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!



Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

X-Ray Artist Re:Infinite energy! (79 comments)

I wish I had points. I also had similar thoughts about some sort of feedback system

about a month ago

The Science of Solitary Confinement

X-Ray Artist The Bet (326 comments)

This story and comments remind me of a Short Story by Anton Chekov. The story was called "The Bet". It is worth reading if you are interested in this subject.

about 2 months ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

X-Ray Artist The Middle Man (387 comments)

The most powerful and least productive group today. You could produce the best product in the world, but if you cut off the "middle man" you won't be able to sell it.

about 2 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

X-Ray Artist I thought I read where this was a secret (364 comments)

If that is true, than someone leaked it. They should be found and tried for treason. Isn't that what happens to people who let the public know how the government is ......

about 3 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

X-Ray Artist Do you really need to ask? (437 comments)

"...or are consumers going to just get screwed in the long run?"

I can see it now:

Me: It is cold and those heated seats would be nice now. Maybe I can just pay a monthly rate during the winter.

Car Company: I'm sorry but that option requires a 1 year contract.

about 3 months ago

How Astronauts Took the Most Important Photo In Space History

X-Ray Artist Genesis? (108 comments)

It certainly was a different time then. Today, there would be much ado about this. A government project with the main players reading a religious text? No way that would work today.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

X-Ray Artist Where does one draw the line? (127 comments)

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." - widely attributed to Albert Einstein.

When does persistence become insanity?

about 5 months ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

X-Ray Artist I think it is about the feel (331 comments)

Although I do not fit in this demographic and now do the majority of my reading on my Kindle, I, too, prefer printed books. There are plenty of good things about ebooks. I particularly like the portability and built in dictionary. In spite of the conveniences that ebooks offer, I still prefer the FEEL of a real printed book. As a result, I have a good collection on my Kindle and an overloaded bookshelf.

about 5 months ago

Company Wants To Put Power Plants In the Sky

X-Ray Artist Lets find a simpler solution (223 comments)

We don't need flying wind energy harvesters. Let's just put windmills close to trees and then encourage the trees to wave their branches as continuously and vigorously as possible.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Azure Platform Certified "Secure" By Department of Defense

X-Ray Artist New Target (90 comments)

I think Microsoft should advertise this. Outside hackers will love the challenge. Locks only keep the honest people out.

about 7 months ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

X-Ray Artist Is it just me? (621 comments)

I just don't understand the glamorization of violence. I mean it obviously has its entertainment value (action movies, etc.), but to actually play the part of the horrible criminals depicted in this game just doesn't speak very highly of us. My son brought this game home with one of his friends. I was dismayed at how much they enjoyed this kind of role playing. I banned it from my house and explained how I felt about it to my son, but I have no doubt he plays it at his friends.

about 6 months ago

Huge Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice

X-Ray Artist Re:So just wondering... (137 comments)

I was hoping there would be a decent answer to this question. I was curious about the answer and this explains it best to me.

about 8 months ago

UW Researchers Demonstrate First Direct Communication Between Human Brains

X-Ray Artist Re:This is so great (154 comments)

Resistance is futile...........

about 8 months ago

New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

X-Ray Artist Re:Exercise is a luxury in US culture (492 comments)

You're just scared to.

Or maybe you've just given up and can't believe that things could be better/different. Change can be scary because while it is always different it isn't always better.

about 8 months ago

San Francisco Fire Chief Bans Helmet-Mounted Cameras For Firefighters

X-Ray Artist Can anyone spell Machiavelli? (209 comments)

The Press is chiding the Fire Department for not allowing Helmet Cameras. They claim the department and the public would benefit from the Helmet Cameras. They fail to mention that they, the press, also benefit, especially if something dramatic (some injury or death) is recorded.

about 8 months ago

Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

X-Ray Artist Re:Yet another anti-Obama article (258 comments)

Some people just don't get that concept. Some people do get that concept but just don't care. Some people get that concept and care but feel helpless to do anything about it. Some people get that concept, care, feel capable of doing something about it but become part of the problem. I hope that we don't give away so much that we cannot bring back the balance peacefully.

about 8 months ago

US To Standardize Car App/communication Device Components

X-Ray Artist It is sure to be......... (173 comments)

One of the most "non-standard" standards. The government will be involved. Corporations will be involved each trying to make their product unique while still meeting the "Standard" making communication difficult. It will be like the medical electronic records. Everything meeting the HL7 and DICOM standards and still not communicating with other systems that meet the same "Standard". If this has any chance of success, they will have to follow the Banking model. Banks communicate well with other (or at least that has been my experience). Besides, you can mess with people's health, life, and safety, but you do NOT mess with their money!

about 8 months ago

Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

X-Ray Artist I really don't get it (531 comments)

I guess I have read too much or too little about the "Snowden Issue". I can't find where he disclosed anything vital. As far as I know he didn't sell any military secrets (troop locations & make up). No selling of weapons, defensive or offensive. I also can't find where he sold any cryptographic or cryptoanalytic technology. As far as I can tell, he told people that an agency of the U.S. Government was collecting information about communications of US citizens and Non-US citizens without their knowledge. How does this make him a traitor?

about 9 months ago

Apple and Amazon End Lawsuit Over the Term 'App Store'

X-Ray Artist Re:They should just... (79 comments)

Reminds me of Steven Wright: Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song? The guy who wrote that song wrote everything.

about 9 months ago

FBI Admits To Domestic Surveillance Drone Use

X-Ray Artist I am more alarmed that (207 comments)

1. Many people are not really bothered by this or the NSA's monitoring/data collection. The attitude of "I am doing nothing wrong so I have nothing to hide" seems to be the root of this one. 2. "Dianne Feinstein, who is also chair of the Senate intelligence committee, said the issue of drones worried her far more than telephone and internet surveillance, which she believes are subject to sufficient legal oversight." What is "sufficient legal oversight?" How much are we, the people, going to subjugate ourselves to our "government of, by, & for the people?"

about 10 months ago


X-Ray Artist hasn't submitted any stories.


X-Ray Artist 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