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Comment: Safety (Score 1) 111

by mutherhacker (#48045789) Attached to: Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

What many people don't know is that over the 50 years of the Shinkansen, there has never had a fatality due to derailment or collision which is an impressive safety record considering the frequent earthquakes and typhoons in Japan (there has been a single fatality by the doors closing on a passenger trying to catch the train). Younger high-speed rail services on other countries already count fatalities.

+ - Inria release partially 3D printed open source biped robot "Poppy"->

Submitted by mutherhacker
mutherhacker (638199) writes "Researchers at INRIA in France have open sourced their biped robotics platform "poppy". This platform allows for building a humanoid biped robot from off-the-shelf parts and 3D printed components. Despite the robot being open source, the components needed to build it cost around 7500€. More information at the project site:"
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Comment: Victorian clerks (Score 1) 312

by mutherhacker (#46778031) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Of course Victorian clerks stood and moved around a lot more. They had to go bring the file from the file cabinet or go refill their Ink etc. Go light the candles on the chandelier etc. There was a bunch of different things to be done away from the desk so perhaps someone who moved around so much would consume more energy if he actually sat.

Comment: Not just war machines (Score 1) 257

by mutherhacker (#45051577) Attached to: Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

I'm surprised by people who see this and immediately think terminators and war machines. Why is it that when I saw this I thought "land transport". I imagine one of those things carrying me from home to work every day, assuming I'm sitting in an actuated capsule that compensates for the galloping. Until some issues are figured out, electric cars and high-speed rail will do the trick, but I think this is the future for land transport. Unlike electric cars these babies can JUMP at crossings thus eliminating the need to slow down or stop.

Comment: Leadership in Virtual Communities (Score 1) 126

by mutherhacker (#44683329) Attached to: Has the Apache Software Foundation Lost Its Way?

Virtual communities like open source software groups or other virtual organizations have an inherent problem with leadership. The main reason is that it's not so easy for somebody to lead unless others see him talk in person. Charismatic leaders build consensus by convincing others partly because they present strong arguments, but also because people like to watch them talk as they are effective public speakers and often of above average looks.

In a virtual community most of that body language, charisma and good looks disappears in asynchronous, e-mail based communication. So for a person to lead a virtual community effectively, he has to be super knowledgeable on the subject and have lots credit to his name. Like Linus does or.. like.. Vint Cerf or, dunno some other famous tech person.

So ..yeah, it's hard.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly