top Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group
Actually, Google did *some* work for NASA but mainly enjoyed the perk of buying lower cost jet fuel through the NASA contracts, much less than they would have paid on the commercial market. When it came to light that the vast majority of their air flights weren't NASA work-related at all, the scandal ensued.
top Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate
It's not just navigating in pitch darkness, echo location is useful for all manner of things. How many times have you talked to an auto mechanic about a problem and he asks you 'where did you hear the noise...' to narrow down the location of the issue? It is extraordinary to be able to control it and use it more directly.
top We Are Running Out of Sand
California does indeed have this problem occasionally. During the recent summer, there were 3 or 4 hurricanes along the coast of Baja, which were quite powerful but not strong enough to travel all the way to the US coast of California. However, the enormous waves generated in those hurricanes were some of the largest seen in many decades, with swells over 20 ft (7 meters) for days at a stretch. These waves eroded great sections of beach sand, especially at the city of Seal Beach, allowing tides and swells to flood Seal Beach one night. Fortunately for Seal Beach, there was sand available from river dredging in Orange County which was given to rebuild the sand berms and levees to restore protection from future storms. Ordinarily that sand would have replenished itself as the rivers carry it to the deltas into the ocean, but that would have taken several years.
top Imagining the Future History of Climate Change
Yet, Mann & Hansen & Jones & Trenberth et al would expect you to believe their models are close to 100% accurate to predict inevitable catastrophe in the "future of a vastly complex system like the Earth", and even worse, you actually believe it.
top Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron
ARGH!!! If I see Clippy popping up on the screens at Staples Center, I'm gonna walk out immediately.
top Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options
I wonder if I can go dig out one of my old C=64 application dongles to use... of course it will be disconcerting if I heard the read/write heads slamming against the side of my disk drives
top Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?
Except Hamilton brings a very keen perspective from an unexpected source, and 2012 is not that far in the past as solar cell efficiency hasn't made an exponential increase in the past year and a half so his points remain quite valid.
top Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?
How many 'streamers' will they have at Solar Two? Could it surpass Ivanpah to take the number one spot as bird fryer champion of CA?
top Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines
it would depend on your mpl, correct?
about a month and a half ago
top Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough
Just waiting for the EU food activists to decry these girls creating Frankenfood and hound them for their evil work
top Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Flat shovel and piece of charcoal
top Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
Please do tell the name of this university so that we may avoid sending our kids to this place.
top Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
7. Every opthamalogist that I know hasn't had Lasik done on themselves, they still wear glasses.
top Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer
Indeed, this is really hilarious that an AOL guy has trouble discontinuing service with a provider... I'm betting that AOL was much tougher than Comcast back in the day
top White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
There's a legal issue here: the executive can't just wave state law aside.
Really???? I thought the President said that all needs to make law he has in his hands : a pen and a phone.
top Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
Several posts have alluded to high-availability, mirrored, load balanced, etc etc as being the solution to simply updating systems. The problem from a management point of view is to remain on guard when a patch or upgrade goes bad. Having turned into one of those 'old-guys', I'm quite sobered by the bad maintenance windows I've been a party to and will never consider unattended maintenance windows for my teams. It's better for me to schedule the work and let my folks adjust their work days to get to the maintenance fully alert and aware, and in full attendance for that time when things don't go as planned.
top Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?
That's where those flexible OLED screens will come in handy
top Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases
Indeed you are very correct, this government is become a dictatorship, abetted by a feckless Congress. It matters not whether you're lib/con or dem/repub, this is dangerous when the next changeover of power occurs, and it will occur. What the President has loosed now will be used against his party in the future.
Too bad my mod points are all gone now, you deserve +3.
top SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight
Interesting to see how the fins managed the torsional direction while guiding the rocket laterally. Much smoother than the thrusters used on the DC-X demonstrator. Those flyswatters are a remarkable advance in stabilizing the rocket for touchdown.
top House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary
CO2 is not pollution, it is a naturally occurring gas which is a key component in photosynthesis, which contributes to the greening of the planet. As well as the vegetation which I rely on for food.
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