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How Europe Will Lower Emissions — Self Driving Cars

Drasil Re:Lower emissions? (317 comments)

I don't deny global warming, but what is being done about it is crazy.

Personally I think it's what's not being done about it that's crazy.

Back on topic: I agree that a rethink of personal transportation is required. I think it is more important to rethink the things that cause us to need or want cars. Living in a different town from one's workplace is rarely if ever required. The centralisation of services that widespread car ownership has permitted (think malls or retail parks) is amongst the myriad of reasons we feel we need cars. Research like this is useful and worth while, but as others have pointed out what's really needed is a more fundamental rethink. I'd like to see us reordering our societies and lives in such a way that we don't need cars.

more than 3 years ago

'u' — the First Authentic Klingon Opera On Earth

Drasil Thanks... (165 comments)

...For correcting my correction. I knew I should have paid more attention in Klingon class.

about 4 years ago

'u' — the First Authentic Klingon Opera On Earth

Drasil Homeworld is NOT "Kronos" (165 comments)

I'm not a Trekkie, although I am a bit of a sci-fi buff. The Klingon homeworld is called Qo'noS. This is Slashdot, if we can't get this stuff right here then something is very wrong.

about 4 years ago

Tegra-Based Android Devices To Get Space MMO Vendetta Online

Drasil Is that a bad thing? (62 comments)

It's more like spacequake. I've played both and TBH I much prefer Vendetta. Even is too much point-and-click for me. YMMV.

more than 4 years ago

When I die, I want my body to be ...

Drasil Recycled (793 comments)

I want to be recycled.

more than 4 years ago

Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

Drasil Missing option: Only for Linux (606 comments)

If kith or kin ask me for tech support I offer to install and support Linux. I take time to explain the pros and cons and then they get to make an informed choice. I haven't used windows for a decade or so so it's not simply zealotry.

more than 4 years ago

Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games

Drasil Daggerfall (346 comments)

In Daggerfall I used to enjoy finding routes around town that minimised the time I spent on the ground. Why simply walk down the street when you can run along hedges or leap from rooftop to rooftop? Using magic would have been cheating of course.

about 5 years ago

Using the iPhone As a Pointing Device For the Real World

Drasil Missing Component... (111 comments)

Laser range finder, preferably in the visible spectrum. Not that I would buy it, I'm not a fan of Apple.

more than 5 years ago

KDE Project Invites Ideas With Online Brainstorm

Drasil Please no (131 comments)

I find Gnome's UI very difficult. I know this is personal preference but I'd hate for KDE to become more like Gnome, I'm only just getting used to KDE 4.2.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite on-screen calculator?

Drasil Forth (776 comments)

I use gforth running in yakuake mostly, it's very good at bit banging which is mostly what I need. The calculator functionality in krunner is also useful for me.

more than 5 years ago

Science Unlocks The Mystery Of Belly Button Lint

Drasil Study Ignores The Important Issue (161 comments)

ie. Why is belly button fluff predominantly blue? I believe that the anatomical feature known as a 'navel' or 'belly button' is in actual fact a previously unrecognised organ that serves a vital role in the human body.

As we all know, blood is red. Indeed the red colour of blood is integral to the role it plays in the body. I propose that the belly button is actually a chromatic lung which is capable of absorbing redness from the environment into the blood and similarly expelling excess blueness in order to maintain a healthy balance. This may be the reason that environments containing excess blueness cause people to feel cold: the blood looses redness, in turn diminishing it's oxygen carrying capacity leading to an overall reduction in the metabolism that actually serves to lower body temperature.

Interestingly, there are reports that the navel fluff of aristocrats has a reddish hue, leading to speculation that they are in fact a distinct species. This has yet to be demonstrated under laboratory conditions and remains a controversial area of research.

more than 5 years ago

Hope For Multi-Language Programming?

Drasil Re:Languages (371 comments)

Funnily enough I was going to mention Forth in favour of using a single language. It's very easy to write domain specific sub-languages in Forth, and you can easily switch between them or even use more than one at once. In this way it's possible to have the best of both worlds. It's a shame that in the real world things are a bit more complicated and Forth probably isn't the best choice in many instances.

more than 4 years ago

Bookworm ePub Reader Gets Boost From O'Reilly

Drasil ePub? (59 comments)

ePub? Is that like an internet cafe?

more than 5 years ago

Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine

Drasil Re:Something causes autism (1056 comments)

Why not? You dismiss this out-of-hand, but you don't explain the reason for dismissing it.

I was expressing my opinion, perhaps I should have qualified my statement with 'It seems to me' or 'I think'. I am not a scientist, but google can point you to the same idea being promoted by people who are. Me, I'm just drawing on my own personal experience which can be dismissed as anecdotal.

It must be Rain Man that's the problem.

Phew, I was beginning to think it was me.

more than 5 years ago

Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine

Drasil Something causes autism (1056 comments)

While it's looking more and more like autism isn't caused by the MMR vaccine it does seem that something that is integral to our modern way of life does cause it. Before I saw Rain Man I had never heard of Autism, now I have an autistic son, my ex has another autistic son, one of my best childhood friends has an autistic son, my GF has a son with asperger's, and there are others I am aware of within my community. This can't be explained by increased diagnosis and I didn't meet any of these people as a result of the condition. There is something that has entered our environment within the past half century or so that is causing an alarming rise in the incidence of autistic spectrum disorders. I don't know what it is, perhaps it's the foam padding in our furniture, or household cleaners, or chlorinated water supplies, or TV, or microwaves, or food additives. Perhaps it is vaccines and the pharmaceutical corporations are covering it up. I simply don't know.

more than 5 years ago

Confessed Botnet Master Is a Security Professional

Drasil Re:A note to the editors... (278 comments)

No, I'm making the assumption that the /. editors are capable of spotting "glaring grammatical errors" in user submissions. I see your fail and raise you a RTFC ;)

more than 5 years ago

Confessed Botnet Master Is a Security Professional

Drasil A note to the editors... (278 comments)

Please edit submissions that contain glaring grammatical errors.

more than 5 years ago

Wireless Internet Access Uses Visible Light, Not Radio Waves

Drasil Strange comment... (264 comments)

From TFA:

"If I can take this to the next step, I think think it is going to be good for our country," Pederson said.

Quite apart from the fact the country isn't explicitly mentioned in TFA (I assume it's the USA), why would someone say this? Not good for humanity, or for the communications or IT industries, but good for a specific country? Strange.

more than 5 years ago


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