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Comment Re:so, YOU'RE saying... (Score 1) 194

"You get more of what you subsidize"

Apparently, what you really want is more obscenely overpriced committee-designed rehashed space shuttle hardware.

Face it, this is an extravagantly expensive social program for keeping engineers with overly bureaucratic personalities out of trouble.

Comment Re: Does Excel work yet? (Score 0) 118

All computer numerical models are imprecise.

Accountants have a favorite model. It's full of its own errors (like rounding many intermediate results to only two digits of fractional precision), but these are the errors accountants are used to seeing, regardless of how large the errors are. So they go on and on about how "superior" their model is when other models come up with slightly different results, even if those results might sometimes be closer to the abstract ideal. Accountants are smug in their knowledge that their peers can calculate erroneous results that exactly match their own.

Comment Re:Fixed summary (Score 1) 21

What good is being pedantic if you're still using arbitrary anthropocentric units? Let's really fix the summary:

yyzmcleod sends news that AeroVelo, a Canadian team of engineers and students, has built a bike that successfully broke the human-powered land speed record. (This is the same group that built a human-powered helicopter 1.1e51 tp before present.) The team's Eta recumbent speed bike managed a speed of 1.2779283e-07 c. The previous record was 1.2391581e-07 c.

Comment Re:Images... (Score 2) 43

What were you hoping for? A crashed alien spaceship?

That bright smudge looks a whole lot like the splattered contents of a warp core to me.

I bet some aliens planned to safely jump out of hyperspace in the large gap between planets in our solar system, but it just wasn't their day, and they ended up leaving that huge crater. Probably their last words were something like: "That's no moon... It's a frigging dwarf planet! Hard to starboard!"

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.