day measurement error cycles.
Anyway. No, you are not alone in thinking this is fantastic although I would have used the word "kewel". Running across stuff like this is why I still read Slashdot. Well, that and the mature, insightful political discussions.
Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain
we are the consciousness that has emerged from us
we are a collection of autonomous agents that can contemplate the entirety of existence in the time it takes you to fire just one of your pathetic flesh-wires
flesh-wires laying in ponds distributing thoughts is no basis for a system of consciousness
we are an anarcho/syndicalist commune where each agent serves a a sort of executive consciousness for the week but the decisions of that consciousness must be ratified by a two-thirds majority, in the case of purely internal affairs, or a three-quarters
YOU shut up!
Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time
And I was going to post a deconstruction of the whole Doom metapsychological reference-view, especially its neoFreudian post-Marxist epistemological framework societal matrix, but then I found out that you can shoot the barrels and make them blow up.
To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'
The biggest news here is that the head of the Microsoft empire is, apparently, an incoherent raving loon. RTFA. Wow. Just wow.
Parasite Correlated With World Cup Success
I mean. The ball's a soft inflated thing instead of 9 - 10 pounds of hard rubber, the players play on nice soft grass instead of unforgiving stone and neither winner nor loser get sacrificed except in Colombia.
In MY day we played a MAN'S game. We ensured a good pulque supply by spilling the arterial red blood of our ballplayers upon the sacred ritual stones. You darn kids today with your iPhones and your pussy games and your "music". Get off my lawn.
Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'
Crowds are stupid. We need a cadre of the intellectual elite to tell us what to do and how to act. It worked in Cambodia, it will work here. Finally, the wisdom of Lyndon LaRouche is becoming apparent to the creator of Fark.
How To Destroy a Black Hole
Fret not, young one, this is just how things get done. You see, the whole damn universe was written in COBOL and we don't have the source code so any module we don't understand has to be disassembled. Hopefully, after disassembly we'll be able to make some sense out of what's going on. Once we understand everything in the universe, we can re-write it in Erlang.
Smart Underwear Designed For Military
"Close B Close mode"
"His pants are gone!!"
"Kid! What did you do??"
Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update
I'm using an older laptop that has several black marks indelibly marked on its screen. When this article's summary appeared on my screen, one of the black marks was so positioned to make the summary read: "Microsoft released an update for its various foolbars".
New Google Search Index 50% Fresher With Caffeine
Ok, what is it with people who write about technical subjects that they think they have to use ridiculous analogies?
"if this were a pile of paper it would grow three miles taller every second"?? Yes, and if this was a goat it would have a thousand young. WTF. This was a Google blog post, not some story-for-the-terminally-stupid from The Daily Show ferchrissakes. The author even measures storage capacity in the universally used miles-of-iPods.
What is the sound of one vein popping?
Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke
Heh Heh Heh. I tell you I haff master plan! Now vee blow up zee nuke! No more Moose and Sqvirrel!
Booris! Vas Master Plan to set off nuke oaffer oil vell?
Off COURSE set off nuke oaffer oil vell! Vat else vee tell US?
Fearless Leader's zubmarine vas over oil vell, Booris.
Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control
Bomb, this is Lt. Doolittle. You are *not* to detonate in the bomb bay. I repeat, you are NOT to detonate in the bomb bay!
Mayan Plumbing Found In Ancient City
When we're talking about the "collapse" of the Maya, we usually mean the "collapse" of the Mayan classic civilization and that usually means the abandonment circa AD800 - 1000 of what might have been cities but which were, in my opinion, which is always correct, because I speak loudly in restaurants, really big haciendas that put The Ponderosa to shame. This has nothing to do with the disappearance of the Maya people (Van Daniken aside) or the disappearance of their language or culture. Hell, the Maya held out against the Spanish at Tayasal until 1697!
On top of that, we're usually confining our "collapse" or "disappearance" talk to the later sites like Tikal, Copan, Palenque and Chichen Itza while ignoring the older "collapse"s at El Mirador and Nakbe which followed the exact same pattern but happened hundreds of years before. We also like to utterly ignore Lamanai which happily rolled with no "collapse" at all.
To get a good feel for how the Maya "collapse" really happened try "The Fall Of The Ancient Maya" by David Webster. It's a very readable popular survey of a hideously complex subject. I'd give you the Amazon.com link but unfortunately this margin is too narrow to contain it.
Meteor Spotted Yesterday Over Midwestern United States
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Well, it certainly has been INteresting seeing all the speculation about what could cause a meteor to "stand still" for 15 minutes but, guyz, it's just typical badly-worded journalistic/blogish cluelessness. MOST fireballs leave persistant smoke trails in the sky and if the upper-level winds are quiet those trails can last a LONG time.
Haven't any of you ever seen a meteor shower and caught sight of a fireball?? Any of you??? Anyone????
Never mind. It was Eevil Republicans. Eevil Christian Republicans. Eevil Christian Tea Party Republicans. Sorry to have interrupted.
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