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!



Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

riT-k0MA Re:"poor night-time results": I do Night-Orienteri (540 comments)

I think what you're looking for is something like a crystalens. It's a lens they use for cataract surgery. they embed four "feet" into the eye muscles so when the eye muscles contract, the lens warps. This allows some refocusing.

4 days ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

riT-k0MA Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (82 comments)

Satellite images available to the US Govt and certain companies since the early 2000's have such a high resolution that one is able to see a tennis ball lying on a lawn. The next generation of satellites has a high enough resolution to use facial detection algorithms on the images.

about a month and a half ago

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

riT-k0MA Re:What Type (90 comments)

I know you were making a joke, but before 1986 surgery (including major surgery) on infants was routinely performed without anaesthesia (they used a paralytic to keep the infant still), as it was thought that anaesthetic were harmful to infants and infants did not have a fully developed nervous system necessary to feel pain. For the same reasons infants and children were denied pain medication.
Turns out that not only do infants feel pain like adults, but they still felt the pain from surgery as adults. The pain and trauma never went away so most of these adults suffer from a form of PTSD.

about a month and a half ago

South African Schools To Go Textbook Free

riT-k0MA Re:I don't like this. (76 comments)

More likely to fail due to South Africa's rampant government corruption and tenderprenuers.

about a month and a half ago

South African Schools To Go Textbook Free

riT-k0MA Re:Already textbook-free ... (76 comments)

That's because an un[der]educated person is easier to control; easier to brainwash into voting ANC. Cry our beloved country...

about a month and a half ago

Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

riT-k0MA Re:454 / 16 (116 comments)

Several studies in South Africa found that one can provide year round vegetables for a family of four on a plot the size of a door. Of course, in South Africa, one has a year-long growing season.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

riT-k0MA Re:Skyrim (669 comments)

NFSU2 / GTASA. Both are beloved games that I discovered at just the right time. I still love taking a 'drive' through both from time to time. Getting them to work on widescreen was a pain, though.

about 5 months ago

Artificial Blood Made In Romania

riT-k0MA Re:Makes sense (232 comments)

TFA says the protein to make the artificial blood is extracted from Sea Worms. I certainly hope vampires acquire a taste for seafood...

about 9 months ago

South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

riT-k0MA Re:Sounds like kick-backs (185 comments)

We also produce one of the best attack helicopters in the world. Unfortunately nobody wants to buy any due to concerns about the availability of spare parts arising from our uncertain political future.

about 10 months ago

New App Aims To Track Your Dreams

riT-k0MA Re:at least he didn't electrocute circus animals (112 comments)

I've been using this app called Sleep As Android for the past few days.
The idea is that you place your phone on your mattress next to you and it uses the accelerometer to measure how much you move in bed. It then determines if you're dreaming and can play something to knock you into a state of lucid dreaming.
There's a free trial available.

about 10 months ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

riT-k0MA Not impenetrable to Google (248 comments)

Although impenetrable to Government spying I doubt it would be impenetrable to Google, who would not think twice of harvesting all data sent though this encryption method.

about a year ago

Xerox Photocopiers Randomly Alter Numbers, Says German Researcher

riT-k0MA Re: These numbers are not the true numbers (290 comments)

Quickly! we must train you to seize the Java Source so that you may defeat The Dark One.

about a year ago

Signs Point To XKCD's Time Ending

riT-k0MA Re:Misleading summary (226 comments)

Read this a few months/years ago. Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul with us.

1 year,21 hours

Love and Hate For Java 8

riT-k0MA Re:Gawd (434 comments)

That's not over-engineering so much as a lack of decent functionality in the JDK. Having things just work right out the box is one of the things I miss the most after I switched to java.

1 year,3 days

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

riT-k0MA Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

I've had this for a few weeks and it's perfect.
I've even installed an android IDE on it.

1 year,7 days

If I search online for my full name...

riT-k0MA Re:"Full" Name (213 comments)

There are less than 20 people on this planet who share my surname, of which you can only find about 10 of them using google. I can also more or less guarantee that if any of them spawn child processes, they will never have my first name.

1 year,11 days

If I search online for my full name...

riT-k0MA Re:"Full" Name (213 comments)

Nobody else on this planet has my Fistname Lastname combination. Losing out on that small amount of anonymity that having multiple people sharing your name provides can be very painful at times.

1 year,12 days

TV Programmers Seek the Elusive Dog Market

riT-k0MA Re:why ? (199 comments)

Or just get a pyrenean, I watched mine effortlessly munch her way through the bones from a beef hindquarter that we'd cooked on a spit. Didn't take her very long, either.

1 year,13 days

Beware the Internet

riT-k0MA Re:Washington Post (314 comments)

Took me 3 days to read. Was stuck in bed and freshly missing 4 wisdom teeth at the time, but still...

1 year,26 days



Gearbox lands Homeworld Franchise

riT-k0MA riT-k0MA writes  |  about a year ago

riT-k0MA (1653217) writes "Gearbox has managed to place the highest bid for the Homeworld franchise during an auction of the defunct THQ's catalogue of fanchises. No news on Homeworld 3, but it does look like gearbox wants to remake Homeworld 1 and 2."


riT-k0MA riT-k0MA writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riT-k0MA (1653217) writes "Would you vote to hand your country over to the administration of extraterrestrial aliens in exchange for nearly unlimited, clean, energy?

Only if they give us the technology to convert energy to matter.
Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willnae be fooled again!"


riT-k0MA 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