×

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

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

RevWaldo Re:Shortsighted stupidity (414 comments)

Oklahoma has some fantastic wind & solar resources

Especially when the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. Plen'y of air and plen'y of room, plen'y of room to swing a rope! Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!

.

yesterday
top

SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

RevWaldo Many years from now... (87 comments)

What's this note on the air lock? What the - we were in! They didn't even bother to hail us! Frakkin' SpaceX, I'm sick of this shit!

.

2 days ago
top

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

RevWaldo Ocean platforms are so last century. (217 comments)

It's all about blimps nowadays. Both Google and SpaceX are racing to complete their prototypes

"My atomic zeppelins high above in the mesosphere, beyond the reach of storms and artillery, will beam both free energy and internet connectivity directly into the homes of a grateful populace below. And once the masses has abandoned their carbon fuels and cable service, greedily suckling at our teat for both knowledge and energy, they will be completely under our domination, and then nothing - nothing - will stand in our way!" - Sergey Brin interview, The Economist, 18 Jan 2014, p. 42

.

4 days ago
top

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

RevWaldo Not much talk about price (267 comments)

2001? Something like that would cost $1000, bare minimum. Add that it weighs four pounds without a keyboard? They made the right call.

If, of all words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have been,"
More sad are these we daily see:
"It is, but hadn’t ought to be."


.

about a week ago
top

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

RevWaldo Or find a library? (307 comments)

There are definitely old school reference books with the value of pi to hundreds if not thousands of decimal places.

Unless the zombies take up reading or eat books, and you don't break your glasses, we're good to go.

.

about a week ago
top

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

RevWaldo There are no Earthlings (313 comments)

Just temporarily embarrassed space explorers.

.

about two weeks ago
top

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

RevWaldo Re:He's right! (580 comments)

Well, they could learn data mining.

.

.

....I'll see meself out.

.

about two weeks ago
top

NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

RevWaldo Easy Peasy (44 comments)

I mean, you NASA guys got plutonium, right? We'll have to focus the blast somehow but we'll get your rocks into orbit, no problemo.

.

about two weeks ago
top

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

RevWaldo Re:And if they break the law, then what? (477 comments)

Tell that to UPS and Fedex in NYC, who are constantly ticketed for double parking and other traffic violations. They just pay up.

Recently heard this tidbit, redacted to protect the guilty. Execs from the Fortune 500 company would take the corporate helicopter from the helipad on their HQ in the city to their offices in the suburban office park. Basically it's five minutes by helicopter, thirty minutes by limo. It's against the town ordinances to actually land a helicopter in the office park, so they were fined $4000 every time they did it, which was apparently about once a week. They paid it.

.

about two weeks ago
top

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

RevWaldo Re:And if they break the law, then what? (477 comments)

Hey, glad to help you use up your free time. You're welcome.

I shall rephrase for those who are more about answering questions than parsing sentences:

If one or either party violates the agreement, does anything of consequence happen? If so, what?

.

about two weeks ago
top

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

RevWaldo And if they break the law, then what? (477 comments)

A fine? And if the business is willing to pay it as the cost of doing business?

.

about two weeks ago
top

Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

RevWaldo Earth meteorites on Mars? (99 comments)

Redonkulus as this story is, it did get me to wondering:

We've found a fair share of Mars meteorites on Earth. How likely is it that it works the other way around?

.

about two weeks ago
top

For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

RevWaldo Give your lady pleasure! (94 comments)

FOXN1 protien inreases organ size, return youthful vigor! No prescrpton needed! CLIKC HER NOW!!

.

about two weeks ago
top

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

RevWaldo Use this tech in city street parking? (364 comments)

We'd be one step closer to utopia if parked cars could re-align the space between them as cars enter and leave, rather than leave those infuriating gaps between them that are too small for a car, but way more than needed to pull the car out.

And yes, with all the needed safety and security precautions this would entail.

AND YES, angled street parking would be a solution, but you'd have to go full Robert Moses in some neighborhoods to make that happen, and we'd rather not.

.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Maker takes over Time Square Jumbotrons?

