Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45
By Robert Zubrin: If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon?
Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
Setting aside the wisdom (or lack thereof) of automating maintenance, you should also have some process external to the maintained machines that confirms that the maintenance worked. That confirmation could be something like testing that a Web server continues to serve the expected pages, some port provides expected information, etc. If this external process notes a discrepancy, it would page/text/call you.
Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?
that R is 15 better than C.
I was able to figure that out with this bit of C code:
printf("%d", 'R' - 'C');
I'm not sure how to do that in R though.
Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft
Similarly people will get into a car operated by a driver without sufficient insurance or any guarantee that the vehicle is operating correctly and safe, and if its cheaper they won't care either... at least... until there is an accident.
Which is how the regulations came into effect in the first place -- the public was tired of getting into cabs that weren't insured or maintained properly.
The public seems to have a very short memory.
If people tire of getting into uber/lyft cars that aren't insured or maintained properly, they can then...wait for it...take a taxi.
German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator
After getting a drone aloft, scientists released control of the drone to each test subject and asked them to use their mental powers to drive the drone "right into the ground". Scientists' exuberance became more and more frenetic as each test subject flawlessly performed the assigned task.
Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown
Wow, you Republicans are getting more brazen...The legal system would become instead of 80% biased for the Republicans...
Blaming "loser pay" advocacy on political affiliation shows you haven't done your homework.
Hawaii's Oahu Used To Be a Bigger Island
...that one of the islands will tip over.
Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses
Scientists returned to the drawing board after their first field trial of putting the glasses on a praying mantis ended in failure. The team is soon expected to announce the design prosthetic ears for the praying mantises,
Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?
wc, cat, sort, head, tail, split et al. Source here.
Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal
A bill has been sent to the governors office and he is expected to sigh.
Because of a missed opportunity?
Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
[N95 facemasks] are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Whose national institute? Ah, I see. I wonder what China's equivalent institute certifies, or if they even have an equivalent institute.
U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt
The government has essentially taken over the academic loan business in order to make funds more readily available to a greater number of people seeking a college degree. The result of this easy money? Not only this debt crisis but also college tuition and fees inflated at four times the rate of cost-of-living inflation. Way to go government intervention!
Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance
Under Armour developed the skintight aerodynamic suit for the Sochi Games and it was pretested for specific conditions
Except for having a boner.
Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion
Wow, that must be rare, there can't be more than about a hundred of those.
Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships
when the CFC jumped in 12 carriers and EACH ONE lit a cyno I knew we were in for a ride...
HOLY SHIT!!! That's crazy! [discretely turns to friend and whispers, "what the hell is a cyno?"]
An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
It's not fair that those who use less should have to pay for the rich (data users). The rich (data users) should be subsidizing those who have less (data use).
[I don't necessarily subscribe to the view, but the "tax the rich" parallel is interesting.]
Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR
Emacs will settle on git, vim has settled on mercurial. Oh, how delicious!
Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses
Apple must be giddy. Coca-Cola almost went with PC addresses.
The Year In Robotics
What about the porn industry? Don't they kind of lead the herd in coming up with clever uses for such technology?
100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica
A couple of the photos show the explorers. My immediate thought was how ill equipped for the cold they look by today's standards. Then I started wondering about space suits. They obviously can withstand the cold and also have some durability for the elements given that on earth astronauts train wearing them under water. What are some practical limitations of space suits (perhaps modified to, e.g., not have to carry oxygen) that make them impracticable for working near the poles?
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