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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

RogueWarrior65 I have a better idea (179 comments)

Instead of using luminescent paint for the lines, why can't we imbed piezoelectric crystals into the tarmac that would generate light from the mass of the vehicle. That way you'd see this glow where the cars are.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

RogueWarrior65 George Carlin nailed it (575 comments)

"Hello. I'm a famous person...and I'm for sale. Do have a product or a business that needs promotion? Do you sell something worthless? Something no one will buy because it's poorly built and doesn't work properly? Likely to come apart at high speeds? Perhaps with toxic side effects? Well, I'm here to help you. I'll take your product and I'll sell it to them because they trust me. That's right; they trust me because...I'm a famous person."

Now will somebody please explain to me why people shouldn't listen to this particular celebrity but we should all listen to and shout hosannas to the rogue's gallery of celebrities James Cameron got to spout off in his global warming movie.

2 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

RogueWarrior65 Equusearch is a non-profit organization (213 comments)

It's not about making money in this case because Equusearch is a non-profit and asks for no money from families or local law enforcement agencies. Speaking as a member of a search & rescue group, we're all volunteers and pay for all of our own equipment. Pretty much the only thing we get reimbursed for is fuel and that comes out of a state search & rescue fund. That fuel money is only given out on actual missions. Training expenses are all on our own dime. The Feds don't pay for anything.

That said, a UAV or a human piloted helicopter isn't a magic talisman that allows you to find the subject. If the subject is under a few feet of brush or tree cover, you won't see them from the air. Aerial vehicles are another tool in the toolbox. There are a few benefits to a UAV. One is it's significantly cheaper to operate. A jet ranger helicopter can cost well over $600 an hour to operate. A Robinson is cheaper but still expensive. A UAV can be programmed to take hi-res photos in a grid pattern for later review. Multiple people can review the imagery because different people will notice different things.

Now, as to federal regulation, this kind of B.S. makes our job exceedingly difficult if not impossible. Here there are several designated "wilderness" areas. Nobody is allowed to take a motorized vehicle into them even for matters of public safety. In fact, helicopters aren't allowed to land. They have to hover and touch a skid to off load search personnel. That's a very very dangerous thing to do. Then there's the BLM. These morons pull the same crap on so-called state trust land. Don't get me started on their incompetence when it comes to managing wildfires. Then there's the National Forest Service. Recently, they've unilaterally decided to close off a huge percentage of the roads in the forest. But they don't physically close them off. You're supposed to know which roads are open or closed and the only official map has no topographic features on it...at all. If you're on one, they can give you a ticket. Volunteer search & rescue folks are not exempt.

Which brings me to the FAA. Legally, they have no leg to stand on when it comes to UAVs. They keep referring to a 2007 policy hoping nobody will know the real deal. It's not an official regulation, only a policy recommendation. IMHO, what the FAA is doing as well as other federal agencies is trying to rule through intimidation and policies that would make Kafka envious. They know they're full of it but they also know that the average citizen doesn't have the resources to fight them in court.

3 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

RogueWarrior65 Off switch (507 comments)

The difference between those who have implants and those who don't is that the former group can turn it off if they want to "appreciate" deaf culture. Those who aren't deaf need to stick their fingers in their ears and say "LALALALALALA!!!" to avoid listening to stupid stuff.

5 days ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

RogueWarrior65 Re:Install random delay (342 comments)

Until somebody gets a hold of the random number generator algorithm. You'd almost have to use some sort of biological process to generate the seed (no pun intended).

about a week ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

RogueWarrior65 Re:What BS (177 comments)

Actually, it doesn't require much expertise at all. All you need is a frequency-hopping radio, an amplifier, and perhaps a directional antenna, all of which can be obtained for not a lot of money on the interwebs. Then you simply blast the drone with RF noise thus drowning out the operator's transmission. Most 2.4GHz R/C radios these days have a failsafe feature which gets engaged when the receiver no longer can hear the transmitter. That failsafe puts the servo outputs into a preset position. If it wasn't set for hovering throttle level, which is entirely possible, then gravity takes over.

about a week ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

RogueWarrior65 Re:There are already plenty of US STEM workers (325 comments)

So then why does Zuckerberg desperately want to hire foreign workers? If he really needs workers and can't find the skills he needs with US workers, then they aren't being trained in currently marketable skills (I believe that based on personal experience) and he should fund training for the skills he needs which would take less money and time than a four-year college program. If he needs workers but doesn't want to pay what Americans are willing to work for then he's no different than every other company that outsources to China or wherever and any claims of altruism are total B.S.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

RogueWarrior65 Re:But will it tell you to punch it on yellow? (364 comments)

Heh, that whole thing was B.S. Having grown up in NJ and commuted to school in New York every weekday for 12 years, traffic on the GWB is always a nightmare.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

RogueWarrior65 A modest proposal (325 comments)

Why doesn't Zuckerberg take what amounts to beer money for him and give out a few hundred full four-year scholarships for STEM programs to native-born Americans? He could take the interest alone (at 1%) for one year on his net worth and foot the bill for probably a thousand students.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

RogueWarrior65 But will it tell you to punch it on yellow? (364 comments)

"I watch you very carefully. Green mean go. Red mean stop. Yellow mean go very fast."

