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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Crash McBang If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (200 comments)

Any bets on SpaceX building their own space station so that they will have something to fly their spacecraft to?

about 5 months ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

Crash McBang Had a hard time getting into it (732 comments)

Every closeup of Ender's face resulted in me thinking "Hey, what's Sheldon Cooper doing in this movie?!?"

about a year ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

Crash McBang Don't ask me how I know this (598 comments)

People don't know what they want till they see it. Prototype early, prototype often.

about a year ago

Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Crash McBang Similar quote from Seymour Cray (526 comments)

If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?

about a year and a half ago

India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects

Crash McBang Re:Tech support (160 comments)

Because if you do, purple monkey dishwasher!

about 2 years ago

Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

Crash McBang Re:Money grab (303 comments)

Naah, more like:

The Hobbit: The Ca$hening

more than 2 years ago

FBI's Top Cyber-cop Says We're Losing the War Against Hackers

Crash McBang Security is (134 comments)

a journey, not a destination.

Thus saith Steve Jobs.

Or maybe it's that perfection is a journey, not a destination.

Meh. Probably both...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From 'Hacker' To 'Engineer'?

Crash McBang Hacking and Engineering (446 comments)

Engineering a house:
1. Gather requirements
2. Write a spec
3. Design house to spec
4. Build house to design

Hacking a house:
1. Nail boards together
2. Step back
3. Is it a house yet?
4. No, go to 1

Both methods work, but I'd prefer the former to the latter...

about 3 years ago

Research Data: Share Early, Share Often

Crash McBang First Post (138 comments)

Got started early on my sharing!

more than 3 years ago

How Is Technology Changing the Brain?

Crash McBang This probably dates me but (108 comments)

after I got an HP-35 and quit using my slide rule, I found that I had less of a feel for numbers. Hard to put into words, it kind of felt like I couldn't do math as well, but I could process numbers faster, as long as I had my calculator. Take the calculator away, and it seemed to take forever to do things.

more than 3 years ago

Dashboard Avatar To Replace Car Owner's Manuals

Crash McBang True Story (236 comments)

My wife said she wanted to know why there was a little fox on her dashboard.

Puzzled, I asked her to come get me the next time she saw this mysterious fox on her dashboard.

She was pulling out of the garage, stopped, and got me.

"There! There's the fox!" she said, pointing to her dashboard.

I looked and said "That's not a FOX, it's a WRENCH! - take your car in to get it SERVICED!"

After that, I told her to review the owners manual for any other 'animals' on the dashboard...

more than 3 years ago

NASA Wants Revolutionary Radiation Shielding Tech

Crash McBang So, the (160 comments)

Tinfoil Hat thing didn't play out?

more than 3 years ago

Hungary Uses iPad To Draft New Constitution

Crash McBang So does Apple (157 comments)

get a 30% cut everytime someone subscribes to the new Constitution?

more than 3 years ago

Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

Crash McBang So what we've got here (313 comments)

Is a 3-dimensional projection of a 2-dimensional movie with 1-dimensional acting.

mmmm, can't wait....

more than 3 years ago

When Smart People Make Bad Employees

Crash McBang What the Boss Says (491 comments)

I was complaining to my boss once about a jerk in our department; he pointed out that most organizations can deal with any amount of ego as long as there are results equal to or greater than the cost of dealing with the ego.

Once the results go away, the ego has to leave too.

Shortly thereafter the individual left and eventually wound up working at Intel.

about 4 years ago

BYTE Is Coming Back

Crash McBang What's Next? (185 comments)

Micro Cornucopia on the iPad? Let sleeping dogs lie...

more than 4 years ago



How Does Your Organization handle Slackers and Jerks?

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "A growing body of research suggests that having just a few nasty, lazy or incompetent characters around can ruin the performance of a team or an entire organization—no matter how stellar the other employees. In one experiment, having just one slacker or jerk in a group brought down performance by 30% to 40%. How do you or your organization handle such people?"
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Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. They represent less than 1% of the company's total sales. The online version of the encyclopedia, which was first published in 1994, represents only 15% of Britannica's revenue. The other 85% is sales of education products: online learning tools, curriculum products and more. "Google's algorithm doesn't know what's fact or what's fiction," Britannica president Jorge Cauz concedes. "So Wikipedia is often the No. 1 or No. 2 result on search. But I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."

When was the last time you cracked open a fresh volume of Britannica, Slashdotters?"

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Why Printers Get No Respect

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "Out of Ink, Out of Luck, Why Printers Get No Respect — Fussy and prone to paper jams, the printer has been trying tempers in offices and homes since the dot-matrix days when paper came in perforated accordion stacks. As other gadgets, from flat-screen monitors to wireless mice, have sprinted ahead toward gasp-inducing irresistibility, one electronic gadget has failed to thrill: the printer.

So, slashdotters, who gets more TLC in your corner of the world? The PC or the printer?"

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Trouble Sleeping? Maybe it's your computer

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "Suspecting that light at night was keeping him from a good night's rest, J.D. Moyer decided recently to conduct a little experiment with artificial light and his sleep cycle.

The sleep-deprived Oakland, California, resident had read that strong light — whether it's beaming down from the sun or up from the screens of personal electronics — can reset a person's internal sleep clock.

So, for one month, whenever the sun set, he turned off all the gadgets and lights in his house — from the bulb hidden in his refrigerator to his laptop computer.

It worked. Instead of falling asleep at midnight, Moyer's head was hitting the pillow as early as 9 p.m. He felt so well-rested during the test, he said, that friends remarked on his unexpected morning perkiness.

So, what do Slashdotters do to get a good night's rest?"

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Does Anxiety make you a better programmer?

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "In Understanding the Anxious Mind, it is proposed that an anxious temperament might serve a more exalted function: âoeOur culture has this illusion that anxiety is toxic,â Kagan said. But without inner-directed people who prefer solitude, where would we get the writers and artists and scientists and computer programmers who make society hum?"
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'Flying Segway' floats 5 to 15 feet off the ground

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "Anderson-based Air Buoyant, is developing a one-person flying platform called the VertiPod . Classified as an ultralight aircraft, the propeller-powered VertiPod's simple controls could spark a transportation revolution — like the Segway, you just lean in the direction you want to go. Oddly, the website doesn't seem to have any movies of people actually flying them. An article describing the product and its inventors is here. The thought of these hovering in Burger Kings' Drive Thru lane fills my heart with nameless dread."

Lenovo Drops Thinkpad 2yrs ahead of schedule

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "According to the Register, Lenovo will be dropping the Thinkpad brand two years ahead of schedule. No word on what will happen to the brand. What should Thinkpad users have as a Plan B? What would you suggest as an alternative to Thinkpad?"

Germans Break the Speed of Light

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "From the article:

A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.

Personally, I can't wait to get home before I leave..."

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  about 8 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "In this article, Mathew Hayward, assistant professor at the University of Colorado, does a Q&A on his new book, Ego Check: Why Executive Hubris Is Wrecking Companies And Careers And How To Avoid The Trap , which shows how executives' inflated egos can impact what they choose to produce, the manufacturing decisions they make and how they market their products. What failures (colossal or otherwise) have you been involved in that could be contributed to Executive Hubris?"

Crash McBang Crash McBang writes  |  about 8 years ago

Crash McBang (551190) writes "Apparently many are foregoing the morning coffee for something sweeter, according to this article: "There is nothing better than the feel of Coke on the back of your throat in the morning," said McKinsey, a morning pop drinker since the 1970s, savoring the cold, stinging sensation that coffee drinkers just don't get. What gets Slashdotters going after waking up?"


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