Beta
×

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!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

Macdude Re:UOM conversion help, please (44 comments)

Anybody know what "39 times the size of Manhattan" is in football fields?

One Manhattan is:
12,292.12 Football Fields
16,344.68 US Football Fields
10,728.82 Canadian Football Fields

So 39 Manhattans are:
479,392.68 Football Fields
637,442.52 US Football Fields
418,423.98 Canadian Football Fields

2 days ago
top

Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Macdude Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

131,072 feet would of been cooler...

about a month ago
top

A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Macdude I invented one of those years ago... (67 comments)

I invented one of those years ago when I was just a babe, I call it a larynx. I wish I had thought about patenting it...

about 2 months ago
top

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Macdude "Braking Hard Alert" (261 comments)

How about we just implement a system that when a vehicle brakes hard it also send out a low power directional signal (to the rear) that reads "Hard Braking, #1 vehicle, ".

Then every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #2 vehicle, " and every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #3 vehicle, ", etc. Then at some predetermined cutoff point (number dependant on the vehicle's speed) the vehicles stop propagating the message.

The point of the random number is so that your vehicle can ignore multiple receipts of the same braking event while not identifying the vehicle.

That should cover the vast majority if situations that you want your vehicle to warn you about.

about 3 months ago
top

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Macdude Re:better question... (355 comments)

...would you be willing to receive a brand new $2000 frig/freezer for free IF it showed ads on it?

Can I tape a piece of paper over the screen? Perhaps a piece of paper with a nice photo on it?

about 6 months ago
top

Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

Macdude Re:That's a squirrley definition of free speech. (284 comments)

[Sigh] It is not illegal to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. What the first amendment doesn't do is protect you from prosecution if your yelling "Fire" causes a panic. So you have the right to yell "Fire", you will just be held accountable if doing so causes a panic.

From Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s (unanimous ) opinion, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic".

about 6 months ago
top

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Macdude Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

At least they didn't fraudulently claim the battery went flat during a test run.

60 Minutes --> Newsmagazine Program
Top Gear --> Entertainment Program

about 8 months ago
top

Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Macdude Class action (207 comments)

A Pizza is more than most people get as the result of a class action lawsuit...

about 9 months ago
top

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

Macdude Re:No F#$KING way (567 comments)

What are the parameters that define a "good" driver. Going below the speed limit on a highway in the left lane. Being lucky when you don't look right or left making a turn onto a street? Taking way to long to brake?

That's the real question isn't it, how are they going to define a safe driver vs. a risky driver. One way is to collect telemetry from people for a while and then compare the telemetry of the people that have collisions with the people who don't and look for statistically valid differences.

I've been driving for decades, I've put over 300,000 miles under me, but I bet those damn things would label me a bad driver

Any time I hear something like this I'm reminded of the fact that when asked, most people rate themselves as above average drivers. Not to say that you're not a good driver, but your driving ability is anecdotal at best. Why would you think they would label you a bad driver? Note I'd prefer to use the terms safe driver and risky driver.

for I accelerate firmly coming onto a highway, I don't brake forever coming off a highway,

With, I'd imagine, long periods driving at a constant velocity in between, why would you think that makes you a risky driver? That's what you're supposed to do. The risky driver is the guy who accelerates firmly and brakes firmly repeatedly and often in city traffic.

I tend to exceed the posted speed limit by a few miles when in the left lane and certainly when passing

Any rational system wouldn't rate someone as risky for exceeding the speed limit in a calm manner by a small percentage, particularly on a highway.

and i do my best to maintain situational awareness when behind the wheel.

By looking at vehicles' telemetry it would be very easy to identify the people who tailgate (due to their need to constantly adjust their speed), change lanes frequently and abruptly, drive significantly faster than the surrounding traffic, etc. It would also be easy to identify the people who practice good defensive driving techniques.

These devices will do nothing to bring about "safe" driving because that term is still relative to skill, conditions, and environment.

Actually it's got a good chance to reduce collisions. People drive at their own acceptable level of perceived risk. If driving in a risky manner puts them at risk of higher insurance rates they will modify their driving habits.

Flo can take her device and shove it somewhere dark, just not in my car.

