Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:track record (Score 5, Funny) 290

by saider (#48934667) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

An airplane flying over the Atlantic lost one of its four engines, and the pilot came on to reassure the passengers. “Nothing to fear,” he said, “we’ll just be half an hour late arriving in New York.” A while later, another engine was lost. “Nothing to fear,” said the pilot again, “we’ll be an hour late now but we’re still safe.” Later, a third engine went out, and the pilot informed the passengers that arrival time would now be two hours late. One of the passengers turned to his seatmate and said, “If that last engine goes, we’ll be up here forever!”

Comment: Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (Score 1) 132

by saider (#48377049) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Birds have an instinct for survival and will move away from the helicopter.

Somebody flying a drone and looking through the camera at the fire/police chase/topless neighbor/whatever, will probably not be paying attention to the airspace around them.

Heck, if you go out to the flying field, people crash into each other all the time, and that is when they are paying attention!

Comment: Re:No use/threat...right now (Score 2) 490

Most of these studies focus on implementing a semi-automatic. Here the problem is going to be the higher case pressures of modern ammunition. If they made a 3D gun to an older spec (e.g. 45 Colt revolver cartridge instead of 45 ACP) they would probably have better results.

Comment: Re:Also time to stop (Score 2) 479

by saider (#46448623) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

"Timothy McGee" (NCIS), that occasionally needs to hack something to save a life

The fact that a law enforcement agent breaks the law during the course of their duties should be cause for concern. We have the 4th amendment for a reason. You cannot make an action permissible for one person, while making it illegal for another. That sets up all kinds of trouble.

Besides, he is rarely saving lives with his actions. The hacking is usually done to catch the perpetrator after the fact as a deus ex machina to move the plot along.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981