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What Isn't There an App For?

luckymutt Re:Plant Recognition (421 comments)

I don't see a great need for this personally. All the edible plants I see have little signs in front of them telling me not only what they are, but how much they cost too.

about three weeks ago

Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

luckymutt Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

Four CAD drawings are not worth getting excited about.

It really depends on which 4 sheets they are.
They may not be able to build their own ship, but the right 4 drawings could provide some serious info on critical systems.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

luckymutt where's Bennett when you need him? (720 comments)

I'm sure Bennett would be able to come up with some sort of algorithm or solution that would benefit not only the questioner, but humankind in total.
Maybe he could incorporate one of those small sample surveys that can be extrapolated to account for everyone else's circumstances as well.
I'm sure he can relay his findings in one of those succinct ands salient ways that his writing is so well known for.

about a month ago

Big Talk About Small Samples

luckymutt Bigger sample size in comments section (246 comments)

You want to see a more meaningful sample size? Look at the number of comments in Bennett's "submissions" that are complaining about this waste of time. Compare that to the number that actually gives a shit.
It was bad enough that the first sorry the other day had NOTHING whatsoever to do with news for nerds, nor was it well written, nor was it well conducted.
But /. now needs to post a whiny follow-up piece???

Few people care about this Miley Cyrus' opinion on things that do matter, and fewer still care about his opinion on all the crap that doesn't matter.
Breastfeeding pictures? Burning Man parking? Burning Man Ice distribution? How come 5th Ammendment?
Fuck this clown.

about 2 months ago

Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

luckymutt Re:time lost (350 comments)

You should know better by now.

about 2 months ago

Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

luckymutt Really /.? (350 comments)

And this is news for nerds how? Because he used Mechanical Turk?
Seriously, stop with the drivel from this Miley Cyrus looking boob, with his winking and mouth gaping. Go ahead. Image search him.

about 2 months ago

Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

luckymutt why so much money? (451 comments)

After all, wasn't the original ark built by just a few guys with hand tools?

about 3 months ago

Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

luckymutt Re:This is ridiculous (117 comments)

It coasted for months along a trajectory that was established during development and confirmed shortly after lift off. It didn't get hit by an asteroid. Congratulations?
Or is it that it confirms they got the math right and didn't mix imperial units with metric while programming trajectory info?

Couldn't they have waited until the 24th to give a headline about the success of failure regarding the onboard liquid engine restart and subsequent critical maneuver ?

about 4 months ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

luckymutt Where's the link? (100 comments)

Link to an Ogg for Flac file? We want to hear it, not just read about it.

about 5 months ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

luckymutt Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

That was my first thought.
Companies have changed names in the past. It shouldn't be a big deal. In fact, they could have gotten more attention/users if the headlines was ""Twitpic" changes name to "xxxxxxx" because twitter is being a twat.""
or something.

about 5 months ago

Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

luckymutt 99% (141 comments)

This may be a daft question, but if "the key proton-proton fusion reaction that is the first part of a chain of reactions that provides 99% of the sun's power." then what is the other 1% of the sun's power if not the chain of reactions?

about 5 months ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

luckymutt Dog's accuracy depends... (415 comments)

...on where said thumb (drive) was recently stuck.

about 7 months ago

New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

luckymutt Re:But it gives the driver the wrong impression (243 comments)

Exactly this.
While taking the El Cajon pass on the 15, no one should have any feeling except for how fast they are taking the turn. Providing a false sense of the turn is in no way helpful to anyone.

/rant/ And it is ridiculous to site how motorcycles lean during turns. That is *how* motorcycles turn. Two-wheeled vehicles are completely different than cars. They counter-steer to turn.
To turn left on a motorcycle, you don't "turn" left. You press on the left handle bar (pointing the front wheel to the *right*). That leans the bike to the left, initiating the turn. Pressing more on the left will tighten the turn, pressing the right side of the handle bar will widen the turn and continue to bring the bike upright. //rant/

about 8 months ago

New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

luckymutt Re:Physics (243 comments)

This is why you are pushed into the door instead of into the bottom of your seat.

Depending, of course, on what country you are driving in.

about 8 months ago

FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

luckymutt Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

There are that many comment trolls that have paid for HBO?