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "A YouTube video purports to demonstrate a video transmitter/repeater combo (connected to an iPhone) that allows the creator to override the video signal to external displays around New York's Times Square, first on displays built into magazine stands, then on one of the billboard-sized displays by tethering the repeater to a balloon. Real or fake — you decide."
Link to Original Source
top

Something going down between Facebook and MySpace

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Mashable notes that they received an invite to a joint Facebook / MySpace press conference set for 12 Noon US Pacific time today. "Our best clue as to what the two companies will announce is that MySpace will be using the Facebook Platform or Facebook Connect, something that has been rumored for nearly a year." Gothamist predicts that "MySpace will also read a prepared statement apologizing to the world for being a worthless turd of a website that isn't fit to lick the bottom of Mark Zuckerberg's flip-flops. Facebook executives are expected to silently sit there looking smug.""
Link to Original Source
top

WSJ: iPhone for Verizon by year end

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that "Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple." (Not in time for the holidays? Bummer!) All companies involved have declined to comment."
Link to Original Source
top

Restaurant uses social media to exclude patrons

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: Five former employees of Bowlmor Lanes in New York have filed a lawsuit against Strike Holdings CEO Tom Shannon, claiming he used social media outlets to keep minorities from making reservations at "one of the city’s hottest and most compelling nightlife venues." The suit claims Shannon met with top executives after "incidents" at Bowlmor's restaurant, Carnival, "to discuss possible ways to exclude certain people...such as African-Americans, Asians and Latinos."...The suit claims the workers were asked to look up prospective patrons on Facebook and MySpace to see how they looked and dressed and where they lived. If they didn't fit the Bowlmor customer ideal, they didn't get a reservation."
Link to Original Source
top

Restaurant uses social media to exclude patrons

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: Five former employees of Bowlmor Lanes in New York have filed a lawsuit against Strike Holdings CEO Tom Shannon, claiming he used social media outlets to keep minorities from making reservations at "one of the city’s hottest and most compelling nightlife venues." The suit claims Shannon met with top executives after "incidents" at Bowlmor's restaurant, Carnival, "to discuss possible ways to exclude certain people...such as African-Americans, Asians and Latinos."...The suit claims the workers were asked to look up prospective patrons on Facebook and MySpace to see how they looked and dressed and where they lived. If they didn't fit the Bowlmor customer ideal, they didn't get a reservation." but it don't stay put as long as truth.""
Link to Original Source
top

Slashdot is, er, slashdotted

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Slashdot been acting squirrely the past few hours. It just returned a 503 Service Unavailable error a few minutes ago."
top

Tax Law Cited in Software Engineer's Suicide Note

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "The suicide note left by software engineer Joseph Stack before flying a small plane into a building with IRS offices in Texas on Thursday cited a 1986 tax law as a major motivation for his action. An article in the New York Times states the law, known as Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, "made it extremely difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed individuals, forcing most to become company employees." Harvey J. Shulman, a tax lawyer, states "This law has ruined many people's lives, hurt the technology industry, and discouraged the creation of small, independent businesses critical to a thriving domestic economy. That the law still exists — even after its original sponsors called for its repeal and unbiased studies proved it unfairly targeted a tax-compliant industry — shows just how dysfunctional and unresponsive Democratic and Republican Congresses and our political system have been, even on relatively simple issues.""
Link to Original Source
top

AT&T Admits New York City iPhone Service Sucks

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: AT&T has realized that the first step towards recovery is admitting it has a problem. The phone giant has confessed that its New York City iPhone service is not up to par, according to a presentation slide published on Tom's Guide noting that the company's 3G Voice Composite Quality in the New York metro area—particularly in Manhattan—is below its performance objective.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Last month, the phone giant explained that 3G service has suffered in New York due to "better than average iPhone penetration," meaning "AT&T has been too successful in selling the iPhone, to the point where the network has been severely strained." The company even briefly stopped selling iPhones online in New York City because the area didn't "have enough towers to handle the phone."

The slide does contain some good news for AT&T subscribers. Apparently, AT&T has had "[t]hree consecutive months of improvement" and it is doing "change-outs" of Radio Network Controllers among other upgrades, according to Mobile Crunch. Anyone notice service improving over the past few months? If we don't hear back we'll assume you're still waiting for this page to load."

