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D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

LeadSongDog I'm safe (1 comments)

I changed my password from "admin" to "12345678".

2 days ago
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Telomere-Lengthening Procedure Turns Clock Back Years in Human Cells

LeadSongDog Re:Curse you gizmag! (2 comments)

Doh! What I meant to cite was:
John Ramunas, Eduard Yakubov, Jennifer J. Brady, Stéphane Y. Corbel, Colin Holbrook, Moritz Brandt, Jonathan Stein, Juan G. Santiago, John P. Cooke, and Helen M. Blau "Transient delivery of modified mRNA encoding TERT rapidly extends telomeres in human cells" FASEB J fj.14-259531; published ahead of print January 22, 2015, doi:10.1096/fj.14-259531
Abstract: http://www.fasebj.org/content/...

2 days ago
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Telomere-Lengthening Procedure Turns Clock Back Years in Human Cells

LeadSongDog Curse you gizmag! (2 comments)

A better source is the press release without all the gizmag clickbait:
http://med.stanford.edu/news/a...
The actual paper is:
Klaus G. Schmetterer, Alina Neunkirchner, Daniela Wojta-Stremayr, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger, and Winfried F. Pickl "STAT3 governs hyporesponsiveness and granzyme B-dependent suppressive capacity in human CD4+ T cells" FASEB J fj.14-257584; published ahead of print November 14, 2014, doi:10.1096/fj.14-257584
Abstract: http://www.fasebj.org/content/...

2 days ago
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Here Is Why USB Drives Are Buried In Walls All Across New York

LeadSongDog So was TFA (2 comments)

...which asked: "Now it remains to be seen how long this idea survives until somebody comes up with the brilliant plan to mess it up by uploading a virus" thereby mooting its own question.

about a week ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

LeadSongDog Opt out (2 comments)

Just add xmpp. Don't feed the networks that want to "own" users.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

LeadSongDog Re:its a tough subject (663 comments)

In most jurisdictions wilfully spreading HIV leads to jail time. The principle is already established, we're just discussing what diseases apply.

about a week ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

LeadSongDog Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

This is kind of like whining that Fords isn't making spare parts for Chevy, and that somehow you're disadvantaged by that because you live closer to a Ford dealership.

Nah, it's more like whining that Chryslers should be able to burn the same 87 octane gas as Fords without having to buy overpriced filler necks on license from GM. Or that GE lightbulbs should be allowed to work on ConEd electricity. Standards exist for a reason. Letting monopolists enforce their own whims without accomodating the competition is bad for everyone in the long run. Ask JP Morgan what happened to Standard Oil in the courts.

about a week ago
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Meet Flink, the Apache Software Foundation's Newest Top-Level Project

LeadSongDog Re:Same old same old? (34 comments)

We need another distributed system for counting words like we need another javascript framework for writing a Todo list app.

We need another bafflegab project description like a school of fish needs a robotic assembly line for bicycles. From the site:

Flink Overview

Apache Flink (incubating) is a platform for efficient, distributed, general-purpose data processing. It features powerful programming abstractions in Java and Scala, a high-performance runtime, and automatic program optimization. It has native support for iterations, incremental iterations, and programs consisting of large DAGs of operations.

If you quickly want to try out the system, please look at one of the available quickstarts. For a thorough introduction of the Flink API please refer to the Programming Guide.

So, what's that say it's for?

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Copyright Notice Fiasco: Why the Government Bears Responsibility

LeadSongDog Dumb voters (1 comments)

It's the same problem as ever... when you elect lawyers to write the laws, they happily create work for lawyers. The only way out is to refuse to elect them.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things

LeadSongDog I can hear it now.... (54 comments)

"Genius, my ass."

about a month ago
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Thinking and Reasoning Computers in Five Years?

LeadSongDog then... (1 comments)

we'll see how long it takes the computers to produce thinking and reasoning humans.

about a month and a half ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

LeadSongDog Re:Please tell me (57 comments)

Ok, this is /. so of course you didn't read tfa, but it does say it works on lactate, or CH3CH(OH)COO, but it isn't explicit about what it does with it. Have fun with the list of patents: http://www.mc10inc.com/patents...

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization

LeadSongDog Re:Errr...ummm...IQC (Institute for Quantum Comput (62 comments)

IQC ('Quantum Valley'), at the University of Waterloo, and the Perimenter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, have 12 qubit computers... phys.org/pdf66322040.pdf

...or at least 12 is the peak of the p.d.f.

about 2 months ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

LeadSongDog Re:I don't get it (167 comments)

be gentle, Slashdot! We are still in early stages!

Simple - HMBNH.

tldr

about 2 months ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

LeadSongDog News Flash (165 comments)

Bad actors have been using cell phones to trigger IEDs for a while now.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Discover an 'Off Switch' For Pain in the Brain

LeadSongDog The real paper (1 comments)

The real paper is "Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states" (in the latest issue of Brain at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/brai...

about 2 months ago

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Time to "get knotted"

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about 3 months ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "In a long-sought analysis in Phys Lett B, Itzhak Bars and Dmitry Rychkov have shown that the basic assumptions that underly Quantum Mechanics can actually be derived from M-theoretic explanations of string interactions. It all comes down to some rules on how strings are joined and split.
For those who just want the simple version: http://www.futurity.org/string..."

