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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

ColdWetDog Re:How important is that at this point? (150 comments)

....

Photoshop, although not as bad as GIMP, isn't exactly a pinnacle of user friendliness either.

Photoshop's UI is abysmal. It is, however, consistent. A PS user from 1990 can pick up CS 2014 and get around pretty easily. It's also an efficient work flow. Especially if you like keyboards.

But easy it is not.

5 hours ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

ColdWetDog Re:Finally (150 comments)

I still am not ready to buy into the Adobe CC thing, I don't like the idea that if I have a lot of PSD files, I've done work on, I may refer back to, say as templates for my business albums, etc...that if I quit paying rent, that I can no longer open and use my files I created.

If you have a .psd or better yet a .tiff file, you can open it up in all of it's glorious layered goodness in any one of a number of programs. Of course, if you are looking at a Photoshop specific manipulation or feature, you're unlikely to be able to do it in anything other than Photoshop. However, as you point out, there are not all that many late model Photoshop effects that are to-die-for.

I bought into the CS6 Production Premium Suite of tools...and so far, I've not see anything Adobe has done or added that is so groundbreakingly compelling that I would give up my standalone as long as I want them (in VM's if need be for OS changes) and use them.

I would agree. I have CS6 happily sitting on my hard drive, but also have a current subscription (hint: if you try to cancel, they give you the old price back. At $29.00 a month for the entire suite it can be a steal, depending on what you use).

I'm actually wondering if Adobe keeping the 'deals' running for so long is and indication that not quite as many have flocked to CC as they imagined. But regardless of that, I don't wanna rent my software, who's to tell when once they have you hooked, they start raising the prices? Also, what's to keep the fire lit under them to innovate once everyone is paying monthly and there is no stand alone option any more?

Hard to say. Adobe's SEC filings look pretty good. Other companies are jumping on the subscription band wagon which suggests that either it works or they're desperate. I suspect it's a little of both. It costs very little to add a customer (it's not like Adobe spends any money on customer support....). If they can get some rate of conversion to Endless Subscription, they've made some good money. If the user drops out after a while, well, they've made some money.

Remember, CS is professional software. They don't make much off us one of hobbyist / low grade professional shops. They make money on the big guys. And subscriptions make accountants happy for some weird reason. Further, Adobe, bless it's pointed little metallic head, really has made inroads into listening to professionals. You don't have to upgrade a version. Downgrading is easy. Running every version ever made (after 6) is easy.

Customer support still sucks, but it is Adobe.

5 hours ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

ColdWetDog Re:No, who cares? (254 comments)

If you want to get to Mars, figure out a way to make people fear not getting to mars.

Give the Chinese a good head start.

2 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

ColdWetDog Re:Sometimes the change is good (187 comments)

"In 1994, when Tony Cicoria was 42 years old, he was struck by lightning near Albany, New York, while standing next to a public telephone. He had just hung up the phone and was about a foot away when a rogue bolt of lightning struck. He recalled seeing his own body on the ground surrounded by a bluish-white light. Cicoria’s heart had apparently stopped, but he was resuscitated by a woman, (coincidentally an intensive-care-unit nurse) who was waiting to use the telephone.[2][3]"

Holy crap!.... makes me almost want to believe in some sort of higher power.

110 or 220?

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ColdWetDog Paging Dr. House (208 comments)

Dunno about the OP, but I've to, due to job, from time to time. It's a bit like jail, with soft, white round corners. It gives me the jeebies, and I'm always grateful to return to my Debian box (FVWM, by the way).

So yes, I have, and never enjoyed the experience.

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Ah, now we've got it:

Separation anxiety disorder of childhood

      F93.0 is a billable ICD-10-CM code that can be used to specify a diagnosis.

Clinical Information:

        Anxiety experienced by an individual upon separation from a person or object of particular significance to him.

3 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

ColdWetDog Re:what a difference a day makes (221 comments)

Which is exactly why lots of people wonder about the intelligence of hiring on the lowest bidder to clean out and stock commercial aircraft. You know, those people who scrunch down everywhere in the cabin with no supervision. Who load baggage in the hold after the TSA 'screens' it. Who deliver boxes and boxes of stuff to all manner of aircraft.

