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Favorite clickbait hook?

Defenestrar Academic Institution Credentials (151 comments)

"Click here to apply your academic institution's journal access credentials..." and similar vein.

2 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Of course... (235 comments)

Efficiency can be easy - we just need to build a Dyson sphere.

5 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (235 comments)

If you're trying to heat the building - not so much. If the panels are in contact with the building - not then either - they tend to capture a lot of heat. If you get them far enough away that outside air removes the heat - then shade may help.

5 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (235 comments)

I know a guy in Alaska who uses solar for all of his power needs during the summer. So if that farmland sale doesn't pan out - you can try to sell off the land for power generation - because that'll be equally suitable too (year round).

;)

5 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (235 comments)

There are a number of ways to quantify the impact of one's decision, and by many measures (e.g. greenhouse gas produced by commute to work, & etc...) I'm sure the ratio is even further from unity.

5 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (235 comments)

Can the sun realistically power data centers? Excepting for the regions which burn primordial elements - it's powering all data centers today.

5 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Defenestrar Re:What's the UTF-8 encoding of THAT? (545 comments)

And if your passwords support Unicode 7, all you got to do is throw in that one to give your opinion to the brute forcers. With respect to passwords, it seems to me that software/touchscreen (non Windows) keyboards have led to the greatest decrease in available password security in recent times on an entropy basis. (i.e. it's no longer trivial to include extended ASCII or unicode characters).

5 days ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Defenestrar Re:All Judges (112 comments)

I don't take much issue with the first part of your assessment, but you might want to take a look at the last eight or so years of SCOTUS vs DOJ. It's not exactly one sided.

about two weeks ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Defenestrar Re:Not going to SCOTUS (112 comments)

Um, the Supreme Court wouldn't necessarily have a compelling reason to take up the case if the 2nd and 9th are in agreement. The quickest way for this to go to the top would be for the 9th to sustain the ruling for the EFF's client and then there'd be a 9th-2nd split.

about two weeks ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Defenestrar Re:DOJ Oaths (112 comments)

Well put a bunch of Firsters on one side of the room and a bunch of Seconders on the other side and then let them do battle with their respective speech and arms and see who wins.

There's probably a lesson or three in there. Figuring it out is above my paygrade though; that's why I'm so appreciative that this country has an independent judiciary making sure that the people with the arms aren't able to just simply apply force majeure to prevent free speech...

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Defenestrar Re: Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Ok, Mr. McCarthy - why don't we just get you and Mr. Murrow to have this conversation on the air?

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Defenestrar Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

What? It's not like mob rule had anything at all to do with the downfall of the Roman Republic ;) Besides - even if it did, it took an emperor to get pax. After six civil wars inside a century, who wouldn't be ready for an imperator?

about three weeks ago
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US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments

Defenestrar Re:Direct Link to DURC (39 comments)

For those interested in the list but too lazy to read federal documentation (who isn't?) - here you go:

a) Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)

b) Bacillus anthracis

c) Botulinum neurotoxin

d) Burkholderia mallei

e) Burkholderia pseudomallei

f) Ebola virus

g) Foot-and-mouth disease virus

h) Francisella tularensis

i) Marburg virus

j) Reconstructed 1918 Influenza virus

k) Rinderpest virus

l) Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum

m) Variola major virus

n) Variola minor virus

o) Yersinia pestis

about three weeks ago
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US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments

Defenestrar Direct Link to DURC (39 comments)

Here's a direct link to the dual use research of concern (DURC) policy.

My main concerns will be whether it's going to have a chilling effect on research; especially when it's also unclear to me whether this will have any useful impact beyond another layer of red tape. We already have IRBs, biosafety committees, and select agent lists, and I'm unsure that such a "volluntary" system of a PI tagging their own research for extra bureaucracy will make much headway before a problem occurs.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Defenestrar Re:This is huge (308 comments)

Hmm... Now there's a possibility. Find a symbiotic gut bacteria which can render fossil fuels edible.

about three weeks ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Defenestrar It's Not About Predicting Technology! (139 comments)

The gizmos, gadgets, and Mac Guffins are merely there to help us ponder the question of "how would the ability to do such and such impact human life/culture/civilization/etc... ?" If that question is ignored, then the story - regardless of the do-hickeys involved - belongs to another genera: perhaps adventure, fantasy, or something else. The question can be treated at the highest levels of galactic civilization and politics or at the lowest levels of an individual's life, but it is the quintessential aspect of Science Fiction.

about a month ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Defenestrar Re:For given values of education (81 comments)

This will still only work for middle class as long as the colleges are tied to video/teleconference systems running with the Polycom tax. There will need to be at least a moderate quality system with high reliability/usability for the lower class to be able to access from public libraries and such. Also, you might want to check you assumptions about entrepreneurs and inventors. In those cases the success of ivy league educations is probably more associated with the ability to afford ivy league education (i.e. initial capital resources) than anything else.

about 2 months ago
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Mercury levels in surface ocean have tripled

Defenestrar Editing needed (1 comments)

Story is interesting, however, the submission will need some editing before acceptance.

