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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

fygment Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (271 comments)

Makes sense because an animal hearing the loud sound will immediately clue-in that that was a warning shot, not a one-off, and that much louder noise is coming ... and be able to get far enough away from the source to be safe ... ... what kind of magical creatures are these?

3 days ago

Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

fygment _why_ can't we keep throwing hardware at it? (160 comments)

Moore's Law speaks to computational horsepower per unit per cost. But even if the computational abilities do not continue to increase, the costs will keep coming down.

Hardware is cheap. It's not an elegant solution, but it's cheap. And getting cheaper.

Focus on the UX, because without that, who cares what your kernel can do? Machines are plenty powerful enough, what you want to do is get your OS in to the hands of the most users possible .... right?

3 days ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

fygment Excitig news or depressing? The latter ... (253 comments)

... granted my understanding is that weight induced diabetes is a self-inflicted wound. Poor diet, no exercise, and it all catches up. But this technology is a money maker for someone, I'm probably just jealous.

5 days ago

Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

fygment Welcome to the Jungle (362 comments)

Just finding out about this? Wait till someone starts looking at what happens in non-field-work locations ... labs, classrooms, offices. You can have all the rules you want, some people are just not nice ... and some are just evil.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

fygment She should follow her heart ... not yours (507 comments)

She will, by and by, find what it is she likes to do and wants to do. She will try a few things along the way to that discovery.

Teach her to be flexible, to find an aspect to love in every job, to recognize opportunities that will let her do what she likes to do.

about a week ago

Coming Soon(ish) From LG: Transparent, Rollup Display

fygment Hope for the Toronto Maple Leafs? (64 comments)

This year we get flexible displays ... and with equal probability the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

Promises ... promises

about a week ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

fygment Why did they have to study this? (708 comments)

Here in an area known for bitterly cold winters, every new home goes up with an air conditioner, every second big home investment is a pool, and every other driveway has an SUV. Facts I've used to successfully shut up the local climate change propagandists for years. Oh well, I guess it's now official.

One supposes that the climate change outcry should really be: " I want someone else to take care of the effects of climate change so I can keep living just the way I please."

You really want to help the planet? Lighten your own footprint on it.

about a week ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

fygment Self-guided != Laser-guided (188 comments)

Geeze, how hard is that to get right?!

That said, a self-guided bullet would be a small, fast, deadly autonomous robot ... which would be cool except that it would only be as useful as its range. You would need a very unique use-case to justify it's use over say, a dumb area weapon.

about two weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

fygment Bull crap (385 comments)

Renewables are only viable if we find ways to store energy effectively ... kind of like the way fossil fuels do.

Otherwise, virtually all the renewables need some form of backup, usually fossil fuel based ... so you'll still need fossil fuels.

And by the way, the most touted renewables (wind/solar) favour only a fortunate few on the planet. So come up with a way of shipping that stored power ... kind of like the way fossil fuels can be shipped to wherever power is needed.

about two weeks ago

Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

fygment We'll name it: WESTEROS (34 comments)

"Winter has arrived."

about two weeks ago

Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

fygment All singing, all dancing Creatures for Good (64 comments)

Could you hit any more topical achievements: helps the fisheries, help the climate through CARBON STORAGE? Crap might as well throw in helps peace in the Middle East and nurtures orphan kittens.

Big message: don't hunt whales because ... they're good for fisheries and the climate and ... everything.

Homer: "Right, Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal."

about two weeks ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

fygment Scariest. Story. Ever. on Slashdot (284 comments)

Think ( while you can ) at just how much this could be abused.

Thought: sleep learning/hypnosis. So can we put someone in an unconscious state, put suggestions in their head wake them and voila, brand new religious zealot?

about two weeks ago

Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

fygment Another Paid Advertisement? (45 comments)

So at least two stories [see also Project Neptune] today from anonymous readers, reminding us of long standing projects that have been mentioned here before. Interestingly both have some Canadian content.

Both really kind of non-stories, just PR or paid advertisements.

about two weeks ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

fygment HOAX or SCAM ? Tough call ... (235 comments)

Unclear which, but there are no pics of the radar itself.
There are pics of boxes with the two LED packages. There is the picture of a box for a supposedly 10 GHz radar but with no obvious antenna or power supply.
The packages shown could house one or more half wavelength antennae ... but since there are no dimensions, it's a guess.
The packages shown could not house a power supply that would give the kind of ranges they are talking about, or if they can, perhaps there should be some technical specs to illustrate the radar's capabilities, not least of which might be beamwidth and power out.

24 GHz with a range of 100 yds, resolving multiple targets in something easily mounted on a bike ... really?! If you follow radar literature at all, you'll know that that is not trivial.

If you believe in this product, based on the info provided (and $26,000 worth of people apparently do), then you also bought sea monkeys and a time machine. How did those work out for you? There's one born every minute.

about two weeks ago

What Came First, Black Holes Or Galaxies?

fygment Both? (76 comments)

Why is the answer always assumed to be binary? Both processes could have been occuring simultaneously.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

fygment You are in Healthcare ?! Lord help us !! (143 comments)

You don't mention any problem with paper and yet you wish to spend what will be a considerable sum up front (and in follow-on support) to become 'paperless'.

Is the reflective of your healthcare 'vision'? Is healthcare to you simply the provision of services without regard to effectiveness, efficiency, or cost? Maybe you should get in to fashion design instead?

about three weeks ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

fygment Right to be forgotten = more notoriety (239 comments)

So an individual in a publicly traded company, was the subject of a public article, and now Google now has to overlook it for "certain searches", while other searches will find the article about the article not being available in "certain searches".

Did the people who ruled on the 'right to be forgotten' even use the internet and Google?

Did Mr O'Neal do this as a publicity stunt to enhance his 'bad boy' image, a kind of reverse psychology thing?

about three weeks ago

Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

fygment Just me or is carbon capture dumb? (133 comments)

It just sounds like nuclear waste programs, capture and store .... sure, but sooner or later you still have to come to grips with the amount of waste whether in raw form or captured form. It just seems like doing something simply for a short term gain, to be seen as doing something. Yet the real problem seems to be the inefficiencies of the processes producing the CO2 in the first place.

It's like flooding in a ship, you don't try to stop the flooding, you seek to slow the flooding to a manageable rate. The CO2 will be produced, the best you can hope is to slow the rate at which you're producing it.

about three weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

fygment Simple Solution Already Existing and Implemented (579 comments)

In my city, there is a ~3 second difference between end of walk countdown and light going red, and light going green.
Put another way, there is a time period for every light change where _all_ the lights at the crossing are red.
Result: the yahoos trying to beat the red light are usually cleared through before a green light lets anyone else in to the intersection. (People run reds, but nobody appears to 'jump' green lights.)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

fygment No Problem = No Change (536 comments)

1) Your problem statement is absent. The only thing you have is a worry that the current language is 'ossifying'. That means 'not changing' as opposed to 'not working'. Conclusion: no problem.

2) You don't want 'buzzy' implying that you want something stable, long-lasting .... 'ossified'? Conclusion: You've got that already.

Therefore: you've got what you need. Quit whining and work with it.

Note: you clearly don't have what you think you want ... but if you're asking the question here in \., you really don't know what you want. Therefore: you've got what you need. Quit whining and work with it.

A Promise: when your current software stops meeting your needs, you will able to identify the problems, and then what you need will become apparent.

about three weeks ago


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