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Comment: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Score 5, Funny) 231

by PolygamousRanchKid (#46771971) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

"Well, you’re obviously being totally naive of course", said the girl, "When you’ve been in marketing as long as I have, you'll know that before any new product can be developed it has to be properly researched. We’ve got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them." The crowd were tense. They were expecting something wonderful from Ford.

"Stick it up your nose," he said.

"Which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know," insisted the girl, "Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?"

"And the wheel," said the Captain, "What about this wheel thingy? It sounds a terribly interesting project."

"Ah," said the marketing girl, "Well, we're having a little difficulty there."

"Difficulty?" exclaimed Ford. "Difficulty? What do you mean, difficulty? It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe!"

The marketing girl soured him with a look.

"Alright, Mr. Wiseguy," she said, "if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be."

+ - Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants to "Fix" the Second Amendment-> 1

Submitted by CanHasDIY
CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names "the People" as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious as to what his other 5 suggested changes are, but I guess we'll have towait until the end of April to find out."

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+ - Bullied Student Records Bullies, Gets Hit With Felony Charges For Violation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here comes another story highlighting the danger of schools "outsourcing" their disciplinary problems to law enforcement. As we've stated before, this does nothing more than turn routine misconduct into criminal behavior, which is a great way to derail a student's future.

A Pennsylvania teen, who claimed to have been bullied constantly (and ignored by school administration), made an audio recording of his tormentors using a school-supplied iPad. He brought this to the school's attention, which duly responded by calling the cops to have him arrested for violating Pennsylvania's wiretapping law. (h/t to Techdirt reader btr1701)

Maybe the future holds better outcomes, but for right now, everyone involved had a chance to stop this from reaching this illogical conclusion, but no one — from the administrators to their legal team to local law enforcement to the presiding judge — was interested in reining this in. In the end, it looks as though an innate desire to punish someone was satisfied every step of the way."

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+ - Cold War sneakiness: CIA confirms using Dr. Zhivago as a weapon->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Interesting admission from the Central Intelligence Agency as it confirmed the long-held suspicion that it indeed had a role in publishing the first Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago after the book had been banned in the Soviet Union in 1958. The details: April 11th the CIA posted to its public website nearly 100 declassified documents that detail the CIA's role in publishing Boris Pasternak's iconic novel — 1958 Nobel Prize for literature — in Russian which gave people within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe the opportunity to read the book for the first time."
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+ - Robot Mice Programmed to Have Sex by Scientists Studying Evolutionary Patterns->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have used robots shaped like mice having lots of robot sex in order to study the mating habits of 1,000 generations of animals in just a few days.

Polymorphism refers to the evolutionary biological study of mating patterns, how they influence how species reproduce and how each successive generation of a species is born with a slightly different "morph" to enable it to better adapt to changing environments.

Dr Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in the Institute's Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of using robots to study evolution, and his research, entitled "Emergence of Polymorphic Mating Strategies in Robot Colonies" is published in the PLOS ONE journal.

Elfwing built a small colony of Cyber Rodent robots, which come with two wheels, a camera mounted on the front to detect batteries and other robots, electrode teeth to rechargeable from batteries, as well as an infra-red port for "mating"."

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Comment: Re:Betteridge's Law sez "Nope." (Score 2) 157

by PolygamousRanchKid (#46750893) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

So why choose some of the world's most expensive real estate?

Because rich folks live there, with more money than brains. If you note what they said:

where our backers can of course pay us a visit.

So it seems they are going after rich investors, who want to go by a see a prototype of the toy that they are helping to build. Maybe even sit in the cockpit/driver's seat! So it is more of an entertainment expense, as opposed to a serious investment.

As a non-rich, non-investor, not living in Silicon Valley, all I have to say is . . . have fun.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 3, Interesting) 727

by PolygamousRanchKid (#46736497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society. Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

There was a Discovery show about this scenario:

One of the most interesting challenges was finding new uses for all the old technology laying around. Like, fixing it up to do something new, that was necessary for survival.

Comment: Re:What does it mean to divest? (Score 1) 214

They are a school for the rich, by the rich.

Which makes me wonder where the "Why is this on Slashdot!?" crowds are. This is about some political posturing by some rich folks, like: "Heidi Klum refuses to wear fur from cute dead animals!". This is TMZ stuff. Rich folks can afford to do some very strange things with their money. What do I care if George Clooney invests in Beanie Babies or Bitcoins, and divests of companies selling sweet, sugary, fattening drinks?

Also, what it the point of divesting in oil companies? They see themselves as "energy" companies anyway. You can bet your hairy ass that Exxon is working on alternative sources of energy income for the time when oil runs out. Those Big Oil folks will find another way to grab us by the balls. We'll be charging our cars at their service stations in the future.

Unfortunately, all these political posing hissy fits seem to drown out the actual science and serious discussion about what to do about climate change. Whenever a climate change topic gets posted to Slashdot, it degenerates into a political baboon shit-slinging festival:

"U R Denier!"

"U R Tree Hugger!"

. . . etc.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun