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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

jayrtfm Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

Yeh, a friend who was a scientist there gave me a good 10 minute rant about him. That salary would fund 8 or so post docs.

about a month and a half ago

Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

jayrtfm Re:Public access (47 comments)

nope, they were proof of concept, incapable of letting anyone enter.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

jayrtfm Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Based on seeing the angst of my Indian friend when he was shopping for gold gifts for his family, there's a lot more cultural meaning than mere stored value.

about 6 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

jayrtfm Bats and Rats (413 comments)

This could be a boon for biologists and other researchers, in that it could capture the ultrasonic sounds animals make. The currently available equipment is very expensive.

about a year ago

Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

jayrtfm Re:combine it with falcon 9 (533 comments)

He talks about this in the Bloomberg interview. He says it's a stupid idea, just make your 1st stage booster 20% bigger to get the same effect.

about a year and a half ago

Google Fixes Glass Vulnerability To Malicious QR Codes

jayrtfm @mollycrabapple (81 comments)

Trolls walk past #GoogleGlass wearers, whisper Image Search Goatse into the glass's mike
  --- @mollycrabapple, after trying on google glass

about a year and a half ago

Ask Richard Stallman Anything

jayrtfm Issues with being an Activist (573 comments)

Being an activist creates lifestyle and emotional issues that are different from just having a job and a hobby. Can you recommend any helpful books or websites that give advice on dealing with those issues?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

jayrtfm Needs Higher Tech like 3D (547 comments)

Back in the early 80's video stores also rented VCRs. Now there's 3D films on blueray, but many people don't have a 3D TV. So rent out a PASSIVE 3D tv (LG makes a good one) with a half dozen glasses. Kids parties would be a natural (or 3D porno for adult parties).
Also if he is not doing S-8 to DVD transfers and picture scanning he's missing out on a big advantage, as his customers would not have to risk mailing their orginals.
Another idea would be to get a WIDE assortment of gizmos from DX.com. Most of the items could be kept in a stockroom, if he had a few kiosks for customers to browse. Use the display for new items and kids toys.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

jayrtfm It's not cheating... (284 comments)

... it's appropriation

more than 2 years ago

Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

jayrtfm soda ban science misinterpreted (642 comments)

Bloomberg has cited a study as evidence that the ban is needed. Too bad that the scientists who did the study say that he totally missed the point.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

jayrtfm John E. Stith (1130 comments)

Stith is best known for the novel "MANHATTAN TRANSFER" which starts with Manhattan being cut out, domed, and lifted into an alien spaceship.

more than 2 years ago

Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

jayrtfm Good Grammar is a Checksum (878 comments)

Good grammar (and spelling) is the protocol for human communication.
Since there is redundancy and words like "is & are" when a mistake is made the rest of the sentence can be used to reconstruct the true meaning.
If we don't follow the standard, then there is increased processing needed to interpret the communication, which is unfair to the recipient.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

jayrtfm Re:Photographic prints! (350 comments)

I agree with doing it at Costco. If you poke around their website you will see that you can download ICC profiles. Yes, Costco does color calibration.
Recently my local one had a machine problem, and they actually gave me a phone call to tell me it would be delayed.
That said, print 2 copies, one to view and one to keep in an archival, lightproof, packed with silica gel box, kept below 75 degrees, that is not to be opened for at least 30 years.
check out THE book on the subject http://www.wilhelm-research.com/book_toc.html

more than 2 years ago

Elon Musk: Future Round-Trip To Mars Could Cost Under $500,000

jayrtfm Re:I think musk lost his marbles (238 comments)

He DID make a human rated capsule, the wheel of cheese survived its Dragon flight just fine. A good argument could be made that the Shuttle was NOT human rated.

more than 2 years ago

Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

jayrtfm Re:What else did he expect? (777 comments)

except.. in far too many sorta similar cases, ONLY massive publicity has prevented people's lives from being totally ruined. Have we forgotten the sad lessons of Julie Amero?
The man is being told he may not be allowed to be alone with his daughter for a YEAR because there is a queue? Just how many OTHER people are in a similar circumstance?
IMHO the guy should go on the offensive and sue the authorities for COLLABORATING with the pedophiles. They have evidence of crimes that they are just letting sit on a shelf.

more than 2 years ago

Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch

jayrtfm Re:In perspective (380 comments)

yeh, but the quality sucked until NASA poured enough money and QA into getting them reliable enough for a manned mission. Then the IC manufacturer's marketing department was able to use the "its good enough to get us to the moon so it's good enough for your application" to sell them.
So NASA gets the credit, much like Steve Jobs gets the credit for the iPod and not Kane Kramer

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?

jayrtfm Viewmaster (399 comments)

1 - buy a Fuji W3 which is a 3D camera
2 - download the free Stereo Photo Maker http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/ to edit the pictures
3 - Make a 3D Viewmaster at http://www.image3d.com/stereo/

note there are ways of using an existing camera, or even a Nintendo 3DS to take 3D pictures, but the W3 is the simplest, and it could be used at the actual wedding.

about 3 years ago



Planning a New Building

jayrtfm jayrtfm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jayrtfm writes "I work in a school of 300 students, housed in a new 6 story building. Construction has started on an addition which would double the size, adding an auditorium and classrooms for another few hundred students. Nothing has been defined for the technology needs, as the plans do not incorporate network wiring, IT closets etc.
So I'm looking for suggestions. Should we run Cat-6 and Fiber to each classroom? For the auditorium, any recommendations for projectors and stage lighting systems?"



not expected

jayrtfm jayrtfm writes  |  more than 9 years ago when I googled for the word "chihuahua" I didn't expect the picture I took of my friend's dog to be the image on the top of the page.

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