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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Jon Abbott Re:I remember watching the disaster on television (207 comments)

I watched the final Challenger launch in person in Kindergarten from Orlando, FL. The teachers and aides let all the kids outside to watch the launch and then brought us all back inside without explaining what happened. At the time I thought that the SRBs were just taking a different path than normal. It wasn't until that evening that I found out from my parents and TV what had happened. To this day I have disdain for situations where misinformation or lack of information is happening.

about 3 months ago

Development To Begin Soon On New Star Control Game

Jon Abbott A good target for mobile platforms? (160 comments)

From the Ars Technica article it looks like they are targeting PCs, Macs and console platforms for the new release of Star Control. To me it seems like mobile platforms would also be well suited for this game, as it shouldn't need the latest and greatest graphics capabilities. When SC2 was released, it could actually run on an underpowered 286, even though 486s were popular at the time. At the time that seemed to help its popularity, as pretty much anyone with a PC could play it.

about 3 months ago

The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

Jon Abbott All it needs (127 comments)

All this needs is a microphone, loudspeaker and vocoder so you can convince all of the onlookers below that you are their supreme overlord.

about 8 months ago

Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

Jon Abbott Re:Is camping necessary? (173 comments)

Why not just open the blinds before bedtime and turn off the lights progressively at night... or whatever the magic is... that does this?

It may not be as simple as staying indoors and opening blinds or reducing lighting at night. The article I read yesterday (here) said the test subjects were exposed to 400% more sunlight when camping outside compared to their usual indoor environment... so sun exposure may also play a role. Considering that Vitamin D (which the body synthesizes in the form of cholecalciferol from sun exposure) acts contrary to melatonin levels (which spike during sleep), perhaps sun exposure provides a strong natural cue for the body's melatonin level to surge at sunset.

about 9 months ago

GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

Jon Abbott Re: nature and consumers (358 comments)

Artificial banana flavoring is synthetic isoamyl acetate, amyl acetate and other compounds, whereas actual bananas likely contain hundreds of distinct flavor compounds. Isoamyl acetate by itself is often described as tasting like banana and pear, or Juicy Fruit. My guess is that artificial banana flavoring just isn't as complex as what bananas produce (no pun intended).

about 9 months ago

High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

Great, thanks. It's definitely a drive from where I'm at but hopefully I'll make it out there sometime.

1 year,6 days

High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

No need to worry, I get plenty of spam already. Probably not as much as most Hotmail accounts get though.

1 year,6 days

High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

Do you mind sharing where? I'm doing a photography book on Colorado and would like to include such a place. My email is i_love_junk_email at yahoo.com.

1 year,6 days

High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:Bad summary (79 comments)

Agreed. Humorously enough, as I read your post, I saw the mention of Canon, then looked at your username and remembered seeing the same username over at CanonRumors.com. I also frequent that site... small world.

1 year,6 days

Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

Jon Abbott Re:Autodesk Inventor (218 comments)

Better yet, if you have a Mac you can download Autodesk Inventor Fusion from the App Store for free, and it doesn't expire. Inventor Fusion is quite limited compared to the normal version of Inventor, but it's certainly powerful enough to create interesting/useful objects and export them to STL format for 3D printing. Trimble Sketchup is useful for starting to learn 3D modeling, however it isn't a solid modeler and as such isn't well-suited to 3D printing without using something like CADspan to convert the models to STL. The 3D warehouse in Sketchup is really impressive though and provides a great playground for downloading and working with preexisting models.

about a year ago

Interviews: Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson Answers Your Questions

Jon Abbott Re:3D printers (51 comments)

Check out the Filabot.

about a year ago

Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

Jon Abbott Re:Perhaps someone can help me out here (160 comments)

Does this mean no-one else is allowed to test for that genetic sequence?

Effectively, yes.

about a year ago

Interviews: Ask Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson What Won't Blend?

Jon Abbott The intro song (118 comments)

Was the intro song written specifically for the videos, or did it already exist elsewhere? It is very reminiscent of the The Price is Right theme song.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

Jon Abbott Run or bike to work (372 comments)

Live close enough to work that you can run or bike to and from work. If it snows or gets icy where you live, get Microspikes for your shoes so you can keep running in the winter. Problem solved!

about a year ago

MIT Researchers Show Dash Font Choice Affects Distraction

Jon Abbott Re:Not "Grotresque", but "Square Grotesque" (147 comments)

My '95 Honda Magna motorcycle actually uses Eurostile for the speedometer and tachometer, and I like it that way. I also spend minimal time reading gauges because there are only two of them. As they say, YMMV.

about a year and a half ago

Book Review: Wonderful Life With the Elements

Jon Abbott Re:Got elements? (14 comments)

There's also radioactive americium-241 in a lot of household smoke detectors...

about a year and a half ago

Ale To the Chief: White House Releases Beer Recipe

Jon Abbott Re:not all grain? (340 comments)

Noticed that... they also use European rather than American hop varieties.

about a year and a half ago



Poll: My preferred unit of length is the...

Jon Abbott Jon Abbott writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jon Abbott (723) writes "My preferred unit of length is the:

Light year
Cowboy Neal's Cubit Rod"


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