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Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either

solitas Re:Smart Grid is a scam (158 comments)

2KW roof-mounted solar arrays? Pretty big roofs, or impossibly-efficient arrays...

about 5 years ago

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RIP - Dick Teufeld

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "Dick passed away on Sunday 1/25/2011 and he did the voice of The Robot on 'Lost in Space'. Bob May passed away 1/18/2009 — he operated the 'body' of The Robot.

How many of us here grew up watching the show? While it was scientifically inaccurate (wildly), we all had a good time with its campiness.

RIP Bob, RIP Dick."

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R.I.P. Bob May

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob May, who donned The Robot's suit in the hit 1960s television show "Lost in Space," has died. He was 69.

(http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?page=LifeStory&personId=123022669)

May died Sunday (1/18) of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, said his daughter, Deborah May.

He was a veteran actor and stuntman who had appeared in movies, TV shows and on the vaudeville stage when he was tapped by "Lost in Space" creator Irwin Allen to play the Robinson family's loyal metal sidekick in the series that debuted in 1965.

"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. "It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, 'If you can fit in the suit, you've got the job.'"

(article continues)"

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India unveils 'people's phone' for £10

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

solitas writes "http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article3368000.ece

India has already built the world's cheapest car — the £1,200 Tata Nano — now the country has delivered the telecoms equivalent: the £10 "people's phone".

The mobile handset, developed by Spice, an Indian conglomerate listed in Bombay and worth £1 billion, is angled at the lowest end of the market.

This means that it has jettisoned all "non-essential" features — such as a screen.

"It is just a phone," Bhupendra Kumar Modi, the Spice chairman, who hopes to sell about ten million in the next year, confirmed."
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Mystery container found on beach (Scotland)

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

solitas (916005) writes ""Experts are trying to identify a huge metal container that has been washed up on a beach in the Western Isles."

The tank, which is 27m tall standing upright, has no markings and is thought to have fallen from a ship before being washed up on the west of Benbecula.

Considering the wide range of experiences and occupations of Slashdotters, maybe someone here has an idea?"
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Apple Imposes New Limits on IPhone Sales

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. (AAPL) no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.

The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.

"We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."


I can see a purchase limit, but whatever happened to "this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"?"

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Barry Bonds' HR Record Tainted by Elbow 'Armor'?

solitas solitas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

solitas writes "An interesting article for the mechanical engineers and baseball fans on /. about the guard Bonds wears on his right elbow, and the possible physical and mechanical advantages it gives his swing.

Beyond his alleged steroid use, Barry Bonds is guilty of the use of something that confers extraordinarily unfair mechanical advantage: the "armor" that he wears on his right elbow. Amid the press frenzy over Bonds' unnatural bulk, the true role of the object on his right arm has simply gone unnoticed."

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Energizer Aiming to Be Big Player in iPod Economy

solitas solitas writes  |  about 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — The Energizer bunny is looking for its place in the iPod industry with an external battery that could extend the life of millions of Apple's portable media players, which use rechargeable batteries that are notoriously difficult and expensive to replace.

For $29.99, Energizer's Energi to Go external iPod battery will provide up to 46 hours of playing time with two AA Lithium e2 batteries."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "Full article title: "DHS Wants Cell Phones to Detect Chemical, Radioactive Material"

Apparently Homeland Security now is thinking about "distributed detection", of a sort, and exploring the idea of cellphones that have chemical/biological/radiation detectors built-into them (as GPS units are now).

They figure they could monitor the widely distributed network, weed-out the statistical noise over many sensors, and be able to pinpoint possible trouble areas (i.e. bio-bombs, rad-bombs, etc.) more efficiently.

...and THEN they'll quietly have alcohol/smoking detectors installed to monitor you."

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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "Two Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the international space station Wednesday to install protective panels designed to shield the orbiting outpost from dangerous space debris... [while] The station's third occupant, U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, remained inside.

An independent safety task force in February said that there was a 9 percent risk that the space station, once completed in 2010, could be hit with space debris severe enough to cause the loss of the outpost or crew members. That risk estimate was reduced to 5 percent if protective panels were installed on Russian portions of the space station.

Sections of the space station built by NASA and the Japanese and European space agencies were protected sufficiently against space debris, the task force said.


It's been 40-odd frickin' years since Star Trek and we still don't have forcefields. Apalling."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "A Breitbart news story interviews certain StarWars alumni about what the trilogy has done for them.

They were part of one of the biggest movies in history but almost without exception the cast of "Star Wars" faded from view after lighting up cinemas during the 1970-80s.

While George Lucas' intergalactic fairytale proved to be a launch pad for the career of Harrison Ford, other prominent members of the blockbuster franchise have not come close to enjoying Ford's iconic status.

..."Without naming names, you meet some stars and afterwards you go 'Gee, I wish I hadn't met him,'"... Oh yeah? Do: tell."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "The St.Louis post-Dispatch says that geologists have discovered the remains of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests, preserved in the ceiling of a coal mine 250 feet below the surface.

The four-square-mile fossil forest — the largest find ever — is just south of Danville in Vermilion County, Ill., in the 300-million-year-old Herrin coal bed, a 6-foot-thick strip mined by a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Peabody Coal.

No photos; but a graphic about how they believe it happened."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "A BBC story lists the choices for the Royal Society's six 'Best Popular Science Books' awards.

One of the titles is called "Homo britannicus" — and so I figured I'd take the story to Slashdot where hopefully one of it's learned members could explain to me why an Elton John biography should make a science book list?"
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "The Telegraph reports that the BBC, and BBC America, are pulling programs such as 'The Benny Hill Show', 'The Avengers', and 'The Prisoner' because "...We are now going to focus exclusively on bringing US audiences the very best in contemporary British programming ...It's what the BBC does best ...our job is to reflect contemporary Britain and all the cool shows coming out." — despite it being that all those shows (and others) are still in demand by Americans."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "The BBC has posted a short obituary for Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin and the inventor of instant noodles.

In all seriousness, who among us hasn't been grateful at one time or another for his cheap-yet-filling product in college, and/or when financial times were tough? I can remember many a long study night (and short times between classes and appointments) when there was nothing else (so inexpensive, convenient, and not-requiring-refrigeration) available."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas (916005) writes "http://blogs.forbes.com/digitaldownload/2006/11/zu ne_stinks.html

You might have heard of the Zune, Microsoft's supposed "iPod killer." The portable media player boasts a larger screen than the iPod, a built-in FM radio, and the ability to share songs wirelessly with other users. It's set to hit stores on Tuesday, and some gadget geeks are getting excited. But it appears they will be sorely disappointed.

Zune I say this having never actually used a Zune, since so far sneak peeks of the gadget appear to have been limited to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. But I don't have to handle a dead fish to know it's going to stink, and to see that Microsoft has made some perplexingly stupid decisions."
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solitas solitas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solitas writes "On Friday, NASA launched two new craft that will make up part of a partially-completed 'train' of international satellites that will fly in the same sun-synchronous polar orbit, 15 seconds to 5 minutes apart from each other, and successively collect different data on the same section of atmosphere.

If nothing else it ought to be pretty cool if you can spot the 'constellation' tracking across the sky.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4944058. stm"

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