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Ask Slashdot: Carbyne Suited For Space Elevator Cable?

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "Somebody check my numbers, this sounds too good to be true... A new ACS paper on the theoretical structure of carbyne gives its breaking strength at 10nN for a single atomic chain of carbon. A single C12 atom weighs (at 1g) 2e-25 N, so the chain could support 5e24 atoms at that acceleration. If the atoms repeat 17 times for every 2.2 nm along the chain, the self-supporting chain could be 6e14 m long. This seems to be way longer than the space elevator would need, so I'm inclined to think I've missed something basic. What am I overlooking?"
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DC Light Now Available

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "The headline writers at PhysOrg report "New material gives visible light an infinite wavelength". Of course the details within are rather less spectacular: "Researchers from the FOM Institute AMOLF and the University of Pennsylvania have fabricated a material which gives visible light a nearly infinite wavelength". The original work uses language that makes clear they are speaking of the phase velocity of visible light, under the title "Experimental realization of an epsilon-near-zero metamaterial at visible wavelengths". Still, it's an interesting read. http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphoton.2013.256.html"
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Ask Slashdot: When is Patent License Trading not Trolling?

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "A piece in yesterday's Forbes offers arguments on why not all "Non-Practicing Entities" are "Patent Trolls". Comments here on such businesses are often critical. Is there a right way to trade in patents for profit without abusing the process?"
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(Can't help it): Uranus is holding a Trojan

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "Space.com is reporting on a 60km comet-like body in Lagrangian orbit around the Sun, locked to Uranus. This means a distant, but fairly accessible supply of water-ice, hence reaction mass, hydrogen and oxygen for robotic miners if we can just get them there with an energy source."
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City-sized ice shelf breaks free

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "Germany's TerraSAR-X satellite is showing that the Antarctic's Pine Island ice shelf has calved a 'berg of 720 square kilometres, "the size of Hamburg".

Angelika Humbert says "The Western Antarctic land ice is on land which is deeper than sea level. Its "bed" tends towards the land. The danger therefore exists that these large ice masses will become unstable and will start to slide". The article extrapolates that "If the entire West Antarctic ice shield were to flow into the Ocean, this would lead to a global rise in sea level of around 3.3 metres."

Goodbye Florida.
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Knotted flaky graphene oxide fibers are not weakened

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "James Tour, in Advanced Materials, advises that his team has learned how to knot and weave graphene oxide fiber without losing strength. By mixing in large flakes, it keeps its bend radius relatively large at the knots. The resultant product reaches a 47GPa tensile modulus, just as strong as the native fiber. So, can this lesson be applied to carbon nanotubes, to fulfill Arthur C. Clarke's vision of a space elevator?

The full paper is at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201301065/abstract"

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It's the kablooie that keeps on giving

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "A new paper, complete with pretty pictures, on the arXiv at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1305.7399v1.pdf details some remarkable lessons from a local (inside our galaxy) supernova circa 1900. The formal publication is due to be out in Astrophysical Journal Letters on July 1, and a popsci blurb is available at http://phys.org/news/2013-06-remarkable-supernova.html for the busy readers of /.

Studying the radio and x-ray emissions (synchrotron radiation from energetic electrons at the shockwave front) allowed researchers to find variations in metal distribution around the sphere. They estimate the event produced 10^20kg of electron/positron pairs, nearly all of which have since recombined.

I for one am rather glad I wasn't nearby that day."

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Time to disable texting from the driver's seat?

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "The good folks at the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety have been funding the University of Utah to examine the distraction of hands-free controls. Fitted up with brain-monitor skullcaps, subjects were shown to be most distracted when they had to focus on voice commands, especially when drafting texts and emails. Once again, we find that multitasking is illusory, something always suffers."
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Ask Slashdot: How will MS monetize this?

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "The Beeb blurbs that MS will now be "giving" away Outlook, but it comes at a price: you have to run the (freebeer) Win8.1 update to get it. Other platforms still need to cough up the big bucks/pounds/Euros/yaddayadda. So how are they turning this into a revenue stream?"
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Binary.. older than you thought!

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about a year ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "From our wait-a-minute...that's-no-moon! department, the mother corps advises that today's giant asteroid 1998 QE2 is actually the primary of a binary system. Hiding close to the biggie is a smaller (but still dangerous) 600 m diameter secondary. Seems 16% of large asteroids are binaries..."
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Cheap tuned plasmonic nanoshells boost infrared conversion efficiency

LeadSongDog LeadSongDog writes  |  about 2 years ago

LeadSongDog (1120683) writes "Using inexpensive quantum nanodots in a colloidal suspension, researchers have boosted the IR conversion efficiency of PbS solar cells by a whopping 35%. While this still needs much work, anything that brings down cost while raising output has to be welcome. Further info at http://www.overclockersclub.com/news/33826/."
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