3 days ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

ColdWetDog Re:Copter data (91 comments)

But really, work out the business case. An island of 3000 or so people needs JUST a small medication (or part or whatever) often enough to spin up this entire system? I can't remember the last time I (as an ER doc) needed just the a medication to treat a patient. If the med is that unusual that it's not stocked then it typically is dangerous enough (or the patient sick enough) to transport the person to a bigger facility. Yes, there are some exceptions (say snake bite antivenom, Digifab but they are definitely edge cases.

Perhaps. And presumably DHL has done some homework - we have to assume that they aren't just batshit insane. But it's just hard to figure.

The only thing I can thing of needing this sort of delivery system is iPhone replacements or drug withdrawals.

4 days ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

ColdWetDog Re:Pretty Cool (91 comments)

Maybe a Global Hawk, but Alaska is pretty damned big. Besides. we've figured this out long ago Bush planes. Cheap, simple, fairly robust. Certainly able to fly under any conditions that a wee little drone could fly in.

And if you're really sick, you want said bush plane (or the Coast Guard or Air National Guard depending on where you are) to haul your ill ass OUT of wherever you happen to be. Most people who need urgent / emergent medicines need a bit more than just the drug. Like a doctor, nurse, clinic facilities, etc. The exception would be cocaine withdrawal but I don't see DHL getting into that game just yet.

4 days ago
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How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

ColdWetDog Re:I can't quite decide (82 comments)

Three Rings for the Fortune 100 in New York City.
Seven for Haliburton in its halls of stone,
Nine for FBI doomed to lie,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie.
One Program to rule them all, One Program to find them,
One Program to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

ColdWetDog Re:I love it. (316 comments)

And every time I boot my Windows 7 VM the OS is complaining that it needs to be updated, third party programs are complaining they need to be updated. Hell, my pet Botnets are complaining they need to be updated.

Welcome to our world.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

ColdWetDog Re:Could be improved (903 comments)

KORBEN
I had the worst goddamn nightmare.

VOICE
You have nine points left on your license..

KORBEN
Thanks for reminding me..

5 days ago
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Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

ColdWetDog Re:Gotta like the pro-level bullshit. (42 comments)

Now that would be cool. Drone F4's flying over the country for hours. The tinfoil crow would be absolutely apoplectic.

5 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

ColdWetDog Re:Risk management? (200 comments)

Faster, Cheaper, Better.

Pick any two....

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

ColdWetDog Re:password manager (191 comments)

See Spot.
See Spot3 run.
Run, Spot$# run!

Like this?

5 days ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

ColdWetDog Re:We care why? (50 comments)

Because, even though we assume water vapor is common, we don't have much evidence of that being true. And often our assumptions are incorrect. So having credible evidence is much more comforting than declaring it a 'safe bet'.

Further, the reason why we are so wound up about water is that we know that life exists in such an environment. We can propose other solvents but all that is unknown.

And further, TFA is establishing a methodology to look for water in other exoplanets so we can hopefully find out how common (or uncommon it is).

5 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

ColdWetDog Re:OK (268 comments)

Good thing we have Slashdot to save us from getting excited about hi tech stuff. I mean, just off the top of his head, the OP has taken apart thousands of man hours of work and cut to the chase. Fine work.

Less space than a Nomad, no wireless. Lame.

5 days ago
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US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments

ColdWetDog Re:Direct Link to DURC (38 comments)

It just seems like it's Just One More Federal Agency jumping on the bandwagon. In a sense, this is good news. As has been pointed out, the information is already out there - if the NSA and other mysterious, dark agencies in the US Federal Government actually had their act together, they would already know this. The fact that they're asking suggests that nobody can connect the dots.

Or perhaps, nobody wants to own up that they can do this, or they're having dominance games over whatever department or agency is asking for the info (TFA is a biti vague as to who's clever idea this was).

It's only more paperwork....

about a week ago
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US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments

ColdWetDog Re:I'm so sick of this (38 comments)

This is insightful? Did I miss a funny?