No, there are just that many trolls that know how to navigate to YouTube...kinda like the link in TFA.
Since you are not aware, "YouTube" is a video sharing website on a thing called he "Internet" on which said video in the article was "posted."
For further instruction, see this YOUTUBE link

about 8 months ago

Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

luckymutt Re:Answer to Blender? (147 comments)

It is a rendering engine. It is not in direct competition with, nor do they see Blender as a "threat."
They are not even making a Blender compatible version.
RenderMan is only available for Maya.
If they are doing this in response to anything they see as a threat, it is in response to V-Ray who recently (past couple of years) released a version for Maya and it has been widely adopted in film and vfx.
V-Ray has been around for years as a rendering engine for 3dsMax and has really dominated. (I can't remember the last time I even heard about anyone using Final Render, Brazil, or even mentalray for that matter) Chaos Group has aggressively pursued the other major 3D platforms these past couple of years and has been adopted quite widely, and for good reason.

about 8 months ago

Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

luckymutt Re:Wow... this is actually pretty big (147 comments)

Renderman is a rendering engine with its own material and lighting system.
It is essentially a suite of plug-ins. You would still do all of your modeling and animation rigging, camera work etc. in Blender as you already know it, then use the Renderman materials and lighting and then Renderman would do all of the rendering passes and output.
Just like using v-ray in 3dsMax or Maya.
However, you would need to hope they have built a version for Blender, or have made a scene exporter and a stand-alone version of Renderman.
I haven't messed with Renderman in years, but the last I saw was it was only available for Maya. I hoped that's changed because I'd love to try it again, but I only use Max these days.

about 8 months ago

Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

luckymutt Re:Qualifications? (107 comments)

oh, *that* Scott Adams...I thought it was the guy who made the text-based adventure games in the 80's

about 8 months ago

Virtual DVDs, Revisited

luckymutt Re:"When did Slashdot turn into Pinterest?" (147 comments)

/. should try this to see if this guy's ramblings are of interest to the readers here:
Let him submit his blog articles through the normal channels here as an "Ask Slashdot" sub.
If it is worth anything, it will get voted to the front page.

about 8 months ago



Las Vegas Sands sites breached; employee personal info posted

luckymutt luckymutt writes  |  about a year ago

luckymutt (996573) writes "Hackers breached the websites of all Las Vegas Sands Corp. casinos on Tuesday morning, and the home pages of some of the world's largest casinos remained down through the day.
The sites were replaced with an image of a world map highlighting the locations of LVS resorts, marked with fire. The hackers also posting the names, contact info and social security numbers of key LVS employees.
The Morning Call website was able to post a screen shot before LVS was able regain control of their sites, replacing it with a "down for maintenance" placeholder.
This appears to be in response to the comments by Las Vegas Sands' CEO Sheldon Adeleson several months ago:
In October, he floated the idea of dropping a nuclear bomb on Iran, saying strength was the only thing the country understands. During a forum at Yeshiva University in New York City, he imagined what might happen if the U.S. began negotiations over the country's nuclear program by launching a strike on the Iranian desert.

"Then you say, 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development,' " he said."

Accountant Creates An Entire Role-Playing Game With Microsoft Excel

luckymutt luckymutt writes  |  about 2 years ago

luckymutt (996573) writes "Microsoft Excel can be a powerful tool in the office, however, Canadian accountant Cary Walkin took the program to a whole new level by http://designtaxi.com/news/356751/Accountant-Creates-An-Entire-Role-Playing-Game-With-Microsoft-Excel/> creating an entire role-playing game (RPG) inside a Excel workbook.

Called ‘Arena.Xlsm’, it features a level system where players have to defeat a series of enemies in order to progress through the game, and gain better weapons and skills.
Download here"

Link to Original Source

luckymutt luckymutt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

luckymutt (996573) writes "According to the BBC, an Earth-like planet in the constellation Libra has been discovered. From the article: "We have estimated that the mean temperature of this 'super-Earth' lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid," explained Stephane Udry of the Geneva Observatory, lead author of the scientific paper reporting the result. Pack your bags folks, we have a new planet to trash."


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