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Comment: Translation... (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by tekrat (#47916911) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Boeing paid off the right people.

SpaceX aside, Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser was a better design all around. Essentially the X-20 DynaSoar, it's cheaper, re-usable, and fits the mission. The only advantages for the Capsule design of Boeing and SpaceX is that the mission can be expanded with the same hardware for Moon/Mars missions, and that said, I think SpaceX had the better design -- this contract going to Boeing is a mistake all-around.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Have you experienced Fear Driven Development (FDD) ?-> 1

Submitted by nerdyalien
nerdyalien (1182659) writes "Few years back, I worked for a large-scale news-media related web development project in a South-East Asian country. Despite formally adopting Agile/Scrum as the SDLC, development was driven based on fear imposed by managers, and architects who were proficient in ADD — A**hole Driven Development. Project ran 4x over its initial estimation, and not to forget those horrendous 18 hours/day, 6 days/week shifts with pizza dinners. For better or worse, I was asked to leave half way thru the project due to a row with the manager; which followed with poor performance reviews and delayed promotion. Are FDD and ADD here to stay ?"
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+ - Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease->

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An anonymous reader writes "New research from Washington University has found that the condition known as schizophrenia is not just a single disease, but instead a collection of eight different disorders. For years, researchers struggled to understand the genetic basis of schizophrenia, but this new method was able to isolate and separate all of the different conditions, each with its own symptoms, which are classified the same way (abstract, full text). "In some patients with hallucinations or delusions, for example, the researchers matched distinct genetic features to patients’ symptoms, demonstrating that specific genetic variations interacted to create a 95 percent certainty of schizophrenia. In another group, they found that disorganized speech and behavior were specifically associated with a set of DNA variations that carried a 100 percent risk of schizophrenia." According to one of the study's authors, "By identifying groups of genetic variations and matching them to symptoms in individual patients, it soon may be possible to target treatments to specific pathways that cause problems.""
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Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 4, Informative) 138

by CanHasDIY (#47913105) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

And you trust the cashier making $3 an hour after taxes not to be stealing your controlled substances?

So long as the bags are sealed in the pharmacy and the contents are not noted on the outside, it should be fine.

Where the hell are you shopping, where your scripts are divvied out by the teenager running the check-out lane???

I get my scripts from, you know, a pharmacist, who makes a hell of a lot more than $3/hr.

+ - Getting around the UN's ban on blinding laser weapons->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Despite the UN’s 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, the world is moving closer to laser weapons in both military and law enforcement situations that can cause temporary and even permanent blindness. Military-funded research in this area continues to be conducted by the Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety program, and already "dazzlers" have been in use in Afghanistan. Domestic versions of these weapons are intended for use by law enforcement agencies and in theory cause motion-sickness type illness but not blindness. 'But something bright enough to dazzle at 300 meters can cause permanent eye damage at 50 meters, and these devices can be set to deliver a narrow (and more intense) beam. To get around the ban against blinding weapons, systems like the GLIS run off of a low-power source.' Great info."
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Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 181

by CanHasDIY (#47910233) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

I said as much in my first post. that said, I don't think the tech has no application at all and especially resent the notion that 3d printing is a fad. It isn't a fad anymore then the automobile was a fad.

VR has a place. Its just not in the class room.

A lot of my generation are still jaded about the "VR" crap they tried to sell us in the 90's; Nintendo's Virtual Boy springs immediately to mind.

Comment: Re:Cheaters (Score 1) 132

by CanHasDIY (#47910005) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

A rear spoiler on a front wheel drive car can help.

It's a wing, not a spoiler. And no, I don't care what Wikipedia says, I prefer to rely on the expertise of old guys who have been flying or racing cars, respectively, for the better part of a century.

In fairness, considering that the purpose of an aeronautical spoiler is to "reduce lift," I can see why the terms get confused.

Crap like this is why English is such a hard language to learn. /rant

Comment: Re:Does it drive? (Score 1) 132

by CanHasDIY (#47909949) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

"Is it street legal" is probably one of the last questions I would ask.

No, scratch that. I don't care if it's street legal. I just want to know if it's got two cup holders and decent sound system. And as a long-time Burnout Paradise player, I want to know how much boost it has and how well it drifts around turns.

Per TFA (or at least an FA, I've read about this from sources), it has a top speed of 40 mph. Unless they put it on intentionally skinny tires, a la the Subaru BR-Z, you're probably not going to be doing a whole lot of drifting.

+ - Cheetah robot can run and jump, untethered, across grass Read more at http://sci->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth. Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground. So far they've gotten the beast up to a steady 10 mph, with leaps thrown in, and think the current model can be coaxed to 30 mph."
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Comment: The big question is 'why' ? (Score 2) 321

by tekrat (#47908281) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Isn't Minecraft last week's news? The time to buy them was before the minecraft bubble. Now it's too late. That's like buying Tesla *after* the market for high-end electric cars has been saturated. Unless this developer has a new trick up their sleeve (unlikely); they aren't going to be creating anything bigger than what they already have. They are on their way down, not on their way up. So the buy makes no sense to me, except as another asset to sell off later, when MS is against the ropes and slowly dying. MS seems to constantly be throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. That's not a sound policy.

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.