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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

torsmo Re:Poor material choice (160 comments)

But remember the design specification was 3 months not 10 years

Curiosoty mission was designed to last a whole Martian year, or 23 Earth months. So it was intended to be "multi-year"

2 days ago

How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

torsmo Re:Homeland security would like a word... (213 comments)

Why? Aren't there other modes of travel available? Or is the virus too snooty to travel via road and would instead prefer to be airborne?

about a week ago

Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

torsmo Re:Coley's Toxins? (111 comments)


about two weeks ago

Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

torsmo Re:So... (99 comments)

only reason the filthy Ganges river has not destroyed the Seychelles & other pristine reefs nearby/quote The Ganges-Brahmaputra delta is over 5000 kms away from Seychelles. The only "nearby" reefs are in the Andaman islands (still a distance of over 1200 kms).

about two weeks ago

For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

torsmo Re:Second fastest (98 comments)

Surely the CIA and NASA have learnt to use e-mail by now.

about two weeks ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

torsmo Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

Birds evolved from dinos, while reptiles and dinos evolved from a common ancestor.

about a month ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

torsmo Re: No real surprise (710 comments)

Ad homonym attacks are just plain dumb.

I must remember to wear sunglasses the next time I read your comments.
Blinded by thine radiance, art thou Helios?

about a month ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

torsmo Re:Why (219 comments)

I get a feeling that overt nationalism is quite frowned upon in Germany. I have had a few German colleagues in the past who refused to even sing their national anthem. So while it is reasonably correct to assume that Germans are loyal to they own country, I don't think national pride would come in the way of Klinsmann's professionalism.

about a month ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

torsmo Re:A little behind the times (415 comments)

From the article:

. . . then-MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said . . . "the dogs are some of the greatest employees we have here at the MPAA"

You know what, I totally believe that the guy was speaking the truth. I mean, the characteristics possessed by the average dog puts it fair and square above an MPAA employee.

about a month and a half ago

London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

torsmo Re:say what you will... (105 comments)

I think your hereing abilities have been impaired. The phrase is "hear hear"

about a month and a half ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

torsmo Re:Another misconception bites the dust (365 comments)

Well, lignite does have high sulphur content, but anthracite is expensive (and also produces more CO2), and producing coking coal requires peteroleum.

about 2 months ago

Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

torsmo Re:Much like voting (67 comments)

Don't call me Shirley.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

torsmo Emacs support (132 comments)

You don't support Emacs. Emacs supports you!

about 2 months ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

torsmo Re:And? (251 comments)

Can't the courts take sua sponte action in the matter, when it is clear that the dept. of justice is quite brazenly violating the law?

about a month ago

Unisys Phasing Out Decades-Old Mainframe Processor For x86

torsmo Re:Half a century (113 comments)

I remember seeing a test match between Australia and New Zealand on Nine, which had the Unisys logo, if my memory serves me right.

about 2 months ago

Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

torsmo Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (346 comments)

he was willing to break the oaths he took

I can't say whether Snowden did indeed do the above. He may have. But what about all these functionaries in the government who took an oath to protect and defend the U.S. constitution and have been willingly breaking them?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

torsmo Re:Caravan (310 comments)

I didn't have one - too expensive.

You had a 30-foot catamaran, yet you found the expansion card to be expensive? Of course it's possible you inherited the vessel, still...

about 3 months ago


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