Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Missing the point. (Score 1, Interesting) 330 330

I think that Toyota hydrogen fuel cell is far more practical and cleaner (because electric batteries are charged with coal fire plant electricity made 500+ miles away from where it is used).

Toyota is offering fuel cell engine patent use for free until 2020.

Range is good. Output from engine is water vapor. Clean as a whistle. Energy is created and used together rather than created, shipped over hundreds of miles of wires then used to charge.

Comment Re:They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 1) 119 119

"that a dollar will go a lot father in impoverished countries than USA"

No. You cant buy efficacy in corrupt places the money and goods are generally stolen by local power brokers.

You could do time and volunteer on foreign places, but neither YOU nor Gates would do anything like that.

Race card, gotta love it. What a sad little brown shirt for identity politics.

Comment Desalinate Hadera style (Score 4, Interesting) 417 417

When Hadera desalination plant was brought online water concerns were vastly alleviated.

CA has a water infrastructure built for less than 20 million people and 40+ million now live here. CA just passed a 8 billion water bond but there is no new water in that bill, just a lot of fraud and waste but no new water.

Instead of police-state water rationing and other idiotic measures which require people to drastically change how they live and have people reporting on each other, make more water. Time to desalinate.

Its amazing in the atomic-jet-space-age with internet 40 million people in the 5-6th largest economy in the world (CA alone) sit around like morons and pray for rain and "get worried" when there are solutions on the table now.

Comment Re:They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 1) 119 119

I'll suggest something here. Some cultures have the ability to innovate. Some do not. No judgement. But trying to shortcut bypass and undermine the ones that innovate to get sub market talent does not come without a long term price.

Do laud the rapists who take advantage of this because they have a huge pile of monopoly money is really sad.

Zuck and Gates could make a few universities like MIT-Caltech-etc that are meant to home grow STEM superstars of the native born and re-invest in our country which is full of the people who injected the most cash into their wallets.

Comment They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 2) 119 119

Gates and Zuck want to farm the entire human race for wage slaves. The oligarchs want to pluck the best and brightest from wherever they may be and utilize them.

These countries need fresh water, a reliable food supply and the most rudimentary things for education, eg, paper and pencils. These tools want to throw keyboards at the world hoping to farm out another hidden gem like Ramanujan and pluck them like cheap underpaid fruit.

Comment Re:Where can I download... (Score 2) 85 85

I was thinking more along these lines...

I need NASA to make a ship, preferably a pinkish-orangish color, triangular in shape. It only has yaw and forward thrusters.

Then I need a cannon which takes asteroids and breaks them in to exactly half sized asteroids and alters their momentum.

Then I need NASA to have this ship generate a space-time wrap such than any asteroids I shoot will be looped back into a 2 dimensional plane finite sized plane about 50 ship-lengths long.

I also needs NASA to allow this ship to teleport in this plane.

I also need NASA to make the cannon completely vaporize asteroid chunks of sufficiently small size.

Unlimited fuel and cannon use a requirement.

I also dont seem to see the need for inertial dampeners, we can just retro-thrust the ship by turning around and firing backwards.

Comment Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681 681

I have one question for Mister Billy Boy who is so smart. Bill Nye, the Pop Science Guy whose understanding of science is slightly more than Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons - but he is in the same room. TV people sent to entertain and mesmerize the sheeple with simplistic versions of real problems to secure a point of view.

Nye: Please, lay out the plan for how to solve the various problems you say are the biggest problems of our time. Solve it. How much will it cost? How will we do it? How will affect the the standard of living for everyone? Is the way out to build a fusion reactor? OK , please tell how to do that then - please.

I really think people need to stop interacting with pop-scientists. These charlatans are more or less salesman of a point of view.

I ask Nye for his credentials - his under grad, is graduate work, his post-grad, what patents and papers has he written? Did he start a tech company? Does he know how to run a business or just a fantasy? Does he have patents? What has he invented to better the lives of all?

Hot air is cheap. I value it little. People are judged by their WORKS not their words.

Comment Re:Actually - This Perfect Day (Score 3, Interesting) 532 532

This dystopia is well played out in This Perfect Day

As usual someone has to have totalitarian complete control to implement this. Attempting to de-nature humans has historically led to revolt every time. Even the Chinese eunuchs banded together to manipulate politics and stage revolts.

You attempt to da-nature humans, and humans will return to the roots. Our roots are nomadic hunting/gathering and agrarian famsteading - these are families and small groups of humans free to do what they need to to get to the next day.

Its the pressure cooker of modern society and the denaturing of family and repression of human nature that causes real issues.

I think video games have given rise to a generation of people raised on their butts with fingers on the keyboard where they think they can play the role of God making decisions for humanity like to drug us all so we act proper.

Comment Re:Why not open source wolfram alpha? (Score 3, Interesting) 210 210

I agree here. This fellow looks like he is good at self-aggrandizement to gather shekels shucking ultra expensive software. I don't like this giant list of pedigree either. Solve problems or help others solve problems. To be fair, mathematica helps others solve problems BUT:

The licensing model is extortionary, its rental software, and it even tries to limit the users by how many API calls are made per month.

Also as others have pointed out because it is black box software its not really auditable.

I find a man who has made as much money as him being as greedy and self aggrandizing as he is today to be petty and money-lusting.

His book is roundly and rightfully savaged in reviews, check them out on Amazon. I will not be linking to it as this guy doesnt need more money pouring in.

I have a startup where our algorithms guy pays the mathematica fine every year. But lets be clear, algorithms guy does 99.9% of the work here and a good part of that is perspiration.

Wolfram just cashes checks - so with all due respect, lets not put this guy on a pedestal.

Comment Adblock has never failed me. (Score 3, Interesting) 619 619

I've been using it for years - from very early states - and I know within seconds if adblock is not installed on chrome, firefox and opera and android via adaway.

If adblock leaks an ad, we get the ad and block it manually, and also there are lists that are not directly under adblock plus , adblock chrome's control. The lists are pulled from and maintained separately than the blockers so Im not sure how this can go on for very long. It would be glaringly obvious over time if ads get through and the lists will be updated.

If any one of the adblockers "betrays" the community with exceptions in the code, we have plenty of places to defect to.

Comment Re:Dear Nazis (Score 1) 177 177

Exactly right. Dont make things secure, dont keep the bad guys out. Dont make all this information searchable for future use.

Delete and change history? That's what we've come to? Delete evidence and history like this is some sort of Enron shredding party.

Meanwhile people who are directly damaged by Google-NSA by not being able to have the right to be forgotten cant escape, but companies can erase their past?

The more data I punch in this card, the lighter it becomes, and the lower the mailing cost. -- S. Kelly-Bootle, "The Devil's DP Dictionary"