top World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System
If gigantic seams that span the entire planet across the tectonic plates isn't enough to cause the planet to implode I doubt a few small holes will either.
top Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data
This is kind of terrible. Capitalizing on people's loss by selling them a pie in the sky dream. I admire the ambition, but I would think we would need to create an AI that can sufficiently pass the Turing test before we create one that represents a person's personality well enough to fool the person's closest family/friends.
top Rosetta Probe Awakens, Prepares To Chase Comet
Pffft, not impressed. I ran this same mission in Kerbal Space Program and it was a piece of cake.
about a month and a half ago
top Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please
This is the best thing I've read all week. Thank you.
top Creationism In Texas Public Schools
Tornado touches down and vaporizes the Responsive Ed corporate headquaters. No hands were lost, but several people were struck by flying Stop signs.
top Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them
I can just imagine the response from the intern who was asked to do this. "You want me to do what?
... Wait, how many?"
top Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps
Google wouldn't intentionally cause discomfort for its userbase without a good reason. My list includes the following possiblities:
1) The feature is being improved/expanded and is still in testing phase.
2) Patent infringement (or the claim of) has caused the feature to be removed, at least temporarily.
3) The feature will reappear in a non-free version of the same service.
4) The feature is being exclusively licensed (along with the map data) by another party.
top Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI
This causes amazing ideas to race through my head. Imagine a much more mature version of this - one that could take input and even pull from other resources. For example, try to imagine a system that understands surfaces and textures, and even has access to the internet (or a built-in library) to derive work from. You tell the program to create a 3D castle similar to one in Scotland. It pulls information (either provided or on it's own) and from that it can create procedural textures, 3D surfaces to map those textures to, and then boom...a castle. Eventually it would understand night and day, sounds that are associated with certain environments, lighting, varied architecture, natural terrain...the possiblities are endless. And instead of having a slew of developers and artists trying to create a cohesive image over weeks or months, you have a singular entity creating this content on the fly, limited only by the amount of CPU cycles at your disposal. What an amazing science fiction story that could play itself out in reality if this idea was matured.
top Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium
Creating a standard interface that only easily (and fully supports) the connection of Android-based devices. Frankly, I'm shocked Apple didn't already make this move. If this happens (and spreads), the only devices you'll want to hook up to your car will be Android-based since those will probably be the only ones you can interact with using steering wheel controls, etc.
top Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection
Any "terrorist" with half a brain assumes the NSA is looking at all standard comms now. To keep tapping these mediums is beyond pointless.
top Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples
This probably happens more often than we think. Frankly, it makes sense to validate that a card is going to run solid for someone before you send it to them if they're going to be blabbering all over the interwebs about it. It's just in this case they got burned (and justifiably) due to the fact that the software/driver adjusts the frequency independently instead of being a static clock speed (something they should have disclaimed to the reviewers).
top Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher
Were the drawings found next to the surface where they made the sandwiches?
top Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack
But why is this on Slashdot? This isn't a discussion on the engineering of the gas or the dispursement methods used, just a news article.
top NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record
If that were true it would only take one day to reach a speed of 1.9 million miles/hour. Pretty sure that's not happening.
top New World Record For Electric Car Speed: 204.2 MPH
Can't wait to see the pit stop times for this thing. Do those stopwaches measure in hours?
top Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720
Either I'm really good at tuning out the ads or you're just really bad at it. While my preferred gaming platform is PC, I still use my PS3 and 360 and don't feel they're overburdened with ads any more than Steam or the likes. If anything it seems worse on PC.
top Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?
Hah! Nice troll. Got quite a few takers.
top Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs
The Java exploit is much less surprising to me than how casually we include the fact that this guy (and others) are selling exploit kits online. I remember when stuff like this used to be so underground you had to "know someone who knew someone" to find it. Perhaps what he's selling isn't technically illegal, but it's still surprising to read.
top How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server
Is he related to the singer?
top Chinese Man Builds His Own Prosthetic Hands
Just think of the hands he can make now that he actually has hands.
about a year and a half ago
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