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Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

Freshly Exhumed Clint Eastwood in "FruitFlyFox" (65 comments)

Dr. Baronovich: "You must think in Fruit Fly."

about a week ago
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Microsoft snooped on hotmail account without warrant to catch windows 8 leaker

Freshly Exhumed DUPE (1 comments)

Just a continuation of this previous story from yesterday:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

about a month ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

Freshly Exhumed Only one thing missing (100 comments)

Should have ended with "See your New Jersey Tesla dealer today!"

about a month ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

Freshly Exhumed Re:Slides vs White Powder (181 comments)

I keep the house a bit on the cool side to enhance her bullet points when she begins her presentation.

about a month ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

Freshly Exhumed Re:Hand out the PP slides after the talk. (181 comments)

But... but... explain to me how you can get a chalk board or white board to go "whooooooosh" when you go on to the next set of bullet points! I don't know about you but if it doesn't go "whooooooosh" I've lost everything salient and important about what you've presented. Oh ya one other thing... how do you get neat visual effects like folds and crinkly dissolves to happen with a chalk board or white board?

about a month ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

Freshly Exhumed Slides vs White Powder (181 comments)

My wife and I have communicated exclusively with PowerPoint slides for the past 21 years. A chalk board would just make a mess.

about a month ago
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Australian Company Claims Laser-Based Quantum Crypto is "Unbreakable" (Video)

Freshly Exhumed Re:feh (84 comments)

"Laser" is just the marketing hook buzzword. It could be replaced in this story with "Cosmic Ray", "Neutrino", etc. as people find ways to get the desired "quantum" properties.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

Freshly Exhumed Re:What's the solution? (295 comments)

AFAIK the Mozilla folks have not had the same complaints about Linux graphics drivers, have they?

The solution is to avoid using the Google Chrome browser, unless you like being spied on all the time by Google. Load up Firefox with a completely fascist set of add ons and do your best to browse safely.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Freshly Exhumed Quick Discharge batteries? (131 comments)

FTA: 'The best performing copolymer consisted of 90% sulfur by mass. Batteries using this copolymer had an initial storage capacity of 1,225 mAh per gram of material. After 100 charge-discharge cycles, the capacity dropped to 1,005 mAh/g, and after 500 cycles it fell to about 635 mAh/g. In comparison, a lithium-ion battery typically starts out with a storage capacity of 200 mAh/g but maintains it for the life of the battery, Pyun says.' So, situations in which a massive blast of current is required could benefit quite well from these batteries. I'm thinking like sitting at light on Mulholland and turning a knob on the Tesla's dashboard that is graduated in 1960's TV Batman style: Low-Medium-High-Zowie!

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

Freshly Exhumed Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

Let's not worship the P-51 without acknowledging some deadly flaws: P-51 pilots didn't dare get into a low-altitude dogfight. The slogan of Mustang drivers faced with low altitude combat was "Shit and Git!" or more politely "Boom and Zoom!" because even lower grade Luftwaffe fighters could wipe it out in tight turns down low. The supercritical wings of the Mustang were actually a hindrance down low in the thicker air in tight turns. So, while the P-51 with Merlin engine was a game changer, it had its faults.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Freshly Exhumed Re:ANDROID != LINUX (487 comments)

1. install or use a terminal emulator or console app
2. at the prompt type "uname -a"
3. observe Linux kernel information

about a month and a half ago
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The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

Freshly Exhumed Debacle? (122 comments)

We've talked before about commercial web site glitches and the ramifications on consumers, but it seems to me that the same thing would apply in this case, with RadioShack being completely culpable. One other thing: TFA doesn't indicate any sort of Netflix legal action at this point, so maybe this supposed "debacle" isn't all that important to them.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

Freshly Exhumed Re:September of last year (69 comments)

Cut them some slack. It takes a long time to spin up a cover story for what was obviously not a natural occurrence. It was actually a weapons test conducted by the

about 2 months ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Freshly Exhumed Re:My favorite was "Stripes" (136 comments)

Anyone who has ever paraded in uniform for tinpot martinets and sadistic drill instructors completely splits a gut over that hilarious parade square scene! Boom shukka lukka lukka boom shukka lukka lukka!

about 2 months ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Freshly Exhumed Re:Egon Gone (136 comments)

I blame the mistranslation of the Russian subtitles on that Italian-dubbed rip I got in an alley in Seoul! (hee hee, with a little bit of disinformation my plan to NOT look like a complete asshat fool on /. is working perfectly!)

about 2 months ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Freshly Exhumed Egon Gone (136 comments)

He crossed the beams!

about 2 months ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

Freshly Exhumed Re:Proof dogs talk: (139 comments)

At long last, after years of cutting-edge experimentation, enormous expense, and groundbreaking surgical techniques, a team of scientists conducts a press conference featuring their most successful patient, Shaggy, who has been given the linguistic equivalence of a 10 year-old child. To each and every question posed by the eager reporters, Shaggy replies in delight:

"I'm a good boy!"

