Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
Written by Asimov and his wife, Norby the Mixed Up Robot (and many sequels) are awesome. Loved them as a kid. Family friendly (no sex, clean language, minimal violence) but entertaining enough for adults.
California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes
Walmart shows a 24ct case of .5 liter water for $3.48 online.
or from, you know, the tap, for almost nothing. (I realize it's not free, but even living in a drought-ridden state I am paying well under $10/1000gal which means a gallon of water is under $0.01)
Designing the World's Tiniest Manned Suborbital Vehicle
you'd better hope your spaceship knows which way to go...
How Much Of Your Day Is Dedicated Video Games?
Background: fairly serious gamer in the UT/Q3 era, was moderately competitive with FPS games then. Played around 8-10 hours a week. (which is what it took to build and maintain twitch reflexes) One of my frat brothers was much better, and ranked during Frag3 (I think that's what the big quake thing was called back then) and it took him 15-20 hours a week to maintain that level of skill.
Current situation: professional software engineer. Spend ~10 hrs. a day in front of a computer. Have absolutely no desire to sit in front of one when I get home. Frat bro is in the same situation, we actually worked at the same company right out of school. We both stopped playing the same week. A year later, we played some Q3 for giggles during lunch break and got depressed about how bad we sucked.
Conclusion: (this only applies to FPS, which is where >90% of my gaming experience lies) if you don't use it, you lose it. Online play has gotten sufficiently competitive that unless you have the resources and inclination to keep your skills up, signing on to a random server once a week for a few rounds is a completely demoralizing experience.
The correct number of shoes to own:
1 pair scuba booties
1 pair deck shoes
3 pairs teva sandals in varying models for different hiking/running conditions
1 pair mountaineering boots
1 pair light hiking boots
1 pair Newton running shoes
1 pair Vibram five fingers for tempo work
1 pair cycling shoes with SPD cleats
1 pair golf spikes
1 pair presentable tennis shoes
1 pair destroyed tennis shoes for painting, etc
1 pair black dress shoes
1 pair cordovan dress shoes
1 pair suede boots
1 pair brown dress shoes
1 pair tan dress shoes
3 pairs Chucks, in varying colors
1 pair combat boots, shiny
1 pair combat boots, destroyed, for mowing lawn
1 pair work boots
1 pair ridiculous pastel shoes for Easter bought on a dare
1 pair flip flops
1 pair wooden geta
so, 27. Maybe another pair I'm forgetting about. All of those have been used in the last 12 months, most many times. I haven't bought a pair of shoes in several years, except the Newtons as they wear out every 400 miles or so. The mountaineering boots are on their third soles and I've had them for 15+ years. I'm lucky to have feet that didn't grow in college, so I've been wearing the same shoes size HS, when I bought the boots. I generally buy a pair of new tennis shoes every other year, as they old ones get rotated to the trash and the newer ones get relegated to messy chores as they become unpresentable. Not planning on buying any new shoes for several years, either, unless I move away from SPD pedals on my road bike and need to get new shoes to support whatever platform I go with. I polish all my shiny leather shoes every time I wear them, which keeps them supple and in good shape. My oldest pair of dress shoes is 15+ years old, on it's second set of soles, so maintenance matters. All the hiking boots get re-waterproofed and conditioned every other year. My oldest pair of Tevas is 13-14 years, they have hundreds of miles of hiking on them and look great, Teva builds solid stuff.
In general, a good pair of shoes should last nearly forever if you take care of them and keep resoling them. The exception is most athletic shoes as the soles are non-replaceable. I have experimented, with limited success, on extending the life of my athletic shoes (mainly the Newtons as they cost so much) by buying Vibram soling sheets and teaching myself cobbling, but it's messy and the shoe never feels or looks the same.
Optimizing Your Caffeine Intake With an App
it's unusable. attempting to enter anything other than coffee or tea (no soda, really?) causes the app to crash on my unjailbroken phone.
Ask Slashdot: Dividing Digital Assets In Divorce?
Pre-nups are stupid; it's like saying "I love you dear, but I expect we'll get divorced someday".