Seriously, assuming that this isn't an April Fool's joke posting, this tech now effectively gives more control to the big brother folks running the traffic control centers. They could retard the timing of the lights to slow people down. Some irritating bureaucrat wants his limousine to get across town faster? One phone call and the lights all favor his route. How long will it be before self-driving cars have to check in with the traffic control center to get a speed request approved?

about two weeks ago
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How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake

RogueWarrior65 Can we do this for traffic jams first? (101 comments)

Seriously, somebody needs to find a way to eliminate the wave propagation of heavy traffic. IMHO, those entrance ramp meters are a dumb idea. It just backs up traffic onto the local roads. Foot on the gas, people!

about two weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

RogueWarrior65 Re:Yup, educators are whores, .... (367 comments)

In my experience, it's isn't really about political ideology as it is about people who feel the need to make sure you know where you stand in the pecking order. If you, as a student, complain to a teacher's superior about something and it gets back to that teacher, the very next day you can expect a pop quiz or a paper or additional reading or something to make sure you feel the consequences of your actions even if they are justified. That happens in every situation where there is even the slightest bit of hierarchy and there are petty people involved.

about three weeks ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

RogueWarrior65 What happens after the last bitcoin is found? (275 comments)

This sort of reminds me of the Y2K scares 15+ years ago. Back then, there was a lot of FUD about Y2K and consequentially a lot of money being spent to deal with it. A lot of new equipment was being purchased. A lot of software was being modified along with a lot of older programmers being hired to perform those modifications since nobody else knew how to deal with it. Once Y2K came and went without any catastrophe, all that capital spending evaporated overnight. One could argue that this may have been a catalyst for the dotcom crash but that's a separate issue. My point is that a lot of very expensive equipment is being built to mine bitcoins. A lot of real money and resources, particularly energy, is being spent in an effort to mine something that has no other use besides virtual currency unlike metals. So when the last bitcoin is found, all that capital spending will vanish. Is this hardware good for anything else? If not, there will be residual effects.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

RogueWarrior65 This is in no way over (367 comments)

This girl is now going to be subjected to a lot of insidious B.S. until she leaves. Teachers will likely be very harsh for any sort of subjective grading. School staff is going to be watching her like a hawk. If she steps one toenail out of line, she's going to be in a world of hurt. If it's one thing I know, when you have no power and she really doesn't, the people who do have even a little power will make your life miserable. And this crap is going to follow her for a very long time too because it's now got a life of its own online.

about three weeks ago
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Owner of Nortel Patents Sues Cisco For 'Immense' Patent Infringement

RogueWarrior65 Total B.S. (83 comments)

IMHO, this is what's so insidiously wrong about the patent system. Spherix didn't actually invent the stuff. They didn't do the work. The invention didn't come from the brains of the people who work there. IMHO, therefore, they should have no standing for a patent lawsuit.

about three weeks ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

RogueWarrior65 Round figures always make me chuckle (97 comments)

If doomsayers used a number such as 6,967,231 nobody would believe the report. Yet somehow saying 7 million is totally believable. Humans are such a gullible species.

about three weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

RogueWarrior65 Why sue the podcasters themselves? (126 comments)

Why isn't Personal Audio suing the companies that make the software to allow podcasts to be created and served? Do they think those companies have a much stronger legal team and therefore are choosing to go after the defenseless?

about three weeks ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

RogueWarrior65 My two drachmas (251 comments)

I regularly find myself needing to make ultra short run parts i.e. a few every year. Not nearly enough to justify doing them in a CNC mill and I don't want to spend a lot of money on a few parts only to have them sit on the shelf because that's capital that could be better spent elsewhere. One of my real world examples is a custom electronics enclosure. The boards I need to house sadly are just a little too big for a COTS enclosure from Hammond or Bud and the next size up is ginormous. So I decided to look seriously at 3D printing. Sending the design to Shapeways or Protolabs was insanely expensive at over $600 for a brick-sized part. That may be fine for a one-off research project but not for short-run production. Then I looked at the sub-$3k offerings. I was at first impressed with the CubeX until I learned that you don't feed it with rolls of filament but instead have to buy their cartridges and they refused to tell me how much material is in each one. They said "Oh, you can print about a hundred cellphone cases." GAH! A cellphone case is not a standardized unit of measure. So their business model is stupid for the customer. Then I looked at some others that could handle the size part I needed to make and discovered how slow they are. I figured it would take about 8 hours to print one enclosure. Well, I suppose I could click "Print" and go do other things. But then I wondered how reliable the process is and I realized that I'd be pretty pissed if the print screwed up 7.5 hours into it. That possibility is pretty much confirmed by the fact that you can now get a shredding machine that recycles your failures into new filament. Finally, the quality of the results came into question when I read about people buying home fryer machines, filling them with acetone, and dipping the parts in to smooth the surfaces.

I still want one but IMHO, 3D printing is at the same stage computers were in the late 70s. Back then, if you were a geek, you totally wanted one but nobody did much real work on them. What's needed is the IBM-PC or Macintosh of 3D printing.

about three weeks ago

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Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"
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Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"

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