Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface
First plankton, and you know what eats plankton, barnacles. I wouldn't want to have to scrape down the ISS. No wonder they are talking about abandoning the ISS in a few years.
Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots
Frigging bots. They forget when they post and sometime you get a dup.
Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer
I bet when they apologized to him they offered him 1/2 price service for 3 months.
OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System
I have had a TP-Link WDR3600 for about 7 months. About 4 months ago I decided I wanted to start doing ipv6 and the TP-Link software didn't work with Comcast for ipv6. I found a pre-release of Barrier Breaker loaded it up, rebooted and it all worked. I guess it is time to upgrade to the release candidate. There were some issues with the second radio and supporting 802.11an but a few minutes searching on line and I had fix for that too.
Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
Silica is a well known carcinogen. http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/r... Our lab will not be messing with that shit, we will be looking for something safer! And if silica was in commercial batteries think how many members of the public might be exposed.
EDSAC Diagrams Rediscovered
So the they get a few prints of part of the circuits, 9 pages of 150, and they see they made mistakes replicating the original. I wonder how many other mistakes they have made, and what happens if they are finishing and some more drawings surface showing they got stuff wrong? Will they throw it out the wrong and make it as designed or just say "hey good enough, we got most of it right"?
Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
Ok, I am invoking "Godwin's Law", let's move on. I can't believe the Washington Redskins was meant as an insult. Who would do that to their team, but we have gotten deep in to political correct in this country. (Boy it is a good thing we don't have gender modifiers on most of our nouns. There would be a battle.)
Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"
they had the manual with passwords....
this is hacked.... how?
Same way I hacked my VCR so it doesn't flash 12:00 anymore!
Covering the blinking clock with black tape doesn't count, sorry.
Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo
The problem there isn't the lack of showers but the repeated use of clothing.
But then you have CEO of Levi Strauss saying don't wash your jeans. http://www.latimes.com/fashion... I guess its back to nature time. I hope the windows open for a fresh breeze...
ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee
"Freedom Act", well you know free to do what we want.
Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge
The way I read the article was the bullying took place in front of a school math teacher. This likely was a form of harassment. Since the math teacher failed to act on this harassment, and the teacher was management's representative here, the school and therefore the school district (and city) was at risk of a harassment charge. They needed to eliminate the evidence. They had the police do this, who I presume were also city employees. I wonder if this rises to racketeering? Let's hope the state does a investigate of this. Looks like they might have avoided a lesser crime charge by making it a larger crime. (Not always a good idea!) (IANAL)
UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed
would be fine if goatse vanished from the Internet
The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank
But according to future history the first robot tanks were Bolos made by General Motors. The Russians have screwed up another timeline. (Dang Putin)
Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?
As I have learned on others on /. the answer to a yes/no question on /. will be no. Others are bring up the reasons no for this question, cost, limited use, politics, but the answer will be NO.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
If Beta is future then I'll find other sites than /. I was/am happy with a text based site. I come here for the comments and I don't see how Beta is going to improve them. Counting down to my exit. 88, 87, 86...
Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD
Having biked a scale model of our solar system (the Sun 4 1/2' dia, Pluto 3.7 miles away) I can't wrap my head around the energies involved to make a noticeable change in C14 here on earth hundreds ( Cassiopeia A 11,0000?) of light year away. My small mind boggles.
Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD
Red crucifix? Skewed carbon dating results?
Does this mean the Turin Shroud is real...?
Well there really is a Turin Shroud with an image, there is a question of how it was made.
Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
So, let me ask - historically speaking, what has California's rainfall averaged, since the white man first came on the scene?
The funny thing is, I do a Google search to check that out. I click several links, and none show the information I am looking for. In 1849, what was the rainfall? Nothing. 1850? Nothing. 1851? Still more nothing. Where do I find the historical data?
Now, is there REALLY this remarkable drought, or have we simply been over using the available water for several decades already? There are a number of places where we have millions of people, but the land historically only supported hundreds or thousands. Even with tens of thousands, the weather and the land supplied plenty of water for survival, and some thrown in for waste and recreation. But, MILLIONS? Oh-oh - not enough water to go around.
We have been pumping lakes, rivers, and aquifers dry for decades now. We pump water from wherever we can find it, not caring about where it came from, or whether it will ever be replaced, or how it might be replaced.
Do we really have exceptional droughts today, or are we simply running out of water to waste?
Show me the historical data, please. Does it actually support this climate change theory?
Oh my, you mean you can't Google everything? Some source data hasn't and never will be put on the Net. Sorry about that.
How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform
Just divide by 2 (2.2 actually) and you will have kg. And don't expect the US to change any time soon. Sorry, it is us.
Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems
Let get the media to over react. That will be fun, more government rules, more government oversight. I know we have multiple "SCADA" systems on my site, except most of them aren't control, they are monitoring. (Oh my! the B4-12 SquareD power meter is reading too low!! That groups power bill will be to low next month.) The other LAN connected SCADA systems on site, that I know of, would fail safe. The worst you could do is cause some experiments to fail. Part of the power of PLCs these days is having them on a LAN. (Who wants the ip of one of our PLCs, I'll give you a hint, it is on the 10. network.) Oh and do slap the folks that have true control systems open on the Internet with addressable IPs that could fail in a dangerous way.