You guys gotta stop that. It's confusing enough here as it is..

about a week ago
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US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments

ColdWetDog Re:I call this BS (38 comments)

It may not be able to create a runaway reaction that can damage the reactor, but it must, by definition, create a chain reaction.

about a week ago

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Code Humor

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about 4 months ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "A coder with the nic Zen Albatross has found a bit of humor in the sad state of affairs of Google's ongoing attempts to keep the NSA out of everyone's electronic panties. Reported in the Blaze, the bit of humor embedded in the comment goes back to a rather un funny slide of how the three letter agency compromised transit between Google servers.

That's one point for open code."

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Photo Geek 2013 Contest Results

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about 10 months ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "If you are at all interested in the mechanics and physics of photography, you can do much worse than spend a few minutes perusing the weird and often amazing pictures of the Photo Geek 2013 contest. If you're still not sated, you can read some more of Roger Cicala's LensRentals blog and learn more than you ever thought possible or necessary about testing and evaluating modern cameras and lenses."
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How to warm up your Christmas - "Cold Fusion" for sale

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about 10 months ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Be the first on your block (or country for that matter). Amaze your friends and confound the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first cold fusion power plant is now available to pre-order. The E-Cat 1MW Plant, which comes in a standard shipping container, can produce one megawatt of thermal energy, using low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) — a process, often known as cold fusion, that fuses nickel and hydrogen into copper, producing energy 100,000 times more efficiently than combustion. It sounds like E-Cat is now taking orders for delivery in early 2014, priced fairly reasonably at $1.5 million. Has cold fusion — the answer to all our energy needs — finally made its way to market?"
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Obamacare going to the dogs.

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about 10 months ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes ""Fort Collins, [Colorado], resident Shane Smith told a local Fox News Affiliate that he received a letter last week informing his dog,Baxter, that a health insurance account had been opened for the pup through Connect for Health Colorado. Smith told the station he had to sign up for coverage through the state exchange because his health insurance plan was cancelled under ObamaCare. He isn’t sure how Baxter wound up getting enrolled instead, but he said he did give Baxter’s name as a security question as part of the registration process." First the NSA backs all all your data. Now the Feds insure your security questions. What's not to like?"
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Nothing new under the sun

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  1 year,19 days

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Recent revelations surrounding the documents leaked by Edward Snowden and Chelsea / Bradley Manning have painted the US intelligence services and the US military in a less than flattering light. A recent short article on the Atlantic website points out that secrecy, duplicity and a narrow, near paranoid view of the world existed in the minds of the US military and intelligence communities during the Kennedy administration.

From the start of his presidency, Kennedy feared that the Pentagon brass would overreact to Soviet provocations and drive the country into a disastrous nuclear conflict. The Soviets might have been pleased—or understandably frightened—to know that Kennedy distrusted America’s military establishment almost as much as they did.

TFA puts a bit of historical context into the recent discussions we have been having. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". (George Santayana)."
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Is this YOUR policy? Would you like it back?

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about a year ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Recently IS at my small hospital created an "Acceptable Use Policy" for our institution. Being the sort of anal compulsive guy that I am, I actually read it. That prompted me to attempt to figure out where it came from which led me to the SANS site. This purports to be "the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world. It also develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system — the Internet Storm Center" Be that as it may, I thought at least the Computer Use Policy had some real dumb features. I'm most concerned about the section on information ownership:

Hospital’s network administration desires to provide a reasonable level of privacy, users should be aware that the data they create on the organization’s systems remains the property of... Hospital.

Not sure how that is going to work out overall, seems a bit over arching — like what, precisely, is 'data'? But the thing that really has me annoyed because it clobbers my work flow is the fun statement:

All PCs, laptops and workstations should be secured with a password-protected screensaver with the automatic activation feature set at 10 minutes or less, or by logging-off when the host will be unattended.

