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Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

mmmmbeer Pricing (64 comments)


The planes will be divided into three sections. For a price of under €2,000 (US$2,700), you'll get to share the Party Room with up to 39 other "cheapskates" (for comparison, flights with one of S3's established competitors start at $4,950). If you're willing to pay €5,000 ($6,800), however, you can be one of 28 people in the Premium Zone – this will include the chance to play with items such as liquids and balloons, plus it will get you an exclusive Breitling S3 ZeroG wristwatch and an S3 flight suit to take home.

Finally, a dozen passengers can enjoy a "tailor-made experience" in the VIP Room, which will cost an even €50,000 ($68,000) to book – all of those people will also get a watch and a flight suit.

about 4 months ago

A Robot With a Chainsaw!

mmmmbeer This is great! (101 comments)

Now after I defeat this robot, I will gain the Robot Chainsaw power.

about a year and a half ago

Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers?

mmmmbeer Not exactly (333 comments)

Rather, they will merge. Once a color e-ink screen with an adequate refresh rate comes out, all previous tablets and e-readers will become horribly obsolete compared to the new, combined version. Until then, e-readers will continue to fill a niche market. They might not be as popular as they once were, but they aren't going to go away.

about 2 years ago

Kepler Sees Partial Exoplanetary Eclipse

mmmmbeer I'd call it co-transit. (35 comments)

Or perhaps multi-transit, for when more than two transit at the same time.

about 2 years ago

Your Moral Compass Is Reversible

mmmmbeer From someone who actually read the article (295 comments)

This is just a case of people not wanting to admit that they messed up. They don't suddenly start giving the opposite answers they did before, they just justify the answers they thought they gave by mistake, so that they don't look like idiots. It's more a demonstration about people being stubborn than anything else.

about 2 years ago

Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

mmmmbeer Re:dibs (266 comments)

And my answer will be, "Where do I sign!?"

about 2 years ago

Controlling Monkey Brains and Behavior With Light

mmmmbeer Wow (77 comments)

This gives a whole new meaning to the term "Mood Lighting."

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

mmmmbeer Re:Single Sign on aka FB (446 comments)

That's when you have to introduce another tier - "Important but Stupid." :)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

mmmmbeer Re:Single Sign on aka FB (446 comments)

I get-around the "single login" deficit by using the same name/pass across all websites where I don't care if they get hacked (like posting replies on newspapers). I use a 2nd password for personal websites like email. And a 3rd strong password just for the two banking/stock websites. Nothing gets written down so I don't have to worry about somebody finding my "scrawled passwords" laying in plain sight.

I've been advocating this approach for years. I call it "Password Tiers."

more than 2 years ago

Liberated Pixel Cup: Art Entries Closed; Code Competition Begins

mmmmbeer Re:I was just thinking about something similar... (34 comments)

OpenGameArt supports other styles and formats as well, just not for this competition. They could definitely use some 3d camels.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?

mmmmbeer Re:Spring, Scala/Akka/Play (409 comments)

I'll second the recommendation for Spring. Spring MVC is really useful, and the dependency injection is very powerful but also pretty simple to use.

My other recommendation is to remember KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. No matter what you choose to do, keep it as simple as possible, but no simpler.

Also, use JQuery for the front end. It's immensely better than pure javascript.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

mmmmbeer From someone who's been there (403 comments)

About ten years ago, I was assigned to be the in-house developer overseeing a couple of outsourced projects. One went quite well, but the other was a constant struggle. Since then, I have dealt with several other projects that were outsourced, with varying degrees of success. The simple answer is that it can work, but often doesn't. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

- Don't just go with the cheapest. You can save money by outsourcing, while still getting competent developers. Make sure you meet the developers - or at least the leads - before making your choice of consulting company. In the long run, it will cost you a lot more if you end up having to rewrite everything; and believe me, that definitely can happen. Bear in mind that even if the consulting company agrees not to charge for bug fixes, it still costs you money if the project goes way past the scheduled end date.

- KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. As always, make certain your design is as simple as possible, but no simpler. The simpler and more straightforward a project is, the less likely that consultants can really screw it up.

- Stay on top of the developers. You don't have to micromanage, but you need to be aware at all times what they are working on. They can very easily start going in the wrong direction. Talk to them every day.

- Be very, very clear in your instructions. Never assume that they understand what you mean, especially if they're from a different culture. Be literal, elaborate, and even pedantic.

- Code review, code review, code review. If anyone consistently turns in unacceptable code, have them removed from the project.

- It's fine to give them access to your libraries, etc. In fact, it's best to have them use your source control system, but they shouldn't be able to delete anything. This way, when they inevitably make a stupid change that breaks something important, you can just roll back.

- Assign the easiest/least important things to the worst developers, moderately difficult/important things to decent developers, and do the most complex and important things yourself. This might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many managers treat all developers like we're the same.

- Keep track of how much each project really costs in terms of both time and money. Once you have done one or two this way, you might be able to determine that some projects should be outsourced and others shouldn't. You'll be a lot more likely to convince your boss if you have actual numbers.

Well, I hope this helps. Good luck!

about 2 years ago

Privacy Advocates Protest FBI Warning of 'Going Dark' In Online Era

mmmmbeer Re:How's this for an idea? (135 comments)

You can't expect people to agree to a reasonable compromise without completing the fighting and name-calling stages first.

more than 2 years ago

The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

mmmmbeer Re:Where? (715 comments)

Ditto. I might not count as young anymore, but I have never in my life seen any behavior like they describe.

more than 2 years ago

The Liberated Pixel Cup: a Game Making Contest From the CC, FSF, and OpenGameArt

mmmmbeer Re:Linux support pretty much required? (53 comments)

They aren't forcing anything on you. They only insist that you don't force things on them.

more than 2 years ago

Annual Airline Achievement Report Released

mmmmbeer I'm confused (78 comments)

What achievement did they unlock?

more than 2 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded music ...

mmmmbeer Missing option (334 comments)


(That's a period.)

more than 2 years ago


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