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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

camperdave Re: Translation... (181 comments)

If I were Musk, I'd put up my own space station...

I believe SpaceX has partnered with Bigelow Aerospace, which already has two space stations in orbit.

10 hours ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

camperdave Implementation Fail (87 comments)

If this is an implementation of a cheetah's running locomotion, it is a complete fail.
- When running, a cheetah's spine flexes. Not this robot.
- When running, a cheetah's hind legs land in front of its forelegs. Not this robot.
- When running, a cheetah's legs land with a full pacing stagger, ie left first then right. The feet on this robot land simultaneously.

Check out a real cheetah running. It's like they didn't do any research at all.

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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

camperdave Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (595 comments)

Apple was a bit naughty by pushing an album we didn't ask for, but that's all it is: well-intended spam.

Well intentioned spam is still spam.

2 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

camperdave Re:Correction (461 comments)

As an American, you have that right. However, do the cops need to get a warrant to search a foreigner's car? Or luggage? Is that spelled out in the constitution anywhere?

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

camperdave Re:Seems reasonable (461 comments)

... in line with the actual ideals US has embraced for its entire existence: to the victor go the spoils.

That's it! I'm naming my kid Victor.

5 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

camperdave Re:To prepare for a cornal mass ejection, I ... (151 comments)

Corna is a genus of moth. So obviously a cornal mass discharge would happen when huge numbers of moths simultaneously spew forth from a large cocoon structure.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

camperdave Re:Apple Watch app (471 comments)

Golf would be my choice.
Show me how far I am from the next hole.

Show me how far I am from the nineteeth hole.

FTFY

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

camperdave Re:Prison Planet / panoptonomnomnomicon (471 comments)

You'd look pretty silly trying to contort yourself in order to read the time or do a google search on an ankle monitor.

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

camperdave Re:Scaled property rights (362 comments)

I think that if you want to publicly publish a work and want copyright protection of that work, then you pay a copyright fee. The first year, the fee would be one dollar. Each subsequent year, the cost of copyright protection doubles.

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

camperdave Re:Because fuck you BBC (362 comments)

This season, in Australia, we're getting the latest Dr Who episode within 24 hours broadcast on ABC. Plus it's also available on iView. So there's no reason to pirate it.

iView only allows Australians to view Doctor Who.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

camperdave Re:Lua[0]? (727 comments)

Bookkeepers, shepherds, scientists and mathemaitcians have for centuries counted starting with 1. It is recent computer scientists that started this crazy standard break, as if they knew better how to count.

No. Computer scientists count starting from one, just like normal people. What we do not do is confuse cardinal numbers (which you use for counting) with ordinal numbers (which you use for coordinates, such as the position in an array).

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

camperdave Re:By far not the only design that does this. (199 comments)

I agree that burning the crap off is a good thing, but why tack on an expensive piece of extra equipment when pretty much the same effect can be achieved by being smarter about core design? I'm just not seeing the big advantage here.

By all means, let's move forward on the smarter core designs. However, we still have lots of waste from the older cores to deal with.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

camperdave Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (199 comments)

option A: moderate toxicity/radioactivity for (hundreds of) thousands of years
option B: EXTREME toxicity/radioactivity for decades

Toxicity and Radioactivity do not necessarily correlate positively. You might wind up with highly toxic, low radioactive waste, or waste that has low toxicity but high radioactivity.

about two weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

camperdave Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

fuel costs are a small portion of launch costs.

Really? What is the expensive part then?

Engine development/manufacture, mostly. The shuttle used 610 tons of oxygen and 100 tons of hydrogen which cost approximately $200,000 based on market prices. The cost of the solid rocket booster fuel is unknown, but one estimate is about $2,000,000. The cost to launch that bird was $450,000,000, so the fuel was half a percent of the launch costs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

camperdave Re:My right hand (635 comments)

In an age of sex bots and realistic toys I just can't see to relax my grip.

Well, they did warn you that if you keep doing that, you'd go blind.

about two weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

camperdave Re:Got one of these once (251 comments)

Oh for FUCKTARDS sake. No one has EVER been laying on their death bed and thought, "was I politically correct enough in my life?"

No, it's not that. They're in Unicode and Slashdot doesn't support Unicode. They are literally unprintable.

about three weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

camperdave Re:Book burning... (158 comments)

Thanks for the thoughtful post.

Christianity definitely didn't start at 0 AD. If wikipedia serves, started at about 300 AD when Constantine started recognizing the group.

Um... no. You're probably thinking of Roman Catholicism, the state religion of Rome instituted by Constantine in 313AD.

Christianity started in the mid first century.

about three weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

camperdave Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

I tried to watch it, but... well let me put it this way: I was actually relieved to be Rick-rolled.

about three weeks ago

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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes has died.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 3 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Author Daniel Keyes, 86, died June 15, 2014.

KKeyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters."

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SpaceX to unveil manned Dragon Capsule.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 4 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil the Dragon V2 at a media event from Hawthorne, California, tonight at 7 pm. Pacific. The ‘Dragon V2’ is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned spaceship that has made several successful cargo trips to the International Space Station. The new craft will carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the ISS. According to Musk, this is "Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup,"

Following the space shuttle’s forced retirement in 2011, US astronauts have been totally dependent on the Russian Soyuz capsules for ferry rides to orbit and back. The crisis in Ukraine, which has resulted in some US economic sanctions imposed against Russia, also has the potential to threaten US access to the ISS as the Russian government considers reciprocal sanctions of its own.

“Sounds like this might be a good time to unveil the new Dragon Mk 2 spaceship that @SpaceX has been working on with @NASA.” Musk tweeted.

SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies competing for funding from NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program.

Anyone wishing to watch the unveiling can join the webcast at www.spacex.com/webcast at 7:00pm Pacific, 10:00pm Eastern."

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How Do You Sort?

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 6 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I was recently going through a pile of receipts and other papers to put them into date order. Lacking one of those fancy sorting sticks they have at the office, I wound up with all sorts of piles and I was getting confused as to which pile was for what when it struck me: Why don't I use one of the many sorting algorithms I learned back in my computer science classes? So swept all the papers back into the box and did a radix sort on them. It worked like a charm. Since then, I've had occasion to try quicksorts and merge sorts.

So, when you have to physically sort things, what algorithm (if any) do you use?"
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Doug Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about a year ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, passed away in the late hours of July 2 at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88 years old.

The idea for the mouse occurred to Dr. Engelbart in 1964 while he was attending a computer graphics conference. He was musing about how to move a cursor on a computer display.

In December 1968, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. In what would later be known as "The Mother of all Demos", he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor."

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Falcon Launches, Dragon in Orbit

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "At 10:43 EST today, SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket topped with their Dragon capsule. The objectives of today's launch are: Launch and separate from Falcon 9, orbit Earth, transmit telemetry, receive commands, demonstrate orbital maneuvering and thermal control, re-enter atmosphere, and recover Dragon spacecraft. The launch was scheduled for earlier today, however telemetry problems forced a delay.

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. SpaceX plans on ferrying astronauts and supplies to the international space station later next year."

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I look forward to the first snowfall...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I look forward to the first snowfall...

        * with a childlike sense of wonder
        * as a reminder to install snow tires
        * meh
        * with a sense of dread
        * It doesn't snow around here
        * because CowboyNeal shovels my driveway"
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Leslie Nielsen, actor, dead at the age of 84.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet,The Poseidon Adventure and most famously for the Airplane! and Naked Gun comedies, has passed away at the age of 84. For the past twelve days he had been in hospital fighting a case of pneumonia. Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies as well as numerous television shows, and is probably most remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films."
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When Digital TV Broadcast begins, I will...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "When Analog TV Broadcasts end, I will:
  • Not care. I don't own a TV.
  • Keep watching via cable.
  • Use a settop box.
  • Break down and get a dish.
  • Stop watching TV.
  • Buy DVDs instead.
  • Fire up a bunch of torrents.
  • Be busy reading Slashdot.
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Star Wars, The Clone Wars

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I'll see Star Wars, The Clone Wars:
  • The first day it comes out.
  • When it gets to the cheap theatres.
  • Once it hits DVD.
  • When the torrent finishes.
  • If my Significant Other drags me out to see it.
  • When Hell itself freezes over.
  • Not even if Hell freezes over.
  • Only if CowboyNeal buys the popcorn.
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Shuttle Repairs Not Needed

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Apparently, the astronauts won't have to fix the gouge in the heat shield tiles after all.

"After a week of intense scrutiny and a battery of tests, mission managers concluded that the small, but deep, divot in Endeavour's undercarriage will not require repair during a planned Saturday spacewalk, said John Shannon, chairman of NASA's STS-118 mission management team."
From what I understand, there is a structural support frame directly behind the gouge and the NASA folks seem to think this will conduct enough heat away from the shuttle's hull to prevent a melt through."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Natasha Stillwell, one of the hosts of Daily Planet, will be doing her last show tonight, Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. She has been a fixture on the Discovery Channel's science magazine show since 2002, serving as a co-host alongside Jay Ingram.

It has been a difficult decision to leave Discovery Channel and Canada, but I'm excited about applying my experience to new broadcast opportunities in the U.K.," continues Stillwell. "In the last four years I've been lucky enough to travel the globe, bringing the wonderful world of science back to Canada. It's been a rollercoaster ride of once-in-a-lifetime experiences since the day I arrived; from tracking jaguars in the Argentine jungle, to conversing with robots in Japan and washing the windows of skyscrapers in downtown Toronto! I owe a massive thank you to Paul Lewis and Discovery Channel for the opportunity to work on Daily Planet and I'd like to thank the Canadian public for their warmth and generous support during my time in this magnificent country."
Natasha will be returning to the United Kingdom to pursue professional opportunities closer to her family.

More details here. No announcement has been made yet as to who will be Jay's new co-host."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I am in the process of building a system for a friend. She would like a video capture/TV tuner card of some sort. I have no experience with these devices, so I would like to get the opinion and advice of the Slashdot community. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using PCI based cards vs USB devices? Are there features to look for, such as mpeg encoding? Any caveats, thing to avoid?"

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2011 Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Well, my days of not taking Slashdot seriously are certainly coming to a middle...
  2. I am a vampire. I may ponder, or mull, or mediate, consider, ruminate, or think about...
    ...but I never reflect.
  3. Flying cars: Bringing stupid into the third dimension.
  4. For there ain't no Bottle in all the world
    Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
  5. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  6. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  7. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.
  8. Woah... Frogger flashback!
  9. What happened?
    He was starting to make sense. So I shot him.
  10. Build a better mousetrap and patent lawyers will beat a path to your door, carrying cease and desist letters.
  11. I'm gonna develop grass that only grows an inch and a half tall, and retire on the hush-money from the mower companies.
  12. I resent that. I am not sleeping on the job. I'm thinking laterally... with my eyes closed.
  13. adoxography: (n) 1. Skilled writing on an unimportant subject. 2. Any Slashdot posting.
  14. What fun it is to laugh and sing a slaying song tonight!
  15. If money is power, why don't we fix the dollar to the kilowatt?
  16. Buy our vacuum cleaners. They really suck!
  17. The pen was considered mightier than the sword until it was discovered that a sword could hack off a person's hands.

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OldSigs2

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Is a Turing test valid if the human is an idiot? (From ivan256)
  2. Lost: one compass. If found, please return to the guy wandering aimlessly in the woods.
  3. The myth ain't busted 'till Savage and Hyneman blow something up.
  4. "Despite being an elegant and technologically sound solution, I think IPv6 will be adopted universally within a few years." - Sybert42.
  5. To destroy Paminella's tower, bake the hall in the candle of her brain.
  6. Honey, I'll be honest with you. If I could think of an excuse that you would buy, I'd use it.
  7. Maple Flu: A disease affecting Canadians; most prevalent when Canada Day (July 1) does not fall on a weekend.
  8. Camping Tip: You can duplicate the warmth of a down-filled bedroll by climbing into a garbage bag with several geese.
  9. Wild berries can be poisonous, or even cause hallucinations.
  10. Camping Tip: In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent mate.
  11. Camping Tip: The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.
  12. Patents force people to work around patents.
  13. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  14. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  15. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  16. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  17. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  18. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  19. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  20. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  21. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  22. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  23. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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OldSigs1

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. "I'm not impatient. I just hate waiting" - My Dad
  2. "Any landing you can walk away from is a good one" - Flight Sim Pilot
  3. Life is an adventure
  4. Wake up, Zeke! The day ain't gonna waste itself.
  5. The chicken and the egg came at the same time... along with the toast and orange juice.
  6. There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are me, and those who wish they were me.
  7. Life... It's what happens around you while you're busy reading Slashdot...
  8. We don't inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children.
  9. Can't sig now. Gotta read Slashdot.
  10. But, you have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe.
    Well, I do talk to myself sometimes, yes.
  11. "It is my firm belief that helicopters fly because they are so ugly that the ground repels them." - Pittance
  12. Freedom is not just another word for doing whatever the US says.
  13. Everything I needed to know about life, I learnt from reading "Everything I needed to know about life" posters.
  14. We have a blind date with destiny...
    ...and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
  15. Eyes sore and red from reading Slashdot long into the night?
    There's a Visine for that.
  16. If my dad took a photo, would that make him a "papa"-razzi?
  17. Before: 2 Sith, 100s of Jedi.
    After: 2 Sith, 2 Jedi.
    Qui-gon was right. Anakin did bring balance to the force.
  18. Where can I get one of these?
  19. Mental note: If you're going to clone a grand army, make sure the prototype is a good shot.

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Quotes, Sayings, etc.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

  1. Patience is not learned , it is practiced.
  2. It is by the juice of the coffee bean that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains. The stains become a warning.
  3. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

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Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  2. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  3. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  4. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  5. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  6. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  7. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  8. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  9. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  10. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  11. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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