My point being that a generic, hardcoded time to lock the workstation is a dumb idea, especially when many of the computers are located within a controlled environment. Logging in a couple of dozen times per day is not how I would define a productive use of my time. Has anyone else found an 'authorative" pontification of these ideas, especially in regards to healthcare systems in the US? (Hopefully the rest of the world isn't as batshit insane as we are)."
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Supremes nix gene patents

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about a year ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "The ongoing story of Myriad Genetics versus the rest of the world has come to an end. In a 9-0 decision, the US Supreme Court has decided that human genes cannot be patented. From a brief Bloomberg article:

Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said isolated DNA is a “product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated.” At the same time, Thomas said synthetic molecules known as complementary DNA, or cDNA, can be patented because they require a significant amount of human manipulation to create.

Seems perfectly sane. Raw genes, the ones you find in nature are, wait for it — natural. Other bits of manipulated DNA / RNA / protein which take skill and time to create are potentially patentable. Oddly, Myriad Genetics stock actually rose on that information."

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Lizard named for Jim Morrison; Hunter S. Thompson comes in second.

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about a year ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "The LA Times has a quick article on a newly named giant lizard:

"An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors.The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college."

Hunter S. Thompson, who hallucinated presumably somewhat more carnivorous lounge lizards, was also considered for the honor. Perhaps next round."

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Another Weird Shiny Thing on Mars.

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "The Mars Science Laboratory (AKA Curiosity) seems adept at finding curious items on the Martian surface. Not withstanding the little incident with the Madi Gras beads, there are been a couple of other unidentified objects found in the rover's path. The latest object appears as a small, half centimeter metallic bit sitting up in a rock. Part of an ancient Martian civilization? Part of Curiosity? Part of the sound stage in Arizona?

At least this one doesn't appear to be hoax."

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Outrageous picture - Curiosity parachute over Mars

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Just a short submission, but this is too good to miss. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shot this incredible picture of the Mars Science Lab (Curiosity).

On top of the near perfect landing, this is just icing on the cake but the visual is outstanding."

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Martian Terror Movie

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Forget the scary bits in Prometheus. JPL has it's own planetside terror trailer. 7 Minutes of Terror is a well done video short describing the difficulty of landing the Curiosity Lander on Mars.

Watching this thing, you have to be impressed with JPL's risk taking. Certainly a step beyond the usual NASA conservative thinking.

It's going to be a scary ride in August.

We have obviously covered much of this before"

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Electron Porn - A teardown of the Chevy Volt

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Forget those stories about disassembling iPhones and little tablets. These guys got to disassemble and entire Chevy Volt. While not as detailed on the electronics end as some of the teardowns typically described on Slashdot, it's pretty interesting.

Basically, the thing is handbuilt and seemingly overengineered. Oh, and it doesn't really turn off. Ever."

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Skydiver imitates Rocky the Flying Squirrel

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "British stuntman Gary Conway whose professional credits include stunts in Harry Potter and Batman films became the first skydiver to land safely without the aid of a parachute.

Mr. Conway leapt 2,400ft from a helicopter while wearing a specially made "wing suit" and swooped towards a "runway" of 18,600 cardboard boxes in an field near Oxfordshire, England.

Five seconds before he hit the target he flared his suit to decrease his descent and glide angle before plunging into the boxes to break his fall.

Definitely a gutsy move. Not a bright one, but gutsy."

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Is Dropbox the next Google?

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog writes "The Dropbox file storage and synchronization service has managed to attract 50 million users and $250 million in venture capital. The founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston, says he is determined to build the next Google or Apple, not to sell out to them. Even for or a guy whose paper valuation is around $600 million, seems like the best he could hope for is another Facebook level company — file storage isn't that sexy. I wish him luck in his bid to remain independent. I'd rather see Dropbox remain fairly agnostic with regard to other Internet services."
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Arctic Methane Releases Could Be Larger Than Forec

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Methane released by warming Arctic permafrost has long been considered a wild card variable in climate change calculations. Since it is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, even relatively small increases in methane releases can cause significant changes in modeling results. Russian scientists who have been studying the Siberian off shore regions for years and now report unprecedented subsurface discharges of methane with 'torches' of methane bubbling up from structures up to a kilometer in diameter.

