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Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

Lorem_Ipsum Multi-verse theory confirmed by Hubble Telescope! (70 comments)

And it's a great day for astronomy folks... what? It's a typo? I'm shocked, shocked to find that an article on Slashdot was not capably edited prior to submission.

about a month ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Lorem_Ipsum That's odd... (681 comments)

MS ought to have realized by now that they need to just throw away any even-numbered releases. The only numbered releases that have not been failures due to function or usability have all been odd-numbered (assuming you forget about all versions before Windows 3.1). And just skipping the even numbers won't work because it's the ideas in the even releases that are failures.
Though perhaps it might be that MS needs the every-other-version beatings to actually produce decent versions?

about 7 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Lorem_Ipsum For all you TL;DR, here's your summary... (273 comments)

1) Clueless submitter: Hey I have a solution!
2) Burning Man: All the reasons why it is, in fact, not a solution.
3) Clueless submitter: Re-sends idea from (1) with more lipstick
4) Slashdot scrum ensues.
5) Profit? (Who, exactly?)

What's even worse is the Slashdot commenters who thought there still wasn't quite enough lipstick on (3) and added their own to it.

about 10 months ago

Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

Lorem_Ipsum If you think Google... (139 comments)

bought Motorola for anything other than the patents, you're just fooling yourself. Having Motorola Mobility come with them was just the secret decoder ring in the cereal box. MM is not really as fun as it seemed at first, so time to put the toys away.

about a year ago

Nvidia CEO: We Are Working On Next Generation Surface

Lorem_Ipsum Outlook? (200 comments)

Ha ha ha ha ha! Whew. Thanks, that was a good one.
Wait, they're serious?

about a year and a half ago

New Company Set To Resurrect the Aptera

Lorem_Ipsum Why should Tesla have all the fun? (98 comments)

Um, how about it's because Tesla makes real cars and not bad sci-fi movie props.

about a year and a half ago

What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

Lorem_Ipsum How about Jony Ive's resignation? (262 comments)

Seriously, this is like the worst of the military command structure, where every time a new commander steps in they have to change everything around just to pad their package.
It doesn't need to be "flat". Doing that says that the height of design style was AOL in 1997.
Ives, stop being an ego-maniacal clown and try introducing some real design improvements.

about a year and a half ago

Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

Lorem_Ipsum Great... (127 comments)

tchotkes that will set off your hay fever. Can't wait.

about 2 years ago

CERN's LHC Powers Down For Two Years

Lorem_Ipsum I am Higgs... (71 comments)

the great and powerful! If you want to see the boson you must bring me an 11th dimensional super string. That shouldn't take you more than 2 years.

about 2 years ago

NASA Planes Fly Over Bay Area To Measure Air Pollution Levels

Lorem_Ipsum Re:Infinite loop! (57 comments)

In a related announcement, they will also be testing particulate matter concentrations with sensors mounted on diesel semi-tractors driven around the port facilities.

about 2 years ago

BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic

Lorem_Ipsum Chewie... (333 comments)

Would have been much easier to allow everywhere and let the individual players block incomming "flirtatious" dialogue for their own character(s). That way you could block or allow all such dialogue if you wanted, or just for your specific "female protocol droid" preference.

...turn on the gaydar jammer, would you?

about 2 years ago

AIG Contemplates Joining Stockholder Suit Against US Gov't

Lorem_Ipsum Re:For fucks sake (354 comments)

Will someone put these motherfuckers against the wall and shoot them already?

Thanks for the direction, comrade. In other news, Stalin's ghost now posting to Slashdot. (And this is +5 Insightful? Seriously?)

about 2 years ago

Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

Lorem_Ipsum Mum, Dad! Don't touch it! It's ... (234 comments)

evil! But of course, some people will just have to continue using Instagram and Facebook, even though all past actions demonstrate that FaceBook deserves its reputation as a Mostly Evil (TM) corporation.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Lorem_Ipsum Scalability... (580 comments)

is a definite issue here. FTA, it took 3(?) months to get 5 gallons. Also, FTA, they expect to be able to scale up to an installation that can produce 1 ton of petrol (gasoline?) a day. With 1 gallon of gasoline weighing approx. 5.87 lbs (US, natch), this gives a whopping output of: 340 gallons per day So, move along, nothing to see here.

more than 2 years ago

Archaeologists Find 2,400-Year-Old Soup

Lorem_Ipsum Eh... (108 comments)

It has a little wang to it.

more than 4 years ago

Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

Lorem_Ipsum Is that... (352 comments)

plate, bullet-proof, automobile or stained?

