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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

StCredZero Re:What are they needed for? (497 comments)

Many analysts have decried the F-35. "Can't turn." (So much for air superiority) "Can't loiter." (So much for ground support)

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

StCredZero Re:Backwards compatibility (497 comments)

A grip is a mythical animal, half lion and half bird, and a vigg is a sea bird. Hence the names. The predecessor to Viggen was the J-35 Draken (Dragon) and before that there'se been Tunnan (barrel) etc. Weird names sometimes.

Think of them as the IKEA of fighter jets.

about a year and a half ago
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The Battle of Hoth: Vader the Invader

StCredZero Re:Too much valuable intel (111 comments)

In any case it seems like the rebels always planned to use the ion cannon to cover their escape path, so the issue of the shield creating a "chokepoint" was probably moot.

From what I remember of the dialogue, the rebels fired the ion cannon, and let the fighters and transports pass, by turning off the whole shield for a fraction of a second. The ion cannon is mounted in a ball turret, which seems to be able to cover 1/3rd of the sky. Hence, the shield is not a choke point. An entire 1/3rd of the sky is available for escape vectors.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

StCredZero Re:Change is Inevitable (Re:Good grief...) (1127 comments)

In real life this can only be a factor when women join a male team.

If a white joins an all black team, you can't get away with imposing a culture. Same as when a black joins a white team.
Substitute any other characteristic, religion, teetotaler, smokers, income, political affiliation, what ever.
You can't get away with imposing a culture.

Then you have a limited understanding of "real life." I know for a fact that groups of women, or mixed groups of men and women can also impose such a culture on a newcomer. In fact, this pretty much always happens in some way. The key is that it doesn't happen in a way that's non-consensual for the newcomer.

But if a woman walks into the shop all of a sudden a work environment is "unsafe" if there is one picture of a girl and a car anywhere in the service bays or the lunch room.

I'm staying in San Francisco's "Castro," also known as "The Gayborhood." If you are a hetero male, I bet I could find an environment where playful "ribbing" from the crowd could make you feel at least "a bit weird." In this place, I pass by posters of scantily clad men all the time. I'm sure most heterosexual males wouldn't be enthusiastic about their workplaces being festooned with such decorations.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

StCredZero Re:People just need to grow up. (1127 comments)

Well to hell with their "realness" and their "feelings". Their attitude is pathetic.

I could imagine members of that group saying exactly that to the newcomers. Presumably this group adds real value to the business. The fact that they have real cohesion and esprit de corps is also valuable. People are people, not monsters or 2D toons. The real challenge is simply to get everyone to realize this.

Which is why the far easier route of adhering to a accepted standard of maturity and professionalism is the way to go. Don't harass people. Don't have your "fun" at the expense of someone else's ability to their job without unwanted and needless distraction.

This group probably feels that everyone who comes to work with them has somehow bought into their particular cultural standards. The business can either ratify this culture, or convince them to adjust. The former is probably going to limit hiring and open the business up to legal action. The latter can also be disastrous if it's handled badly.

I think the key is consensual behavior.

I'm not against off-color or horrible jokes -- in the context of my close friends and family. Total strangers coming out of the woodwork and imposing things like that upon me isn't acceptable, and feels wrong. Right now I'm staying at a Hacker Hostel in "The Castro" in San Francisco. (It's also called "The Gayborhood.") There are places aplenty here where the gentlemen being discussed could go and experience some "kidding around" of a sexually charged nature, much of which might not be to their personal preferences. I wonder how they would feel being the subject of such non-consensual kidding.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

StCredZero Re:Change is Inevitable (Re:Good grief...) (1127 comments)

One person's idea of "good clean fun" isn't necessarily the same as another person's.

There's plenty of things that make me uncomfortable but I don't expect them to be enshrined in law. Businesses should be able to decide what is and isn't acceptable for their business. Keep the government out of our lives as much as possible. These are social issues, not legal issues. Hurt feelings do not equal broken bones.

Yes, I was talking about this in the context of the business and what the business can do internally. And yes, hurt feelings aren't like broken bones, but they can be especially critical to the operation of knowledge based businesses.

Social and legal issues are all enmeshed. It's the consequence of living in a world based on evolution and emergent processes. In the end, no one pure principle rules all, and we really just muddle through in some pragmatic fashion.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

StCredZero Change is Inevitable (Re:Good grief...) (1127 comments)

...It is guaranteed that there will be remarks, double entendres and innuendos with huge potential of getting worse...

So you work with a bunch of unprofessional animals?

You should *already* have a policy that makes such comments and such a work environment unacceptable.

Let them know that this type of childish behavior is not only unacceptable, but will result in being canned.

End of sentence.

This man's coworkers probably just think they're having good clean fun and that they're "keeping it real" in the face of what they feel to be phony soul-tarnishing political correctness. However, it's hard to really walk in another's shoes sometimes. Points of view are intellectually challenging. (Which is why scientists use the mirror test as a marker of sentience.)

