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!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Cherrypal Mini-Laptop Now Runs Android

NeuroManson Re:A no-thrills laptop (97 comments)

And... (shifty eyes) Flash? I'm sold!

more than 4 years ago
top

First Impressions of the 11th Doctor Who

NeuroManson Re:Why can't (379 comments)

Because not once has The Doctor had to fight off lupus? Yeah, lame joke I know.

more than 4 years ago
top

Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet

NeuroManson He could always put Orgonite around his fields... (475 comments)

One of the Wilhelm Reich spinoffs, a bit of metal shavings, a chunk of quartz crystal, and bond the whole mess together with resin epoxy. Supposedly blocks all RF radiation.

Of course, that doesn't explain why all my wireless equipment and cel phone still work perfectly around the chunk I found, which someone ditched next to a local cel tower.

more than 4 years ago
top

AMC Releasing a New "The Prisoner" In November

NeuroManson I wish them the best, it isn't an easy chore... (174 comments)

About 8 years ago, I came up with, but never penned (maybe to the benefit of all), the idea of taking the concept of The Prisoner, and the concept of reality TV and bringing them together.

The psychological aspects alone would have been awesome, get a bunch of unsuspecting "reality show" contestants together, seperate them into groups based on political beliefs, make them increasingly paranoid with each episode, force them in some way to work with/against each other, make them believe they were in fact prisoners in some kind of foreign or even an American prison camp, and totally play on that situation.

Like I said, it may be a good thing I never did that. It could have made me millions, or could for someone daring enough to do that (in which case, send me money via paypal), it could have majorly screwed things up, but it was a concept worth thinking about at least.

about 5 years ago
top

Early Abort of Ares I Rocket Would Kill Crew

NeuroManson Re:Ares Rocket less safe than a Space Shuttle? (414 comments)

Annnnd that the idea of a capsule that could only be opened from the outside was ideal, along with a 100% oxygen atmosphere, and that properly insulated wiring was a "luxury option". They learned that REALLY fast. But that actually had nada to do with actual launch safety.

Now if you were to compare the launch proven Saturn V rocket to the Russian M2 rockets, THERE is the big difference:

The Saturn V was designed by Werner Von Braun, who found that several large engines were safer, because you could build in redundancies, if one out of 5 motors failed, the remaining four could get the job done.

The N1 was designed by an aircraft designer who had no previous experience building rockets, let alone rocket engines. His solution was to build dozens of engines into it, hoping for the same ratio. Of course, the fueling systems were also flawed. The Saturn V used standard hydrogen/oxygen propellents. The N1 used hydrazine/oxygen, IIRC. Hydrazine is highly corrosive, and as they didn't keep that in mind, it ate through seals like a cop at a donut shop. Whenever it did, the rockets exploded, often during fueling, in which case, anyone on site was eaten alive.

It was simply a BAD design.

Now some stuff that WAS well designed: The spacesuit. That lived on to Mir, through the ISS. A part hardsuit/softsuit, that works very nicely. But frankly, the Soyuz design is best for capsule travel. Simple launch system, simple delivery, simple, carrying capacity. Which is why it's used by two countries.

more than 5 years ago
top

Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

NeuroManson Re:Amnesia (499 comments)

Cel phones have some measure of videophone technology built in now (unless all those CNN phone cam reports were faked). They've had video phones around for a while, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videophone, just recently the technology made it feasable.

more than 5 years ago
top

Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

NeuroManson Re:Never? (499 comments)

I dunno, even when I was in elementary school, they discussed civil rights, the new deal, Kennedy's push for the moon, etc. He likely flunked elementary school history too.

more than 5 years ago
top

Tata Building $7,800 Apartments in Mumbai

NeuroManson Yaknow, ironically... (242 comments)

One can buy an RV with twin slideouts on each side, with equal features, for 1/100th of that price? And equal footage.

more than 5 years ago
top

Is Alcohol Killing Our Planet?

NeuroManson Don't forget soft drinks! (468 comments)

Considering there's almost 200% as many people drinking soda pop, one would think there's more of a threat from drinking a Coke than someone drinking a beer.

more than 5 years ago
top

Windows 7 Taskbar Not So Similar To OS X Dock After All

NeuroManson My memory may be a bit rusty, but... (545 comments)

Haven't "docks" been in use since BEFORE Microsoft introduced theirs with Windows 98?

Cases in point, NeXT OS, and IBM's OS/2 4 Warp, both used docks (a dock launch bar in NeXT's case, and a task bar launch bar in the case of OS/2. The Mac OS only picked this up as an official feature with OSX, while before that, you had to run a 3rd party app to simulate NeXT OS' docks (at least back in 1992 with System 7 on).

If one was to claim copying was made, then didn't Apple swipe their docks from NeXT OS (yeah, that was also Jobs' baby), and for that matter, didn't Microsoft in fact swipe their quick launch bar from OS/2 4 Warp?

And before any Mac fans mod this down in an effort to try and rewrite history, remember that the original Mac interface itself was swiped from Xerox PARC. They admitted to it themselves, and after introducing it to the mainstream, the idea of moving an arrow back and forth between graphical icons pretty much became the defacto standard.

It's that, or spend the rest of your life using CLI for *everything*.

more than 5 years ago
top

The Scope of US E-Waste

NeuroManson Smug Mode on. (249 comments)

A few years ago, I breached the question of the digital transition for television and its inevitable environmental impact as hundreds of millions of TV sets go this route: http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/09/21/2128220.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Actually, judging from this article, we've not only ignored the iceberg, but invited it in for a hot cup of tea, and asked how many people it would like to kill while ignoring the sinking ship entirely.

It's sad that seven years down the line, the obvious severity of the issue has not only gone ignored, but even condoned to date. Hell, even as I write this, I'm on a 5 year old Tablet PC that I also use for graphics (using an Intel graphics chipset, *gag*), most of my electronics are over 5 years old. What's the oldest electronic devices you use today, hmmmmm?

more than 5 years ago
top

Actor Matt Smith Will Be 11th Doctor Who

NeuroManson Re:Waiting (330 comments)

What about the absolute FIRST Doctor, from Dr. Who and the Daleks? Sure, he's human in that one, but Peter Cushing was 53 at the time that was released.

more than 5 years ago
top

Actor Matt Smith Will Be 11th Doctor Who

NeuroManson Re:Waiting (330 comments)

AND a whiz!

He's gonna need a Gallifraean urologist after this one.

more than 5 years ago
top

Actor Matt Smith Will Be 11th Doctor Who

NeuroManson Re:Missed oppertunity (330 comments)

They actually DID do that in one of the comedy spoofs of Doctor Who, I forgot which one. The Doctor gets gunned down and becomes a hero to the Daleks and The Master, and somehow regenerates a thirteenth time, to become a woman. At least that's what I could recall.

more than 5 years ago
top

Actor Matt Smith Will Be 11th Doctor Who

NeuroManson While I'm hardly a Whovian, (330 comments)

I took one look at this guy and thought, "He's not a Doctor Who, he's a Doctor Huh?".

He kind of looks like an amalgam of the last few Doctors (including the unofficial one from the 2008 Xmas special, and the one from the Fox movie).

more than 5 years ago
top

Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police

NeuroManson Re:How many Camera Nerds (675 comments)

And fell upon their nightsticks several times by accident, before somehow retrieving one of their guns and shooting himself 48 times, pausing to reload inbetween.

more than 5 years ago
top

Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

NeuroManson Geothermal time, people! (877 comments)

Seriously, dedicate a portion of the land towards geothermal power. Any good cook, and any good engineer will tell you that when you want to keep heat under control, you reroute it elsewhere. Build some geothermal plants on the spot, you know how deep the magma is, then building vent/transfer systems around the caldera will in fact cool it down to prevent an eruption, AND you can sell the electricity generated for, well, generations.

Sheiss, it's so simple, should I really be the one suggesting this? I'm a high school dropout (intellectual as I am), and it's really that obvious.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

top

How to properly start a pirate TV network?