Link to Original Source
top

Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal , the estate of Philip K. Dick says the name of Google's new smartphone infringes on the famous character name from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" aka "Blade Runner". Isa Dick Hackett, a daughter of Mr. Dick, states Google has its "Android system, and now they are naming a phone 'Nexus One'. It's not lost on the people who are somewhat familiar with this novel... Our legal team is dealing head-on with this." No word on any similar actions being taken on Rob Zombie."
Link to Original Source
top

Lou Reed collaborates on iPhone app

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Coming full circle, former Velvet Underground lead singer/guitarist, Warhol Factory denizen, and rock-n-roll elder statesman Lou Reed has collaborated with developer Ben Syverson to create LouZoom, a new iPhone app for his fellow baby boomers who have trouble reading the small type in iPhone's address book. And everyone thought Ms. Reed (NASA artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson) was the one with all the mad technical skills."
Link to Original Source
top

Cell Phone (Accidentally) Turns On Stove

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo writes "From Gothamist: A Brooklyn man can't sleep at night knowing that the bizarre inter-gadget relationship between his Sony Erickson PDA and his Maytag Magic Chef stove might leave him burned. Last Monday Andrei Melnikov discovered that his cellphone was turning on his stove when he got a call in the kitchen. The phone had been on the kitchen counter when it rang, and as he answered it and walked away, he recalls hearing a faint beep. Minutes later, he smelled smoke, and discovered that some plastic cookware left in the oven was on fire. The incoming call had somehow turned the broiler on high, a phenomenon which Melnikov demonstrated for his landlord and 1010WINS. They believe this is the first time this has happened in the three years since Melnikov has owned the stove and the phone, but since neither device is talking, nobody really knows how long this hot affair's been going on. Melnikov and his girlfriend have put a stop to it by unplugging the oven, and they're afraid to plug it back in because of their pet chinchillas. Maytag is sending someone to "fix" the problem, but will the lonely old Maytag man really have the heart to stand in the way of such fiery passion?"
Link to Original Source
top

'Virtual Bike Lane' proposed by designers

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Installing bike lanes in urban areas is both expensive and often contentious. The proposed system, dubbed LightLane, would use lasers to project a virtual bike lane onto the ground from the bicycle itself. 'Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes', the designers state, 'the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists...Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.' (via Gothamist via BoingBoing via GOOD )"
Link to Original Source
top

YouTube yanks Free Tibet video after IOC pressure

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RevWaldo writes "Via Gothamist — The International Olympic Committee filed a copyright infringement claim yesterday against YouTube for hosting video of a Free Tibet protest at the Chinese Consulate in Manhattan Thursday night. The video depicts demonstrators conducting a candlelight vigil and projecting a protest video onto the consulate building; the projection features recent footage of Tibetan monks being arrested and riffs on the Olympic logo of the five interlocking rings, turning them into handcuffs. YouTube dutifully yanked the video, but it can still be seen on Vimeo. (Be advised; there is some brief footage of bloody, injured monks.)"
Link to Original Source
top

Pittsburgh cancer center warns of cell phone risks

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RevWaldo writes "The AP reports: 'The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer. The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.'

One possible solution offered? 'Use a wireless headset.' No risk of EM exposure from one of them, no sirree!"

Link to Original Source
top

Patton Oswalt on YouTube and "UNIX slaves"

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  about 6 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Patton Oswalt's take on YouTube is mildly amusing (part of Comedy Central's Root of All Evil.) But spot the closed-captioning error..or is it?
'But finally and most insidiously, YouTube has destroyed our ability to know when we're entertained. It has turned us into a nation of deranged Roman emperors. We're a continent of Caligulas sitting around in our bathrobes saying, hm, I'm bored. I'd like to see something poop or sneeze. Hm, yes, what would I like to see poop or sneeze? Perhaps a reptile or a gay homeless person or perhaps Della Resse. And isn't it odd how YouTube actually sounds like the name of the UNIX slave that will be working for that deranged emperor? YouTube! Bring me a farting panda! Ah, good job, YouTube. Avert your gaze!'"

Link to Original Source

Journals

RevWaldo has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

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>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...