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Comment: I'd be interested in the module alone as a kit (Score 1) 126

by TheRealSteveDallas (#47663817) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding
Helmets take damage, expire, and have a wide range of cost vs features that make it ridiculous to me to buy a helmet from a gadget company and I have more than one for different applications. I would happily plunk down reasonable money for a nicely prepped DIY kit to install their (IMO very useful) gadget in my current helmet though. Or, send my helmet to them for modification if it were a particularly difficult thing to do well. Better yet - spend some engineering time to make it easily transferable to any helmet.

Comment: Re:Pro-Evolutionists have devolved (Score 1) 138

by TheRealSteveDallas (#47596515) Attached to: Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

Reading through the comments and following the debate, it is clear that evolution may be an incorrect theory

I read thru the comments but didn't see any debate, nor was it clear to me what made it clear to you that Evolution was an incorrect theory. Could you please present the case where magic is the root of all things as I am sure you are juuuust busting at the seams to do because I totally want to believe in magic. Thanks! (special thanks if your solution involves hottie chicks with wings)

Comment: The appearance of being busy (Score 5, Insightful) 135

by TheRealSteveDallas (#47588609) Attached to: If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well
People learn what works. Secretly producing all of your required output in 5 hours then adding some extra on top of it - then going fishing for four days is a recipe for dismissal. Productivity measurement equates to attendance and attitude and workers have adapted by creating a steady stream of noise. You show up at the meetings, respond to email and participate in discussions. You smile. You go all-in any time of day for some trivial shit that you could have let go except demonstrate activity. You are a value to the team. It does not matter that you haven't actually accomplished anything meaningful.

Comment: FLAPS! (Score 2) 262

by TheRealSteveDallas (#47058569) Attached to: The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC
Why aren't they using analog flaps to gradually increase drag? At 1000mph you will decelerate pretty quickly by just not applying thrust. Other aircraft can slow down pretty well using them and they don't have the friction of maintaining contact with the ground to help. Bonus for using the same flaps to increase downforce as they open so the mechanical brakes will work better or just deploy a dragster chute once you get below the operating envelope.

Comment: Re:The Economist (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by TheRealSteveDallas (#46774693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?
It's also not so easy to put a revision on history when it's in physical copy to be referred to whenever needed. When all your historical documents are digital... how long before it's really possible to claim "Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia"? That would be doubleplus ungood.

Comment: Send the Immortals (Score 1) 392

We should combine this thought exercise with the recent article about the theoretical possibility that we will become physically immortal in the foreseeable future. No reason to half-ass nonsense thought exercises. High comedy... to have a few generations of people born and dying on a starship only to hail the call to dock with another ship one day delivering the GREAT news that someone discovered a faster way to travel.

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