One person's idea of "good clean fun" isn't necessarily the same as another person's. It sounds like there's a group there who has been enjoying the camaraderie and other benefits of a tight-knit "workplace culture." of their own. As the workforce at your company gets larger, the likelihood of everyone new liking all aspects of the original group's "culture" are going to diminish. So either you're going to have to impose the same "culture" on all new employees or this group "culture" is going to have to change.

Again, it's a point of view thing, so it's going to be very hard to convey what it truly means to be on the other side of their "ribbing." A good professional trainer might be in order. (But a bad trainer is likely to only make things worse.) Change also needs to be backed up by authority. It's probably only going to work at all smoothly with buy-in from the social leaders of that group.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered Or Feared

StCredZero Varies Over Time (Re:False dichotomy) (232 comments)

None of the above.

Agreed. Historically, organizations vary in their quality and relevance over time. They tend to start out fresh and idealistic, then end up having outlived their usefulness. Anonymous, being an "un-organization" might be able to avoid this fate. I suspect, by the time, if ever, Anonymous has become stale, another such media-stunt group will adopt their methods and pick up such activities under their own banner.

more than 3 years ago
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Will the Apple TV Become a Gaming Platform?

StCredZero Viable..Only as Adjunct, Unfortunately (194 comments)

At the same time, Nintendo look increasingly like a successful toy manufacturer, who have feet of clay when it comes to actually making interesting games - and in attracting decent third party developers.

This will only be a success as a way of tying interactive content with TV shows. Unfortunately, established game makers have managed to accomplish a mathematical paradox: they've made tie-in into a 4 letter word.

Still, I see tremendous potential for folks like Zynga doing tie-ins with big media events. How about "Drinking Game"? People publish sets of rules before an event. (Academy Awards?) Then, you get to watch a set of virtual college students get sloshed playing the game. Viewers will vote up or vote down claims that rules were triggered. Drinking with the virtual students is entirely optional, of course.

more than 3 years ago
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Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

StCredZero TASER (Re: Important question) (253 comments)

Does it come with missiles?

For police use, a TASER would be a better idea. A quadrotor drone equipped with a TASER would be very useful to police. Once you've identified a perp using gyrostabilized telescopic video cameras invisibly from 1000's of feet in the air, you can wait until the perp is alone, then swoop in and stun the perp while a patrol car is called in with the GPS coordinates to take him in.

Hilarity (read police atrocity) ensues

more than 3 years ago
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GE To Buy 25,000 EVs, Starting With the Chevy Volt

StCredZero Actually, Meta-Hybrid! (volt is not a EV) (301 comments)

It's a hybrid. Unfortunately hybrid is very unambiguous as well.

To be precise, the Chevy Volt was originally a Series Hybrid that added a capability to add about 15% of total power output through a direct mechanical connection, because this turned out to be more efficient. So it's a combination between series hybrid and parallel hybrid which makes it a kind of hybrid of hybrids -- a meta-hybrid!

(The Volt could probably run just fine as a series hybrid, with most of its range, power, and efficiency if the direct mechanical linkage were disabled. In contrast, a Prius can run only on electric motors but with a pretty piddling range.)

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise and Fall of America's Jet-Powered Car

StCredZero Series Hybrids Rock (338 comments)

A series hybrid car with turbine generators would rock! People have proposed additional generator modules for series hybrids which can be added as needed for long trips. Turbine modules could be made small, so that they could recharge your vehicle while parked during the day, though this wouldn't be the most efficient use of the fuel. Conversely, one could add additional turbine modules for specific purposes, like towing cargo or driving on very steep roads. Cars would become configurable!

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher Builds Machines That Daydream

StCredZero Sang Froid (271 comments)

Just base the machine's emotions on a ruthlessly efficient Sang Froid covering up a tremendous inner pain of loss.

We'd all end up dead, but the world would be run in a ruthlessly efficient fashion, with a techno James Bond theme playing in the background.

more than 3 years ago
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Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War

StCredZero Make / DIY version! (299 comments)

My money's on the Maker / DIY crowd! Hopefully, it works better than the Arduino powered Bedazzler.

more than 4 years ago
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Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War

StCredZero Microwaves & Cold War (299 comments)

My physics PhD ex told me about one of her professors. In the 1950's in Nevada, he was working on DoD projects concerning radar. Well, it gets awful cold in the desert at night, and it's still awful cold in the morning. So my ex's professor and the rest of the crew would stand in front of the RADAR set and let the microwaves warm them up.

more than 4 years ago

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Awesome Modular Snake Robot!

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "An awesome Modular Snake Robot! In addition to being able to traverse a wide variety of terrain, it can also climb poles, the inside of pipes and condiuts, small grooves in walls, and probably more. It can also swim. Many robots can do one of those tasks. This can do them all! That's quite an accomplishment. This has tremendous potential for the maintenance of fiber optic networks, pipelines, and plumbing in large buildings. It also has tremendous potential as a spy device. (I wonder how loud it is?)