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Defenestrar Re: so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

Or if you're really want a guided approach for modern hardware, search for the most recent Ars Technica system guide. They'll list all the components for you - just like legos after that.

about 3 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Defenestrar Re:Tricky (152 comments)

Well, on the subject of pedantic, I stream a fair bit of my music over a frequency modulated signal transmitted in the electromagnetic spectrum. Most of my combined audio/visual streaming is on a hard connection between some sort of random access memory to an output device after appropriate signal processing.

Or, stepping the pedantry up a notch, I stream most of my video and text between approximately 400 nm and 650 nm in the EM spectrum and audio via molecular vibrational wave propagation between 50 Hz and 20,000 Hz - both of which use biological systems for final processing.

Definitions could help, but clarity begets pertinence - and who want's that?

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  about 8 months ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "I've recently taken a job at a large state university where I manage the laboratories for a couple of departments. We have a good system to pro-rate costs for shared use of big ticket items, but don't have anything in place for small to medium expense pieces which don't require software control (i.e.AD user authentication logs). It is much more efficient to designate a common room for things like water purifiers and centrifuges. but log books have a history of poor compliance. Also, abuse or neglect of communal property has been an issue in the past (similar to the tragedy of the commons).

Do any of you know of good automatic systems to record user/group equipment usage which would allow for easy data processing down the line (i.e. I don't want to go through webcam archives). Systems which promote accountability and care are a bonus, but for safety reasons we don't want the room's door locked (i.e. no pin/badged access). Most of these systems also require continuous power — so electrical interlocks are not a good option either.

I call on you my fellow Slashdotters to your best and get quickly sidetracked while still including the occasional gem in the comments."
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Best device for handwriting recognition and simple sketching?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Schools may have stopped teaching cursive, but the tech crowd has long been asking about the obsolescence of typing. Digital note software is already here, as the increasing prevalence of OneNote and our old discussions of Unix software equivalencies demonstrate. But I, for one, would like to take notes and sketch diagrams without juggling input devices.

Touchscreens might be on their way, but graphic pads and pen mice are here today. What do my fellow readers use for their handwriting recognition and sketching needs? Are there any options of sufficient quality for a low enough cost to become standard office equipment issue? And does anyone remember which sci-fi author coined the phrase: light pen?"
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Hollywood Stops Financing Obama Campaign After Whi

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Individuals and groups within the wealthy Hollywood circles have stopped their previously generous financial support for Obama's campaign after the White House responded to yesterday's blackouts, petitions, and protests with assurances that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

In a telling response about pay-for-favor American politics, "the moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'""

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Porn sites sue internet regulator over .xxx web ad

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Solicit the industry or not, you may desire to know that some owners of pornographic websites have raised dirty allegations about the advent of the .xxx domain in what may turn into a legal battle touching the authority of ICANN in what could be a personal way."
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A voter mandate against Net neutrality?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "CNN money is reporting that of 95 candidates who had pledged support for Net neutrality — not a one was elected. Trouble with the FCC proposed law met with trouble earlier this year when the House Democrats shelved the legislation in light of Republican opposition.

The existing legislation was attempting to classify broadband providers as Title II telecommunications — mandating the same neutral carrier regulations that are imposed upon telephone companies. Those against this Net neutrality plan claim that it prevents broadband providers from implementing so called neutral traffic shaping saying that Title II status "is a nuclear option, since it could potentially prevent broadband providers from implementing legitimate controls over their service, such as curbing massive downloads that swallow up bandwidth for users."



With congress failing to act, it is possible that the FCC will have to go it alone but this will likely lead to a series of lawsuits such as the one it lost last April."

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Congress leaves net-neutrality issue undecided

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  about 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The AP reports that congress will not resolve the question of net-neutrality or clarify the internet regulatory role of the FCC at this time. The reason cited is the elevated attitude of no-compromise which permeates DC near mid-term elections.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

There is some thought that the failure of this legislation will allow for an alternate plan legislating internet service providers as telecommunication services subject to common carrier status, which the current proposal did not do.

With Congress making no progress to resolve this issue, several public interest groups on Wednesday called on Genachowski to move ahead with his proposal to reclassify broadband as a telecom service.

However, this plan would likely meet with stiffer opposition from broadband providers and political opponents

But Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Commerce Committee, said Genachowski's proposal would "stifle investment and create regulatory overhang in one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy."

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Net Neutrality Loses Firepower

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The Hill reports that Gun Owners of America (GoA) have withdrawn their membership from the group Save the Internet of which they were a charter member. Originally joining to prevent the censorship of their views on the Second Amendment they have quit the group because they believe that "the issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that." This was in response to criticism GoA had received in belonging to an association where membership was shared by groups such as the ACLU and ACORN.

The GoA retreat reduces the efficacy of Net Neutrality's argument that it is a bipartisan issue. This year's the extra-partisan midterm election seems to be forcing the left and right to take sides on an issue which is increasingly in the national focus."

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Hopes for net neutrality dies in court

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "A federal appellate court has decided that the FCC has no congressional authority to regulate net neutrality, and as such; companies such as Comcast are free to shape traffic as they see fit until the United States Congress empowers the FCC with regulatory power over internet traffic within the United States (and consumer protection from ISP intentional data corruption for the sake of traffic shaping)."
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