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+ - USA's record-breaking high speed flagship could be saved from the scrapyard->

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fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "The SS United States is the fastest ocean liner ever built. A far cry from the heyday of these great ships that were made obsolete by jet travel, her gutted hulk has been rusting in Philadelphia since 1996. However, like the majestic Queen Mary that now serves as a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, there are plans afoot to finally find the "big U" a permanent home in New York as part of a waterfront redevelopment."
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+ - Personal Rapid Transit Could Finally Work-> 1

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fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "Before the current offensive in Gaza erupted, the city of Tel Aviv grabbed headlines and the imagination of futurists everywhere with the announcement that a so-called “hover car” passenger transport system will be implemented by the end of 2016 on a trial basis. The concept of Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) is not new. Various attempts at PRT prototypes have been proposed and built in the past, some resembling small bubble-shaped pods running on a rollercoaster-like rail system. Perhaps the most extensive study was carried out in Hamburg in the 1970s. Cabintaxi was a network of elevated tracks using a clever arrangement that had cube-shaped pods suspended underneath the track going in one direction, and other cube-shaped pods sitting on top of the track going in the other."
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+ - Why fundemantal research matters->

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fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "Governments sometimes see the value of science in purely economic terms, resulting in short-term thinking about what should be funded. For example, the Irish government has been criticized for focusing to much on scientific research that produces immediately tangible benefits, i.e. jobs, that bolster the image of politicians. "Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, European Research Council president, recently reiterated a criticism made two years ago that Ireland is too focussed on research aimed at immediate job creation and as a result is missing out on potential funding. He is also quoted as saying that basic science must be left to flourish before people move to exploit it to create jobs.""
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Comment: Re: Of course (Score 2) 28

by ElderKorean (#47420701) Attached to: The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

And Elite did this in 1984 Was it obeying the same rules or just creating "random stuff"?

From what I remember the star and planet creation happened through an algorithm, as you could visit the same location when playing Elite on a totally different computer, eg BBC Micro, or (eventually) PC version. There was some fluctuation on commodity prices but even that wasn't really random, more cyclic.

Comment: Re:What The?!? (Score 1) 216

by ElderKorean (#47251933) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Didn't you know? Even more regulation is all we need to a happier and more prosperous life.

Didn't you know? All we need for a happier and more prosperous life is to go completely Thunder Dome!

Why not? I already run Barter Town...

I guess you two are in Australia, seeing as Thunderdome was on TV last night - still fresh in your mind.

Comment: Re:What about old virgins? (Score 1) 158

by ElderKorean (#46265657) Attached to: Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

How many are old farts and still virgin like me? I will be like The 40 Years Old Virgin soon. :P

Past that one, 44 years and counting...

I work doing IT support in a school, talking with students and teachers all day though I am definetly an introvert.

I have no problems at social event - will happily go along - I don't need to be talky talky while there though.

I'm incredibly shy when I want to talk relationship questions with a girl. I just can't bring it up, or ask them out...

Comment: Re:42 (Score 1) 745

by ElderKorean (#46264515) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

I don't know about that, but if this is a simulation then could someone please tell me where I can find the reboot switch? I want out.

Also from Douglas

"“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”"

Comment: They've responded! (Score 0, Redundant) 100

We've had only a few major redesigns since 1997; we think it's time for another. But we really do take to heart the comments you've made about the look and functionality of the beta site that houses Slashdot's future look. So let's all slow down. Right now, we're directing 25 percent of non-logged-in users to the beta; it's a significant number, but it's the best way for us to test drive this new design, to have you show us what pieces need to be fixed, and how. If you want to move back to Classic Slashdot, that path is available: from the Slashdot Beta page, you just need to select the "Slashdot Classic" link from the footer (or this link). We're committed to keep you informed of the plans as changes are implemented; we can't promise that every user will like every change, but we don't want anything to come as a surprise. Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready. And — okay, we've got it — it's not ready. We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs; and, lastly, the need for a better framework for communicating about the How and the Why of this process. Some of you have suggested we're not listening; on the contrary, some of us are 'listening' pretty much full-time. We're keeping you informed of this process, because we're a community and we want to take everyone with us. But, yes, we're trying something new. Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. We want to give our current audience the space where they are comfortable. And we want a platform where we can experiment with different views of both comments and stories. It's not an either/or. It's going to be both. If we haven't communicated that well enough, consider this post a first step to fixing that. And in the meantime, we're not sorry to have received a flood of feedback, most of it specific, constructive and substantive. Please keep it coming. We will be adding more specific info here in the days to come.

Let's give them a chance, folks.

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 2) 573

by fiannaFailMan (#46169629) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Hear hear. I've gone back to Classic and I'm afraid to look at Beta in case I can't return. I like being able to see at a glance if anyone has replied to my comments and what score I got for them. Couldn't do that in Beta last time I looked. In fact I found it almost impossible to find my comments, it's as if my comments were lost.

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