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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Two99Point80 Well, who better to... (98 comments)

...maintain an AI system of "waiting on better materials" projects while keeping abreast of materials research? Seems like they'd then know which startups to fund/acquire.

2 days ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Two99Point80 One strike and you're out! (518 comments)

You're forgetting the non-zero cost to the economy of people who would ordinarily be stripped from the gene pool by their own idiocy, by standing behind a car, below the sight line of the driver, while the car is reversing.

So you'd strip toddlers from the gene pool? Yeah, that's the ticket...

about two weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Two99Point80 That's a bit simplistic... (558 comments)

There is much, much more to the process of professional evaluation and diagnosis than what you describe. The process is a whole lot more rigorous than idle speculation.

about three weeks ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Two99Point80 Re:Android is all maximized all the time (194 comments)

Let me know when Android can even put two windows on the screen

My Galaxy Note II can do that.

about a month ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Two99Point80 "Refusal" being...? (1043 comments)

That's just an invitation to sweep with a narrower broom. Feel free to refuse it.

about 3 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Two99Point80 Supporting material, read it. (1043 comments)

From the linked PDF: "Thus, diabetes costs alone could nearly equal CBO’s estimate of $20 billion in savings over 10 years from implementing proposed SNAP changes in H.R.1947, in addition to any costs associated with other diseases."

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Two99Point80 The Tao of Pooh (796 comments)

Benjamin Hoff. Cause for optimism, unlike his later "The Te of Piglet".

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Two99Point80 Re:Extraordinary Popular Delusions (796 comments)

Absolutely. The parallels to more-recent events are striking/depressing...

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: High-School Suitable Books On How Computers Affect Society?

Two99Point80 Re:Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (140 comments)

This would be a good one - students could see the further changes which have happened in the five years since it was written.

about 9 months ago

When it comes to Slashdot, I normally:

Two99Point80 Department names! (157 comments)

Lots of interesting/useful stories as well, but the department names are a treasure.

about 9 months ago

MI5 Hiring Industrial Espionage IT Support Staff

Two99Point80 Another gold-medal contender (38 comments)

If only "Jumping to Conclusions" was an Olympic event!

about 9 months ago

Texas Company's Antique Computers Are For Production, Not Display

Two99Point80 Re:Debugging that... (289 comments)

Guess what: those jumper wires can break internally but still look okay on the outside. I found *that* out on a 402 I was taught how to program in the late 1960s. Took a while to find the bug...

about a year ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

Two99Point80 Re:Echoes tale from Freakonomics (1040 comments)

I claim, in my own head (never had to try it on a cop, and don't plan to) that I coast through stop signs and so forth because of the vast importance of Conserving Momentum..

I'd speculate that the Prius drivers were after Maximum MPG Bragging Rights, pedestrians be damned...

more than 2 years ago

Mazda Stops Production of the Last Rotary Engine Powered Car

Two99Point80 Except when they backfire... (359 comments)

My '73 RX3 would produce deafening backfires when the throttle was suddenly closed after being wide open. IIRC my '77 RX3SP didn't so much. The best gas mileage I got from either was something like 21.5 miles/US gal. But smooth and (for the era) powerful? You bet! Of course, an unmuffled racing engine was brutally loud: the Chimney Rock (NC) Hillclimb had a fellow named John Finger whose car might've been audible in Charlotte...

more than 2 years ago

Alabama Nuclear Reactor Gets 'F' Grade

Two99Point80 Re:zero (436 comments)

Does that count include uranium miners who sicken and die?

more than 2 years ago


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