Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Re:Copyright/trademark issues? (Score 1) 165 165

It's different because it uses a new and different technology, which is scary, so we automatically throw out all the existing rules and run around like chickens with their heads cut off. It also let us make more rent seeking power grabs, so there's a plus.

Comment: Re:Robot (Score 4, Informative) 219 219

The summary doesn't explain well, but TrackingPoint isn't a robotic gun or anything like that. It is a system that uses rangefinders and other sensors built into a scope that allow a user to designate a target, and then, when the trigger is pulled, only allows the weapon to fire when it's aligned with an optimal firing solution. This lets novices shoot on target at extended ranges. They've previously done this with bolt action rifles, but apparently they've developed it for use in AR-15s, as per the article. Here's a link to their page about the original system: http://tracking-point.com/prec...

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 550 550

Heh, back in high school one of my lenses fell out toward the end of the period and I had to walk to my next class without my glasses on before I could fix them. Until then I never realized how annoying it was getting hit in the eyes by the wind from my movement. How do people without glasses live?

Comment: Re:In ... the New Your State? (Score 1) 41 41

Don't forget our illustrious governor, who refuses to communicate with his staff via email, favoring phone calls and Blackberry Pin-to-Pin messaging instead, so as to sidestep records laws. I'm glad he's kept up on his promise to be the most transparent administration in state history. http://www.nydailynews.com/new... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07...

Comment: Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (Score 2) 242 242

So you're telling me that if somebody gave you a $120,000 yearly salary in return for doing absolutely nothing (or, to look at it another way, whatever you damn well please) you would turn them down? Because only a narcissist would take the money? "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not a narcissist. I only accept gifts of rainbows, sunshine, and feelgood vibes."

Comment: Re:now I never looked into it (Score 1) 420 420

When you are done, you need to cool that same water so that will take land and cooling equipment.

My understanding was that most distillation desalination plants used the incoming sea water as a heat sink for the condensation, eliminating the need for cooling equipment and recycling some small amount of heat energy.

Comment: Re:Breaking News: Rand Paul Invents... (Score 1) 404 404

Sadly, I have actually met people to whom this idea is a foreign concept. In one particular case the fellow I was discoursing with actively stated that he didn't see the problem with regulating everything, essentially. I wish I could find the conversation to get an exact quote. Presumably people like him are why the Library of Congress has lost track of the number of lines in the United States Code.

Comment: An interesting definition of recidivist... (Score 1) 311 311

There's no way of knowing whether Jobs, had he lived and been healthy, would have faced charges, especially since he was a recidivist.

Based on the context I'm guessing they've taken "recidivist" to mean "a rich and famous person". Funny, I'm not familiar with that definition.

Comment: Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (Score 1) 33 33

Like that bastard Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York! He avoids email entirely in favor of phone conversations or Blackberry pin-to-pin messages, so there's no record of anything that goes on. Wait, no, he's a Democrat. Thank God, then, it must be perfectly OK.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914 914

Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:

When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"

Any programming language is at its best before it is implemented and used.

Working...