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


Forgot your password?
Polls on the front page of Slashdot? Is the world coming to an end?! Nope; read more about it. ×

Comment: Re:They will Steal Old People's Medicine (Score 1) 67

by drinkypoo (#49829381) Attached to: Building Amazon a Better Warehouse Robot

People only get satisfaction out of working for other people because they have been raised with a slave mentality and they forgot how to be themselves. They were bred to be cogs in the machine, bricks in the wall, and most people participate faithfully.

Let people be people.

We need better birth control :p

Comment: Re:Robots don't need to be as fast as humans (Score 1) 67

by drinkypoo (#49829367) Attached to: Building Amazon a Better Warehouse Robot

That's OK, they will have mouse-hunting robots soon enough. An R/C car is much faster than any mouse, I'm surprised it's not been done already in a warehouse context where there's appropriate terrain. Keep your cat out of the warehouse just like one is meant to keep their children out of the street (so tired of slow children at play signs, keep those little fuckers out of the road and we don't need another ugly sign cluttering up our world) and there won't be a problem.

Comment: Re: The hawks are either vicious or stupid (Score 1) 225

by drinkypoo (#49829315) Attached to: Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

Yes, of course (rolls eyes)... I'm sure you would have shut your piehole like everybody else for fear of the consequences.

We're talking about two people in line talking to one another, not a conversation with the security screener. Unless he did complain to the screener, and then someone behind him chimed in, his text wasn't clear. But why would you open your mouth to complain if you're just going to shut it when the opportunity for bravery comes along? Just shut the fuck up in the first place and get on the plane like a good little obedient slave.

Comment: Sorry to see you modded troll there (Score 1) 110

by drinkypoo (#49829297) Attached to: Tim Cook: "Weakening Encryption Or Taking It Away Harms Good People"

It's clear that the majority of elected officials are not there to help us, so it's sad to see you modded down for sharing facts. Your comment should be insightful or informative, not troll. Sadly, there are still those who think that government is there to help them when it's really a bipartisan effort to keep us in our place.

Comment: Re: finally (Score 1) 240

by drinkypoo (#49829251) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

Cygwin is a pain

Oh noes, you have to run setup

and only a complete 'real OS' neck beard would slag Microsoft for this

Only a complete idiot would think that's what's happening here, but I see you didn't log in, so I guess you're ready to be the biggest kind of idiot. We're slagging Microsoft for, as usual, taking over a decade to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:This is a great example. (Score 1) 82

by Rei (#49828835) Attached to: Mystery Company Blazes a Trail In Fusion Energy

Well.... any long-term confined high temperature isotropic quasi-neutral maxwellian plasma has to be large. Of course, if you start changing those requirements, you start changing the required size for your reactor. It's not theoretically impossible to have a viable fusion power plant that does not follow those constraints; the challenge is achieving it without either imposing a new, even more onerous series of challenges on yourself. Drop the concept of long-term confinement (for example, inertial confinement) and you find yourself with incredibly extreme compression challenges and having to deal with blowing your target apart on every fire. Don't use a quasi-neutral plasma and the plasma density drops by orders of magnitude, meaning your fusion rate drops so low that even little losses in the system will kill the concept. Don't use a maxwellian plasma and you have to find a way to hold the plasma away from thermalization without wasting more energy than the fusion yield, which is impossible by simply applying energy to part or all of the plasma - it's only even theoretically possible if you accelerate only the highest energy ions, creating a plasma only slightly skewed from a thermal distribution, and even if you have such a means, it's not easy. And so forth. You can remove constraints on fusion but then you get hit by others.

Unlike many here, I don't see it as an impossible problem simply because it hasn't been made economical yet despite decades of work. Because in those decades of work there's been orders of magnitude improvement, and I don't see those improvements just suddenly ceasing across every line of research. But no question, this is a Difficult Problem(TM).

Comment: Re:Ejectrode? (Score 1) 232

by drinkypoo (#49827797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

Now I have one of those flippy-key things like the VW and MB owners have, and saved about $35,000 on the car.

That's on my list of things to do for my Audi. Apparently the system has support for fobs, and I have instructions for coding them, but I don't actually have any fobs. So I have to go through the same process. It's an old car though, so it wasn't expensive either... just leaky.

The mechanics I've talked to say pretty much all the 4.2 liter Audis they've seen have been leaky... story of my life with bored-out versions. The 7.3 Ford is the same way.

Forty two.