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Comment: Official Transcript of Drill (Score 1) 27

by argStyopa (#48657981) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

Moderator: OK folks, drill is beginning.
Breathless Lacky: Attention important people! Deep space radar shows that a major asteroid strike is due in less than a week! It is likely to have global damage potential, scouring the seas and filling the skies with fire. All human life, in fact all life on earth is potentially at risk.
VIP1: Thank you. Do we have a spaceship that we can use to get away?
VIP2: No, sir. ... ... ...
VIP1: OK, well then, let's call this one complete. Drill ended after 0 minutes, 28 seconds:, Asteroid 1, Earth 0. Thank you all for your participation. Please join us next year, we're shooting for 30 seconds.

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 1) 90

by dryeo (#48657937) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

We should do this for everything. Buying food and standing in the line at the cashier, start an auction about who should be first, if someone is willing to pay $20 for a loaf of bread shouldn't they be first? Driving down the road and want to get somewhere fast, pay extra and be able to cut off other drivers. Bad accident, rather then triaging based on seriousness of injury, treat whoever can whip out the most cash or platinum credit card. If someone can't stay conscious then obviously they didn't want to be treated that bad.


Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep 8

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-you're-tired-all-the-time dept.
jfruh writes: Tablets and e-readers are more convenient in many ways than paper books, but many people have complained that the physical experience of using them isn't as good. And now we have some specific quantification of this fact: a study has shown that people who read text on a tablet before bed don't sleep as well as those who read a traditional book (abstract).

Comment: Re:not original (Score 1) 90

by rtb61 (#48657795) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Actually it is normally called price gouging or profiteering and is normally considered illegal in most modern democracies, which is the reason why it likely will not be patentable, although based upon past behaviour by the USPTO it will likely pass as long as the device it happens on, has rounded corners. This style of continuous price adjustment targeted against individuals is likely to result in some new regulations, especially with regard to disclosure or deceit with regard how the price is established. You can charge people less than the regular price however you will run into real problems with regard to prejudice, racism et al when you attempt to charge more than the regular price.

Comment: Re:Barely scratches the surface (Score 1) 81

by sjames (#48657791) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Unless these schemes are proven to fail again and again, there will only be more of them. If you don't want every trivial device in your life to refuse to use anything but it's own overpriced brand of expendables, one would think you would at least encourage if not otherwise support efforts like these.

Comment: Re:Duck & Cover? (Score 3, Interesting) 27

by rtb61 (#48657765) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

Except the people stuck on the surface are likely to take offence and bury those rich and greedy types as well as politicians and leave them there. Likely best action apart from trying to deflect the asteroid, give everyone a free supply of happy pills to last until the impact, lots and lots of happy pills. It wont help with the impact but most certainly will mitigate the harm caused by people acting out against other people. In fact inserting the happy drugs right into the food and water supply would make sense.

In a more serious vein, establishment of distributed localised support system that well seek and readily accept volunteers, so individuals can focus on supporting their local community rather than dwelling upon their own circumstance. Establishing that mutual support network well before hand, one that includes the whole community, would make sense.

Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 308

by rtb61 (#48657723) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

The hypocritical delusional that all members of a libertarian society can be free to do what ever they want to do when ever they want to do it without impacting everyone else trying to do the same thing at the same time and that economic freedom (the right to exploit anyone and everyone) has anything to do with social freedom (the right not to be exploited) or that ownership of the majority of the environment by a minority somehow does not impinge upon personal freedom of the majority or how libertarians don't show any shame when they abuse the word liberty when they talk about wanting to use their capital to deny others their liberty or how libertarians always hate government services except when they use them, then they are great. Seriously, it really is a teenage political philosophy with all that it implies and has no basis in reality with regard to a social species, we must share pretty much everything it is our normal mature genetic nature and the means by which we prosper as a species.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 81

by thegarbz (#48657537) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

So exercise your rights as a consumer to research beforehand and not buy it.

Easier said than done. Did you google every CD you ever were thinking of buying to check if it contained a rootkit? Did you check with every printer if you were able to add after market ink?

The problem with these DRM schemes is that someone has to fall victim to them at least once before that information becomes public because in very few cases are they required to explicitly state the use of DRM up front.

Comment: Re:Rolls Royce of cat litter boxes (Score 1) 81

by thegarbz (#48657525) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

I assume you gave up your ink-jet printer for a color lasar?

No I drilled a hole in the top of the cartridges and refill them with after market bulk purchased ink. Once I had to replace a print head due to it getting clogged, but otherwise I have used the original cartridge with its 800% markup for most of its printing life.


ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill 27

Posted by Soulskill
from the hide-behind-the-moon dept.
Zothecula writes: If there were any dinosaurs around, they could tell you that an asteroid impact can ruin your whole day. But if we did learn that one was actually going to strike the Earth in a month, what would the authorities do? To find out, the European Space Agency held its first ever mock asteroid drill to work on solutions and identify problems in how to handle such a catastrophe.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson