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NASA's New Bag Turns Urine Into Sports Drink

fenring Bear Grylls (182 comments)

Well, Bear Grylls has been doing it for years!

more than 3 years ago

My last airplane flight ...

fenring Security checks (264 comments)

I live in a medium-sized European country and sometimes I have to travel for business locally. For shorter distances if you add the time needed for security checks, check-in and other formalities plus the hassle with driving to-from the airport I found that it actually takes longer to fly than drive there. I can only imagine how it is in the US (you guys have more strict security).

more than 3 years ago

Competition Aims To Make Cybergeeks Cool

fenring Party like... (134 comments)

...a security expert!

more than 3 years ago

Open Source VLC Media Player Coming To iPad

fenring Android (232 comments)

I was hoping for VLC for Android first, but I guess I could be happy for the IPhone owners.

about 4 years ago

7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail

fenring The US (320 comments)

I, for one, leave it to the US to deal with zombie outbreaks. You, guys have so many weapons stashed up it would be a joke to deal with a couple of zombies. Just get to Europe, will ya?

more than 4 years ago

TorrentReactor Reportedly Buys, Renames a Russian Town

fenring Oblig. (63 comments)

But I thought in soviet Russia, town buys you!

more than 4 years ago

The Mouse Vanishes

fenring Best of both worlds. (292 comments)

How about the best of both worlds? Combining this invisible mouse with an actual, real mouse minus the batteries and the hassle of keeping it with you at all times. It would be great to provide higher accuracy with a specially designed object ("real" mouse) and just be there and work with you hand. I would love this on my laptop.

more than 4 years ago

The Sun's Odd Behavior

fenring Enough data? (285 comments)

I almost know nothing on the subject, but I'm thinking the 11 year cycle was empiricaly determined. One has to wonder do we have enough data on the subject compared to the age of the sun?

more than 4 years ago

Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

fenring Terrestrial science? (920 comments)

"Terrestrial science" and "global warming" sound to me like "not giving any money to NASA". I'm not a US citizen and I don't live there so I don't really know the economic situation, but it sure is sad to hear this news because I know that if anybody was to land on the Moon (again) it would have been NASA. On the other hand, I'm sure it's a temporary decision until the economy is booming again so it just is a delay of a couple of years.

more than 4 years ago

"Pathfinders" Take Shape For Galileo, Europe's GPS

fenring Re:Time service (105 comments)

Well, that depends on how much money you would put into such a system. For example, Trimble R8 GNSS Receiver supports all GPS, GLONASS and future Galileo signals. In Europe you could buy such a receiver with ~10000 Euros.

more than 4 years ago

Physics Rebel Aims To Shake Up the Video Game World

fenring Physics rebel (89 comments)

Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a science court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune, physics rebels, if you will. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...Shahriar Afshar

more than 4 years ago

Relativistic Navigation Needed For Solar Sails

fenring Re:Mid-course corrections? (185 comments)

And how do you know where you are if your compass isn't working properly?

more than 5 years ago

Tesla Motors Turns a Profit For the First Time

fenring It's normal. (248 comments)

It is quite uderstandable that Tesla turns a profit. After all, their roadster is on parity with other sports cars, has the same performance (at least in a drag race, not so sure about handling on a race track) as a Porsche 911 and makes the owner feel good about him/herself. And, on a more subjective point of view, it's quite nice to look at. If I had $100k to blow on a car, I would buy one.
The problem I see with Tesla is if they can turn what they've done until now into an afordable sedan or they will fade into oblivion. This has much to do with the fact that I'm not quite sure that electric cars are the way to go. After all, in a couple of years hydrogen could be the next big thing. Time will tell.

more than 5 years ago

Australian Police Plan Wardriving Mission

fenring Good initiative (340 comments)

I think it's a good campaign. After all, how much money and time do you think it takes to cover a neighborhood? A couple of officers could probably do this in a few days.
Nobody said it's illegal and they are not constraining anyone to "secure" their AP. It's just like a patrol passes by and they see you are in some kind of trouble. It's their job to stop and ask if you need any assistance. If somebody wants to keep their wireless open, it will probably cost them a couple of minutes to talk to the police and explain their point of view. On the other hand, if someone is unaware that their internet connection could be used by anyone, I think it's pretty much worth it.
And, if anything, it's just a visit from your friendly police officer. They should do it more often.

more than 5 years ago

New Video of Tesla's Mass-Market Electric Car

fenring Re:Europe (462 comments)

What's Slashdot? I thought this was $SLASHDOT_RIVAL!

more than 5 years ago

New Video of Tesla's Mass-Market Electric Car

fenring Europe (462 comments)

$50.000 ~ 35.000 euros Tesla model S looks like a luxury sedan. The same money would buy you a low end Mercedes or BMW in Europe, but with nowhere near the performance of 0-60mph in 5 seconds. For that kind of performance you would probably have to go with a turbo-charged compact, but the fuel economy is gone and you won't have the same interior space. If the numbers they advertise are true, it's quite a cheap car to buy, all things considered.

more than 5 years ago

Artist Wins £20,000 Grant To Study Women's Butts

fenring That's no moon. (202 comments)

Of course, I'm no scientist, butt I'm sure I could get to the bottom of this. I would start by investigating from bottom up and then write an article in Arse Technica.

more than 5 years ago

Ulysses Space Mission Finally Coming To an End

fenring Re:Slightly off-topic (45 comments)

You could tag it "sol".

more than 5 years ago

News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

fenring Re:"cloud blogger"? (387 comments)

It's the 80's all over again. Then, everything was turbo. Now it's cloud.

more than 5 years ago

IBM Claims Breakthrough In Analysis of Encrypted Data

fenring First post! (199 comments)

Have you seen the new neighbours. I think they're homomorphic.

more than 5 years ago


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