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Comment Poor russians (Score 1, Troll) 305

These poor russians have a terrible inferiority complex, and most of their muscle-flexing is aimed at keeping their own people in check.

I definitely see this as just another in a looong series of similar irrelevant (as such) stunts only aimed at bolstering russians' image of their own country. For a decade or so the Russian media has been trying to paint a picture of Russia as the good savior of all mankind, secretly thwarting the evil plans of "America". They are a sick bunch, still just beginning to recover from WWII and Stalin's iron fist that killed tens of millions of their own people.

I feel sorry for them.

-Mikael from Finland

Comment Asphalt roads! A.I. in its most dangerous form. (Score 1) 234

Roads are pretty "intelligent" as well, by the above definition. They've infiltrated all of society (can you name a town where these don't appear?), and have made humans their maintenance-giving slaves! Now the roads of the world have started to demand lighter color, by storing and emitting heat from the sun, thus furthering the greenhouse effect (blackmail, a sure sign of intelligence). Roads have us by the balls! And just think how much work it would take for you to destroy all the roads in the world... and they would resist, plus send their human minions after you. Remember this the next time you speed down a highway: who is really using whom?! Hmmm....

Comment Re:What went wrong? Innovation slowed down. (Score 1) 499

One word: sex! The "sexual revolution" came about in the 60s and most everybody has been so preoccupied with getting the next orgasm (and the quality of the orgasm) that there no longer is any striving towards improving lives in other areas - they just don't have the energy left over after finding the next sick pictures from the 'net or the next STD from a new partner. We need to return to God, repent of our perverse ways, and get back on track with productive, prosperous, creative and innovative ways!

A Real Bill Gates Rant 293

lou ibmix XI submitted an email written by Bill Gates a few years ago and turned over to the feds as part of the government's antitrust case. Great quotes like 'Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?' and 'The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind.' We like to think of him as an abstract, but I think this is interesting stuff. Also, this might seem familiar. Oops.

Milky Way Is Twice the Size We Thought 301

Peter writes to tell us about a research group at the University of Sydney in Australia, who in the middle of some calculation wanted to check the numbers everybody uses for the thickness of our galaxy at the core. Using data available freely on the Internet and analyzing it in a spreadsheet, they discovered in a matter of hours that the Milky Way is 12,000 light years thick, vs. the 6,000 that had been the consensus number for some time.

Dutch Unveil Robot Gas Station Attendant 287

Lucas123 writes "According to a Reuters' story, Dutch inventors today took the wraps off a $110,000 car-fueling robot they say is the first of its kind. (It was inspired by a cow milking robot.) After registering the car as it pulls up to the pump, the machine matches your fuel cap design with those in a database and your car's fuel type, and then a robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular gas pump, 'opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it towards the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.' Wait till Hollywood gets hold of this scenario."

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol