Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 93

by fyngyrz (#49819479) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

I wonder if they've weighed the sponges. One possibility is that the sponges are deteriorating in a particular direction, thus engaging in conventional "stuff out one end makes you go the other way" propulsion. And also becoming traditional "will get used up" style fuel in the process. :)

Though it'd be all kinds of awesome if it was creating coherent motion out of energy delivered by photons without wearing out. Now *that* could be a space drive.

Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 464

People shouldn't necessarily work on what they want, they should work on what others value (whether that's a want or a need). Obviously it good when you can find an overlap between the two, but there's really a sharp limit to the number of professional masturbators, bong-hitters, and video-game players needed in an community.

Those who invented modern science actually spent much of their time working on projects for their patrons, just as artists did at the time. It's every adults duty, at least until retirement, to discover something that others value enough to pay for, that they won't hate doing, and get trained as needed to do that, then make that contribution to the community.

There's just no other way for the goods and services we all want and need to spring into existence. Not tax structure causes food to grow, nor houses to be constructed, nor the trash to be hauled. People doing what others value so that they can have the things they value makes all that happen.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 298

by hairyfeet (#49818831) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Give me a motherfucking break! By THOSE STANDARDS there hasn't been a Windows bug since the fricking Melissa worm...but the sane world doesn't go by "self replicating" as the standard for a bug, now do they?

MacDefender, MacGuardian,hell OSX even has the FBI bug so don't give us this "self replicating" bullshit, nobody cares whether the virus that steals their fucking ID or CC info is self replicating or not!

Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 464

Ahh, so you want to force people to make the goods and service you think are important, rather than leaving it up to individual producers and consumers. Will your central committee produce a five-year plan? Will you blame 70 consecutive years of poor harvests on "a cold winter", as Obama just did for America's GDP this year?

Historical technological peacetime advancement was driven almost entirely by capitalism. So many inventions languished for centuries before the industrial revolution simply because there wasn't sufficient reward for doing something useful with them (except where there was a wartime use).

Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 464

then wonder how you think said bum might pay.

Same percentage of income would work just as well to ensure everyone has some skin in the game. Also, the bum living under the bridge likely has a net work between $0-10, making him wealthier than a huge portion of America, who is in net debt. Sobering thought.

Income distribution does redistribute wealth, or it reduces the accumulation of wealth for richer people

Well, OK, by your "infrastructure" definition sure - if only out government could spend more than 20% or so of it's budget on stuff like that (it mostly just takes money from group A and mails it to group B, under the excuse of "taxing the wealthy", which never happens).

But personal wealth, the ability to reach financial independence before retirement age, that's always going to require individual choice and sacrifice of fun today for independence tomorrow, a rare enough trait.

Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 464

Well that means we spend $0, because some people are unable or unwilling to pay any taxes. Still, I like roads, fire engines and etc.

We are collectively a democracy. I'm content with any taxing/sending level agreed on by the democracy, as long as everyone pays. Everyone must have skin in the game - no "robbing individual Peters to pay collective Paul".

Wealth redistribution is however useful.

You confuse income with wealth, I think. No amount of income redistribution will achieve wealth redistribution. No matter how much water you pour from my bucking into your colander, you'll still be dry.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 4, Informative) 298

by hairyfeet (#49814645) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

FUD, not a single source working for MSFT has said a damned thing about a subscription model, THAT bit of FUD was started by a gossip site "El Reg" IIRC that is known for pulling "facts" out of their ass.

The ONLY thing that has been said is they won't have the old service packs anymore, instead you'll have a point release, like 8 to 8.1. This makes it easier for regular folks to know WTF is going on as its easier to know that X.1 is the current version as all the sites treat it as a separate OS, while nobody talks about "Win 7 SP1" they simply call it Win 7.

But just because some dude at MSFT said "Win 10 is the only version we are working on ATM" the sites jumped to this "last version of Windows EVAR" subscription crap when in reality land the prices have already been leaked and its no different than every other release, you'll have retail and OEM, Home and Pro, its business as usual. I'm sure in a year and a half you'll see retail 10.1, maybe even 10.2, and then you'll see the hypetrain for Windows 11, probably hosted by Spinal Tap, coming to a tech site near you.

"There... I've run rings 'round you logically" -- Monty Python's Flying Circus