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Comment Re:Only $100k? (Score 1) 150 150

That doesn't go very far in the microprocessor world. I worked for Cisco back in the early 00's and even back then tape out costs were approaching $1M for a 5 layer mask, today with sub-wavelength masks and chips using 12+ layers it must be tremendously expensive to spin a chip.

That's just DARPA's award. He mentioned another $1.2M or so in VC funding in a different comment.

Comment Wrong Recall? (Score 1) 56 56

Not to be outdone, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota on Wednesday recalled 625,000 hybrid vehicles globally to fix a different software defect

I'm glad the recall is to fix a different defect. I would hope Toyota wouldn't recall some of their cars to fix a software defect that only exists in Land Rovers.

Comment Original Idea? (Score 2) 17 17

Wright recalled. "A huge two-storey robot came marching up the street and swung its laser cannon arm towards him, and a voice boomed out, 'Citizen, drop your weapon immediately!' I assumed I was just recycling a movie that I'd already seen, but eventually, I came to the conclusion that maybe it was an original idea."

No, you were just having a Robocop flashback.

Comment NoNerval Script (Score 1) 65 65

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For Chrome users, save this code to a file, then drag the file to the chrome extensions window to install it as a user script.

Comment Unintended Consequences (Score 1) 517 517

They happen you know, especially when someone can't figure out how to post "Ask Slashdot" stories in the "Ask Slashdot" section of the site. This site has sections and the ability to selectively ignore those sections for a reason. If editors fail to post stories in the correct section then it defeats the purpose of this feature and in turn that it undermines the value of the site as a whole. Quarterly revenue goes down, earnings estimates are missed, and executive bonuses take a hit. Rumor has it that several senior level executives had to move their kids to public school systems as a result. Please Timothy, post the stories in the right sections. if you can't do it for yourself, at least think of the children!

Comment Re:Thank you Mr. Heston (Score 1) 268 268

RF jamming and/or GPS spoofing would be a better/easier way to down these craft, and a drop from 500 feet into a forest fire would have the same deleterious effect on the airframe that bullets would.

Except that for many drones the default behaviour in such a situation is to freeze like a deer in the headlights right where they are. That's not going to help anyone in this situation.

Comment Re:Post a reward for finding this guy (Score 4, Funny) 268 268

I guess it's time to post a significant reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who did this. Apparently just the news stories about how stupid this is isn't enough to dissuade these idiots. So a good stiff fine is needed, and his drone seized. Hopefully that would finally send a message. Time for someone to 'fess up and spread the word to others.

Don't worry. The individual in question will self report via a youtube post within the next day or so. Problem solved.

Comment Re:Sounds like reasonable changes to me (Score 2) 116 116

There are no standards to ratings, no commonality among them, and little in terms of a rational guideline to do the reviews. These changes impose a little bit of discipline, but IMHO, Amazon's search functions repel users more than the reviews attract them.

The latest trick I have been seeing is the "there's a newer version of this item" link on an item's page. Click on that link will just take you to the same item being sold by a different seller. I don't know how the seller is managing to get their version flagged that way though. No way to report the issue either.

Comment AT&T's Fine (Score 4, Interesting) 272 272

AT&T's was fined for "deceptive business practices". It had nothing to do with "net neutrality". If Sprint is reacting to and is concerned about AT&T's fine then that tells me a lot about how Sprint executives truly view their own business practices behind closed doors.

Comment Re:I think what's scary (Score 1) 141 141

Couldn't we just stop being petty bastards and just give out free food to kids at school? Food is not expensive in America. All this bitching about budgetary constraints is just another example of the middle class and poor at each other's throats...

Because by having a separate program for the kids who need free lunches, we can be sure everyone knows who they are. Even more importantly we can also make sure that they know who they are and that they feel properly ostracized from good, proper and polite society.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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