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Comment: Re:Exactly what I need... (Score 1) 99

by rdwulfe (#49238117) Attached to: Researchers Nearly Double the Size of Worker Ants

I actually have a colony (on purpose) of this species (C. floridanus) next to my desk in a very nice formicaria. They are wonderful, large ants to watch and enjoy, even ifyou REALLY do not want to put your hand in the container.

If they get pissed, they tend to bite then spray formic acid into the wound. Not pleasant... but they're still cute.

Comment: Re:And walking around with it ... (Score 5, Insightful) 67

by rdwulfe (#48694981) Attached to: Glowing Hobbit Sword Helps You Find Unsecured Wi-Fi

Why, exactly, are you on a site with the motto "news for nerds"?

Seriously, why would people whine about this? It's a cute little hack, and people are... ahem, up in arms over it. Live a little. Laugh a little. Stop trying to be "grown up". Are you 16 or something, and trying to appear older? Trust me, when you get older, you'll have enough of that in your life. Things like this will make you smile, even if you personally don't wish to make it.

Stop trying to tell others how "adult" you are.

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't understand basic relativity (Score 1) 81

by rdwulfe (#48616999) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

Except there's no tower to help stabilize if winds kick up, or if you tilt slightly, there's no upward force to keep you going.. CoM is a bigger problem on descent than on launch (though still a problem in either case!!)

Also, when you touch down, if you have any angular momentum... Bowling pins, anyone?

Comment: Re:Reeeallly? (Score 1) 554

by rdwulfe (#48391431) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

So we should go back to the horse driven carriage? How exactly would this work, and where would all these horses be kept, pray tell, with the current population being what it is? This is a question of gas prices, not "oh hey, we should never have let the genie out of the bottle!"

It's out. Those things are here. Can things be more efficient? YES. Can we curb our need for gasoline? Please, let's, and if gas companies were smart, they would be researching that very thing at break neck speed, so they could continue to meet our energy needs in the future. But this isn't going to suddenly stop the need for gasoline in the near future.

I'd love to see sources on this "downside" of gasoline prices being "too low". It makes people buy bigger cars??! Only idiots buy huge gas guzzlers. They were doing that during the worst part of the recession. Why? Status, nothing to do with gas prices. They wanted to have the biggest penis on the block. I see these vehicles constantly, but I live near all kinds of rich people. Those folks NEVER stopped buying huge gas guzzlers. They flout the ability to throw money away in everyone's face.

Comment: Reeeallly? (Score 2) 554

by rdwulfe (#48391199) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

I wonder who's actually behind this message? I mean, most folks aren't exactly going to come up with a mythical downside to "low gas prices". Who even goes, "Oh my god, gas prices are too low!" when they wake up in the morning?

No one. No one who isn't in the gas industry. Lower gas prices mean higher possible margins for those selling gas. Low gas prices mean you get more money for your buck on your long drive to work, that your bread costs less in the store, etc, etc, ad nauseum. .

Comment: Re:Making is for losers. (Score 2) 56

YEAH! Give up any form of creativity or control! Let's keep anything innovative or interesting out of the hands of normal, every day people! What the heck do they know? Let Sony and Microsoft and Apple make things, because they're infinitely more creative and innovative than this guy, who made a neat looking toy that looks fun to use and enjoyable to put together! Screw all that! Be happy with the nondescript thing in the box on the shelf, that everyone else has, too, so you don't have to think on your own!

Down with science, down with brai--

Wait, why are you even on Slashdot?

Comment: Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (Score 5, Insightful) 1134

by rdwulfe (#47825519) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

That's the problem though. When I was in high school, not everyone in the school abused me each day. No, the problem was the 10-20 kids who decided they had to punch someone so they could go home that day, and I was apparently an easy mark. Great fun, let me tell you.

It never requires a huge number of people to oppress an individual or group. It takes others who are willing to do so by force. Written word can be force, too.

Comment: Re:Bad ant strategy? (Score 1) 250

by rdwulfe (#43768415) Attached to: Electronics-Loving 'Crazy Ants' Invading Southern US

The thing is, a single worker ant in a colony means little to the colony as a whole. Only by group activity do ants accomplish anything. They're a super-organism, made up of individuals, but the whole colony can be considered a single creature.

If 1, 20, or even 1000 ants die in a colony that has up to 500,000 ore more individuals in it... the whole does not mind. Most electronics put off heat, and heat is what ants need to raise their young. Higher heat, within limits, mean the ants can develop their brood faster, since insects "live" at a higher metabolism when they are warmer.

In some species of insect, different temperatures and conditions can breed different castes, as well. In ants, heat and diet determine if the larvae develops into a fertile female, or merely a neuter, working female. Males are developed through diet and through eggs that are inseminated. Females are unfertilized eggs, usually.

So, this is why you find tons of ants and their brood under rocks or paving stones. They're using the stones to create solarium.

Ants are amazing.

Comment: Re:nothing new at all needed (Score 1) 717

by rdwulfe (#41588437) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

Interesting seeing another poster from Cincinnati. I always felt, after travelling around the country some, that we have serious luxury in our home town, when it comes to merging and on ramps. It's amazing how long they were! I live out east, just north of Savannah, GA now. I miss our long on ramps... And I hate traffic circles. Not because I cannot use them, but it seems like no tourist here can.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"