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Comment we don't have blacksmiths, either (Score 1) 303

Well, we do, but only people who really WANT to be blacksmiths - the whole 'artisinal' thing.

Societies evolve, technology evolves. Yes, the Horse Buggy Whip industry jobs have largely entirely gone - so have (essentially) the jobs of Elevator Pilot, Farrier, Town Cryer, and Jester.

Don't like it? Maybe make an effort to be more of a human and less of a drone. There are LOTS of jobs out there for people who want to actually learn how to do something - electrician, for example. Never going to be replaced by a factory in Vietnam.

Comment Re:Costco is the one suing (Score 1) 239

And this, kids, is why big companies rarely ever go after other big companies.

Big swingin' dick lawyers can be stalemated by OTHER big swingin' dick lawyers and then the aggressor looks like an idiot and wasted money.

Would any of us have any doubts about the outcome if it was 'Bill's Golf Balls', a $100,000 business in Madison WI instead of Costco?

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 284

As an undergraduate, I had Set Theory class taught by Paul Halmos (yes, *that* Halmos).

On the first day, during his introductions, he suddenly veered into grammar. He addressed the ignorant statement as put forth in the quoted text above that "To recap: In English, there is no gender-neutral pronoun for a single person."

First noting that some languages have a pronoun for persons of unknown gender, he finished with "English is such a language. The word is 'he.' So you will forgive me if I do not say 'he or she' throughout this course."

He was (and remains) correct. "He" and "him" do not imply gender in English unless context indicates otherwise.


Comment Re:Rotating Airport (Score 4, Interesting) 281

On a serious note, you can approximate this by simply paving an entire square mile. I once heard that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was such an airport in WWII, allowing damaged aircraft to land without having to line up for a runway. I don't know if that's true or not (it was a naval air base according to Wikipedia, so it might be), but the idea may be valid.

If you have a location with high winds that approach from many directions, and you have a wide open area, then something along these lines would work. Of course, there aren't going to be many locations where you have those wind conditions and the space, so you could approximate it with several different runways aligned based on the predominant wind conditions. That would work great! And that's pretty much exactly what they do at all major airports.

Comment Rotating Airport (Score 1) 281

A circular runway has too many problems as others have pointed out: Weather making the runway slippery, the need for approach lights, etc. So why not stick with straight runways, but gain the advantage of a circular runways by putting the entire airport on a giant turntable? Then you can rotate the runways to always be at the optimal alignment for the wind. :)

Comment Not the best advocate (Score 1) 293

"One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph..."

If by "demonstrated conclusively" you mean:
- used sketchy, statistically dubious 'smoothing', omitted the Medieval warm period, and cherry picked data to 'prove' an already-supposed conclusion, and
- then when called to produce his data, "lost it" ....then yeah, he's the guy.

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