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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

wasteoid Re:Spoiler (174 comments)

Old news. This was attempted over 2000 years ago, and it ended badly.


Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

wasteoid Peak Stupid (100 comments)

So is trying so hard to coin a phrase like "peak stupid".

about a month ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

wasteoid Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

depends on the crime. pedophiles are actively prevented from having their crimes "forgotten," due to the rate of recidivism.

about 2 months ago

Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

wasteoid Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

After lawyers' fees, there isn't much left, so it's a wash.

about 2 months ago

The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

wasteoid Pip-Boy (56 comments)

Probably the most useful configuration, mounting a small tablet to the back of one's forearm. Easy to use, no need to occupy a hand, mostly out of the way when not needed. Kind of like a smartwatch, only more useful due to the larger size. Head-mounted configurations seem prone to issues, especially regarding distractions in the visual area while performing activities requiring full attention.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

wasteoid Re:Change Jobs? (282 comments)

Too late, maybe.

about 2 months ago

3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

wasteoid Re:Yarrr! (104 comments)

Pirate! I bet you would also steal a hand-crafted song from the Internet.

about 3 months ago

Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

wasteoid Re:slashvertisement (253 comments)

So you don't want the 5 million dollars?

about 3 months ago

Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

wasteoid Re:Two different tech (158 comments)

metroPCS used CDMA technologies, and after T-Mobile merged with them, they have gradually moved customers over to their expanding GSM/LTE network. Presumably, the same method would occur with Sprint. Comparing both companies' performance, T-Mobile management should persist when merging with Sprint.

about 3 months ago

LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

wasteoid Re:Too bad they might no't be able to use them (108 comments)

If law enforcement only used technology for good, we wouldn't have a problem, but law enforcement is performed by humans, and humans abuse power. This increase in technology increases their ability to abuse others, and since they are law enforcement, they suffer no consequences.

about 4 months ago

'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

wasteoid Re:Test project: (323 comments)

It might not stand up to the rigors of use.

about 4 months ago

Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

wasteoid Re:I disagree (293 comments)

9 out of 10 slashdot users agree that facts from unreliable sources may be modded insightful.

about 4 months ago

FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

wasteoid Re:With TCP, Throttling = Dropping Packets (105 comments)

I have also noticed that the more inserts I make, the larger the queue grows, and eventually I have to drop packets. It does relieve the block though.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code

wasteoid Re:The 5th element (85 comments)

Yes, but he's a dude.

about 4 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

wasteoid Re:Study? (453 comments)

You're proving his point. Stuff that *might* happen (reading a dubious science article) *might* lead to other stuff (throwing your laptop against the wall) that *might* happen.

about 4 months ago

Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

wasteoid Re:No different than asking... (201 comments)

Wine snobs are the worst kind of snobs.

about 4 months ago



Broadcasters petition US Supreme Court against Aereo

wasteoid wasteoid writes  |  about a year ago

wasteoid (1897370) writes "Aereo provides live-streaming and cloud-based DVR capability for Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcasts to their paying customers. Broadcasters object to this functionality, such as Fox claiming about Aereo, "Make no mistake, Aereo is stealing our broadcast signal." The focus appears to be the ability of Aereo to provide streaming and DVR capabilities that traditional broadcasters have not delivered. The litigious broadcasters are fighting against "Aereo’s illegal disruption of their business model.""
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Scientists create new form of matter from photons

wasteoid wasteoid writes  |  about a year ago

wasteoid (1897370) writes "We are one step closer to Star Trek replicators and holodecks with the advancement achieved by scientists at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms. The scientists have managed to coax the photons to bind together to form photonic molecules, a state of matter that was previously only theoretical. Using an ultra-cold version of light refraction, two photons were slowed down sufficiently to cause them to bind together in the ultra-cold media, exiting as a single photon molecule."
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