about 2 months ago

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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 2 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "As Apple issued an update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion yesterday, Snow Leopard users have not seen a security update since September, 2013. This would not be noteworthy if Apple, like a host of other major software vendors, would clearly spell out its OS support policies and warn users of such changes, but they have not. Thus, the approximately 20% of Mac users still running Snow Leopard now find themselves in a very vulnerable state without the latest security updates."
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Hyperlinking is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 2 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Does publishing a hyperlink to freely available content amount to an illegal communication to the public and therefore a breach of creator's copyrights under European law? After examining a case referred to it by Sweden's Court of Appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled today that no, it does not. The Court found that 'In the circumstances of this case, it must be observed that making available the works concerned by means of a clickable link, such as that in the main proceedings, does not lead to the works in question being communicated to a new public.'"
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, And What Qt Does Better

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 3 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Phoronix has an article about how Dirk Hohndel of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has stirred the hornet's nest with a talk at Australia's Linux.Conf.Au (MP4 file) about what he views as the biggest problem with the GTK: he finds dealing with upstream GTK/GNOME developers to be tough, with frequent abuse and flame-wars, with accusations from the developers that "you're doing it wrong." Conversely, he found the Qt development community to be quite the opposite: willing to engage and help, with plenty of application developer documentation and fewer communication problems than with their GTK counterparts."
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OpenBSD In Financial Survival Crisis

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 3 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Today the OpenBSD mailing list carried a plea from Theo de Raadt for much needed financial aid: 'I am resending this request for funding our electricity bills because it is not yet resolved. We really need even more funding beyond that, because otherwise all of this is simply unsustainable. This request is the smallest we can make.' Bob Beck, of the OpenBSD Foundation, added: 'the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.'"
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Legendary Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker Apparently Back Online

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 3 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "TorrentFreak has broken the news that after more than a year of downtime the Demonoid tracker came back online on January 9, 2014. The tracker is linked to nearly 400,000 torrent files and more than a million peers, which makes it one of the largest working BitTorrent trackers on the Internet. There is no word yet on when the site will make a full comeback, but the people behind it say they are working to revive one of the most famous file-sharing communities. As the single largest semi-private BitTorrent tracker that ever existed, Demonoid used to offer a home to millions of file-sharers. Note that this is apparently the original Demonoid and not the d2 site that claims to be using the Demonoid database."
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Glow-In-The-Dark Civil War Soldiers Explained

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 3 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Some of the Shiloh soldiers sat in the mud for two rainy days and nights waiting for the medics to get around to them. As dusk fell the first night, some of them noticed something very strange: their wounds were glowing, casting a faint light into the darkness of the battlefield. Even stranger, when the troops were eventually moved to field hospitals, those whose wounds glowed had a better survival rate and had their wounds heal more quickly and cleanly than their unilluminated brothers-in-arms. The seemingly protective effect of the mysterious light earned it the nickname “Angel’s Glow.” Today we know that it was a bacteria now known as P. luminescens."
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 4 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "On the morning of December 26th, 2013, an error on the website of Delta Air Lines' produced impossibly low fare discounts of as much as 90% for about 2 hours before the problem was corrected. Delta, to their PR benefit, have swallowed the losses, and the lucky customers have shared their delight via social media. Unfortunately for many buyers of goods from The Brick furniture retailer, no such consumer warmth is forthcoming. The Brick's website checkout had awarded them an additional 50% off, over and above all other costs, but the official corporate response has been to demand the money be returned. Affected customers are now lashing The Brick with social media opprobrium and drawing direct comparisons with Delta's response. So, given that these are not small, mom-and-pop companies, have we reached a point at which online retailers are expected to just swallow such costs for PR purposes, as part of doing web business?"
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Graphene-based Nanoantennas Could Allow WLANs of Nanodevices

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 4 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "With the onslaught of graphene experimentation, especially in computing and RF, news from IEEE Spectrum comes that researchers at Georgia Tech have computer-modeled nanoantennas made from graphene that could provide wireless network communications between nanoscopic devices. “We are exploiting the peculiar propagation of electrons in graphene to make a very small antenna that can radiate at much lower frequencies than classical metallic antennas of the same size,” said Ian Akyildiz, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in a press release. “We believe that this is just the beginning of a new networking and communications paradigm based on the use of graphene.”"
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You Are What Your Dad Ate

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 4 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "What a father eats before his child is conceived may influence the chance a baby will be born with a birth defect, a new study suggests. Much of the focus on how diet relates to birth has been done on moms. A father's diet before conception plays a crucial role in the health of his offspring, researchers in Canada suggest. Sarah Kimmins, a researcher at McGill University in Montreal, said the study focused on vitamin B9, also known as folate, which is found in green leafy vegetables, cereal, fruit and meat. The researchers found that the mouse offspring of folate-deficient fathers had a 30 percent increased risk of birth defects, compared to those offspring who had received a sufficient amount of folate."
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WWII Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine Located Off Hawaii

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 4 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a Second World War era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 122-metre "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built — was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around the world without refueling and could hold up to three folding-wing bombers that could be launched minutes after resurfacing, the scientists said."
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The ultimate anti-action online game: Waiting In Line 3D

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 5 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Looking a lot like the venerable Wolfenstein 3D or similar Id action games of the DOS days, the new online game Waiting in Line 3D was released Monday by developer Rajeev Basu, and was played 50,000 times in its first 24 hours of activity... er... inactivity. Is the complete lack of any action a brilliant satire of computer gaming? Is it software-based performance art? Is it silly? Judge for yourself, if you can meet the challenge!"
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Andy Kaufman Alive?!!!!

