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Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

Posted by samzenpus
from the fattening-up-on-brains dept.
ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment: Re:It's also good for practical jokes (Score 1) 355

by AslanTheMentat (#27932537) Attached to: Ultra-Dense Deuterium Produced

But think how much heavier the Earth will be when they start making lots of this stuff. Won't that affect our solar orbit? Or the tide?

It's like how sponges can hold 25 times their weight in water. Imagine how high the water levels would be if they became extinct!

I don't know how people can sleep... that whole post was completely Dr. Steve Brule. For your health!

Comment: Re:More FOSS developers (Score 1) 506

by AslanTheMentat (#26335643) Attached to: Microsoft Rumored To Lay Off Thousands Worldwide
Honestly though, I'd want to keep any of those developers the hell out of my FOSS projects. They've seen MS source code. Just asking for legal issues due to IP infringement (real or not). This is also why I think some people consider MS's "shared source" initiatives to be a trap. I guess they could always work on the Mono project and infect it with (more) legal problems/burdens... :)

Comment: Re:AskSlashdot: "Please Do My Work For Me" (Score 1) 286

by AslanTheMentat (#24339295) Attached to: Programmer's File Editor With Change Tracking?

Many of the Slashdotters actually pay for the opportunity to, among other things, answer questions like that.

[Citation Needed]

As a proud BOFH (of which I would presume there are equally as many that would "pay to answer [stupid] questions"), I would immediately direct him to MS Word (which does have such brain-dead change tracking) in order to make the suffering more enjoyable for me to watch...*devilish grin*


+ - The Bane of Forced Obsolescence

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Everyone hates being forced to upgrade when they don't want to. Especially when it's the hardware or software company forcing them to upgrade. This article discusses some of the reasons behind this, suggestions for changes, and calls for both hardware and software companies to start changing in ways that the customers want, not just what the investors and managers demand or dictate."

+ - Wanna be great surgeon? Start playing video games

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Surgeons with video game skill appear to perform better than non-gamers, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Training curricula that include video games may help thin the technical interface between surgeons and screen-mediated applications, such as laparoscopic surgery," the authors conclude. "Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons.""

+ - Hollywood training swedish police in Anti-Piracy

Submitted by
Oxygen writes " reports on it's online newssite that representatives from the MPAA, FBI and the Swedish lobbyorganisation Antipiratbyrån have held seminars for swedish police officers (Swedish only) that are being trained in fighting piracy and copyright violations. From the article: "According to Bertil Ramsell, responsible for the course, the purpose of the visit was to give the invited speakers a chance to explain to the students what their organsation's purpose was. But in a report from the IIPA, the pupose was to educate students in anti-piracy." Educating is one thing, but the acronym MPAA doesn't really spell "objective" or "no hidden agenda" to me."

Regrowing Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All the Time 210

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the go-go-gadget-hand dept.
[TheBORG] writes "There are two stories on Yahoo! News about regrowing lost body parts. One is about regrowing lost fingers & limbs and the other one is about regrowing teeth. The story about regrowing lost fingers and limbs talks about the experimental use of powdered pig bladder to regrow fingers and eventually lost limbs for soldiers and others in need from information that Pentagon-funded scientists hopefully learn from studying the salamander. The story about regrowing teeth talks about how Japanese scientists used primitive cells and injected them into a framework of collagen. Once grown to a certain point, scientists implanted the growths into mice where the teeth developed normally."

XM And SIRIUS Radio Merging 301

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the monopoly-is-such-a-fun-game dept.
lenny6998 writes to tell us Yahoo! News is reporting that XM and Sirius Radio, the only two major players in the relatively new market of subscription satellite radio have announced a merger. "The two companies said in a statement that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius, would become chief executive of the new company while Gary Parsons, the chairman of XM, would remain in that role."

+ - Taming Mustang, Part 1: Collections API

Submitted by nitsudima
nitsudima (933110) writes "Mustang (also known as Java Standard Edition 6) has arrived. This latest Java 2 platform from Sun Microsystems is overflowing with new and enhanced APIs. Jeff Friesen presents the first of a three-part series on Mustang, focusing on enhancements made to the Collections API, where you discover new Collections interfaces and classes."

+ - US trains new ELITE Swedish anti-piracy policeunit

Submitted by soulxtc
soulxtc (1063050) writes "Never one to let its interests anywhere in the world go unprotected, the FBI and the MPAA have teamed up with the Swedish govt to create an elite corps of Swedish anti-piracy police. In an effort to help stamp out pesky Swedish pirates, FBI agent Andrew Myers and the MPAA have given a group of six Swedish police officers extensive training on how to effectively combat piracy and catch people who engage in illegal downloading from the internet."
The Courts

Couple Who Catch Cop Speeding Could Face Charges 876

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the turnabout-isn't-fair-play dept.
a_nonamiss writes "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking."

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.