Not necessarily. It's just being prepared for something you hope doesn't happen. I don't EXPECT my house to catch fire, but there are smoke detectors and fire extinguishers anyway. I don't EXPECT to wreck my car, but there's a seatbelt cutter and first aid kit in the glove box anyway. I don't EXPECT to suddenly die, but I have life insurance anyway. The list goes on. A pre-nup is just marriage insurance.
FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field
We have all grown up in a world ruled by salesmen, thugs, and psychopaths, but that's not the world I'd like to leave to my kids. I'd like them to live in a world led by artists, engineers, scientists, and humanitarians.
Artists, engineers, scientists and humanitarians do not have an unquenchable, innate thirst for power.
Salesmen, thugs and psychopaths do. So they work hard to gather, consolidate and maintain power while decent people don't. It's that simple.
Building the Bionic Man
agreed. those look about like 25# bags (~11-12kg) so 75# total. most teenagers with a strong back can easily haul that around, having a full grown man in an exosuit doing it is ridiculous. while the suit might not be able to handle cars, you'd think he'd at least be toting the bodyweight of a grown man.
Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying
Switched the same day I installed Chrome, after reading the license and promptly uninstalling it. Never switched back. Love how it runs off a flash drive.
Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?
I've used it and like it, too. The split-view is helpful.
Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?
When asked to choose: "R or D?" it's sort of akin to a polite rapist asking you: "Which hole?"
Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground
Damn, you beat me to it. This is entirely a geofront. all the need are buildings that slide up and down.
Real Life Super Hero Arrested
exactly. but with violence and harm instead of name-calling and dickotry.
Real Life Super Hero Arrested
Where is the line between hero and vigilante? I want to believe that people like this are a good idea, but having seen human nature, I simply cannot.
Human nature + anonymity + enough time = unpardonable act of vigilante "justice"
Watch and wait.
Robot To Slowly Run Ironman Triathlon Course
This is interesting. It's not surprising that the triathlon boards are on fire about this today, mostly with triathletes (on average, very type-A and way too competitive) concerned about the robot breaking a variety of rules:
1. it doesn't wear a helmet out of T1 and continuing into T2. Result: DQ
2. it doesn't have a chinstrap to keep buckled. Result: DQ on the bike, time penalty in T1 or T2
3. it will be receiving outside assistance from people other than sanctioned volunteers or medics. Result: time penalty
4. if it has any open tubing it is potentially violating the no open bar-end rule. Result: time penalty
5. if it drafts off anyone on the bike leg, it will be penalized and called out on internet forums as a cheater and a sissy
6. headphones and personal audio devices are banned, if this thing can play an MP3, it's not allowed on the course
7. depending on water temperature, it may not be allowed to wear a wetsuit
8. if it drops batteries or parts on the course it is guilty of equipment abandonment. Result: time penalty
9. if it doesn't finish in 17 hours, it absolutely doesn't count.
10. finally, it must have a valid USAT license or risk being banned from the sport.
Disclaimer: this is a bizarre inside joke for triathletes, don't take it seriously.
MIT Researchers Create New Tiny Energy Harvester
Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research
Glofish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glofish have been for sale for a number of years. I have a tank full and they glow nicely under a blacklight or a very actinic (12000K) light.
Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser
Because you can inadvertently blind yourself (temporarily or otherwise) if the beam reflects? Even with very bright weapon mounted lights (think a little flashlight that puts out 100+ lumens) this is a risk, you can easily reduce your night vision or disorient yourself (moreso with the ones that flash, e.g. some SureFire models) if the light sweeps a window or a mirror.
Digital Generation Rediscovers Analog Wristwatches
A razor blade is only as good as it is sharp.
Absolutely true. Perhaps I should have said, a straight razor gives a better shave WHEN it has been maintained meticulously and your technique is perfect and you are willing to spend 30-45 minutes doing the prep work and shaving.
I fully agree that using a straight is WAY more hassle than dragging a disposable across your face, but if done correctly, I have found it to give a better shave.