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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

fahrbot-bot Better Off Ted: The Voice of God (190 comments)

It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats.

Made me think of the "Better Off Ted" episode, "Bioshuffle" (Season 1, Episode 9):

  • Ted: So, what is it?
  • Phil: We call it "The Voice of God."
  • Ted: No, we don't.
  • Phil: No, we don't.
  • Linda: Field testing shows that the subject, or "victim," as I like to call people "helped" by Veridian Technology, can be hundreds of feet away and will hear the message as though it's being whispered only to them.
  • Phil: It's highly persuasive. Advertising companies are very excited because it will allow them to burrow even deeper into the human brain.
  • Phil: At full power, the sound wave is so intense it can cause vomiting.
  • Ted: A machine that causes vomiting. Well, that could have all kinds of applications for the military... and fashion modeling.

yesterday
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

fahrbot-bot Re:Well, it could be worse,. . . (102 comments)

I mean, at least they didn't ink a deal with the guys in charge of the Fifth Element. We would all be required to carry a MULTI-PASS!

That's "Mul-Ti-Pass" and, yes, they know it's a Multipass.

[ One of my favorite movies BTW. Anyone know if it's a significantly better experience on Bluray than on DVD (or even Superbit DVD)? ]

2 days ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

fahrbot-bot I'll volunteer... (157 comments)

... but no one has ever followed through on making open systems look and behave like an IBM mainframe, ...

But I'll need a punch-card station and reader, build out my server room with a glass service window, hire a disinterested, snarky guy to retrieve printouts ... Or have IBM mainframes changed since my college days back in the late '80s?

2 days ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

fahrbot-bot Re: String theory is not science (144 comments)

Is there any form of math for which no match to anything in reality exists? Not for a specif application of math (which may not fit), but a specific field of math or a theorem, which has no application to reality?

Surreal numbers

Congressional accounting.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

fahrbot-bot Re:Free market economy (514 comments)

He can't. Jeff Sessions is a Republican in the Senate. Harry Reid is single handedly deciding on what gets to the Senate floor for a vote and what does not. Until Reid chooses to do something about it, nothing can be done in the Senate. Sessions is attempting to shame everyone who is preventing something from being done.

With Reid as Senate Majority leader there will be no free market. A free market might allow people to not be dependent on government hand outs and he can't allow that to happen.

Similar arguments (about this and other things) can be made about Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House Republicans. Obstinate, obstructive, short-sighted, selfish, petty people can be found many places in Congress.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

fahrbot-bot Re:Free market economy (514 comments)

Companies get their resources where they are cheapest, regardless if this is parts or people.

But, but, but... Every company I've ever worked for has touted how their employees are their most valuable asset. Were they fibbing to me? Sigh. Now I'm sad.

2 days ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

fahrbot-bot Re:Third hand? (77 comments)

I would prefer a third hand, with one more hand you can do much more than with just two additional fingers.

That's what she said.

3 days ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

fahrbot-bot Re:And government has a responsibility too. (388 comments)

I completely agree. My point was simply that many companies, and, from my experience, Verizon in particular, don't care one bit about their customers, especially when profits/bonuses are concerned - doubly true with regard to their employees. Despite what nay-sayers think, government has a role to play in the operation of the free market.

3 days ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

fahrbot-bot Re:But scarcity! (388 comments)

A better way of thinking of it is that Verizon should be representing the interests of its customers, ...

Nice sentiment, but, unfortunately, a public corporation's responsibility is to its shareholders and their interests - which is simply $$$. (and probably executives and cushy bonuses, etc...)

3 days ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

fahrbot-bot Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (223 comments)

Systemd definitely solves a problem that exists. Unfortunately, it solves it in the same way that a nuclear warhead solves the problem of rat infestation.

To be fair, systemd have never irradiated anyone, like Godzilla - yet.
(Though, we should all fear the day it does...)

4 days ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

fahrbot-bot Re:If mass can be finally explained... (91 comments)

... physicists have always still wondered what really gives particles mass ...

< Insert "yo mama" joke here. >

5 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

fahrbot-bot Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

It'd be even better if we could put them into 'Senior Citizen' mode, where they randomly speed up and slow down, and change lanes without signalling.

Or, more accurately, stay in the same lane with the blinker on for miles and miles...

5 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

fahrbot-bot Re:Barbara Streisand award (423 comments)

What you can do is write a review that is so incredible positive, that the irony is so obvious that nobody will miss it.

Ya, nobody will miss the irony, humor, etc... 'cause that always works *so* well with /. moderators...

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

fahrbot-bot Re:Plumber (504 comments)

Car repair will see some decline with electric cars. (they have less parts)

And fewer parts as well. :-)

about a week ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

fahrbot-bot Re:Legality? (62 comments)

But my adblockers tell me Slashdot has references to gstatic.com, googleanalytics.com, google-adservices.com and googletagservices.com. All of which I universally block.

I'm pretty sure the blame for that rests with Slashdot - you know, the content authors/owners - not Google. Slashdot certainly doesn't have to use Google services...

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

fahrbot-bot Ha, made me laugh. (382 comments)

But they could suggest Congress write new laws instead of just noting that Congress would need to take action.

"Congress take action" - Ha.

about a week ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

fahrbot-bot Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

... Wow, curiosity is really not your forte, is it?

"Because it's there and we haven't been/know close to nothing about it" is a _perfectly_ good answer. This is science we're talking about, and raw research and exploration don't need another reason.

I'm plenty curious, but won't be signing up for that first manned mission to the surface of the Sun -- we haven't been there either, the movie Sunshine not withstanding (and it didn't go too well for them anyway) :-)

about a week ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

fahrbot-bot Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

Here's a hint: no one's been there yet.

Since you're on /. it's likely that no one's been to your penis either, but I'm not going to recommend NASA mount an expedition there... :-)

While "Because it's there and we haven't been" is a valid answer, it isn't really a good answer.

about a week ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

fahrbot-bot Re:We know it's a Goddamned planet (128 comments)

... [pluto] was a bit of an oddball compared to the other eight, with a highly eccentric and tilted orbit, a diminutive size.

Though there's no absolute rules against a planet having those characteristics. Perhaps a planet caught by, not formed within, the system might match some/all of those, etc...

I can see the desire for have more specific names for different types of things, but I can also see the appeal in keeping things simple.

about a week ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  1 year,6 days

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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