Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 3, Insightful) 385 385

While I applaud Paul, Wyden, and the other Senators who have pledged to do everything in their power to block the spying-allowed version of this renewal; Sen. Paul's "filibuster" was pure PR stunt for his presidential campaign. It was during the discussion of a completely unrelated bill, and wasn't even an official filibuster.

Comment Re:"Roadable aircraft" (Score 1) 203 203

Yup, for a while, it has been my retirement dream to buy a couple "touring motorcycles", and a 6-place, twin-engine airplane modded with a cargo door/ramp (Cessna 421 Golden Eagle or the like,) and tour the world.

It would be great if the Terrefugia TF-X is ready by the time I'm ready to retire. (And, of course, to have the money for either option...)

Comment "Roadable aircraft" (Score 1) 203 203

This isn't a "flying car", it's a "roadable airplane", just like the Terrefugia Transition: http://www.terrafugia.com/airc...

It is licensed as an airplane, with many, MANY exceptions when licensed as a ground vehicle. The idea is that you drive it a short distance to an airport, then take off and fly as an airplane. Then drive a short distance to somewhere at the other end. It's not meant to be driven even as much as a high-end sports car on the ground. It's mean as "get to airport, fly, get to destination."

As for "production-ready", Terrefugia claims theirs is "production-ready," too...

Comment Re:"Contrary to what we were sometimes taught" (Score 1) 232 232

Agreed. I learned about the Gravitational constant and the variability of gravity in high school physics in the US.

One of my proudest moments in high school physics was running a "measure gravity" experiment 3 times, getting to within 0.005 m/s^2 of the right answer all 3 times - for where I was! I thought for sure I was doing it wrong, until the teacher said "and if some of you are getting a number other than a simple 9.8, it's because the local gravity here is actually ." Mine averaged to 0.002 off.

Comment Early Star Wars LEGO (Score 1) 209 209

Lining the window sill of my home office. Pretty much every minifig-scale non-collectors set from the launch of LEGO Star Wars through 2003. Original Trilogy only. I also have the "Collectors" TIE Interceptor and the "Destroyer Droid" Technic; plus a smattering of prequel trilogy sets (that were all given to me as gifts by people that knew I had the SW collection, and didn't know better,) on a shelf.

Plus a few (less than a dozen) of my old childhood toys (all smaller ones,) in a "keepsake box" in the attic.

Oh, and on the LEGO front, I have one of each "primary" LEGO Space minifig from the launch of LEGO Space through the discontinuation of the LEGO Space theme. So not the one-offs, but if it appeared as a "generic" Space minifig at some point during the theme's run, it's in there.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"