By timothy from Slashdot's ok-you're-jealous-and-so-am-I department
James Cameron is on his way down
. The director's long-planned trip
to the deepest spot on Earth — the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep
— is in progress; by the time you read this, if all goes well, Cameron will be navigating around in depths unvisited since 1960. National Geographic's coverage
of the dive is excellent as well, as is the BBC's (with video)
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By timothy from Slashdot's but-officer-my-hands-are-on-the-wheel department
writes "This MSNBC Bottom Line story/article says that 'If you're a conscientious motorist who still does everything the way your driver's-ed instructor told you to, you're doing it all wrong. For decades, the standard instruction was that drivers should hold the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions, as envisioned on a clock. This, it turns out, is no longer the case. In fact, driving that way could cost you your arms or hands in particularly gruesome ways if your airbag deploys. Instead AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and many driving instructors now say you should grip the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock. A few go even further, suggesting 8 and 4 to avoid the airbag mechanism as much as possible, but what formal research has been published on the varieties of hand positions suggests that this may lessen your control of the car.'"
I usually hold even lower on the wheel, perhaps 4:30 and 7:30, but I also drive with my seat pushed farther forward than most people like. Drivers, what's your approach?Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's tattoo-sized department
Have you upgraded your hardware to play something beefier than 140-byte Tetris
New submitter alokmenghrajani writes with "a detailed view of how we size-optimized a game of Tron to just 226 bytes."
It's also optimized for Chrome, and very fast
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By timothy from Slashdot's april-fools! department
According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said.
The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there was a small possibility the debris could hit the station, the U.S. space agency said in a statement."
This isn't the first time it's happened
, either. The escape capsules (actually, they're Soyuz spacecraft
) must be nice to have on hand, but I'd hate to have to test their efficacy.Read Replies (0)