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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

MiniMike It's a new age for robots (79 comments)

Do the robots welcome their new human overlords?


$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

MiniMike Re:Why? (111 comments)

We should worry about where bad events could happen.

How much we should worry depends on the probability and the scale of the impact of the bad event.

4 days ago

The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MiniMike Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

Yes, it should be. But then he would be quoting you instead of George Carlin.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

MiniMike Re:Evolved!? (190 comments)

Longer hair might have other disadvantages, such as worse heat dissipation and (slightly) more weight. Longer hair might also make them more susceptible to burrs, ticks, lice, or other bugs.

about two weeks ago

An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

MiniMike Re:Dunno how to feel about this... (357 comments)

Is there a standard or guideline specifying the torque needed to rotate the ignition key away from the 'Run' position? If so, and if this switch (original version) failed to meet it, then GM would be liable. That doesn't make them evil.

The cries of evil come in because they let their customers continue to drive with this potentially very dangerous equipment well after GM was aware of the danger. They knew that this switch had a fault, redesigned it, and issued a TSB to add a 'key cover'- without issuing a warning or a recall. It's like they did the very minimum they could get away with.

Also note that while 13 people died due to this failure, it does not include other accidents where people injured (possibly severely) or accidents where only cars were damaged. It also doesn't count any accidents where this fault contributed, but may not have been discovered.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

MiniMike Re:Titanium? (314 comments)

So when you're driving your Tesla on the golf course, try to keep on the fairway and out of the rough. Especially avoid running over rocks and golfers carrying titanium clubs.

about three weeks ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

MiniMike Re:Sarcasm (173 comments)

Depending on the dosage, it can actually be dangerous or counterproductive to people with penicilline allergies.

I'm allergic to Penicillin (and similar *cillins), and to idiocy, so this 'remedy' would be doubly dangerous for me.

about three weeks ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

MiniMike Re:Homeopothy ... (173 comments)

And yet, for some strange reason, it doesn't remember the fact that it used to contain bovine fecal matter

This condition is transferred to the homeopathic practitioner.

I've met a few, and the transfer is very effective.

about three weeks ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

MiniMike I'm ok with this... (300 comments)

I've already got enough Creepers as "friends" on Facebook...

about three weeks ago

Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

MiniMike Back in the fridge? (194 comments)

the result must be considered ambiguous. So put the champagne back in the fridge.

Already drank the champagne... Um, my fridge is, er, full, can we use yours?

about three weeks ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

MiniMike Re:What about radar? (382 comments)

Is it possible the pilot changed the transponder code and continued flying on a different route? If this was a planned attack, they could have filed an intersecting flight plan and gone anywhere unnoticed as it would look like a legitimate flight.

about a month ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

MiniMike Re:Cut them off (747 comments)

Some pediatricians will drop patients if their parents don't get them vaccinated. I think vaccinations are needed to enroll in public school in some areas, but I suspect that there's a high correlation between anti-vaccers and homeschoolers anyway (and maybe partially because of this) so this might not have much effect.

about a month ago

CanSecWest Presenter Self-Censors Risky Critical Infrastructure Talk

MiniMike We're no safer for this, but... (66 comments)

We're no safer for his withdrawing the paper, but at least any attacks can't be traced back to info provided by him (even if it's accessible elsewhere). I'm guessing this is a CYA move. Hopefully he shares any info on security flaws with people from the relevant organizations.

about a month ago

Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

MiniMike Might be useful for cargo ship convoys (216 comments)

The first use of this might be for cargo ship convoys, instead of letting drones loose by themselves. I'm thinking that one or more new drone ships would tag along with a regular manned cargo ship, effectively increasing the capacity of the crew of the manned ship. The crew would be nearby for maintenance and emergencies. Remember that as with any new technology it would be phased in- the thousands of current cargo ships are not going to disappear overnight. If this technology is ever implemented, there will have to be a transitional phase where it coexists with current technology.

about a month and a half ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

MiniMike Re:Ohhhh boy, it's gonna be Death Knights all over (253 comments)

driving a Leopard II tank with a faulty differential lock into a bicycle race of bi-polars

That actually sounds really awesome... Um, maybe I've had too much WoT...

about 1 month ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

MiniMike Whoa, that's a lot of batteries... (236 comments)

Tesla is going to need a crazy amount of battery packs

Lucky they don't need a gigacrazy amount of battery packs, they'd have to build a super-duper-gigafactory.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

MiniMike Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (421 comments)

And if you can't even google a list of google glass apps, then I doubt you can even formulate a use case.

Maybe that will be the first thing he does on them.

I wouldn't be surprised if that is the first action take by most people when first using their new Google Glasses.

about 2 months ago

ICE License-Plate Tracking Plan Withdrawn Amid Outcry About Privacy

MiniMike Re:Can we stop and ask why? (152 comments)

I think the reasoning goes like this:
Step 1: Have contractor establish a searchable database of license plates, with the times and locations where they were spotted by traffic cameras and other sources.
Step 2: ?
Step 3: Contractor profit (and kickbacks)!

about 2 months ago



Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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