The Big Questions Screenshot-sm 229

Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton changes things up today by reviewing The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics and Physics. Questions that big need a big review and you can learn what Bennett has to say about it all by reading below.

Rob Malda Answers Your Questions 221

Last week hundreds of you posted questions for Slashdot's CmdrTaco, AKA Rob Malda. Today we present his answers to 10 of the highest-moderated questions. CT: You can continue to sign up for 10 year anniversary parties but we're already working on shipping shirts so you won't be able to get a care package... but you can still try to run for the big grand prize by just taking videos of pictures or just doing something cool at your parties to prove that we should have been there.
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An Ignition Interlock In Every Car? 1690

ryeguy-nm writes "Monday the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill that would require every car sold in the state to have an ignition interlock. This device is essentially a breath analyzer that prevents the car from being started if the driver is drunk. The bill would require that every new car sold be equipped with an ignition interlock by 2008 and every used car by 2009. Ignition interlocks require a breath test, which takes 30 seconds to complete, to start the car as well as random 'rolling retests' to discourage others from taking the test for you. These rolling retests require the driver to take the test as the car is moving. If the driver fails a retest, the horn sounds and the lights flash until the car is turned off. The bill's lead proponent is Dem. Ken Martinez who believes the bill is a quick fix for New Mexico's drunk driving problems. Opponents of the bill argue that it penalizes car dealerships and law abiding citizens who have never driven drunk. The bill makes no mention of who will have to pay for the device, but it will most likely be auto dealers and citizens who have to sell their cars. It seems to me that impinging upon the liberty of an entire state is a little bit too extreme. Perhaps tougher penalties and larger fines for people who actually drive drunk would be a better idea."

Following April Fool's Day Around The World? 168

Time is a funny concept, and on the Internet, this can be used to one's advantage. Take April 1st for example: just because April 1st may have ended where you are, doesn't mean that it may not be April 1st somewhere else in the world. Since this is the internet, everyone online lives in all time zones simultaneously (of course, for many of you, it's your local time zone that matters the most). So if I have the math right, this article will go live on midnight, April 2nd, 2001, in the timezone immediately east of the international date line. So I hope those of you west of Alaska and east of GMT will appreciate the extra dose of humor. With that, what were some of the better April Fool's pranks that you've experienced (or helped to create)?

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