"In a very small area, less than 10,000 square miles, we have counted more than 100 fountains, or torch-like structures, bubbling through the water column and injected directly into the atmosphere from the seabed," Dr Semiletov said. "We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale – I think on a scale not seen before. Some plumes were a kilometre or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere – the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal."

Given that current climate data is indicating that the consensus models may be underestimating the rate and extent of climate change, additional rapid rises of another greenhouse gas may foretell faster and more dramatic changes than are currently being envisioned. Hold on to your butts."
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No Russian Water Tentacle

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Slashdot has recently reported that the much reported "Cyber hack" of a Springfield, IL water treatment plant was, in fact, not due to a computer intrusion. But the story gets better:

Cyberwar watchers took notice this month when a leaked intelligence memo claimed Russian hackers had remotely destroyed a water pump at an Illinois utility. The report spawned dozens of sensational stories characterizing it as the first-ever reported destruction of U.S. infrastructure by a hacker.

Except that the report was a completely untrue and the reality much more prosaic. The pump burned out, as they do from time to time. The mysterious Russian connection was due to one of the designers of the system calling in to check some logs after he was urgently contacted about some issues with the plant five months before the pump eventually failed. Normally this would not create a problem except for the small detail that we was on vacation at the time. In Russia (insert 'In Soviet Russia' jokes here). The fact that someone had logged into the system from a foreign country fully five months before the pump failed was somehow conflated into a Stuxnet-type operation in the bowels of the American security watchdogs. And we think we're paranoid."
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Fukashima fission still continues

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Evidence of continued low level fission has been found in the Fukashima #2 reactor. Reported both in the Japan Times and the New York Times (registration required). Continued fission is considered the most likely reason for recent measurements of Xenon 135 (half life eight hours). However it is possible that the measurements are simply erroneous. Both articles reported that TEPCO has started to inject Boron into the reactor to stop the chain reaction, indicating that they feel concerned enough to act on the data. Intermittent fission reactions were assumed to be occurring immediately after the reactor failure but according to the NYT article,

But even in their most dire assessments, some experts had not expected even bursts of re-criticality to occur, because it was unlikely that the fuel would melt in just the right way — and that another ingredient, water, would be present in just the right amounts — to allow for any nuclear reaction. If episodes of fission at Fukushima were confirmed, Mr. Koide said, “our entire understanding of nuclear safety would be turned on its head.”

This view does not seem to be supported by some experts. A report in Nature News Blog notes that

... experts say that small amounts of fission in the reactor core would not be that surprising, and there seems no danger of either a self-sustaining critical chain reaction or significant release of fission products into the environment.

and further

"This does not look like a major release of radiation from the plant, but it is worth noting that even if the fuel is cooled, there is still a small amount of residual natural fission of the large amount of uranium fuel in the core," said Paddy Regan, a nuclear expert at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, adding that the amounts released would be far less than were the fuel to go critical. The detected xenon, he said, "does not appear to show any new radiological hazard from the disaster.”

Any one else want to chime in?"
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Adobe admits to using 'synthetic' deblur images in

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Adobe has admitted an image used in its 'image deblur' presentation was artificially blurred for the purposes of the demonstration. The company said the blur on the image was 'more complicated than anything we can simulate using Photoshop's blur capabilities.' It described the move as 'common practice in research' and defended the use of the image because 'we wanted it to be entertaining and relevant to the audience.' The other images shown were the result of camera shake, it said.

Adobe has photoshopped Photoshop."

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To Boldly Go Nowhere

ColdWetDog ColdWetDog writes  |  about 3 years ago

ColdWetDog (752185) writes "A brief note in the Atlantic notes that Congress has failed to supply funds to continue Plutonium-238 production, needed for radioisotope generators for NASA's interplanetary probe programs. No PU-238 means no more missions like Cassini-Huygens and pretty much anywhere that the sun doesn't shine enough to power the satellite via solar cells.

The article notes that the only other source of PU-238 is Russia — either through the government or through trolling through Siberia and the Russian coastline looking for old Soviet Era lighthouses and power stations."

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