Rosetta Hunts For Comet Touch Down Site For Philae Lander
Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants
While I find the 3d printing damn cool, the editorializing about the waste struck me as an odd comment for subby to make. I'm guessing that a lot of powder gets left over by this new process just as milling from a solid block leaves shavings. But those should be just as easily melted down and recycled in the next job, so not really wasted. (And if they are thrown away, it means that reusing them just isn't economical, so the 'waste' isn't that valuable anyway.)
I think the better argument where 3D wins is the ability to get arbitrary shapes that could be impossible to make with traditional machining or casting.
Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
There's another one with just one L, and he has NO sense of humor.
Favorite Star Wars Movie?
There's a great short story about an AT-AT test pilot doing war-games for the brass and the weapon's designers. In one test engagement against A-wings he has the new AT-AT kneel down before shooting back. When they ask him why afterwards, he explains that he thought the A-wings might try to trip him up. After horrid stares amongst the designers and their bosses, they decide the best "fix" is to ship his smart ass to Tatooine so they can sweep it under the rug and stay on schedule.
Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
On it's problematic use as rocket fuel oxidizer: "...the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes." -John Drury Clark
Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode
"Inner Light", a favorite. It still gets a little dusty in the room when it's on. The flute went for mondo-bucks at auction, and is one of the rare examples of actual continuity in the show.
(Beverly remembering they had a freaking Sun Shield a few episodes later. And using it once! Being another rare example)
I will say that the Wesley episode with Ashley Judd had....redeeming qualities. And disqualifies Wil Wheaton from complaining, ever, about being Wesley.
Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27
Perhaps it was a >:-) smiley?
Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94
I saw a man with a telescope.
Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls
...and here is your receipt for my receipt.
How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
I prefer the "horseshoes, hand grenades, and tactical nuclear weapons" variant.
New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On
So this wasn't an equipment failure requiring a backup, but just market price fluctuation: The cost of natural gas per Watt generated went above the cost per Watt of the fuel for the backup generators, due to the high demand for natural gas as demand rose as temperatures fell. Sounds like Econ 101.
1. Why didn't the wholesale electric prices rise in tandem with the gas price to keep generation economical? Capped by fixed residential rates?
2. Why didn't the generators use the derivatives market to hedge against spikes in gas prices so they'd be able to keep buying as demand/price rose?
Alan Turing Pardoned
The Queen (or rather, her representative) did have to dissolve Australian parliament in the 70s using the crown's reserve powers to resolve a political deadlock. Of course we fought a war or two so she can't pull that stunt here...for better or worse.
Alan Turing Pardoned
How do we know you aren't just a cleverly written perl script?
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?
Unfortunately the trend seems to be to optimize the site for mobile (all of them, at once) and say to-hell-with-PC-browsers. With extremely minimalist, Metro-like, stripped-of-any-useful-information pages now. So now the question has become "why do websites suck?". Lowest Common Denominator experience. Meetup.com went this way a few months ago and is now a shadow of its former self.
Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math
No there are 10 types of people:
Those that understand binary
Those that don't
And those that don't realize the joke is base-3.
Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?
These are delivery drones. I want them to figure out the route FROM the liquor store.
Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?
You can purchase a commercial device that spoofs some sort of disconnected/out-of-service tone just as you pick up the receiver. To normal humans it sounds like a quick beep, but to the auto-dialer software it makes it think the number is no longer valid and removes you from the list without handing it off to a human rep. They tell you to expect some calls with no one on the other end for a bit, while you are in the process of being auto-removed from various lists.
Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened
They should sample the "You have five minutes to reach minimum safe distance" ship's computer sound clip from Alien.
Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas
Give H1B holders who blow the whistle on their employers violating the law (overworking them, or claiming and paying them as if it were a much lower skilled job that in reality is higher skilled, the employer just wanted to scare off US workers, etc.) either fast-path to a Green Card, double the pay (paid by fines) they would have earned, and/or freedom to move to a different employer for their stay.
I.e. change the incentives for H1B visa holders to rat out misbehaving employers, rather than being scared to say anything because they loose if they do.
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