Slashdot: News for Nerds


Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

oneandoneis2 Re:Why not permanent? (136 comments)

From TFA: "If a golf ball were to fly fast enough, it would be better off with a smooth skin."

The dimples make things better at low speeds, and worse at high speeds.

4 days ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

oneandoneis2 Re:Ridiculously stupid (501 comments)

He's a physicist. He'll have assumed a spherical wall in a vacuum.

about a month ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

oneandoneis2 Re:Danger??? (107 comments)

Actually, Great Whites don't even hunt us out of necessity: We are literally useless to them as food. All they ever do to us is take a bite, realize their mistake, and carry on looking for a worthwhile meal.

The trouble is, given their method of taking a bite involves slamming into their target at high speed and sinking hundreds of teeth in, you may well have been torn in half by the time they go "oops" and spit you back out...

about a month ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

oneandoneis2 Excellent news! (107 comments)

As has been shown time after time, the loss of apex predators is disastrous for all levels of an ecosystem.

(If you want examples, check out - loss of wolves lead to over-grazing by elk; reintroducing them not only sorted the elk problem but boosted the numbers of beaver colonies, resulting in less erosion; pushed the cougars back to their traditional grounds; reduced the numbers of coyotes, which increased the number of foxes and thereby decreased the numbers of rodents, which altered the survival rates of various seeds and fungi... a whole cascade of improvements triggered by the return of a single predator.)

about a month ago

Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

oneandoneis2 Re:our greatest hopes (267 comments)

Right, because satellite communications, GPS, Teflon, water purification systems... none of these have improved our lives at all.

about 2 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

oneandoneis2 Re:UK EU more problems than solutions? (341 comments)

I like the ease of travel to other EU countries that i have with my EU passport.

I personally also like the fact that some of the insanity that the idiots in charge have wanted to do have been blocked by EU rules...

about 2 months ago

Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

oneandoneis2 Re:What element would it be? (223 comments)

RTFA - you wouldn't get any element.

about 2 months ago

Graphene Could Be Dangerous To Humans and the Environment

oneandoneis2 Re:A nuisance, really... (135 comments)

> Carbon shows signs of potentially being rather nastier in its fancy forms

That's like saying "Some types of technology can harm your health".

Carbon is a very versatile element, it can take many forms. Some will be good, some will be bad, some will have no impact.

e.g. There are signs of it being extremely beneficial in buckyball form:

about 3 months ago

Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

oneandoneis2 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

And then you can build a mega-city out of such mega-buildings. And then Judge Dredd can't be far behind :)

about 3 months ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

oneandoneis2 Re:I find it interesting... (588 comments)

..,pharma compnaies are "barely regulated"?

You really do have no idea what you're talking about, do you?

about 3 months ago

Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

oneandoneis2 Re:Pay to Play (128 comments)

It's not bribery, it's a "campaign contribution"

It should be no surprise that a system run by corrupt politicians passes laws that makes corruption legal..

about 3 months ago

Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

oneandoneis2 Really? (301 comments)

"it is how a few thousand of us feel about the whole thing"

Then maybe you thousands should stop complaining and start contributing to the project, which is so under-resourced problems like this are pretty much inevitable.

about 4 months ago

Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

oneandoneis2 Re:I think more people would be interested... (194 comments)

Imagine you set up a ridiculously-powerful computer to simulate a universe - literally a particle-by-particle perfect simulation. (You might need this to be a fairly small universe, of course)

The simulation begins with everything in one tiny place and then it explodes outwards, cools down, matter starts to coagulate, etc. etc.

Within the simulation, there was no time before that universe's Big Bang. You could pause and even rewind the simulation and this could never be noticed from inside. The simulation only has 'knowledge' of what happens within the simulation.

Imagine your tiny universe evolves life, and it becomes intelligent. Can you imagine any way, any way at all, that that intelligent life could look at the simulated universe, and from it work out that it's a simulation? Can you think of a way they could find out what kind of computer it's running in? Can you imagine a way they could work out what the universe the computer exists in is like? Can you imagine any way, at all, in which the inhabitants of that universe could ever come to be aware of you yourself, unless you intervened and told them about yourself directly?

The difficulty that that simulated universe would have in working out how the computer works and what the rules of OUR universe are, are AT LEAST as great as the difficulties that we face in working out what, if anything, gave rise to our own universe. Questions like "What was before the Big Bang?" and "What's outside the Universe?" are at best almost impossibly difficult to answer, and at worst as meaningless as "Where's the end of a circle?"

That's why nobody's busy trying to find out. Now because nobody's interested, but because we don't even understand our own universe yet, so how the hell do we stand any chance of working out what's beyond it?

about 4 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

oneandoneis2 Re:Marketing is everything. (747 comments)

I think you're ok for gluten, but I know a few people who can't have vaccines because they're cultured in eggs, to which they're allergic.

about 4 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

oneandoneis2 Shorter copyright (480 comments)

I believe you're in favour of much-reduced copyright terms - a few years rather than the endless decades of today.

If copyright were reduced to, say, five years, then the vast majority of GNU code would become public-domain - copyleft depending on copyright as it does, this would mean anyone could create a closed-source fork of, say, emacs. How do you feel about that?

about 5 months ago



Getting Linux into school

oneandoneis2 oneandoneis2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oneandoneis2 writes "A friend of mine is a teacher at a large school for 11-18 year olds, with a few hundred members of staff and over a thousand pupils. Because of a change in organisation, they're going to have to replace their Windows site license before the start of the next academic year. She and a few of her colleagues are trying to make a case for instead switching to Linux. Can anyone recommend any good resources for information that could be used to strengthen her case? Examples of schools that have switched, Linux alternatives to popular educational software, etc. etc."

oneandoneis2 oneandoneis2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

oneandoneis2 writes "In response to a request on the British government's e-petition website, which asked for the government to make it clear that software patents were not enforceable in this country, a statement has now been issued that does just that:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."


oneandoneis2 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account