Here is a link to the original researcher's website"

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Large Sheets of Carbon Nanotubes Produced

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "From the article: "Nanocomp Technologies of Concord, is producing sheets of carbon nanotubes that measure three feet by six feet and promising slabs 100 square feet in area as soon as this summer... One of many application of interests to futurists would be superior solar sails A carbon nanotube sail could reach 4% of the speed of light by just making a close flyby slingshot around the sun.""
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Real Life Aliens Loader-Lifter Exo (Army R&D)

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "This thing is damn close to the P-5000 Power Loader from Aliens. But it's not special effects, it's a real life mecha. Developed by Sarcos corporation for the US military, it's a real life realization of the exact same kind of exoskeleton mecha! Currently, it lacks hands, but Sarcos has already developed those — see the "Large Dextrous Arm" holding an anvil like a martini glass. Apparently, you can sling 70 pound ammo boxes of do 200 pound pull-downs all day in this thing."
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Where's my flying car? eBay!

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "I got this via Boing Boing The thing looks like a speeder that right out of Mos Eisley in Star Wars. 'A concept Sky Commuter aircraft that absorbed $6 mil in startup capital is for sale on eBay. The seller appears to be one of the engineers, and the long description associated with the listing is a heartbreaking (and eccentrically punctuated) story of a beautiful, dashed dream...In a brief description of the ship: It has a operational electric gas assisted lexan bubble canopy. Electric controled directional driving and landing lights. Electric Joystick and two foot pedals on both side and the craft was meant to be controlled from either seat. Advanced front dash shell made of Carbonfiber and Kevlar. Rear engine and electronics bay accessible by tilting seats forward and removing the back panel. (3) huge 3 foot lifting fans CCW/CW rotation. This was made to take off in vertical fight and land. It can be landed on water and float like a boat and take off of water. The targeted dream was to lift above it all and not deal with the daily gridlock traffic. Nearly at the finish line it all came to a abrupt stop and all the years and investment and R&D and production, Remains in this one craft shown here.'

Now, it's on eBay."

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From NAND to Tetris in 12 Steps

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "In graduate school, I taught a course like this, but this stuff is a step above! The course takes you from the NAND gate, and builds up to basic logic, components like mux, memory, an ALU, cpu, then an object oriented language, an operating system, and old-school video games like Tetris and Space Invaders!

All of the steps build on top of the last one. You literally go from NAND to Tetris and every place in between. If civilization fell, someone who paid attention in this course could restart the hardware and software industry. (Especially if you saw the video on Hand Made Vaccuum Tubes) Have any holes in your CompSci education? This could be just the thing to pull it all together!

Also, all of the software is Open Source. NAND to Tetris in 12 Steps There's also a A great Google Tech Talk"

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Unobtanium: Plastic Strong as Steel, Transparent

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "An interesting bit from the article:

The scientists solved a problem that has confounded engineers and scientists for decades: Individual nano-size building blocks such as nanotubes, nanosheets and nanorods are ultrastrong. But larger materials made out of bonded nano-size building blocks were comparatively weak. Until now.

"When you tried to build something you can hold in your arms, scientists had difficulties transferring the strength of individual nanosheets or nanotubes to the entire material," Kotov said. "We've demonstrated that one can achieve almost ideal transfer of stress between nanosheets and a polymer matrix."
Making composites from nanotubes is exactly the problem that needs to be solved in order to build a Space Elevator!"

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Scientists Develop Cyborg Interface Algorithm

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "From the article: 'Scientists are making progress on neural devices that can translate the thoughts of a paralyzed person into driving action for a prosthetic device.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Wednesday that they've developed an algorithm for a neural prosthetic aid that can link an individual's brain activity to the person's intentions; and then translate that intention into movement.'

Only a matter of time before 14 year old kids are saving the world by piloting Giant Robots."

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GM Diesel Plugin Hybrid - With Segway Storage

StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "From the article: Flextreme uses a 53kW diesel/biodiesel generator to recharge the battery on the road and extend the vehicle's driving range. (The diesel generator is not connected to the drivetrain at all.) What's particularly interesting about the Flextreme though is that it actually has an integrated compartment for carrying a couple of Segways for travelling in areas where cars aren't allowed. Relying only on its batteries the Opel Flextreme will have a range of about 34 miles on a single charge which is more than enough for the average European commuter but for longer trips using the biodiesel generator extends that range to about 444 miles."
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StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "From the article: ...CCP plans the radical step of opening itself up to independent oversight: nine player-overseers who will act as ombudsmen for the game's subscribers. The company says it will hold the elections in the fall.

Is this for real, or is it just democratic window dressing? Time will tell. (I hope the latter. It's a great game!)"
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StCredZero StCredZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StCredZero (169093) writes "Was this a Denial of Service Attack? Still unknown.

From the article: "The U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Homeland Security called this week for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to further investigate the cause of excessive network traffic that shut down an Alabama nuclear plant.""

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