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 5 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "A mysterious woman's claims that she is the daughter of Andy Kaufman have helped to revive long-standing rumors — fueled in life by Kaufman himself — that the comedian may have faked his own death. Andy Kaufman is still alive and his death in 1984 was a HOAX ... so says a 24-year-old woman who claims to be his daughter ... and here's the thing — her claim is NOT without some evidence. Andy Kaufman's brother has fueled the mystery surrounding the comedian's death by claiming the funnyman is still alive and even fathered a daughter after he is said to have lost his battle with lung cancer. The Taxi star passed away at the age of 35 in 1984, but fans have long speculated that his death was a hoax."
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Report: Feminine Care Products Awash in Harmful Chemicals

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 5 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Common feminine care products used by millions of women are laced with hazardous chemicals including carcinogens, toxins and endocrine disruptors, a new report reveals. Entitled Chem Fatale, the report released Wednesday from Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE), an organization advocating "a toxic-free future for all," highlights how current regulations covering the $3 billion industry are putting public health in jeopardy, and provides increasing evidence of the ubiquity of toxins in our everyday lives. “The chemicals used in these products are a real concern given the inevitable exposure to sensitive and absorptive vulvar and vaginal tissue,” stated Dr. Ami Zota, a professor of occupational and environmental health at George Washington University, in a media release."
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Revealed: State Of Data Analytics and Telemetry In F1 Racing

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Thanks to a fortunate find by a Formula One auto racing fan, F1 tech blogger Craig Scarborough (a.k.a. ScarbsF1) was given a set of telemetry sheets found discarded in a Monaco Grand Prix pit garage. With such a detailed and thorough cache of data, and with analysis by Brian Jee, a ChampCar/IndyCar Data Acquisition/Electronics Engineer, he provides an introduction to the world of Telemetry and Data Analysis at auto racing's highest level."
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Gene Variant Can Cause Nattering Nabobs Of Negativity

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Cornell University and Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health report in the journal Psychological Science that a gene variant can cause individuals to perceive the negative side of every situation. UBC Prof. Rebecca Todd said the ADRA2b deletion variant influences not only emotional memory, which was previously known, but also amplifies a person's real-time perception of events, for better or for worse. "Some individuals are predisposed to see the world more darkly than others," Todd said. "What we found is that a previously known genetic variation causes some individuals to perceive the world more vividly than others and, particularly, negative aspects of the world.""
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RMS on the Painful Birth of GNU

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "In some ways it was very comfortable because I was doing almost nothing else, and I would go to sleep whenever I felt sleepy, when I woke up I would go back to coding, and when I felt sleepy again I'd go to sleep again, and I had nothing like a daily schedule. I'd sleep probably for a few hours one and half times a day, and it was wonderful, I felt more awake than I've ever felt. And I got a tremendous amount of work done — I did it tremendously efficiently.

And I thought of myself as being at war. I had myself taken off of all mailing lists, because I wanted nothing to distract me because I knew I had to compete with a much larger army and that I would have to do the work of several people. I'd have to work in the most focussed way I possibly could. It was exhilarating sometimes, sometimes it was terribly wearying."

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USAF almost nuked North Carolina in 1961 – declassified document

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 7 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage."

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Friday 13th Fliers Take Flight 666 to HEL

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 7 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Finnair flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki (a.k.a. HEL) flew on Friday the 13th, a date that is considered bad luck in many countries, while the number 666 has strong negative biblical associations and HEL corresponds to Hell, a place feared in many religions by many names. Sorry disgruntled Nokians, no word on whether Nokia's Stephen Elop was onboard."
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Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 7 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "A security blogger, acknowledging that the NSA methodically ranks communications on the basis of their “foreignness” factor to determine candidacy for prolonged retention proposes, is proposing '...an opportunity for us on the civilian front to aid the NSA by voluntarily indicating citizenship on all our networked communications. Here, we define the syntax and semantics of X-No-Wiretap, a HTTP header-based mechanism for indicating and proving citizenship to well-intentioned man-in-the-middle parties. It is inspired by the enormously successful RFC 3514 IPv4 Security Flag and HTTP DNT header.' When I saw the proposed crypto standard I was sold! BTW a shout out to my friends over there in the Caesarian section!"
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rsync patch + btrfs tweak = Huge speed boost for data replication

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 8 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Having implemented the btrfs file system in large scale server backup configurations, system administrators at web hosting provider Anchor soon faced a series of performance issues with btrfs itself, but then traced further, more significant problems to btrfs's interaction with rsync, the venerable backup utility. In a nice tip of the hat to rsync's creator, Anchor has sent an rsync patch upstream that gives admins the tools for "Out-Tridging Tridge": benchmarks showed improvements of up to 150x in 'pathologically broken' worst-case scenarios."

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