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Comment: Re:Africa, eh? (Score 1, Offtopic) 112

by b1scuit (#46733739) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

For most of the rest of the world, "America" refers to the pair of continents nestled between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Technically everyone on those continents is American, and people with a better handle on geography and a more... robust world perspective recognize the need to specify. For better or worse, our culture has appropriated the term American to mean those within the U.S., but that's not really accurate. I mean, it's literally inaccurate; it's like saying Florida when someone asks you what city you're from.


4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: Re:Get a turnip and a rock (Score 2) 347

by b1scuit (#42779431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?


Now, why those people aren't going after Linsys, Netgear, etc. ... and the cell phone companies has me a little confused because they have the deep pockets - and a much better chance of a payoff.

It's actually a much better chance of getting a "lol, go away tiny troll" letter from those companies with huge legal departments.

Comment: Re:H! (Score 1) 589

by b1scuit (#41433297) Attached to: Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

Probably, but when Joe McFastypants, multimillion dollar racing team crew captain, who's buying 12-32 $400 dollar tires every race weekend, says he wants nitrogen, you don't tell him it's cheaper to use scrubbed air that has MOST of the water vapor content removed: You put nitrogen in the tires. The difference in price is nonexistent when you look at a racing team's budget. And even if it was, the difference in price would have to be ABSURD for them to use an option that wasn't the absolute best.

Comment: Re:H! (Score 3, Informative) 589

by b1scuit (#41428831) Attached to: Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

Race car tires are filled with Nitrogen instead of compressed air because compressed is rife with water vapor, which expands when it heats up. This changes the pressure inside the tire, which can drastically affect handling characteristics over the course of a race, which is a Bad Thing. Using Nitrogen to fill the tires negates this, it has nothing to do with fire safety.

In space, no one can hear you fart.