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "Well, when the digital transition goes through, I've been led to the following conclusion: How does one get into pirate television, hardware and software wise? Sure, you could go to YouTube, but if you want to provide media that is still under (questionable) ownership, if you want to provide media that is also questionable (say the occasional odd show that *gasp8 makes people think), AND you want to provide said material to people who are holdouts, not willing to pay $50 just to watch even more FCC filtered media, what do you do? The massive gap that the loss of broadcast spectrum would represent means there will be a large opportunity (a'la Big Time Television) for pirate broadcasters to use the still unused frequencies available, AND lucrative for advertisers desperate to keep the remaining 100,000,000 roughly audience. So simply put, what equipment would be nessesary to provide broadcasts for the fleeting but still available market?"
top

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/08

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  about 6 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "From the "Oh WHAT is it now!?" dept: "Wind turbines can kill bats without touching them by causing a bends-like condition due to rapidly dropping air pressure, new research suggests. " "Scientists aren't sure why, but bats are attracted to the turbines, which often stand 300 feet (90 meters) high and sport 200-foot (60-meter) blades. ""
top

Watchmen Movie on Indefinite Hold?

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  about 6 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "Kofi Outlaw at Screenrant.com writes about the indefinite ban on the release of Watchmen, due to copyright wrangling and disputes between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. From the article: "The legal broo-ha-ha started back in February of this year, when Fox filed a copy infringement and breach of contract suit against studio Warner Bros., which owns the current version of Watchmen being helmed by director Zack Snyder (300). Fox's claim was that they had obtained the rights to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' genre-shattering graphic novel, and all subsequent film endeavors related to it, between the years of 1986 and 1991.""
Link to Original Source
top

Mutant Mushrooms Thrive Within Chernobyl

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Mushroom Dept.:

Radiation-loving fungi may also prove useful, according to Dadachova. Their melanin gene, she said, might eventually be popped into food crops and used to help growth in difficult regions. And astronauts on long spaceflights might one day find a useful, self-replenishing diet in black, melanin-rich fungi.

And because the fungi don't actually 'eat' radioactive material, but simply use the energy it radiates, Dadachova said, they're in no danger of becoming radioactive themselves."

Link to Original Source
top

Rotating Skyscraper Planned in Dubai

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "From the Pass the Dramamine dept: An ambitious architectural project is underway to build a "dynamic" apartment tower in Dubai. Dynamic Archicture's (http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/) innovative design involves individual floors that rotate around a central core, allowing the tower's appearance to constantly change with the wind, along with turbines built inbetween each floor to generate electricity. As a result, the tower will be largely self sufficient energy wise, and even provide a surplus of electricity that can be sold off. Story follows at http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/wind-power-rotating-skyscraper/ How much stock the architects owns in motion sickness drugs is another question, however."
Link to Original Source
top

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "I finally made the leap to purchasing a cheap TwinhanDTV ATSC (D+A) tuner card recently, and after making massive efforts to get it to operate semi passibly, realized that I pretty much wasted $45 or so on it. Can anyone advise of a good HDTV tuner card for the PC? Requirements include: Reasonable price (if I can just get a standalone HDTV for the same price, it isn't worth it), allow for YPb/PR inputs, and be compatible with MythTV or Dscaler.

This is not a huge amount of requirements, but it still seems like ATSC/HDTV tuner cards are in their relative infancy, with only a handful of external tuner boxes, and another handful of PCI cards, only 1/3 of each category actually performing as advertised or at all. So for that matter, is there any reason why it's taking far longer for HDTV cards to make the market? Regular tuner cards have been available for computers for almost a decade and a half, and yet it's taken almost as long for HDTV tuner cards to show up on the market."
top

NeuroManson NeuroManson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NeuroManson (214835) writes "Long time nemesis to nerds everywhere, Jack Valenti, passed away today following a stroke. Not sure whether to dance a merry jig yet, but "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" springs to mind.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18339220/

LOS ANGELES — Jack Valenti, the former White House aide and film industry lobbyist who instituted the modern movie ratings system and guided Hollywood from the censorship era to the digital age, died Thursday. He was 85.

Valenti had a stroke in March and was hospitalized for several weeks at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore.

He died of complications from the stroke at his Washington, D.C., home, said Seth Oster of the Motion Picture Association of America."

Journals

NeuroManson has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>