Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun
... and the dating shows the Little Ice Age began well before the Maunder minimum. The Maunder minimum didn't cause it, very definitely.
The only logical conclusion is that cold temperatures on earth somehow prevent sunspots. Which means, obviously, that global warming will blot out the sun due to a proliferation of sunspots caused by warmer temperatures here.
US Embassy Sanctioned Lawsuit Against Aussie ISP iiNet
We're also engaged in a selective breeding program to make everything poisonous.
We started with spiders and jellyfish. The poisonous platypus was a great success. And of course you've noticed that we invented Vegemite and poisonous beer, or as you know it, Fosters. Next up is breeding a venomous chicken and perfecting our engineering of the poison brick.
The Condescending UI
No. I can't honestly say that I do. Did it ever happen?
Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication
As long as the virus does not increase the intelligence of apes.
Or a retrovirus that is highly contagious and reduces the intelligence of human victims to near that of apes
by changing brain chemistry, but leaves them alive and "OK", driven by only animal survival insticts, and permanently infected?
Have you seen what was going down at Walmart last Friday? That ship has sailed, my friend.
Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers
Do you have insurance? I bet you do... and it's almost the same thing
Not quite. With insurance you're guaranteed to 'win' if something bad happens to you. (Except when insurance companies are being complete jerks.) That's the key point. If your insurance payouts were tied to something that wasn't your personal situation, say the roll of a dice, it would be gambling - but since insurance payouts are tied to you being a in situation where you really need the money, it makes a lot more economic sense.
Study Finds Frequent Gaming Changes Your Brain
Close to 100 girls actually admitted they play video games!
And this outdated way of thinking is what drives them away. Think before you post.
Yes, all the girls will be driven away from slashdot. Riiiight.
How Cell Phone Money Laundering Works
I hear there's a lot of this kind of stuff going on in the Torgai Hills...
All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013
Actually a flying DeLorean solves basically all those problems.
It doesn't fly?! Then what's the point?!
Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?
No, the real issue is now we're training already-smug dorks to give out unconditional orders reflexively and expect them to be followed. How long before they start expecting that to work with humans?
Oh, I'd say about negative a thousand years... Smug dorks who like to order people around aren't exactly a new thing.
Do Celebrity Endorsements on Google+ Require Disclosure?
Missing critical information that Sergey Brin isn't really a "celebrity" so much as "google founder."
If you don't know who Sergey Brin is, you're reading the wrong website.
Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games
I would like to know how they were tracking us and why we weren't told about this.
I'm gonna guess that it's buried somewhere in the EULA. So techincally, we were told about it. And they were almost certainly tracking it when people played on consoles which phone home for updates anyhow, and I believe can send a set of info about how they've been played in the process.
Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide
Wouldn't killing yourself be akin to repudiating your right to life? As such, killing yourself is counter to the right to life.
By that line of reasoning, doesn't a right to free speech require that everyone talk all the time?
Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner
"CryptNet is just a simple, innocuous tuple-processing collective, man."
Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed
That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!
Futureproofing Artifacts: Spacewar! 1962 In HTML5
Because everything can be emulated in Logo?
Actually, does anyone know if Logo is Turing Complete?
Anatomy of the HBGary Hack
The full story will make you wince — but how many of these mistakes is your company making?
Well, we're not going after 4chan/anonymous, so we're probably in the clear.
I think the biggest security mistake it's possible to make is antagonizing the largest collection of bored hackers/crackers/script kiddies/associated hangers on that exists.
Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars
Step 1: Hack a transmitter to show the highway completely blocked ahead.
Step 2: Wait for cars to stop
Step 3: Rob the now stopped cars.
Or, you know, go to the nearest set of traffic lights.
Statistical Analysis of Terrorism
The trick being, of course, that they are all 100% worthless for predicting future trends.
Actually, they're pretty good at predicting broad trends. It's just that they're not good at predicting specific outcomes. In the same way that understanding the odds of roulette doesn't let you predict what number will come up on a specific spin. The only way to really use the odds is to bet across the entire table to take advantage of the trend - that's what the house does.
Has Progress Been Made In Fighting DDoS Attacks?
According to the Anonymous.... [snip]
Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.
Right, because Anonymous and /b/ in general are such guardians of good taste.
British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
Both of these examples are rather bizarre, and I don't really see how they would be fundamentally different than warrants for stuff IRL.
In situation A, if you'd been keeping journal entries on paper, you'd have to show them to cops who had a warrant. Why should it be any different if you had typed it on your computer?
In situation B, someone could leave a locked safe on your desk instead of encrypting some files on your computer.
The law doesn't have to account for all possible options. It's generally trying to prove beyond reasonable doubt. For the most part with encrypted stuff, if it's beyond reasonable doubt that the person knows the password, I don't see why they should be able to withhold files on their computer when they wouldn't be able to withhold files in their filing cabinet. Just because it's digital, I don't see why it's different.
Fex303 has no journal entries.