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Comment: Re:Here's a great idea... (Score 1) 481

by the_arrow (#48988169) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

Without roads, work won't be within walking distance.

Don't Americans these day take the car just to get to the other side of the road?[/sarcasm]

Also, what is "walking distance"? It seems people in the western world barely are capable of walking a mile these days, but it wasn't that long ago that people regularly walked ten miles (or more) daily, roads or no roads. I personally walk to and from work (over four miles total) every day, and would still do it even if there were no roads.

Comment: Other non-transparent things blocking the sight? (Score 1) 191

by the_arrow (#48607953) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

I have a baby-seat fitted in the back seat on the right side. It gives me a huge blind spot when changing lanes or turning right.

I guess it can be made transparent too, but what about the baby sitting in the chair? Or other passengers in general?

Yes, making the pillars transparent (or removing the m completely) will make it better, but as long as other people are non-transparent (and as long as drivers never turn their heads!) there's always going to be blind spots.

Comment: Re:Or, to put it another way... (Score 1) 217

by the_arrow (#48323725) Attached to: The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Speed isn't all that it used to be. 30 years ago you wrote games in assembler, 20 years ago in C, and 10 years ago in C++. Today? You can write a game that looks as good as the best games did ten years (or less) ago in Java Script or other purely interpreted languages. With JIT languages (like Java and C#) you can even rival other modern games.

Speed was an issue with processors in the low MHz range, with todays multi-core, multi-GHz beasts with dedicated graphics hardware you don't need to code everything in assembly for speed, it's going to be fast enough anyway.

Comment: Re:The Copenhagen Metro (Score 1) 179

by the_arrow (#47963623) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

I've only been on the Copenhagen subway once, but I remember that the stations did have glass walls between the platform and the rail, with doors matching the doors on the trains. Not much error margin or people could not get out or in, and the few stops I was on the train it stopped perfectly every time.

Comment: Re:Telescopes and camping or night-tours (Score 0) 234

by the_arrow (#47944235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

More importantly, for the OP, go camping with a telescope with your kids.

Even if they're not old enough to really go into the theoretical bits, spending some quality time with their dad, seeing some awesome images through the telescope (and letting the wife have some quality time alone for herself) will probably make you the best dad in the world. It might not help you do something useful for the betterment of astrophysics, but I'm sure it will help you unwind after a long work-week, and as you try to explain the things your kids see in the telescope will help you understand some of these things better yourself. A good teacher should always learn while teaching, and all that. :-)

Comment: Re:Stonehenge (Score 1) 28

by the_arrow (#47889777) Attached to: Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

My life is so successfull
I've got everything a man could ever need.

Got a 1000 dollar haircut
And I even have a talkshow on TV.

And I know I should be happy, but instead
There's a question I can't get out of my head.

What's the meaning of Stonehenge?
It's killing me that no one knows
Why it was built 5000 years ago.

Why did they build the Stonehenge?
How could they raise the stones so high
Completely without the technology
We have today?

When I make my jalapeños
Calamari and prosciutto
I'm the king!

My wife applaud(s) me in the kitchen
When I tell her all I bought is from the local store

(And) When the kids have gone to bed, we're all alone
She gives me a smile
Then she plays with my balls

(But?) All I think of is Stonehenge
I think about it when I dream
The biggest henge that I have ever seen

What's the purpose of Stonehenge?
A giant granite brithdaycake
Or a prison far too easy to escape?

Stonehenge! Stonehenge! Lots of stones in a row!
They were 25 tons each stone, my friend
But amazingly they got them all down in the sand
And they moved it (Stonehenge!)
And they dragged it (Stonehenge!)
And they rolled it 46 miles from Waleeees! - Heeey (46 miles from Wales!)

What's the deal with Stonehenge? (Oh, what's the deal, what's the deal, what's the deal)
You should have left a tiny hint
When you made this fucking labyrinth, of stone! (Who the... )
Who the fuck builds a Stonehenge? (fuck builds a Stonehenge?)

Two Stone Age-guys wondering what to do
Who just said: "Dude, let's build a henge or two!"

I would give anything to know
About the Stonehenge
Yeah, I would give all I have to give
Would you give them your car?
(Mmm) Are you kidding me, of course I would have given the car
What car do you drive?
Drive a Civic, drive a Civic. Drive a Civic!
A car you can trust!
Never mind the car, let's talk about the henge
What henge is that again?
It's the Stonehenge, it's the Stonehenge!
God, it is the greatest henge of all!

What's the meaning of Stonehenge?

[Credits: Ylvis - Stonehenge]

Comment: Good for just browsing (Score 2) 165

by the_arrow (#47668963) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

One thing that libraries are very good for, is to just walk around aimlessly along the shelves and see what's there. You still can't do that online.

For example, I was at a library just the other day, and didn't really know what book I wanted, so I just wandered around, picking up a book here, a book there, putting back a book when I found something more interesting. Left the library with The Complete Conan Saga, and Gaimans The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe

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