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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

nospam007 Re:Do not want (197 comments)

"But there would be less traffic if there were fewer delivery vehicles on the road. Especially those noisy diesel vans."

I was in Amsterdam last week and the ugly brown UPS trucks were electric, I was almost run over by one because I couldn't hear it coming.
It's just a regulation thingie, if they get forced to make no noise inside city limits, they don't.

8 hours ago

The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

nospam007 Re:Ecosystem (106 comments)

"The passenger pigeons WERE locust-like in the era before their extinction. It was a real problem for people wanting to farm."

Why? The shit was delivered automatically onto the fields instead of the farmer hauling it there.


States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

nospam007 The pain is still there. (213 comments)

We just don't give a shit.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

nospam007 Re:Who cares about existing apps? (162 comments)

"The better question would be, are there any apps that you would like to have, but that don't exist (yet)?"

A non-beta slashdot app that shows me actual news for nerds, stuff that matters?

2 days ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

nospam007 Damn! (279 comments)

The Google car has to be shown how to get to the garage, on your property, behind your house.

But seriously, if they'd known the way already, some people would have a heart attack.

GoogleCar: Please select the destination:

A. Before the garage where you cook your meth?
B. Before the garage where you distill your moonshine?
C. Before the garage where you grow your weed?

3 days ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

nospam007 Re:tsa needs to protect us from this (360 comments)

"You're talking about a group with a medieval worldview, and you can't get much more medieval than the Black Plague."

Indeed, using a bacteria that's propagated by fleas is not very modern in the Streptomycin age.

3 days ago

Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

nospam007 Re:CHIROPRACTIC (72 comments)

"The same nonsense can be said about chiropractic. It has been proven over and over again that verterbral subluxations are the root cause of many ailments..."

Doctor Bob, is that you? We thought you had died of a subluxation.

3 days ago

Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

nospam007 Re: "Carefully targetted" (72 comments)

"Strong magnetic fields have also been linked to brain tumors."


3 days ago

For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

nospam007 Re:The coral will need guard rails around it (75 comments)

"These things are far from idiot proof and you should expect drunk or stoned college students on spring break to be using them."

Think of it as evolution in action.

3 days ago

Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

nospam007 No problem. (92 comments)

Just don't talk to the police, ever!

about a week ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

nospam007 Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

"I just checked my vacuum cleaner. It is 2300W. Jesus, no wonder I never turn it up to max."

Yes, you can hurt yourself that way. :-)

about two weeks ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

nospam007 Re:Do the math (336 comments)

"And they do have uses. There are places where the energy output is the _point_, such as putting a shoplight under the hood of your car, to keep the engine from freezing solid, in very cold winters. "

Or you could do it like the people in cold countries and use a proper oil heater for 15 bucks or so. They heat the oil inside the block and need only 90 Watt.
They also have battery heaters etc.

about two weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

nospam007 Re:Read that statement as follows: (441 comments)

"Well for one, Google and even more with Facebook do not create or generate much of anything. It is all code."

But it lasts forever. My wife's hairdresser does not create or generate much of anything either, but the wife pays him anyway twice a month to do his job, which also cannot be done over the internet.

about two weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

nospam007 Re: Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

"no, its the fact that they work for 1/10th the salary"

That's just because there are ten times as many Chinese+Indians than Americans.

Therefore there are also ten times as many 'good ones' over there.

about two weeks ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

nospam007 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (463 comments)

"If he deliberately recorded and actually sold physical or digital copies, I have no sympathy for him. Why would I?"

33 months prison for 'violating' an imaginary right invented by a foreign industry to increase their profits?

What would you say if you got that much prison for drinking out of a puddle after a rain instead of the tap you pay for, just because the water company invented an unlicensed water drinking offense?

about two weeks ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

nospam007 Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (391 comments)

"Excellent rant! Personally I don't care to have those sort of images in my head, kinda like - once you've seen one uncensored holocaust documentary you've seen them all."

Sure, but the same thing could be said for an Uwe Boll movie and nonetheless they have an audience.

about two weeks ago

Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

nospam007 Re:good ideas (61 comments)

"The design devotes a whole room to 3D printing, but I agree underground would be better than depleted uranium. Thick layer of martian ground is much easier to get than 2cm thick walls of DU."

No to mention that it's a toxic metal that weights 19.1 g/cm3 , 68.4% denser than lead, to transport that to another planet with rockets is going to be expensive if not impossible.

A single sheet of that 2cm thick shield, 1 meter by 1 meter would weigh 382kg, one third of a ton.

Also it still has 60% of the radioactivity of normal uranium, so you'd need lead to shield the uranium as well to avoid golf war syndrome on the astronauts.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

nospam007 Strange (117 comments)

Where could that come from? I would understand it if the rockets or shuttles docking up there would start near the ocean, let's say Florida, but hey, I'm no marine biologist, that's a job for George Costanza.

about two weeks ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

nospam007 Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

"~3 birds each day seems like a lot of KFC for a power plant...."

Indeed, it's about what my cat does damage in 4-5 hours.

about two weeks ago



Sex tax machine

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  about 3 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "You may complain about the machines that tax your parking, but recently, a computerized machine that's not yet arrived in the United States, is now deployed in the German city of Bonn.
'Prostitution is a legal and taxable trade in Germany, but enforcing taxes among sex workers on the street can be problematic. The city of Bonn has come up with a new solution, though. Prostitutes must now pay a nightly tax to automated ticket machines.'"

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Copyrighted tattoo next?

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "Hide your ink. Apparently you have to be careful what you decide to have permanently etched on your body.
In “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the very successful what-happened-last-night comedy, the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye. The Maori-inspired design is instantly recognizable as the one sported by the boxer Mike Tyson, which is part of the joke. But S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist formerly of Las Vegas and currently from rural Missouri, doesn’t quite see the humor. Mr. Whitmill designed the tattoo for Mr. Tyson, called it “tribal tattoo,” and claims it as a copyrighted work."

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Houses pixelated in Streetview egged in Germany

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "In a street in suburb Bergerhausen/Essen, Germany, several houses in the same street, all of which were pixelated on Google Streetview, on request of the inhabitants, were egged by Google fanboys.
They left flyers on the mailboxes saying: 'Google's cool'
Police said egging was no property damage."

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In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "CCTV cameras are bringing more and more public places under surveillance — and passenger aircraft could be next. In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists in the sky A prototype European system uses multiple cameras and "Big Brother" software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers. The European Union's Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project uses a camera in every passenger's seat, with six wide-angle cameras to survey the aisles. Software then analyses the footage to detect developing terrorist activity or "air-rage" incidents, by tracking passengers' facial expressions. The system performed well in tests this January that simulated terrorist and unruly passenger behaviour scenarios in a fake Airbus A380 fuselage, say the researchers that built it. Systems to analyse CCTV footage — for example, to detect violence (with video) or alert CCTV operators to unusual events — have been designed before. But the SAFEE software must cope with the particularly challenging environment of a full aircraft cabin...."


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