top NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining
There is a rock that orbits the sun which is well known to contain easily extracted minerals. And it is big. With a circumference of about 22,000 miles it contains vast amounts of minerals. The really great up-side to it is that it has an atmosphere which we can survive in (at least in the short-term). So mining operations should be fairly cost effective.
top Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard
You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building.
Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully...
top Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week
Sorry, but what the NSA is doing and wants to continue to do, violates the 4th Amendment clear and simple. Any legislation passed cannot trump the 4th Amendment no matter how you slice it.
The solution is to pass a new Constitutional Amendment. Here is my proposal: "In the name of National Security, this Amendment allows the Government to do whatever the fuck it wants to do. This includes, but is not limited to, pissing on the 4th Amendment. Oh, except, the 2nd Amendment. Nope. Can't touch that."
There ya go. Now you can spy as much as you want.
top Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
Google "[city-name-here] Internet Service" and the ads are a popn'. Yesterday, for me, I Googled "Reno, NV Internet Service". Up comes a variety of ads. When I look at the details for DSL by AT&T and Cable by Charter, they both have rates per month for the first year. That is of course trying to discover the Internet only, non-bundled, service.
Next to the monthly price for the first 12 month is an asterisk. I look for the footnote to possibly discover a link to the "regular" pricing, but that was not to be found.
So, FCC, come on, get with the damn program. Yes, work out the whole Net Neutrality thing, but let's start with the basics: providing an easy to discover (I mean OBVIOUS) listing of their rates. Then they can say "Rates from $34.95 for the first 12 months. That's a $30/month savings off the regular price of $64.95"
When you can find a pricing table, which I did a couple of years ago for COMCAST in Seattle. I discovered the lowest rate was $20 a month less than ANY other rate. I think it may have been accessed with the link "Click here for our 'Ebola, HIV, Syphilis, Leprosy, Firday the 13th, get shot in the face' plan".
top I expect to be conventionally alive ...
Hey,what's that in front of my car. Just a sec, Slashdot, I might need to
top Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads
Thank you for posting this tech story. Now stop worrying about those darn times in Apple ads. I can go to bed tonight and finally get some sleep,
top Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
I'm proud to have blue eyes! C'mon blue eyed people! Stand up with me and be proud.
No offense, Tim, and other gay people, but I don't care that you are gay in the same way that I don't care that Bill Gates is a Heterosexual.
top Preferred smartphone screen size?
My phone is a prepaid verizon flip phone. I do have a $100 Moto G, but I use that as a "Tablet" with WIFI where available, and I never use it as a phone (with Google's Hangout/Google Voice, I can send/recv. texts).
I do like the flip-open to answer, and the flip-close to hang-up on my little Samsung Gusto.
top Favorite clickbait hook?
about a month and a half ago
top FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
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about a month and a half ago
top My toy collection is ...
If it does, I need to change my answer.
top Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling
I hiked the PCT this year. I climb mountains, and I just got back from the Sawtooth Wilderness. Campfires should not be used any more. The West is burning. Frankly, this year's PCT permit application says not to use anything but a canister stove, and suggests not even using a stove.
In all the times, all the nights, I've been backpacking I have started campfires on only a couple of occasions for safety. Both were done to dry out soaking wet clothes and prevent hypothermia. Fires for *real* safety is good, for socialization, fires should be permanently suspended.
Yes, it is fun to sit around and chat around a campfire. However, just take a look at what is happening out there for forest fires (http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml).
top Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
Colorado passed an anti-texting law. Cop sees you texting and she can pull you over. Result? Instead of operating the phone at the top or over of the steering wheel, people didn't want to get a ticket. So, they moved their devices to their laps. Accident rates went up as a result. Doh!
top Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
Giggity giggity...giggitty goo.... all-right.
top Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village
It is called Silicon Valley
top Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?
Two of my scientist friends have left science for developing 1) technology for Facebook; 2) a drug to make fat people skinnier. Well, number two is technically science, but
The high tech gold rush for making big $$$ is the problem, IMHO.
top Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter
You just saved me five minutes for typing the same reply. Well said and thanks!
top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?
Most of my career I was oriented towards extremely high quality products where validation and verification is extraordinarily important such as producing a microprocessor (recalls are just too expensive). A high degree of precision is needed for that. If I were producing a website for a local auto repair shop, well, if it looks weird on IE-9
... meh... maybe I'll fix it.
Take a look at the Kickstarter project meetearl.com. They wanted everything. Yes, this would be a cool device with GPS, built in FRS, digital relay, weather radio, solar panel, e-paper display, on and on... They are more than one year late, with no end, (really) in sight (but they now have a GANTT chart, so there!).
If I were doing that product, it would be an Android tablet with GPS, built in topo SW for the US and an e-paper display with a removable battery. A decent version 1.0. Then in 2.0 and a solar panel to the back side. For 3.0 add the weather radio. The, 4.0, add FRS, etc. (with FRS now, you need to transmit, which has a higher bar than all prev. generations).
So, to summarize in the most basic idea of programming or engineering: "KISS" -- although, I like to say make the development as simple as needed, but no simpler.
top The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA
"Space Pen", of course.
top The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA
I worked (VRTX kernel contractor) at Rocketdyne on a NASA contract to build a robot which welded the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Because of strict government regulations I was walked over to a building that took 15 minutes to get to; filled out a requisition form; waited 1/2 hour; received my pencil; walked back to my desk with my escort and my pencil.
I was offered a permanent job with Rocketdyne. Although it was cool to work with rocket scientists, I declined the offer.
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