DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build
I had my undergraduate students build something similar back in 2009 on top of a Roomba platform, which in turn was based on ideas from Kurt's "Hacking Roomba" book. This solution was featured in Make Magazine volume 27 http://makezine.com/27/ It was the same principle, build a remote surveillance platform that could be driven over the Internet and they did it for under $200. How is this solution (5 years later) any different? I'm not asking to be mean, I would like to know if this solution is somehow technologically superior to something done 5 years ago or were the authors simply unaware of prior development?
Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL
I patented pitchforks and torches. Here are some spoons instead...
Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'
You missed the important one.
1. What is the single biggest source of heat for Earth... the sun.
2. What is the single biggest driver of variable temperature on the sun... sunspots.
Yet not a one climate model (to my knowledge) takes into account the biggest heat source and the biggest driver of that heat source.
If I were to omit the largest variable in my field of science I would be ridiculed and thrown out of the profession. So until then I'll treat climate science like the rest of the humanities as pseudo-science.
Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court
I would have called Mental Health and had her involuntarily committed. At that point you have enough of a paper trail to get her some help.
Australian Scientists Discover 'Oldest Living Thing On Earth'
This is Slashdot, come on it is obvious Dr. Who was found down under wrestling a disembodied Dalek crocodile or Rupert Murdoch as one of the Cybermen.
Research Data: Share Early, Share Often
I do research in textual web mining and from time to time I have other researchers ask me for my collections which I spider myself from copyrighted web sources. While my work is purely academic, I am covered by fair use. But since US intellectual property laws are obtuse and overbearing (imho), I cannot take the risk of sharing my collections with others for fear of running afoul of copyright law (since I can't control what is done with the collection once it is out of my hands and how do I know they would use it in a manner consistent with fair use). So it may be more than an unwillingness out of statistical fudging and more an unwillingness to become a target of copyright lawyers.
Britain's Broadband Censors: a Bunch of Students
I'm sure they could do it cheaper anyways. :D
Graphene Won't Replace Silicon In CPUs, Says IBM
We have been using hafnium oxide instead of silicone to make chip for several years now. Silicone can't handle the tight lattice distances at such small scales anymore.
Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read
and people won't forget your message
DIY FireHero Project
Or "We Didn't Start the Fire."
Intel Insider DRM Risks Monopoly Investigations
Intel doesn't exactly have a history of being open and honest, but then again, what major corporation does?
Apple. Oh wait...
The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale
It was a long time ago in a place far far away
Introducing the Invulnerable Evercookie
Looks like its time to go back to Lynx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(web_browser). LOL!
IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed
IE9beta probably doesn't have the DRM loaded yet which gives it a speed advantage for now. We saw the same giant jumps in speed with Vista and Win7 betas until the DRM was added.
MPAA Shuts Down Town's Municipal WiFi Over 1 Download
Coshocton County is mostly Amish. So I guess the bishop caught wind of wi-fi's, laptops and generator using Amish and put his foot down shutting down this devil-laden network!
Jack Thompson Sues Facebook For $40M
So instead of getting Slashdotted, Slashdot will get Jack Thompson'ed. Oh the irony.
Oracle Fined For Benchmark Claims
Great, I need a good fight to watch over the next few months. I'm sure Larry Ellison won't disappoint.
Growing Power Gap Could Force Smartphone Tradeoffs
1500mAh may be the high water mark for cell-phones, but certainly not the current high water mark. I know my Roomba vacuum uses 3000mAh batteries and I can even get 4500's if needed. But then carrying about a cellphone with a Roomba battery attached to it would certainly suck.
Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?
Engrave it in nickel... http://www.norsam.com/hdrosetta.htm
Shuttleworth Suggests 1-Way Valve For User Experience Testing
more than 1% market share for all linux distros combined?