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Comment: Will the Cannae Drive Be Aboard? (Score 1) 110

by Toad-san (#49726987) Attached to: Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week

It would be a wonderful opportunity to send one up, to see if it actually generates thrust without fuel (in a relatively gravity free environment where it would be most useful).

Although that's a lot of trouble to test the Cannae Drive: just suspend it from a rope, throw the current to it, and see if it deflects from the vertical. (A simple antigravity drive test suggested half a century ago by some well-known science fiction writer.)

Comment: Re:Suck it (Score 1) 152

by Toad-san (#49632921) Attached to: Canadian Town Outlaws Online Insults To Police and Officials

Regrettably, my French is not good, so I couldn't glean an appropriate email address from the town's web site:

But if I could, I would. And then the insulting emails would begin. I have no plans to visit Quebec, so screw them very much.

Plus, I don't think this stupid idea will fly. Canadian citizens are not that ignorant. They may not have a First Amendment of their own, but they get the idea.

Comment: Young Whippersnappers! [wheeze][kaff] (Score 1) 553

by Toad-san (#49622747) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Turned out I had a knack for coding, but didn't find that out until my first encounters with terminals and PCs around '82 or so, at the age of 39. So I started hacking (back when that term wasn't quite so derogatory as it is these days), turned out or participated in some pretty significant code. (Does "Info-ZIP Workgroup" mean anything to anyone anymore?) So I would've been disqualified even before I started, if it were up to those damned recruiters.

Good thing, back then, that a degree in Computer Science didn't mean quite so much. If you had good ideas, if you could code, if you could produce .. hey, give the guy a chance! (I loved that!)

I'd love to be 21 and give it a shot these days (although it wouldn't be nearly as much fun: no such thing as a one-man programming shop these days). But I'd want the same shot if I were 39 .. or 79!

Comment: About that Steampunk Goldilocks (Score 1) 33

by Toad-san (#49602899) Attached to: Free Comic Book Day Event Features Neil Gaiman, the Simpsons

There's a downloadable sample at the link.

I'm not sure if downloading and viewing it was a good thing or a bad thing.

Well, not quite as bad as I imagined. At least it has a buxom teenager girl and a tank (steam-powered apparently) and guns (well, one gun but with a steadi-mount) .. and porridge.

And it was free, there's always that.

Comment: Re:I Love This Guy (Score 1) 271

by Toad-san (#49501373) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Okay, now you're just talking crazy.

"I never want to live in a USA where wacky shit like this Postman ain't funny anymore. We're supposed to know the difference between a good-hearted eccentric and the truly malicious. Give him a dirty look and a "don't do that again" thing. And maybe actually do something about campaign finance reform."

Campaign finance reform? Makes you wonder who the wacko is, eh?

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra