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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

volpe Re:Comment your damn code (373 comments)

That's the stupidest thing I've read all year.

about three weeks ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

volpe Re:This is the AP Comp Sci exam (489 comments)

Statistics. That unforgiving bitch no one asked to be invited that tries to manipulate all of our lives.

Statistics don't manipulate people - people manipulate people.

I'm the ASA. And I vote.

about 3 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

volpe Re:Um.... (562 comments)

I'm glad my beloved grandfather and great uncles are gone, they fought against fascism in WWII and this kind of gestapo shit would disgust the hell out of them. I could probably wrap his body in some copper wire and run my entire neighborhood from all the revolutions he's turning in his grave.

I wish I had a chance to know your beloved grandfather and great uncles. You know, back when they were walking magnets.

about 4 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

volpe Re:Reverse Santa? (418 comments)

If you pay for something and they don't deliver, can't you just call your credit card company and dispute the charge?

about 4 months ago

Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

volpe Ummmmmm..... (225 comments)

Yay Doubleclick?

about 6 months ago

Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?

volpe Re:You don't beg for privacy (202 comments)

Go ahead and storm the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade with guns blazing, demanding your privacy. Let us know how that turns out.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue trying to prevent the next Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek, Aurora, Tuscon, Newtown, etc.

about 7 months ago

Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

volpe Be careful what you wish for (344 comments)

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Be careful what you wish for, Dr. King.

about 7 months ago

Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

volpe Re:AL GORE CREATED THE INTERNET! (216 comments)

Last week, I created a meatloaf in my kitchen. I did not, however, "invent" meatloaf.

about 8 months ago

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

volpe Re:Apple II (587 comments)

My Apple II had 16K. If yours had only 4K, what are you doing with a 7-digit UID?

about 9 months ago

NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

volpe Re:Oh another fucking goldbug (385 comments)

What is called when you borrow money at 0%, never pay the principal and only pay the interest? It's not money printing? What is it, then?

That's not money printing. That's called "a gift", since the entity you borrow from no longer has the money.


about 10 months ago

Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time

volpe Re:Photon model broken (364 comments)

I But what if it is also moving and/or turning/rotating on/along one or more axis. How would we perceive that?

Perhaps as a cosmic centrifugal force that causes galaxies to fly apart from each other, interpreted as a cosmological constant causing the expansion of space itself? Oh, wait...

about a year ago

Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

volpe Re:It is as if there is no law (893 comments)

this cannot end well.

Sure it can! [...] So you're right... this cannot end well.

Make up your mind.

1 year,11 days

Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

volpe Something doesn't make sense here (295 comments)

The penalty for under-consumption should never be more than the cost of the electricity that one would have to consume to avoid the penalty. There's no point in motivating them to *waste* electricity.

about a year and a half ago

Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

volpe What the hell does this mean? (608 comments)

Romney's response to Question 11:

For example, his “Utility MACT” rule is purportedly aimed at reducing mercury pollution, yet the EPA estimates that the rule will cost $10 billion to reduce mercury pollution by only $6 million (with an “m”).

I understand the cost of a reduction being $10 billion. What does it mean to say that the extent of a reduction in mercury pollution is measured in dollars?

about a year and a half ago

Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

volpe Re:Please tell me you're kidding (1218 comments)

"Tyranny of the majority" is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for lunch.
(Attribution unknown.)

about a year and a half ago

Google+ Account Suspended? You Won't Find Out Why

volpe Re:Oh, Google. (341 comments)

You're both right. The GGP was correct, and it follows the same rules. E.g., see "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics, first line: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

about a year and a half ago

How a 1960s Discovery In Neuroscience Spawned a Military Project

volpe Re:See (ha) THIS is what should've been in the Mat (112 comments)

In the original script the Matrix was actually *run* on the human brains, but execs thought that would be too complicated for the masses, .

Unfortunately, they were right.

about 2 years ago

Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors

volpe Re:Savvy study author ... (471 comments)

No, 0.0999[...] (I can't do the symbol here, because /. doesn't do Unicode) is not the same as 0.1 It's never 0.1. The more decimals you add, the closer you get, but like the speed of light, it can never be reached.

Wrong. 0.09999... == 0.1 for the same reasons 0.999999... == 1:

          X = 0.09999...
    10X = 0.9999...

(10X - X) = 0.999999... - 0.0999999...
(All 9's in hundredths place and beyond cancel out)

9X = 0.90000000...
X = .1

about 2 years ago



Exoskeleton gives soldiers strength with grace

volpe volpe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

volpe (58112) writes "This video shows a robotic exoskeleton (not unlike the one used by Sigourney Weaver in Alien) being developed for soldiers. The wearer can lift large amounts of weight, but still retain pretty fine motor control, enough to play catch, gently box a punching bag, and dance. It's currently tethered, but will be deployed with a battery pack. I'd be impressed to see this thing capable of carrying a battery that can power it for any appreciable length of time, given the SWAP (Size, Weight, and Power) problems associated with the gear that soldiers currently carry, or are slated to carry in the near future."


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