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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

WetCat Re:Other options? (247 comments)

No, I am not saying about returning to ISS. I am talking about the possilbility of using shuttle resources while still connected to ISS and then using resources of ISS, setting shuttle in frozen state.

about 9 months ago

The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

WetCat Re:Other options? (247 comments)

Also, what options about using MKS were investigated? Was it possible to host all austronauts there after life support on Columbia has been exhausted, and then gradually evacuate via Sojuz and/or Atlantis?

about 9 months ago

Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

WetCat Re:No... (252 comments)

What happens if, for example, Kansas proposes law which mandates NO kill switch on smartfones?

about a year ago

Has Flow-Based Programming's Time Arrived?

WetCat Talend already used it successfully (268 comments)

Talend.com offers Talend Open Studio - a great free software product for flow-based visual programming, based on Eclipse.
I used it for projects for 5 years and was amazed, how easy to make complex data transformation by dragging and dropping components and links.
A result is a java (or Perl) program, which can run standalone.
The program is a visual data flow, easy to modify and understand even for non-programmers.
I really appreciate Talend team effort and recommend this product for all, who need data transformations.

about a year ago

Average latency to Slashdot.org?

WetCat In Soviet Russia (558 comments)

Moscow. 169 ms.

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

WetCat Re:There would be no need... (337 comments)


I needed to go to the hospital, but the car wouldn't drive because it said I had a broken brake light
I missed my flight and lost my job, because the broken brake light detector was faulty
My car drove itself to the repair shop, and got a ticket for a broken brake light on the way
My car drove itself to the repair shop while I was indoors, and I came out to drive to the hospital and had no car

And, if you overrided that (by using manual handle logged by special insurance sealed registrator) and then on your way
near red light your car would have been rear-ended by a heavy truck, leaving you paraplegic, would you be happier?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

WetCat RUBY, BASIC (197 comments)

Ruboto IRB (in Google play)
tuProlog (from their site)
BASIC ( in Google play)

Not so bad. Need no root.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson?

WetCat Re:Probably (683 comments)

An H-1B bomb?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Standing/Walking Workstations?

WetCat For Android Developer: (204 comments)

Install AIDE and go for a walk in a park with your phone, having your IDE handy with you. Or put your phone/pad to a treadmill in front of you.

more than 2 years ago

How To Share a Cake Over the Internet

WetCat It's all right, but (123 comments)

how to eat your cake and have it too ?

more than 2 years ago

Satellite Piece Crashes Through Man's Roof

WetCat Re:Does he get to keep it? (121 comments)

From the local media - the local administration has provided this guy materials, and he already has fixed the roof himself.
Nevertheless, seems like he is now trying to sue Roskosmos for moral damages.

more than 2 years ago

New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins

WetCat Imagine in real life (247 comments)

You have called a plumber. Plumber came in with some guy. Some guy bringed his golden tin, went to your kitchen, took your hammer from your instrument stand and started to mint fake coins. Ow!

about 3 years ago

How Do You Explain Software Development To 2nd Graders?

WetCat Show them Storytelling Alice (430 comments)

It's a 3d world, which is programmed using visual programming language. For kids.
A free one, also have source code.
License is apache 1.0

more than 3 years ago

NASA Satellite Shows Southern Tornadoes From Space

WetCat Missiles? (59 comments)

Any time i hear about tornadoes and their damage, I think: why US military doesn't say a word in tornado prevention?
On most weather radars tornadoes and tornado-capable clouds are shown almost perfectly.
So why not
- fire missiles iodic argentum warheads to such clouds, forcing their rainfall.
- fire missiles with heavy warheads (conventional) to the already developed tornadoes?

more than 3 years ago

Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe

WetCat Re:Stupid patent system (347 comments)

Hm. A good idea to search prior art in an "Art of programming" by Donald Knuth.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Aim To Improve Photosynthesis

WetCat Re:New Pigments! (156 comments)

Red cabbage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_cabbage) has almost black, dark violet leaves. It tastes good.

more than 3 years ago

The Case Against GUIs, Revisited

WetCat Re:First post (720 comments)

Imagine a Guified CLI, in which, for example, you can provide a set of images by selecting it visually in some gallery, and the command will look like
processImage [here comes the images in thumbnails] -size 20 -colorify

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Goes Dark As Last ISP Pulls Plug

WetCat What about FidoNet? (323 comments)

Does this coutry have any presence in FidoNet? It's a useful form of distributed communication.

more than 3 years ago



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