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Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

OlRickDawson Re: Swedish Capital (134 comments)

Everyone knows that the 'capital' of Sweden is 'S'. You can see it right there....

about 10 months ago

Study Suggests Weather and Not Hunting Killed Off Wooly Mammoths

OlRickDawson Re:It's a conspiracy! (150 comments)

Don't forget ColesLaw. It would probably go good with fried wolly mammoth.

1 year,9 days

Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

OlRickDawson Re:the idea behind the movie is dumb (366 comments)

According to the 'Revolution' series on the History channel, both sides were guilty of terrorizing the civilian population. Admittedly, I haven't read an extensive history book on just the American Revolution. One particular story comes to mind where the British killed a bunch of people by burning them in a church. That particular incident was shown in 'The Patriot', but wasn't entirely accurate (typical of Hollywood) according to a historian that I talked to. The rebels/patriots also terrorized the 'Torries' for giving aid to the British. I don't remember a particular incident, except that it got pretty nasty both ways.

about a year ago

Firefox 23 Arrives With New Logo, Mixed Content Blocker, and Network Monitor

OlRickDawson HTML 5 number still experimental (365 comments)

according to Wikipedia they added the input type "range". Sadly, the input type "number" is still listed as experimental, and no support for the date/time input types. Since Firefox 22 added a couple of different element types, I was hoping that the "number" type would be supported, and have at least 'experimental' support fo the date/time formats.

about a year ago

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry's First 3D NAND Flash

OlRickDawson Re:You'd think smart asses on slashdot would know. (56 comments)

I was going to be pedantic and point out that the word was "persnickety", but then I just found out that "pernickety" was an alternate spelling for the same word. I guess I'm a bad speller after all.

about a year ago

Full-Size Remote Control Cars

OlRickDawson remote control isn't as hard as autonomous (91 comments)

DARPA's grand challenge had the cars unmanned. Totally autonomous, no human control, no one in the vehicle. Remote control of them would be easier than that. DARPA's goal at the time was to have supply trucks for the US Army to move around with like drones, so they wouldn't risk soldiers to IEDs.

about a year ago

Construction of World's Largest Optical Telescope Approved

OlRickDawson Re:Funny abbreviations (77 comments)

Exactly. I was wondering what Teenage Mutant (ninja) Turtles had to do with telescopes.

about a year and a half ago

'Ring Rain' Quenches Saturn's Atmosphere

OlRickDawson Re:Rings of Power (30 comments)

Actually, I was thinking of both the 'Rings of Power' and electrical power, since it rains down 'charged' particles that affect the electron density of the ionosphere.

about a year and a half ago

'Ring Rain' Quenches Saturn's Atmosphere

OlRickDawson Rings of Power (30 comments)

Wow, so they really are Rings of Power.

about a year and a half ago

NASA Gets $75 Million For Europa Mission

OlRickDawson Re:$75 Million huh? (135 comments)

The last version that I read about had them melting through the ice, instead of drilling. The probe would be hot enough to melt its way down, and leave just a wire for communications back to the surface, probably using a super hot radioactive component. It would be much lighter and easier to get there, if only they could get approval to make such a device.

about a year and a half ago

Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

OlRickDawson eaten (43 comments)

From what I've read, it looks like they want it to look more and more like a Jellyfish. I wonder how they will keep it from getting eaten?

about a year and a half ago

A German Parking Garage Parks Your Car For You

OlRickDawson Re:How does the insurance industry feel about this (131 comments)

How would this result in less cars? People are going to still want their own, for convenience. The shared model may work for some, but that will be made up for by rich parents buying self-driving cars for their small children. Imagine not having to drive your kid to soccer practice, but have a car do it for you... Since there is no need for drivers licenses for those cars, there will be a lot of cars sold for children's use, which will more than make up for those that are using the shared cars.

about a year and a half ago

Windows Blue 9364 Screenshots Show Feature Enhancements

OlRickDawson Re:Horrible Horrible Name (502 comments)

Since Blue is the code name, I keep thinking about a hospital's 'Code Blue'. The patient has had a heart attack.

about a year and a half ago

Dennis Tito to do Mars Flyby in 2018

OlRickDawson Re:Dennis Tito will be in his late 70s (2 comments)

Oops, I had the age right in the subject, but wrong in the body. He will be in his late 70s when the trip takes place.

about a year ago

Dennis Tito to do Mars Flyby in 2018

OlRickDawson Dennis Tito will be in his late 70s (2 comments)

Dennis Tito was the first space tourist, and he will be in his late 80s when this trip takes place.

about a year ago

Company Creates a Self-Making Bed

OlRickDawson Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (159 comments)

Another reason is to cut down on the dust getting to the sheets for those of us who have allergies...

more than 2 years ago

Intel Launches Z77 Motherboards, Preparing For Ivy Bridge

OlRickDawson Z71 (58 comments)

Two hundred and seventy one different motherboards? Wouldn't that lead to market confusion?..... Oh Z71 Nevermind.

more than 2 years ago



Dennis Tito to do Mars Flyby in 2018

OlRickDawson OlRickDawson writes  |  about a year ago

OlRickDawson (648236) writes " is reporting that Dennis TIto wants to be the first person to take a trip to Mars.The 501 day trip will take place in 2018, with no word as to the cost yet. The details will be released in a conference on February 27th."

'Broad Spectrum' Antiviral Fights many viruses

OlRickDawson OlRickDawson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OlRickDawson (648236) writes "Science daily reports that a compound that fights multiple viruses, such as ebola, nipah, HIV, hepatitis C, West Nile, Rift Valley fever and yellow fever has been developed. It works by interfering with the lipid envelope of the virus. It also affects cells. However, (from the article) "At antiviral concentrations, any damage it does to the cell's membrane can be repaired, while damage done to static viral envelopes, which have no inherent regenerative capacity, is permanent and irreversible," said Dr Bunhur Lee (the UCLA researcher). This could be a revolution in medicine, similar to the development of antibiotics. Of course, non-enveloped viruses are not affected."
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Laptops linked to Male Infertility

OlRickDawson OlRickDawson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OlRickDawson (648236) writes "According to Science Daily, "the heat generated from laptops can impact sperm production and development making it difficult to conceive down the road." This could be a problem for extensive computer users, such as slashdot users. Yet another problem for the geek lifestyle."

What is the future direction of Virtualization?

OlRickDawson OlRickDawson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OlRickDawson (648236) writes "Virtualization Hypervisors seem to be an Operating System for Operating Systems. They multi-task operating systems, so more than can be run simultaneously. Some of them even provide live migration from one server to another. Can hypervisors implement a automatic load-balancing routine, to move them dynamically? Will the hypervisors evolve into a clustering OS for OSes, to allow seamless clustering on the fly? To be able to not only run multiple OS on one computer, but to run one OS on multiple computers, and to change this dymanically? Would this provide the ultimate in scaling possiblities? Would it be too inefficient to work that way? Is there some problem or concept that would keep this from happening that I don't understand?"

OlRickDawson OlRickDawson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OlRickDawson (648236) writes "Science Daily is reporting that research study to be publish in the British Journal of Psychology has shown a correlation between the relative length of the ring and index finger and the scores on language and math tests in elementary school. The length of the index finger divided by the length of the ring finger is the ratio. The smaller the ratio (governed by testosterone exposure) indicates a higher numeracy score in males. At least this has a scientific basis, unlike Phrenology."


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