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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

srussia "Do not yet exist"? (180 comments)

Don't mines qualify as "autonomous weapons"?

about 4 months ago

Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind

srussia UI fail (52 comments)


Also, while we're at it... Beta!

about 5 months ago

The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

srussia Das Rubik Cube (100 comments)

My old man gave me a cube when I was a kid, and told me that the easiest colour to solve is black ;-)

That was the special edition Das Rubik Cube.

about 5 months ago

Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

srussia Re:and yet they can't avoid Apple Cider Vinegar (65 comments)

and yet they can't avoid Apple Cider Vinegar

Give them time to evolve a defence against the Reality Distortion Field.

about 5 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

srussia Hooters (673 comments)

The key difference is between between separate treatment and unequal treatment.

The male waiters with man-boobs at Hooters definitely get unequal treatment.

about 5 months ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

srussia Jerk (630 comments)

The recoil is lower than a conventiomal chemical gun for the same projectile and speed because no gas is accelerated with the projectile.

The subjective perception of recoil is really a function of (given constant mass) jerk not acceleration.

about 5 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

srussia Harm (408 comments)

Homoeopaths are selling malaria vaccinations. E.g. water. I see some potential for harm there

Yes, the concept of "harm" is a tricky one. I refer only to immediate harm, i.e.: "Does taking a homeopathic malaria vaccine (water) make me worse off than I was before?" Probably not.

Does taking statins make me worse off than I was before?. Probably yes.

about 5 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

srussia Statins (408 comments)

The lipid theory of cardiovascular disease is nonsense. At least homeopathic "remedies" do no harm. Statins do.

about 5 months ago

Why Are We Made of Matter?

srussia It tastes better (393 comments)

Same reason why my martinis are 99.999% gin. I just rely on the probability cloud from the vermouth sitting on my bar shelf.

about 5 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

srussia In Massachusetts... (518 comments)

they can be tilted slightly up!

about 6 months ago

Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

srussia Whew! (61 comments)

"Why do people bitch about the NSA and still p

Glad you're OK. I thought that was a genuine "NO CARRIER".

about 6 months ago

St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

srussia March liver season (129 comments)

Sure, the quantity is great, but the quality not so much...

about 5 months ago

Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

srussia Put your back in it, man! (47 comments)

I once met a girl out near Blarney
Whose Mom worked as some kind of a carny
And so says my miss
The locals would piss
Ensued then quite a bit of hilarity.

about 5 months ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

srussia Range too small (129 comments)

Slashdot has contained comments on everything from Natalie Portman to Hot Grits.

As I understand it, there is nothing between Natalie Portman and Hot Grits. Kinda like Brooke Shields and her Calvins.

about 6 months ago

Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

srussia R&D vs. operations perspective (196 comments)

The DOE (yes, not the DOD) is currently refurbishing as many as 2,000 submarine-based W76 warheads at a cost of roughly $2 million each.

Make of that what you will.

about 6 months ago

Pine Forest Vapor Particles Can Limit Climate Change

srussia Woohoo, I'm AGW-neutral! (124 comments)

Pine tree air-freshener in my Range Rover!

about 7 months ago

North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

srussia Serious question (252 comments)

Why does the roman alphabet kerning always look off in East Asian implementations. It's always bothered me on Japanese pages, but Korean too?

about 7 months ago

Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

srussia Should be a Reverse-Betteridge (545 comments)

1. Add a question mark.

2. Hell yes.

3. ...

4. Profit!

about 7 months ago

How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

srussia Obligatory Pynchon (269 comments)

"'If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

about 7 months ago

Now Published: Study Showing Pirate Bay Blockade Has No Effect

srussia If Sapir-Whorf is true, you must be Swedish (127 comments)

Bad analogy. Consider rape. The thing that is taken is the right to say no. Not to say I'm equating the degree of the two. Rape is always wrong, but the legal right to say no because of bad copyright law, not always.

The literal translation of "copyright infringement" in Swedish is "brainchild rape".

about 7 months ago



Exclusive: Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google

srussia srussia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

srussia (884021) writes "Wired reports: Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google. Dugan, whose controversial tenure at the agency lasted just under three years, was 'offered and accepted at senior executive position' with the internet giant, according to Darpa spokesman Eric Mazzacone. She felt she could not say no to such an 'innovative company,' he adds."

Microsoft: Block infected PCs Internet

srussia srussia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

srussia (884021) writes "Scott Charney, corporate vice president of trustworthy computing at Microsoft, urged government and tech industry officials to act collectively to protect citizens and critical infrastructure from growing cyberthreats. He compared unprotected and infected computers to unvaccinated and contagious individuals. Both, he said, can pose a threat to society. According to USAToday, the proposed model would require each PC to, in effect, present a "health certificate" that outlines its security posture before it could connect to the Internet. Enforcement would come from the Internet service provider or some other authority."

Brain Training Games Provide No Overall Benefit

srussia srussia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

srussia (884021) writes "Bloomberg reports: "A study involving 11,430 people from across the U.K. found the “training” failed to improve overall brain function better than answering general questions on the Internet.

Keep those Slashdot polls coming then!"

Lego gun at brings in the SWAT team

srussia srussia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

srussia (884021) writes "A partner at a downtown Toronto user-experience design firm, had ordered the gun from the online retailer BrickGun, which sells realistic Lego replicas of firearms. Just how realistic, Jeremy would soon find out in an encounter with the friendly neighbourhood SWAT team, thanks to a tip from an alert neighbor."
Link to Original Source

srussia srussia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

srussia (884021) writes "Steve Jobs, in an opinion piece entitled "Thoughts on Music" calls for an end to DRM encumbrances currently demanded by the "Big Four" in return for letting iTunes distribute their music.

Excerpt: "Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven't worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That's right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.""


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