Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment: No Noel Coward In Bangladesh? (Score 1) 155

by Toad-san (#49790859) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

"Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday son."

I thought everyone knew that? Kipling certainly did. (I think, but am not sure, that Coward stole it from him.)

So the solutions might include (1) Plant more trees, and (2) Bring Broadway to Bangladesh.

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?

If you want to put yourself on the map, publish your own map.