$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide
You'd think they'd have just put polarized glass in the cockpit by now if it were that big of a deal. Oh wait... that's right, it's not that big of a deal.
If it were as simple as polarized glass they might actually go that route. Unfortunately for everyone, it is much more complicated than that. You need specific lenses to protect from specific wavelengths (of which there are many).
[...] hold a laser on a cockpit window for more than a tenth of a second. If a pilot is unable to land a plane after a flash of light that brief, we'd better start making lightening illegal because it's a hell of a lot brighter [...]
With high powered lasers (that are surprisingly easy to come by) a fraction of a second is all it takes to cause serious and often permanent eye injury.
Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?
Anyone have recommendations for learning math starting from, say, Algebra I or II level (high school) that will actually teach in a way that will be useful rather than taking a test? Stuff that will carry over into future classes as the proper building blocks, etc?
Khan Academy is quite good in my experience. You can pick and choose if you want or follow their 'knowledge map'.
Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes
As much as I like to blame Oracle, the state may have added serious requirements at the last minute that complicated everything. These articles doesn't say anything about it. Same seems to go for all the troubled exchanges - so what's the problem?
It's basically a waterfall design where you have a group of non-technical people (state and federal government) writing the requirements document. That seems like a recipe for disaster to me.
How Microsoft Is Wooing College Kids To Write Apps For Windows 8
Er, Windows PCs don't come much cheaper than that. Is the complaint here "I need to buy a computer in order to develop software"?
No, the complaint here is "I need to buy another computer unrelated to the one for which I want to develop software". When developing for mobile devices you're cross-compiling anyway, so why shouldn't we be able to work in an environment we prefer (linux or windows)?
Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest
You can also look at their servers as they load balance: http://browserquest.mozilla.org/status/
Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case
When I was in college one of my first dorm walls was a magnetic metal sheet (it was an OLD building) and we never had any electronics problems...except horrible cell signal. It was useful when hanging posters.
Scientists Aim To 'Print' Human Skin
Hate to burst your bubble...but 'printing' cells is not a new concept...from 2007
Best Way To Sell a Game Concept?
Yahtzee? I didn't know you read slashdot....
Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective
Perhaps its just me, but it seems like a few people may have jumped the gun here. There is a major distinction between correlation and causation. More to the point, just because in x% of accidents a cell phone was involved does not in any way show that by removing that factor you're going to magically stop those accidents. I'd be willing to bet over half of all car accident victims listen to the radio, and yet I do not see any government banning their use in cars.
((yes this is a stretch, but it illustrates my point))