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Do you worry about the singularity?

zerosomething Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

Ha ha that's funny. err maybe you don't know? Which is even more funny!!!

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

zerosomething Re:Hold on (188 comments)

Harpoon did not fire

I understand that a Greenpeace boat got in the way...

It was probably a German made harpoon too, not Japanese or Norwegian

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

zerosomething Re:Hold on (188 comments)

Just saw people in the control room make hand motions that might indicate the lander bounced and drifted around a bit. Hopefully they are just speculating till they get better data.

about a month ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

zerosomething Re:shift inter-locks (150 comments)

Now I'm wondering if the feather unlock was part of the test? ugh

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

zerosomething Re:Confused Reporter (150 comments)

What the reporter states doesn't make sense.

... Saying it failed because they were going slower than the normal deployment speed just doesn't make sense.

I was first thinking along the same line also but the air density at 15km is much higher than at 100km. Even so I was under the impression that the feather is deployed at a slower speed near the apex of the flight.

about a month and a half ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

zerosomething Automation (342 comments)

Automate it. Have fewer people feed bags of ice into the back side of vending machines hanging off the sides of the ice truck. You wouldn't even need much mechanical or electrical. You really only need an automated cash taker, change maker. Post the number of bags the customer wants inside the truck for someone to drop down a hopper. The number resets as bags drop down the chute until the right number is met. Next...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

zerosomething Re:that was fast (174 comments)

Unfortunately Apple knows very few actually run OS X server and Apache through it so the possible compromised systems, in their eyes, was very small. i.e. not a big deal to get this out fast. What they don't realize is that a large number of institutions actually use their server product to manage all the Macs in the institution. If the servers were compromised then all the clients would then be at risk. Think instant Mac bot net! Fortunately this is open source software and you can patch it your self but most Mac servers are run by people that don't know how to do that. Sigh...

about 3 months ago
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Stanford Promises Not To Use Google Money For Privacy Research

zerosomething Apple funding opportunity ? (54 comments)

I'm probably to simple minded but this looks like a gold opportunity for Apple to exclusively fund the "Privacy Research" and specifically note that there are no strings attached other than research on "privacy".

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

zerosomething Misleading links (323 comments)

Yet another /. article with links that don't actually give you any useful content. When you select the link in the text "tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step." wouldn't you expect to see an article about the tool and actually have a link to the tool? Oh no can't have that because you have to prop up what ever favorite news feed you are promoting.

about 3 months ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

zerosomething ASIC is the real innovation (195 comments)

Money (exchangeable value) has always driven innovation. The application-specific integrated circuits made just for Bitcoin math were rapidly developed and produced in mass quantities in multiple variations. All of this if about a 2 year span at most. These the ability to quickly design and produce ASIC chip is real innovation here and actually commodity. It won't be long now before we have ASIC for all kinds of number crunching and specific tasks. It's hardware that's innovating and changing nearly as fast as software. I bet on this as a new wave of tech. Multipurpose CPUs are likely going to become just small components in a much larger system replacing what we know as computers.

about 5 months ago
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Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

zerosomething Free Energy! (104 comments)

WOOOOO! Spin spin sugar WOOOOOO

about 6 months ago
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'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke

zerosomething Why no MRI the first time? (47 comments)

I'd like to know why the doctors didn't ask for an MRI the first time around. Why did the patient need to wait and get "proof" there was a real problem? Intact why don't we get an full body MRI and maybe even a CT scan maybe every 20 years to find possible problems before they happen?

about 6 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

zerosomething Re:Why not? Living on Earth does (150 comments)

slashdot is stupid, I can't upvote because you're an AC....

umm... yes you can. I got mod points I'm not wasting you either of you. Sorry.

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

zerosomething Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Biting flies can't evolve

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

about 8 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Re:Small market, won't matter (518 comments)

Yea, self driving won't really be on high end autos. That service will likely just replace Taxies and Busses. If I can call a car and have it take me where I want when I want who needs any other public transportation. At that point who really needs a car anyway. $avings!

about 9 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Self driving car (518 comments)

So about 2 years after this is required most high end autos will be equipped with self driving systems making the rule almost irrelevant. It won't be long before technology will be outpacing this kind of safety law. We really should be putting energy into liability issues around the self driving car.

about 9 months ago

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supersonic ping pong gun

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  about 2 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes ""If there’s one thing wrong with Ping Pong Guns, it’s that they can’t fire their ammunition at supersonic speeds. At least, that’s the feeling of Mark French, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University in Indiana, and his graduate students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton."

400 meters per second! That's going to leave a mark!"

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Singularity Summit Videos Now Available

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Videos from the October Singularity Summit 2009 have finally been posted for those of us unable to attend. Speakers include the usual suspects Peter Thiel and Ray Kurzweil plus other well know thinkers like Abubery de Grey and Stephen Wolfram and a host of other apparently intelligent people. What ever you may think of the truth or myth of smarter than man technology there are a number of big names working to pave the way."
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Indonesian Asteroid

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Space Weather is reporting that on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia the planet was hit by a 10 meter wide astroid. It exploded in the atmosphere "with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT". "The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away,"

"The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise.""

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Brain control for the Arduino - Hack a Day

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "When we hear about a brain controlled Arduino project we immediately think about a coding nightmare." "It turns out they purchased Uncle Milton’s Force Trainer which uses a headset to measure brain waves and has a base unit that reacts to these measurements. Hacking into this device didn’t require reverse engineering of anything. They took the easy route, and tapped into the five LEDs on the base unit."
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