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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

NEDHead Keeps cutting (692 comments)

Powermatic 66 table saw

5 days ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

NEDHead Starship Diversity? (392 comments)

On a vaguely related note: Assume you send N ships on this voyage. Do you send N copies of the same ship, and hope the design has no fatal flaw (while acknowledging the advantages of parts redundancy) . Or do you send N different designs in the hope that diversity of design is overall more reliable?

about three weeks ago

Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

NEDHead Re:What will it look like? (99 comments)

Most humans have 3 color range receptors in the eye, some actually have 4 which results in a slightly extended range, and generally better color discrimination. Many other animals have receptors sensitive to colors beyond our visibility (in both directions). It is also being researched to provide missing color receptor genes for the color blind.

So, it follows that it will be possible to extend the overall range of color perception in the future. While interesting, and perhaps making the article's tech obsolete, it does raise the question of whether one would want the extended capability full time. It might be the case that controllable filter contacts would then be the /. article of 2040.

about three weeks ago

The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

NEDHead Re:So far away (400 comments)

Actually, we are talking about Star Trek Replicators, Version 0.8.

100-200 years of development should result in several improvements.

about three weeks ago

Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

NEDHead Gravity Waves! (269 comments)

I think we should all wave back!

about a month ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

NEDHead Ummmm? (281 comments)

" Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college, and I don't think anybody would say he made a mistake.'"

This would imply that Facebook is not a mistake...

about a month ago

NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

NEDHead Where? (401 comments)

Is Hari Seldon when we need him?

about a month ago

IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either

NEDHead IAU? (125 comments)

Why do they get to decide, other than by authority by assertion?

about a month and a half ago

The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

NEDHead Re:LHC Purpose (138 comments)

It's 'its', not 'it's'

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

NEDHead Re:Stranger than fiction (293 comments)

KSR's Mars trilogy sucked. I read the whole damn thing and kept on hoping there was a point to the meandering mess. Never happened.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

NEDHead My Book! My Book! (293 comments)

Make them all buy My Book!

about 2 months ago

Google's Project Tango Seeks To Map a 3D World

NEDHead I want to know (49 comments)

Will it help my wife find her glasses?

about 2 months ago

The Search for Life On Habitable Exoplanets

NEDHead Re:Redundancy (69 comments)

Actually, it is more like spinning with a periodicity of one year

about 2 months ago

The Search for Life On Habitable Exoplanets

NEDHead Re:Cold (69 comments)

At least we know on which side to find the astronomers .

about 2 months ago

Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

NEDHead Watt-hours, amps, density... (199 comments)

All we want to know is, how long does a five pound bag of sugar last?

(corollary question, will McDonald's et al stop putting those little sugar packs out for anyone to take?)

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

NEDHead who (533 comments)


about 3 months ago

Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

NEDHead Simple solution (340 comments)

Make those drop-down oxygen masks a little bigger, and they can double as CONES OF SILENCE. These will work especially well with the rumored iShoe phone

about 3 months ago


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