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Comment: This article is over a year old! (Score 1) 110

by tekrat (#48498353) Attached to: Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

Guys, I saw this on "60 minutes" over a year ago. Seriously. Seriously. Give up Slashdot and let someone who actually gives a fuck run it instead. Seriously. How much do you want to sell it for? I'm ready to change careers and I could run this site blindfolded better than you guys. Please. Sell. You don't know what you're doing and you're one step away from losing the entire audience.
Please sell.

Comment: Stayed there for final shuttle launch (Score 1) 47

The hotel I stayed at was literally the worst hotel I have ever stayed at, and I've been to some crapholes. My friend with me wouldn't even sleep in the bed unless we first ran to a store and bought all kinds of bug sprays and disinfectants. Even the clean towels were dirty. Half the buildings were already boarded up.

And it was all worth is because we had a good time at the Space Park (which was like $65 to get in), and the launch of STS135 was awesome, even if it was a bit cloudy. There's a nice Air Museum there, we got to fly in the Military version of the DC-3 (C-47?), which gave us a nice aerial view of NASA.

But Titusville itself? The craphole of crapholes. There was almost nothing left to the town when I was there and that was more than 2 years ago. My guess was the hotel was going to be burned down after we left to claim the insurance. Another guest found a 9mm pistol in the parking lot and asked us if she should turn it in to the police -- as if that was a question!

It seems to me that the entire town depends upon tourism, and there simply isn't anything there other than NASA, which is now a shadow of it's former self. And tourism isn't something a town should depend upon, just ask those towns along Route 66.

Comment: Haters Gonna Hate (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by tekrat (#48378461) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

I have an iPhone, but I also have an Asus Android tablet. I find advantages and flaws in both, and I use each device to its own strengths.

I also need to say that I was recently in an Apple store and found the iPad mini's screen to be very nice, much sharper than my Asus, but then again, the Asus was very cheap.

For casual browsing and making snide comments on facebook, it's perfectly fine. With a blutooth keyboard, it's even a nice SSH terminal. I don't do high-end computing on my tablet, and my phone is pretty much relegated to text messages, phone calls, photos, and the occasional need to access an app in an emergency. I'm not glued to my screen like most other people I know.

Android and iOS are both 'ok' -- neither is perfect, but frankly, the religious wars about operating system on your phone reminds me of the chatter between Atari users and Commodore users on Bulletin Board systems (showing my age here!).

Comment: So what will MH17 and MH370 give us? (Score 1) 236

by tekrat (#48313093) Attached to: The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Aside from headaches with the constant droning of CNN repeating ad infinitum "where is the missing plane"?

My guess is that these two planes will give us in-flight telemetry, essentially all-the-time black boxes writing data to servers. There was an air-france plane that crashed in the ocean a few years back and it took them more than a year to locate any wreckage.

I'm dubious we'll ever locate MH370, mostly because they are either looking in the wrong area or the area they are looking in is very inhospitable, even for ships at sea.

MH17 was shot down by Russian and/or Ukranian forces, and that's going to give us headaches just like KAL007 -- because its causing heated relations with the Russians.

Regardless, every crash is investigated and the root cause creates ripples that changes the entire industry. As a result, air travel is one of the safest ways to get around.

Comment: Re:Just go to the event and mix in the discussion (Score 1, Flamebait) 1007

by tekrat (#48242749) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

You must be new here. Do you think that no one has ever asked those people those very kinds of questions? When challenged to present their evidence for their claims, the bible is held up, and presented as "the word of the lord" and "all the evidence anyone would ever need", and then they fall back on "faith as evidence".

You cannot logically argue with asshats. They claim to already have *all the answers* and those answers are contained in the bible. And they believe that without question. They are as radicalized as any Taliban fighter, as any Christian abortion-clinic bomber, as any other ultra-religious nutcase.

You can either ridicule them or ignore them and hope they go away, or stomp them into the ground (like we're trying to do with ISIS), but you can't argue with them because their logic is circular. You might as well attempt arguing with a delusional mental patient.

They are lost causes, once they hold onto those convictions, they never let go, and will not even consider an alternative.

HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!