Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
Commander Taco, can we get a -1 RACIST mod on Slash Dot?
CmdrTaco hasn't worked on Slashdot for a long time, I thought?
In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
The question should not be a choice between public transportation and owning your own vehicle.
Someone needs to detatch the passenger portion of the vehicle from the engine.
We like our personal space, and we want to be able to leave our belongings "in the car" while we're shopping or while we are at work.
But most people no longer care about the engine. It's just another black box they have to maintain.
Why can't the two be separated, in the same way that semi tractors have evolved from single component machines (engine firmly attached to the cargo carrying space) to dual-component machines, where any tractor can haul any trailer?
5 minutes before I leave the house, I call for a ride. I wander out to my driveway and get into my vehicle, an unpowered compartment. I have the optional self-directed engine for my vehicle sitting in the garage still, but I only use it for off-grid use, and this trip's strictly on-grid.
A moment later the small equivalent of a semi trailer arrives and docks with my unpowered vehicle. I programmed my destination into the computer while waiting for it to appear (or perhaps it's autoprogrammed, as I always leave for work at this time?) and all I need to do is hit the appropriate button to confirm that I'm ready to go.
I hit the button and slide back into my seat, wishing I was still in bed. Meanwhile, the automated, driverless tractor hauls my vehicle and me to work. It involves a pair of transfers -- my first tractor transfers my vehicle to a string of others towed behind a larger & stronger tractor before I enter the highway (woohoo!!! gotta love the reserved traffic fast lane!), and then I'm given back to a smaller tractor as I leave the highway -- but that happens entirely without input from me.
Twenty minutes after settling into my vehicle I'm getting out of it. My engine-less "vehicle" is sitting in my office parking lot, and the tractor's undocking from it so it can go serve another customer.
How About a Megatons To Megawatts Program For US Nuclear Weapons?
Should've done it years ago.
Why the Middle East Is a Good Place For Women Tech Entrepreneurs
Can you tell me why you are not brave enough to post such nonsense under a real account?
"Coward" applies in your case. Along with a number of other adjectives I won't add for fear of young children seeing them...
World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side
Lame. I prefer the Jewish message...
Perhaps we should just be nice to people because it's the right thing to do, rather than for fear of the repercussions of doing otherwise????
Solaris 11 Released
It's Linux. If you need it, build it.
One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals
Republicans are the lesser of two evils only when it is republicans who define "evil".
Should Science Be King In Politics?
While environmental catastrophe may have been widespread in geologic history, things are different now. When the sea level rose dramatically a million years ago, it didn't destroy trillions of dollars/euros/yuan worth of real estate.
I would draw the line at cloning...
I have to deal with too many end-users as it is. We don't need more...
4chan Has Been DDOSed
Hmmm...5-digit Slashdot ID? Been here 10 years? Feh...newbie.
Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:
...and a K9 unit to go with it.
'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget
Don't be silly. Weapons manufacturers donate heavily to politicians. Those who receive grants for research do not. Why cut your own throat simply because it makes more sense in the long run?
Video Games Found To Enhance Visual Attention
What about ANGBAND??? Surely the hours I've poured into that have improved me in some way? Surely???
Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:
A work day? Lots of time.
A non-work day, or when I'm off the clock? Won't even answer the phone if it rings.
Ozzy Osbourne's Genome Reveals Some Neanderthal Lineage
I've wondered if I have any neanderthal lineage. Not because of my behavior but because I have a heavy west Irish genetic background. It would have been a corner into which the neanderthals would have retreated as they were beaten out of the rest of Europe. Google and you'll see that red hair -- a hallmark of Irish lineage -- has been postulated to be a genetic legacy of the neanderthals.
Take This GUI and Shove It
If you write a script, you're certain that the changes made will be identical on each box.
One little mistake in the script and you fuck up the whole organization.
Perhaps so, but the scripted mistake is easily fixed because every single machine exhibits the same symptoms. Easy to debug. Once debugged, easy to fix.
Do you think it better to have a half-dozen different mistakes on a half-dozen different servers in a pool of 40?
Public Clearinghouse Proposed For Evoting Failures
I used to be a deputy director at a board of elections in Ohio. The county used Diebold machines.
These systems are drastically more expensive than the older method of voting; there is absolutely no cost savings, whatsoever. It is not uncommon for poll workers to break the systems because of their ignorance or carelessness in working with the hardware. A broken Diebold voting system is VERY expensive to correct. The old systems? Cheap as dirt and easy to replace.
The likelihood of a major problem is far greater with the Diebold systems than with the older stuff. Trying to get octagenarian poll workers to successfully use hardware that they've used only a few times ever, and with little training 6 weeks prior to the election? Yah...good luck with that.
And uniformity across counties using the hardware? Hah! In the county where I worked, one single individual wrote software to "assist" in tallying the votes. I have no idea what the software did because he refused to document the software, and he refused to comment his code EVER. After he left the office he CONTINUED TO UPDATE THE SOFTWARE. I tried to figure out what it was doing by staring at the code, but that's tough when the code changes every day and the author refuses to explain even the broad outlines of how it works.
I could go on and on...but you get the idea.
Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes
Yeah...it'll probably take no more than 8 weeks.
eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks
So I could buy a proprietary device to read a proprietary format (which I also have to purchase) which will be obsolete in 3 years, or I can buy a physical book and still have it (perfectly readable!) in 25 years?
Er...thanks, Amazon, but I'll pass. Give me a book made 'o paper. (May as well buy a hardcover. Paperbacks are so expensive anymore that I feel ripped off spending 8 bucks on something that disposable.)
Given the state of the Euro-zone, you might want to look into alternate payment options.