Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Eevee They aren't really bicycles. (164 comments)

The main problem with e-bikes is they don't fit the bicycle category; they're really underpowered motorcycles. One of the first things I noticed in the clip was a brag about being able to go 20mph--most urban bike traffic will be going at half that speed, say 8-12 mph. (For example, one of the local biking groups shows that 18-20 mph is for top cyclist in a paceline.)

These really don't belong on multi-purpose trails or in bike lanes. The speed differential between them and normal bikes is just asking for accidents.

about a month ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Eevee Re:has his hands on their a**e (359 comments)

It stands for the value of 'a' raised to the power of e (roughly 2.71828). Now, while Euler's number is damn sexy, I'm not sure why he kept putting his hands on it...

about 2 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

Eevee Re:None - Why should I need permission? (312 comments)

In some locations, you only need a license to drive powered vehicles on public roads, not on private property (the most common example would be farms). So you could go your entire life driving every day without needing permission, provided you never left private property.

about 4 months ago

Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

Eevee Re:Gothenburg the capital?!? (134 comments)

Well, it's not the capital NOW...Volvo has got until 2017 to convince the Swedish government to relocate.

about 5 months ago

Soldiers Looking For Hookups On Craigslist Are Being Warned of a Military Sting

Eevee Re:Hookers (335 comments)

The only flaw with this theory is the term predates the war. It's been recorded in use in 1845 in North Carolina.

about 9 months ago

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

Eevee Re:So long truckers (369 comments)

I'd bet the incidence of human drivers cutting off robotic vehicles increases dramatically.

Followed quickly by a dramatic increase of drivers discovering that performing an act of reckless driving in front of cameras results in suspended licenses and hefty fines, not to mention civil suits from the trucking company for any damage caused.

about 10 months ago

Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

Eevee Re:Reddit threw the findings into doubt (304 comments)

if you have a test that only scores 50 max and you scale it to 100 obviously you aren't going to have many odd numbers in the results.

The thing is, you'll have no odd numbers when you double the values. It's those odd numbers that only occur up in the 90s that stand out--if they are scaling like your theory, then the scorers are screwing with the upper values. If they aren't, they're screwing with the lower values to make those jagged peaks. (And there's still the issue of the missing "just below passing" scores.)

about a year ago

Leak Found In Fukushima Tank Holding Radioactive Water

Eevee Re:Pastor Rick Warren's son commits suicide (189 comments)

Do you think Molasses is safe? Ever given a second of thought to the fear that your bottle of syrup might attack you? But wait, a disaster COULD happen.

It's happened before.

1 year,18 days

Intercontinental Mind-Meld Unites Two Rats

Eevee Re:Intercontinental? (176 comments)

North America and South America are different continents...

Citation needed.

The boundaries that make up continents are to a degree arbitrary and depend upon the person making the statement. There's no real justification for Europe being a continent; Europe and a large part of Asia are on one tectonic plate, while the easternmost part of Asia is on the same plate as North America. And the Indian subcontinent is on yet another plate.

So, it's ultimately local custom that determines the number of continents. I've seen Europeans refer to the Americas as one continent. For example, the Olympic rings were at one time intended to represent five continents.

The Olympic flag ... has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red ... This design is symbolic ; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time. -- Pierre De Coubertin (1931)

(The quote's copied from Wikipedia, so in five minutes it's entirely possible that De Coubertin would have said the flag represents the population of elephants tripling within six months.)

about a year ago

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

Eevee Re:'Into space' (425 comments)

Though I don't think you can quite orbit at 120km, there must be terrible atmospheric drag there.

The lowest circular non-powered orbit is around 150km.

...that breaks an arbitrary 100km threshold.

There's nothing arbitrary about the Karman line, aside from picking a static round number close to the value. It's the place where a plane would need to be at orbital speed to get lift from the wings.

about a year ago

I can juggle ...

Eevee What is juggling? (111 comments)

One of the problems with the discussion about the number of objects is the definition of what can be considered as "juggling". The International Juggler's Association, when they split apart from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, took care to not define exactly what kind of object manipulation would qualify. Now, if the experts in the field were willing to accept rope spinning, diablos, and hat manipulation under the juggling umbrella, it seems a mistake to not allow a "one object" poll choice.

about a year ago

DARPA Begins Work On 100Gbps Wireless Tech With 120-mile Range

Eevee Re:120 mile range? (83 comments)

Well, if Slashdot ever bothered linking to the original article, you'd see:

The goal is to create a 100 Gb/s data link that achieves a range greater than 200 kilometers between airborne assets and a range greater than 100 kilometers between an airborne asset (at 60,000 feet) and the ground.

about a year ago

I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

Eevee Didn't think things through. (105 comments)

This is not something you will ever be able to find out firsthand from any amount of electronic conferencing.

Yet, I just found this out from your firsthand account on an electronic conference...

about a year ago

Scientists Develop Chocolate That Won't Melt At High Temperatures

Eevee Re:this is clearly false (161 comments)

There are two possible interpretations here: the previous post was wrong, or the US has a definition of "chocolate" that specifies a much lower level of cocoa solids than the rest of the civilized world and thus should not be considered chocolate by anyone with working taste buds.

about a year ago

How Do You Participate In Black Friday?

Eevee I'm a guy. (231 comments)

Christmas shopping is performed on Dec. 24th, after dinner.

about a year and a half ago

Brazil and Peru Dispute .Amazon TLD

Eevee Re:Plenty of fail to go around (163 comments)

Does that matter if they currently have plans or not? Now is the time to fight to establish possession, because if the company gets hold of .amazon, it will be next to impossible to get it back.

about a year and a half ago

'Ban Killer Bots,' Urges Human Rights Watch

Eevee Re:the danger of abstracted combat (297 comments)

A glitch on the program makes the drone think that anyone carrying a cylinder 2ft long and 1 inch diameter a combatant? (Looks like a gun barrel!) Well, all those poor fuckers carrying brooms and sweeping their patios had it coming! Nevermind those uppity pool boys with dipnets! Can't make an omlette without breaking some eggs, right?!

So you're for robots and drones, right? Because right now the glitch in programming is when human soldiers in a combat area see someone with something that might be a weapon, they tend to shoot them. Why? Because the ones going "Is that a weapon or is it a broom" don't tend to last when it is actually is a weapon. A drone operator, on the other hand, can take the time to evaluate the situation since they aren't in harm's way.

about a year and a half ago


Eevee hasn't submitted any stories.


Eevee has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account