top The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle
It costs a lot to get excess delta-v into orbit. It's HIGHLY unlikely that either of them would have much more delta-v than what is required to deorbit them. That would be way short of the amount required for intercept and even if you do happen to make it... what then?
top Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
I might be an old geezer at this point but I feel like the Slashdot from my youth would have phrased this as "A Stack Overflow
..." as opposed to "Stack Overflow ...".
I feel like editors nowadays a) have no clue what they are talking about b) are concerned with clicks over substance.
top A Dedicated Shell For Git Commands
I don't know why this has made it to every programming news site I visit.
top More Details About Mars Mystery Rock
"The other is that there's a smoking hole in the ground somewhere nearby and this is a piece of crater reject."
I think the word they were looking for is ejecta...
top Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?
Unless they are saying that "dry and sometimes boring" is "white culture"?
I now have an uncontrollable urge to watch The Chappelle Show.
top Book Review: Creating Mobile Apps With JQuery Mobile
*breaks out the beer and popcorn*
about a year and a half ago
top When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)
When you consider the cost of a potential data breach $9000 (for years worth of hard drives) is nothing. I love to hate 'the man' as much as the next guy but there is a time, a place, and a need for standardized destruction of data.
top Everything About Java 8
Wish I had mod points for this.
I dislike using Java for work ( mid-sized web applications) but when I've been forced to deal with Java code I have enjoyed being able to quickly understand what a developer was trying to do regardless of their level of expertise.
It's really good to have simple, slow-evoling, core elements to a language when it comes to learning, teaching, understanding, etc..
top A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud
'OS-less' based system, sweet! Just think, we'll save a few seconds during the boot up process and it will only take hundreds of hours for our devs to code in assembly / binary! It's almost as efficient as the href-less anchor tag.
Sarcasm aside... there is something working as an OS it's just trimmed down to the bare minimum.
Also, check your damn summaries.
top New Pope Selected
... but I must be mistaken.
top US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case
I was going to use my mod points but I didn't see an 'idiot' option. The only illegal thing he actually did was to trespass in a computer closet.
top Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped
FFS... Situation A) Blame automatically applied to manufacturer : They send out another unit and sell the 'defective' unit as a refirb or B) They have the data from 'smart' sensor bitch and moan with shipper's lawyers over who is responsible for the damaged product after spending time review logs.
The only people who win with situation B) are the Goddamn lawyers.
This just seems like an instance of a coming up with a solution that costs more than the initial problem.
top Wireless Power Over Distance: Just a Parlor Trick?
I wish I still had some mod points. You are making too much sense to ignore.
top Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
Lamy 2000 (fine point) with Noodlers Black ink.
It's what I use.
top iPad Steering Wheel Mount
"It's almost like a Heads-Up Display on the vehicle!"
Until the airbag goes off and it becomes a Through-Head Display...
top Doing the Math On the New MacBook
Milling a laptop case out of a brick of aluminum produces a lot of waste. The energy required to recycle the aluminum is low compared to the energy used to produce new material. However, after you factor in transporting and handling of the waste to a recycling facility is it still more eco-friendly than case manufacturing processes?
It's just a thought that came to mind while reading the article and I would love to hear what others think.