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Comment Re:Now I know I'm among friends here on slashdot (Score 1) 840

Check out Oskar Blues. They can all their beers. Dales Pale Ale and the Ten FIDY I'd say are their most popular beers. There is a lot about a can that is better than bottles. They block out light, so they don't skunk, they keep out oxygen better, they're more "green" than bottles. Cans cool faster than bottles, etc. And, contrary to popular myth, they don't infuse any metallic taste in to the beer.

Submission + - NSA Says Its Secure Dev Methods Are Known Now (

Trailrunner7 writes: Despite its reputation for secrecy and technical expertise, the National Security Agency doesn't have a set of secret coding practices or testing methods that magically make their applications and systems bulletproof. In fact, one of the agency's top technical experts said that virtually all of the methods the NSA uses for development and information assurance are publicly known.

"Most of what we do in terms of app development and assurance is in the open literature now. Those things are known publicly now," Neil Ziring, technical director of the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, said in his keynote at the OWASP AppSec conference in Washington Wednesday. "It used to be that we had some methods and practices that weren't well-known, but over time that's changed as industry has focused more on application security."

Submission + - Engineers Propose Lily Pad-Like Floating Cities (

Zothecula writes: The idea of going offshore to satisfy our renewable energy needs isn't new, but the grand vision of Japan’s Shimizu Corporation goes way beyond harnessing green energy at sea for use in cities on Terra firma – it takes the whole city along for the ride. The company, along with the Super Collaborative Graduate School and Nomura Securities, is researching the technical issues involved in constructing its Green Float concept – a self-sufficient, carbon-negative floating city that would reside in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Comment Re:Is it just me? (Score 3, Informative) 106

The swarm stuff is neat, but has been done in RTS games. Nothing really revolutionary, except that it's never been done for swarms, using a touch table. The work defines some easy gestures and methods that have been studied and found to be what the majority of people would naturally do. What I find truly revolutionary about this interface is the dream controller. It doesn't get much play in the video, but it is remarkable. You put your hand down, and it draws the controller around it. It's exact every time. No matter what size hand, or orientation, it draws it perfectly for 100% of the human population. No more xbox/ps3 controllers that by their physical nature can only be built to be comfortable for the average. (50% of the population.) Having the tactile feedback of a keyboard or gamepad button has it's benefits, but if the controller is drawn directly under your hand, You can very quickly learn to press a button without having to feel it. Having this possibility opens up a whole new world of controller design with applications in video games, touch screens apps, every day appliances, and more. We can rethink controller design, and make the controller conform to the user, rather than the user conforming to the controller. I think it has a lot of potential, and am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Comment Re:Edison and The Simpsons (Score 1) 314

(Homer realizes that Thomas Edison has already invented safety legs for the back of a chair.)
Homer: (Shouting) Aww, damn it!
(Bart comes running down the basement stairs.)
Bart: Hey Dad, heard you swearin'. Mind if I join in? Crap, boobs, crap!
Homer: I thought I had a great idea, I must have seen it on this poster.
(Bart studies Homer's Thomas Edison invention chart.)
Bart: If Edison thought of that chair, how come it's not on this chart?
Homer: It's not? Maybe he never told anyone about it. (Points at Edison poster.) That chair might be the only one he made.
Bart: So?
Homer: So, we've got to go to the Edison Museum and smash it! Then I'll be an inventor!
Bart: But I thought you loved Edison.
Homer: Aw, to hell with him.
Bart: Yeah! Hell, damn, fart!

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