top NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific
If you go to college and pick cosmology classes expecting cosmetology classes, you will be in for a big surprise first day of class. And if you pick them vice-versa as well. I don't know which situation would be more interesting -- maybe there's a TV sitcom in the concept somewhere. A young Howard Wolowitz-type mistakenly goes to cosmetology class, decides to stay with it what with all the girls there and all, and is vastly rewarded for doing so.
top Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles
Does anyone get the impression that our civilization is doomed? Short of finding a way of making practical nuclear fusion reactors work, something that has been always "30 years from now" since the time I was in middle school forty years ago, there seems to be no solution to our future energy needs that don't do evil things to our planet's climate that eventually will doom our civilization.
You are 100% correct no matter what the source of energy. The course we are on is unsustainable at our current rate of energy consumption. Tom Murphy's excellent essay "
Galactic-Scale Energy" made the case rather well (and it deserves its own Slashdot entry if it hasn't already had one -- I'm too lazy too look it up). About 1400 years from now (which is less time into the future than we are from the fall of the Roman Empire) we will be using more energy than is currently produced by the entirety of the sun if we don't back off on the growth of our energy consumption, which is showing no signs of easing up. It doesn't matter if the source of the energy is fossil fuels, nuclear fusion, or some future magic, the earth cannot host that amount of energy consumption. The planet will have reached its thermodynamic limit long before then.
top Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
So don't use your high-beams, just quickly turn the low beams on and off.
Then they would ticket you for driving at night without use of any forward beams at all.
top Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon
"There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Don't cross the laser beams. It would be bad. Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously."
top Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating
"Career killer"? In what world is life as a Air Force officer and eventual retirement as an O-5 or above while still in your early 40s (late 30s even) not considered a successful career?
about a month and a half ago
top Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight
Hmm, we have a sort of precedent for that. Did the native peoples of the New World put aside their petty differences, rally together and be on the same side for once when the Europeans came over or did they split apart, some siding with them, some siding against them, some forming temporary alliances for quick gain, some shifting with the wind depending on which side was winning, fighting each other etc? Same for the native peoples of Africa.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Best On-Site Backup Plan?
I see this all the time with photographers. Bottom line: your photographs are not all that valuable. Some are, yes. Most are not. Pare them down. Delete the bad ones, the failures, the misfocussed, the bad exposures. The greatest photographers the world has ever known are only known for a few dozen photos at best. Do you really need an 8 TB photographic archive? Who's going to ever look at them all? Save the best. Delete the rest.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?
Let me second this. I have an old LG Versa which is not a smart phone but does have HTML browsing. Activating it on PagePlus costs $10 for four months access for 100 minutes and 5 cents per text. You can top it up whenever you run up against the $10 limitt. And if your are very frugal, that $10 can last the whole four months. That's $2.50 a month. And it's on Verizon's network, so the service is rock-solid. Beat that.
top The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows
And the extra weight of the additional water in the Atlantic Ocean won't push down on the expanding and deepening Atlantic Rift causing sea levels to stay the same? Why does this effect only work in one direction?
top The Iraq War, the Next War, and the Future of the Fat Man
There were worldwide protests AGAINST our invasion.
The protests were so bad that almost none of our allies going into Afghanistan joined us in our Iraq invasion.
We sent 150,000 troops.
England sent 46,000 troops.
Australia sent 2,000 troops.
Everyone else sent a total of under 2,000 troops.
Talk is cheap.
Dead troops are expensive.
No one else believed the talk enough to risk the political expense of dead troops.
US population 307,006,550 and at 150,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 2,027 residents.
UK population 62,218,761 and at 46,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 1,353 residents.
Australia population 22,328,800 and at 2,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 11,164 residents.
Looks to me like the UK supported the war even more than the US did using your figures.
top The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist
I hear you. Last time I had a problem with my FiOS, when the tech showed up rather than waste time going thru my stuff, I took him outside and plugged a laptop directly into the ONT and showed him how bad the connection was right there. He traced the problem back upstream from the ONT and said a connection on the buried fiber optic line had come loose and gotten mud in it. When he opened it water and mud came pouring out. He cleaned the connection, reconnected it, and put silicone wrap around it. Problem fixed.
top America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy
This quote sums up all you need to know about religion: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." – Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger).
That quotation is
Disputed is not the same as spurious.
However, in this case the quote is disputed because it is completely spurious.
top FBI Rejects Freedom of Information Act Request About Carrier IQ
While it's not a warrantless wiretap, it could be a warrantless pen register.
top Scientists Recover Black Death RNA From Exhumed Victims
Burke: "Look, those two specimens are worth millions to the bioweapons division. Now, if you're smart, we can both come out of it as heroes and we'll be set up for life."
Ripley: "You're crazy Burke, you know that? You really think that you can get a dangerous organism like that past ICC quarantine?"
Burke: "How can they impound it if they don't know about it?"
top Microsoft Says IE9 Blocks More Malware Than Chrome
The site is fake and does nothing other than tell you to use IE9. It determines your user agent and responds based on the result. It does not run any security tests against your browser. When I go the the site with IE9 I get a score of 4 of 4. When I go to it with Firefox 8 I get a 2 of 4 score. When I switch my user agent in Firefox 8 with the user agent switcher add-on to report I am using IE9 and go to the site using Firefox 8, I get a score of 4 of 4.
top Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona
Is there a form of viable power production that doesn't require a mechanical generator of some sort?
Radioisotope thermoelectric generator
top Kodachrome Takes Its Final Bow Today
Put the individual rolls on ebay! People will pay to have a roll just as a souvenir. The smell of a roll in the little film can is as distict as Play-Doh or Crayola crayons and can bring back fond memories just as well.
top 10 Dos and Don'ts To Make Sysadmins' Lives Easier
I wonder if there are forums on the Web where plumbers shit all over eachother.
Gosh, how would one go about finding that
top Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Not so fast:
Canadian Military Changes Transgender Policy
"Under the new policy, Canadian soldiers are instructed to wear the uniform of their “target” gender, regardless of their biological sex. Military personnel are also instructed to give transgender soldier privacy and respect for their decision — for example, not asking reasons when a soldier changes his or her name on military records. "
top Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Any votes on how long the policy lasts after someone 'transgendered' files a lawsuit requesting permission to live in the opposite-sex barracks and wear the opposite-sex uniform?