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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Freshly Exhumed We already know this... (63 comments)

Vulcan Science Academy has been studying this going back to the time of Surak.

9 hours ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Freshly Exhumed Serfdom (106 comments)

This is harmful to critical thinking and objectivity when a researcher is indebted (literally or otherwise) to any corporate entity.

yesterday
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Freshly Exhumed Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (124 comments)

ENIAC anagram solver output: H. Ross Perot == Short Poser

2 days ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

Freshly Exhumed Re:This is the voice of world control. (104 comments)

Poor Dr. Forbin's descent was chronicled in a decades-long series of documentaries in which he became a psychopath and changed his name to Victor.

3 days ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

Freshly Exhumed Consumer Warning (54 comments)

Do Not Use Indoors

about a week ago
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Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

Freshly Exhumed Re:Stronger than steel (82 comments)

Wow, having read the links I cannot find any claim in them to the effect that the new material will be a drop-in replacement for those. Hysterical much?

about 6 months ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

Freshly Exhumed Poorly Designed Roadways Addressed By This (243 comments)

This adaptive suspension technology can be valuable for addressing poor roadway design, such as opposite-camber banking (yes, such things exist and can be very dangerous in poor weather). One of the most egregious examples of opposite-camber banking occurs in Canada between Vancouver and Burnaby, BC on Boundary Drive on which vehicles travel steeply downhill, typically in rain, and are presented with an opposite-camber dogleg turn about half the way down. So, while everyone is riding their brakes their vehicle suddenly gets crossed up. Since it is noticeably uncomfortable in a low-slung sports car, it is more than an annoyance on buses and in large trucks. Redesigning/repairing those poor roadways can take years, so any step by vehicle makers to have this kind of adaptable suspension is worthwile.

about 6 months ago
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Inside Ford's 3D Printing Center Where More Than 20K Parts Are Made Each Year

Freshly Exhumed Obligatory FORD Acronym Jokes (49 comments)

FORD =
Found On Road Dead
Fix, Overhaul, Repair Daily
Fscked On Rotten Deal
Frightened Of Racing Dodges

about 6 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Freshly Exhumed Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

I totally recall when taxi drivers were homicidal psychopaths with mohawk hair cuts. Thankfully we will now have fleets of mannequins named "Johnny Cab" to cheerfully take us around.

about 6 months ago
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The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

Freshly Exhumed Can't Wait! (74 comments)

The "Talking To Nvidia" lesson oughtta be great!

about 6 months ago
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Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

Freshly Exhumed EFF testing new Privacy Badger tool (248 comments)

EFF is launching a new extension for Firefox and Chrome called Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...

about 7 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Freshly Exhumed Lucas Banned For Life from Star Wars Franchise (325 comments)

The moves, announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, are the most severe sanctions the league has ever levied against a Franchise owner.

about 7 months ago
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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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago

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Female TV Reporters Decry FHRITP Meme-Bomb

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  yesterday

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "If you’re a TV reporter on a remote feed in a public space, try for some crowd control beforehand because there’s a good chance someone will invade your broadcast with an increasingly prominent, viral meme called FHRITP, which has repeatedly appeared ever since January 4th 2014 when reporter John Cain did not realize that he was being broadcast live and made lewd comments about a missing 20-year-old girl. Cain was quickly fired for his on-air remarks, but they were immortalized just one month later when a hooded man with sunglasses named “Fred” jumped into the middle of a news report, grabbed the microphone and shouted the epithet before running off. Reporters are voicing their outrage, rightly or wrongly perceiving the pranks as overtly sexual harrassment of females. The meme has spread beyond the Internet and live TV, as in the case of this road warning sign."
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Millions of spiders seen in mass dispersal event using wind currents

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about a week ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "A bizarre and oddly beautiful display of spider webs have been woven across a large field along a walking trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. "Well it's acres and acres; it's a sea of web," said Allen McCormick. Prof. Rob Bennett, an expert on spiders who works at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada, said tiny, sheet-web weaver spiders known as Erigoninae linyphiidae most likely left the webs. Bennett said the spiders cast a web net to catch the wind and float away in a process known as ballooning. The webs in the field are the spiders' drag lines, left behind as they climb to the top of long grass to be whisked away by the wind. Bennett said it's a mystery why these spiders take off en masse. Perhaps The Green Goblin or Doc Oc are in the vicinity?"
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Accused Ottawa cyberbully facing 181 charges apologizes

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 3 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "The day Robert James Campbell quit his job, he went home and started plotting revenge against everyone he felt had wronged him in life. He says he didn’t leave his Ottawa apartment for seven months. The online campaign of harassment and hatred he’s accused of launching spanned more than a decade. He is accused of creating fake online profiles to destroy reputations in short order, presenting his targets to the world as child predators, members of a Nazi party, exotic dancers and prostitutes. Police roused Campbell on the morning of July 31 and arrested him on 181 charges of criminal harassment, identity theft and defamatory libel. Campbell publicly apologized to his alleged victims and says he has instructed his lawyer to file a guilty plea."
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Vancouver's SkyTrain Crashes Twice Due To No Redundancies

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 4 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Vancouver's automated SkyTrain rapid transit system has crashed not once but twice in one week due to single points of failure in control systems. Authorities have controversially thrown an electrician under the train for accidentally tripping a single breaker, crippling the entire control system for over 5 hours at peak ridership time. In another case, the failure of a single computer card reduced large portions of the system to a standstill for several hours, with both crashes resulting in risky evacuations of SkyTrain cars high above ground level. To go with their abysmally bad PR, the SkyTrain authorities seem to be avoiding discussing the obvious absence of uptime/availability capability."
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NOAA: Earth smashed a record for heat in May, 2014, effects to worsen

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 5 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Monday said May's average temperature on Earth of 15.54 C beat the old record set four years ago. In April, the globe tied the 2010 record for that month. Records go back to 1880. Experts say there's a good chance global heat records will keep falling, especially next year because an El Nino weather event is brewing on top of man-made global warming. An El Nino is a warming of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that alters climate worldwide and usually spikes global temperatures."
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Canada poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "'Canada is poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process told Reuters. A detailed, 18-month review of Canada's fighter jet needs has concluded that the government should skip a new competition and proceed with the C$9 billion ($8.22 billion) purchase, three sources said.' When the F-35 purchase was first proposed, Canadians were alarmed by the colossal price tag, and also that no fly-off competition had been conducted or was planned. This latest news is sure to rekindle criticism that the RCAF's requirements seem to have been written after the fact to match the F-35's capabilities (or lack thereof)."
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7.1 billion people, 7.1 billion mobile phone accounts activated

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Tomi Ahonen's newly released 2014 Almanac reveals such current mobile phone industry data gems as: 'The mobile subscription rate is at or very very nearly at 100%. For 7.1 Billion people alive that means 7.1 Billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide.' Compared with other tech industries, he says: 'Take every type of PC, including desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablet PCs and add them together. What do we have? 1.5 Billion in use worldwide. Mobile is nearly 5 times larger. Televisions? Sure. We are now at 2 Billion TV sets in use globally. But mobile has 3.5 times users.' Which Mobile Phone OS is the leader? ''Android has now utterly won the smartphone platform war with over 80% of new sales. Apple's iPhone has peaked and is in gradual decline at about 15% with the remnant few percent split among Windows, Blackberry and miscellaneous others.'"
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Freshly Exhumed Freshly Exhumed writes  |  about 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  1 year,14 days

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  |  1 year,21 days

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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