top Dreambox: the World's First 3D Printing Vending Machine
Soon we'll be living in a Charles Stross world with machines creating fountains of brightly coloured plastic utensils just because they can!
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?
Hah, what you probably want is the watch that Steve Jobs was wearing in this video:
top Gas Prices Jump; California Hardest Hit
You're right. I'm Canadian, and I also live in a location where everything is spread out. I also do not own a car. I also live in a city that has poor public transportation (on most days there is none at all). I walk and bike. 39 years old, own my own home. Aside from not spending money on a car or fuel, I find that I spend less on impulse purchases. When you have to carry everything in a back pack (or think about it on the way home and then come back or order online), you spend less money on stuff.
This has nothing to do with being spread out, either. It comes down to urban planning. Why do people have to live so far from the things they need on a daily basis? We need to do better.
top Canada To Stop Making Pennies
By 'circulation', you probably mean that pennies sit in mason jars or under couch cushions for 30 years.
I really wish we'd just do everything electronically. I hardly ever have physical cash on me. Everything here takes debit, CC, or some other form of electronic transaction, even our buses. Looking forward to not seeing the penny any more.
top Patent Issue Delays Doom 3 Source Code Release
I agree, Mr. Carmack is a class act. I do wonder if he can now remove EAX support from the open source version of the engine though
top Kentucky Man Builds Bourbon Powered Car
A Kentucky man drove off the road and flattened a Krystal shortly after gassing himself up, as well.
top The Matrix Re-Reloaded
They will ride a big Cylon mecha called Sauron.
Your description is epic and I would gladly pay ten bucks to see it. However, you need something dinosaurish. Therefore, I think they should ride a Sauronisaurus Rex, instead. It could stomp around emitting Polish sausage farts and flatten on Ewoks with impunity.
top Skype Slowly Restores Service To Users
I know you're probably joking, but it's worth mentioning that Skype isn't a replacement for 911. They specifically say this on their site, in case people consider replacing their POTS service with Skype, completely.
top The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead
Are you just tired or are you dead tired?
top Royal Navy Website Hacked, Passwords Revealed
I'm not sure what is worse. The fact that they fell victim to an SQL injection attack, or the HTML source that is displayed on TFA is badly broken. A "centre" tag? And the closing HTML tag is broken. Someone put up that maintenance page in a mega hurry.
top United Nations Names Ambassador To Aliens
I guess it depends on how you want the first meeting to go, but maybe Jodi Foster or Sigourney Weaver would have been better choices.
Or Ahhhnold. But he has to get to the chopper.
top National Park Service Says Tech Is Enabling Stupidity
I'm in Eastern Canada but do a lot of hiking in Maine, near Katahdin. Baxter State Park has a notice on their website specifically telling people to not use services like Tom Tom to find the park, or they will get completely lost or spend tons of time driving around for no good reason.
I was bitten by Google Maps a few years ago when I was trying to find a small inlet to get into a trailhead. Google Maps gave me driving directions that ultimately had me crossing a channel on a ferry to an island I really had no business going to. Well, at least the banjo sounded nice.
top Google Schedules Chrome 6, 7, and 8 For This Year
With the way these version numbers are going, I feel as if I'm in a Star Trek episode, getting ready to enter orbit around a browser planet or something. IE is really ramping up the size of its solar system!
top Brain Scans May Help Guide Career Choice
I'd mod you insightful if I had points. Shades of Gattaca here, I think. I wonder if these tests will be treated like regular medical tests and somehow protected under a doctor/patient confidentiality agreement. Envision a future where employers ask you to get a brain scan to see if you're going to be good at the job you've just applied for? Might happen. Compare that to taking a test during an interview, possibly with a brain that may not score well on a scan, but may have re-wired itself to use other areas more efficiently?
top Driverless Cars Begin 8,000-Mile Trek
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correct article. Apologies.
top Driverless Cars Begin 8,000-Mile Trek
I'm a little surprised that the trip will only accumulate 100Tb of data. Slashdot ran a story a while ago about
the IT side of F-1 racing and TFA mentioned that during a single race they accumulate 20 Gb of telemetry. This trip across China is obviously far longer, so I would expected even more data.
Maybe there is just less stuff being monitored. They obviously don't need to monitor the vital signs of the driver :)
top US Deploys 'Heat-Ray' In Afghanistan
The 'burning sensation' was developed and extensively tested based on the US military's prior experience in the Red Light district of Amsterdam and Eddie Murphy's stand up comedy.
top Murdoch's UK Paywall a Miserable Failure
I'm also wondering what people would consider something they'd pay for. For me, a physical paper is not about the convenience (lugging a folded wad of paper with me is not convenient), it's about the ritual in the morning. But I'm only willing to go through that ritual, the act of sitting down with a paper and a cup of coffee, on mornings where I can enjoy it.
So, is the other side, the electronic side, something we'd pay for if it had a difference convenience factor? Are people less included to subscribe to whole electronic papers, but perhaps more inclined to pay for specific columnists, photographers, or sections of papers? For example, as someone who lives in Eastern Canada, I'm not really interested in the fact that the Globe and Mail does restaurant reviews of places in Toronto. But, if there was customizable content, maybe I'd pay for that instead.
Then again, I can get decent local coverage via the CBC's New Brunswick section, and that's free.
Like the parent, I agree that journalists and photographers need to get paid by someone. But even if you lived off of freely submitted content, you'd have to pay to maintain the infrastructure for your electronic version. As a FOSS developer, I'd love to be able to ask my grocery store to let me eat for free because I give away what I do :)
top Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money
and actually, yes, he did. He was paid $12,000 for his role in the first movie of the original trilogy. It was the
latter two movies that he was screwed over on. Still, your point is made.
top Where I am now, it's ...
It's pretty darn not, and quite humid where I am. However, in two weeks I will be in Vietnam during Monsoon season, in the Mekong Delta. So, it's all relative. And I am out in the heat I have here as much as possible in order to at least try to acclimatize to it so Saigon doesn't hit me like a wet sledgehammer.
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