That's OK, once these become standard you will always be able to opt out. Of course that means you will be placed in the highest risk category and pay the highest premiums, but at least they won't have a tracker in your car.

My issue with this sort of device isn't that it will be used in determining insurance premiums, my issue is "What else will it be used for?"

1 year,6 days
top

UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

Macdude In a related story... (279 comments)

A Manchester plumber was arrested for having a van full of "bomb" making material.

His pleas of "It's just pipe for a sink" went unheeded.

1 year,28 days
top

New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

Macdude Re:All that, and yet ... (302 comments)

They'd also do well by dropping the one and two dollar bills, replacing them with coins; the currency has devalued so much, it's not worth keeping the low value notes as notes. You could also make a case for ditching the penny, to boot.

What are you? Some kind of closet Canadian?

about a year ago
top

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Macdude That's how it's supposd to work. (621 comments)

While ESRB ratings and other warnings about violent games for kids have good reason to exist, many parents still ignore them, aren't aware to them, or simply don't care about their warnings

"Many parents still ignore them", which is fine, they are warnings not commandments.

"or simply don't care about their warnings", which is fine, they are warnings not commandments.

"aren't aware to them", which is a publicity issue for the ESRB and not the fault of the parents -- assuming for a moment that anything more than a statistically insignificant number of people aren't aware of them.

The ESRB warning are there so that parents can make decisions about their own children themselves. That their decisions differ from yours isn't a failing of the warnings. It's a failure of you for wanting to control other people's lives.

about a year ago
top

"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

Macdude Spider Silk powered flying car... (213 comments)

So how long until this technology can be used to build the flying car I've been promised for several decades?

about a year ago
top

"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

Macdude Spider Silk powered flying car... (213 comments)

So how long until I can use this technology to finally get my flaying car?

about a year ago
top

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

Macdude Re:Easy! (481 comments)

Maybe not In the video; the guy using the plastic strip to trick the device is holding the plastic strip over the same finger that can legitimately unlock the device.

Go re-watch the video and pay attention this time... He used his index finger to lock the phone and his middle finger to unlock it using the "plastic strip".

about a year ago
top

US, Russia Agree On Plan To Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Macdude We have a duty... (256 comments)

Don't we also have a duty to preserve a world free from flying killer robots for our children?

Isn't it the killing that's the terrible thing, not the method that's used? This reminds me of the stupidity of classifying some crimes as "hate crimes", as if it's worse that someone gets beat up because they're gay than if they get beat up because they're walking down the wrong street.

about a year ago
top

The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

Macdude Re:Or... (341 comments)

...maybe put that brainpower into solving the actual global problem, rather than finding a bandaid solution to the local symptom....

Given that solving the global problem would pretty much require us to stop all fossil fuel use, stop all food-animal production, stop all rain-forest destruction and start an effective process of eliminating termites (they are huge methane producers) I think we can pretty much rule out being able to solve the global problem.

Since the current plans to "deal with" global warming are about slowing the affects of global warming not stopping or reversing it -- so your town won't be under water for seventy years instead of fifty -- the rational course of action is to start dealing with the current and upcoming effects.

To use a non-automotive analogy, global warming is like a huge snowball rolling down a snowy hillside. You can waste a bunch of time fruitlessly trying to stop it or slow it down but you'd be better off beating it down the hill and moving anything it's going to hit out of its way.

about a year ago
top

Jail Time For Price-Fixing Car Parts

Macdude Re:Banksters (116 comments)

This whining gets a little old. People cry that "the bankers" (or "banksters" in your case) should go to jail but yet never seem to be able to cite specifics. That to me says you don't actually know of any laws broken, you are just mad and think that you're angry should be reason enough to convict someone.

How about we start with the F'ing bankers who were laundering billions but didn't get charged with any criminal activity and their organization only got a token fine because it would be "bad for the economy" if they were held responsible for their criminal activity.

Then we could go after the F'ing bankers that took money from congress with the promise that they would re-start lending to the "little guy" and instead used it to buy up their competition and pay executive bonuses.

If you don't think most bankers (i.e. top executives at the large banks) should be in jail you haven't been paying attention.

about a year ago

Submissions

Macdude hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Macdude has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?