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

Lorem_Ipsum Can't... (680 comments)

do the fine, don't do the crime!

more than 4 years ago

Joss Whedon To Direct The Avengers

Lorem_Ipsum Re:Doubt it will ever get made (349 comments)

...I would not call that a movie that "bombed"

Then you don't know what constitutes a bomb in the eyes of the studio execs.

If it doesn't make at least double the budget in the US release alone, then it is a bomb.

The only exceptions from their standpoint are the small-gross, tailor-made, Oscar-bait films.

more than 4 years ago

Joss Whedon To Direct The Avengers

Lorem_Ipsum Re:Doubt it will ever get made (349 comments)

There is no way that a) Downey is going to agree to doing an ensemble picture as a bit player after headlining 2+ Iron Man movies, or b) That the studio is going to spring for the big money it would take to hire him, just for an ensemble role in a risky new franchise.

When you say Downey would not do a bit-player role, you make an unwarranted assumption that there will be an Iron Man 3. Don't be so sure of that. Judging by the trailers for Iron Man 2, it is going to suck ass, big time. If so, IM 3 will be shit-canned and the studio will be more than happy to throw Downey into an ensemble role to recoup some of the outlay.

more than 4 years ago

Caltech Makes Flexible, 86% Efficient Solar Arrays

Lorem_Ipsum Re:Plastic? 10 years under the sun? (439 comments)

'94 Saturn ... parked in the Arizona sun for many years ... multiple electronics failures ... engine oil leak

Survived the sunlight just fine

It sure sounds it.


Not true. It survived the sunlight, but not the owner.

more than 4 years ago



Lorem_Ipsum Lorem_Ipsum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lorem_Ipsum writes "From NewScientistTech: Plasma shield may stun and disorientate enemies

From the article:

The US Army hopes, within a few years, to deploy a plasma shield — a machine that generates a protective screen of dazzling mid-air explosions — to stun and disorient an enemy. The device uses a technology known as dynamic pulse detonation (DPD). A short but intense laser pulse creates a ball of plasma, and a second laser pulse generates a supersonic shockwave with the plasma to generate a bright flash and a loud bang.



Thoughts on "flying cars"

Lorem_Ipsum Lorem_Ipsum writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The viewpoints between aviation and automotive buffs seem to be missing some basic points about the operation of "flying cars":

  1. People will not fly it, the onboard computer will.
  2. No aircar will be able to fly outside of the defined 3D airlanes (think multi-level tunnels through the air), designated and computer-controlled by the FAA (or possibly NASA).
  3. Regular vehicle maintenance will be required and enforced by the onboard computers.
  4. Catastrophic engine failure is mitigated with parachute airfoils.
  5. System hacking attempts will be prevented by hardwired security measures. (Multiple interlocking security features will be needed to prevent capable "hobbyists" from circumventing these for personal and/or illegal reasons.)
  6. People who willfully violate the flight rules and/or hack the systems will be quickly removed from the airspace either by remote pilot override or air-to-air missile in extreme cases, i.e., criminals or terrorists.

The car people are bringing out all the wrong analogies of bad drivers, DMV licensure, etc.

The aviation people are bring out all the wrong analogies of pilot training and requirements.

Flying cars will NOT have the autonomy of regular cars and they will NOT require the rigorous pilot training needed for true aircraft. These vehicles will need to be rigorously computer-controlled for them to be allowed into use. Any other mode of operation leads to chaos (car-centric autonomy) or overly-strict training requirements (as in current light plane aviation). Now, this does not preclude the ability to have a real pilots licensure capability that would allow for "off-roading" as it were by licensed pilots. This could have the additional benefit of either lowering light plane cost-of-entry or replacing that class of aircraft entirely.


the horror... the horror...

Lorem_Ipsum Lorem_Ipsum writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Oh the horror.
My karma has been denuded by a troll mod from a blogger with no perspective who was mistakenly given mod points.

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