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Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC is carrying information on a type of contraception (funded in part by Bill Gates) that takes the form of a microchip, inserted under the skin. The chip releases contraceptive hormones to the body until wirelessly advised not to do so, This 'Brave New World' has several interesting applications and issues associated with it. What about hackers? Could 'they' implant a chip into a child at birth and then suppress children being born, until the employment opportunities improve — or a war needs more troops? The chip will be available from 2018. This correspondent will watch the issues with interest."
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Comment: Re:I am a pilot and (Score 1) 464

This is the first step in phasing out pilots altogether and replacing us with computer programs.

Interesting thought, and I'm sure you're right. We're getting driverless cars, I guess pilotless planes are coming. We already have drones (pilotless attack aircraft), unmanned rockets, unmanned planetary rovers... I'm pretty sure there's unmanned sea vessels (anyone?) out there somewhere.

But a serious question. Is a plane safer or less safe with pilots? (Yes, I know that pilots can save the day sometimes. Other times they cause the crash. MH370 may yet be shown to be pilot suicide).

Once we know the answer to that question, we can follow the odds. Have a remote pilot able to 'log in' when something nasty happens, maybe.

Comment: I ducked... (Score 1) 340

by Kittenman (#47404305) Attached to: On 4th of July:
I was watching a firework display with wife and two-year-old daughter (I held latter in my arms for view) at a fireworks party run by a friend, some years ago. The rockets were carefully placed, ready to go up, lit - then fell over and came straight for us. We ducked, dived, covered the youngster - I got some bruises, wife got a burnt pair of pants and daughter (and us) all got a helluva scare.

I've seen professional show since, no more amateur ones. Booze and fireworks, and the casual attitude don't mix.

As for July 4 - hope it all went well for the USAns amongst us. Go 'Murica! Hope y'all had a great night, illuminating, watching or just chilling.

Comment: Dropping Coconuts shark bites (Score 1) 55

I heard that more people get killed by having a coconut fall on their head, than from shark attack. Anything we can do to alleviate that menace? It's obviously more of a danger than shark attack.

Source (dubious, but so is the shark number... )

Comment: Back when I wor lad... (Score 4, Interesting) 710

by Kittenman (#47311905) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy
I worked in the UK in the late 90s for a multinational. The company sent me to Philadelphia for an interview. Offer included two weeks holiday a year. I asked the recruiter why this was so low (in the UK it was four) - she replied that the folks there really loved to work.


Comment: Re:sure you want to go with 'undead' ? (Score 1) 283

by Kittenman (#47302777) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

That's a good point. I think everyone being sold on Perl 6 fixing Perl 5's issues and then ... not ... left us all with the impression that Perl 5 has issues that would never be fixed, to which we all reacted as one would expect and abandoned it for something else nice and shiny. With their own problems that will never be fixed.

I'm waiting for the Perl 7 release. Then I can really talk about the string of Perls.

(Honestly, it just popped into my head)

Comment: 8 'til 4 ... (Score 1) 141

by Kittenman (#47251383) Attached to: I typically start my workday ...
I've done my time ... used to work 7 to 5 or so, on call in the evenings and at weekends. That's fine (sort of) when you get paid for it, but I found (and still find) that management come to expect it. And resent it when you don't work the 60-hour week that they want you to, without pay.

So ... I now work a standard day, take some calls and have the occasional late night. Still new at this job, so we'll see how it goes. Trick is not to get manager's expectations too high :)

Comment: Re:We already built a new Internet (Score 1) 305

by Kittenman (#47217767) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

See, this is the thing. We let you on the last Internet we built, the one we started with 110 baud modems, and you messed it up.

So we already built a new Internet 2. It's here, it runs on 100 GB/s ports with 40 GB/s campuswide at all the top research universities.

And we're not letting you on it.

Now you can keep your spam and we'll go solve the mysteries of the universe while you post hate speech at each other over meaningless twaddle.

Pshaw. Call that an internet? Here on Internet 3 we have 10 Tb/s ports and 600 Gb/s installation-wide. And we get a headache when we have to think down to your level.

Comment: Co-incidental (Score 1) 248

by Kittenman (#47199357) Attached to: In the year since Snowden's revelations ...
I bumped up my anti-malware software in the last month, but I don 't suspect that Snowden's revelations are anything to do with the increased amount of malware out there (or my increasing stupidity in letting some of that crap through).

Mark you, wouldn't it be great if some malware did come from the NSA? If it's good software (according to the NSA), is it called 'palware'?

Comment: Re:Misspellings and Grammar Mistakes (Score 1) 199

by Kittenman (#47151677) Attached to: To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...
Very good. I hate ads with double-negatives to hide their intent. Such as...

"Click here to not include deimplementation of the Special toolbar"
"Select the Antivirus not to be uninstalled with this download"

and so on... it hurts me just to write it. I mean, it doesn't not make me unhappy. Or is that what I mean...

Comment: Re:Overthinking it. (Score 1) 199

by Kittenman (#47151655) Attached to: To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Hmm...Every so often a check box shows up to disable ads on Slashdot. I've never seen an ad on Slashdot so, of course, I didn't bother to check it. Seriously, there are ads on Slashdot?

I don't see any ads on Slashdot myself - thanks to this wonder product, Acme Ad-Blocker. Amaze your family and astound your friends. But wait, there's more...

Comment: Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (Score 1) 304

America is vastly more democratic than Iran.

Tut now. Unless I miss my bet (and I'm not in the states, so I may will miss) you folks aren't a democracy, any more than any other country in the world. You are an elected oligarchy, in that you vote from a presented group of other citizens to have them represent your wishes, etc, within the governmental system of your country.

Of course, once elected, they're not obliged to behave according to the wishes of the people that elected them.

I suspect Iranian government is much the same - but maybe the choices of oligarchs are more ... severe.

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