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Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 649

by RogueWarrior65 (#49516725) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I'd opine that such cars are more crash-ready than today's cars given that they're made of actual metal and heavy gauge metal instead of plastic.
On that subject, I'm amused by the ad for the smart car where they show a pickup truck on top of the space frame. Yeah, um, you do know that F=ma, right?


ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-and-shoot dept.
An anonymous reader writes Japan's Riken research institute has suggested a new idea for dealing with space junk. They say a fiber optic laser mounted onto the International Space Station could blast debris out of the sky. From the article: "To combat the increasingly dense layer of dead satellites and miscellaneous space debris that are enshrouding our planet, no idea — nets, lassos, even ballistic gas clouds — seems too far-fetched to avoid. Now, an international team of researchers led by Japan's Riken research institute has put forward what may be the most ambitious plan to date. They propose blasting an estimated 3,000 tons of space junk out of orbit with a fiber optic laser mounted on the International Space Station."

Comment: But what other compensation does he get? (Score 1) 482

What a lot of people don't realize is that top brass gets compensation that's often not in their salary e.g. stock options. Salaries are taxed at the ordinary income rate. Bonuses and options are not. More than likely this was a weasel move to garner public support while secretly loving the fact that his tax burden has been significantly lowered.

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