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Vesta Is a Baby Planet, Not an Asteroid

LostCluster Re:nice try, planetary scientists (107 comments)

They made a bad call on Pluto, but they're trying to get it right with Vesta, they must be referee-like.

more than 2 years ago
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Vesta Is a Baby Planet, Not an Asteroid

LostCluster Re:Pluto? (107 comments)

Planets orbit the sun, asteroids orbit something else. If a rock among other rocks is orbiting the sun, and it meets the other qualifications, it's a planet..

more than 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Turns Up Evidence Of Water

LostCluster Haven't we seen this before? (95 comments)

Mars probes typically return this kind of water on Mars data every few years or so. The problem is, it's nowhere close to the water level found on Earth and therefore it's ability to support any form of life is quite low. I'm not sure how newsworthy this is. It doesn't make much sense to me.

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

LostCluster DVD Edition (301 comments)

One of the most distinctive features of Linux Format was a DVD edition sold around the turn of the millennium that saved modem-connected users from having to download the latest packages. It was cool.

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

LostCluster Re:But... but... (301 comments)

Yep, my brother and I used to buy 2600 there and share it. B&N has always had a good supply of geeky materials.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II

LostCluster Does this guy say... (289 comments)

I'M KING OF THE WORLD!?!

more than 2 years ago
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Good News For US Fusion Research

LostCluster Re:There must be some way... (149 comments)

Your comment is about five years late. This was an Obama cut that got undone by the House.... it's all (D)s involved.

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One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows

LostCluster Re:Infected? (285 comments)

There are two ways to put Windows on a Mac, Boot Camp and virtual machines which both put the full capabilities of Windows in front of the user and programs and therefore malware. Windows on a Mac requires antivirus and antispyware solutions just like any other PC.

more than 2 years ago
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How Good Are Robo-Graders?

LostCluster Re:More importantly (157 comments)

How quickly will teachers become completely automated? That's a bit of a scary concept. You can't just have "teachers" who do nothing but press "Play" on a video machine.

more than 2 years ago
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How Good Are Robo-Graders?

LostCluster Sorry, human intervention required (157 comments)

I don't think auto-graders are a good idea. Where is the information exchange between student and teachers? Teachers need to read student essays not just to assign the grade, but to exchange knowledge with their students Opinions and comments should be two-sided exchanges, if students are writing things that aren't going to be read, how does that work?

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MIT Hack Turns the Green Building Into a Giant Game of Tetris

LostCluster Re:Uhm, not even old news (65 comments)

Yep, this is not the first time we've discussed this one... but it's nice to see a tradition like this still going on.

more than 2 years ago
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Expect Mandatory 'Big Brother' Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015

LostCluster Warning: Concusing use of "Black Box" (628 comments)

Black Boxes are typically things that scare Slashdot. We don't know how they work, as compared to a documented "white box" solution.

This definition of a "Black Box" is different. It's an event data recorder, meant to be like the orange devices found at airplane crash sites designed to let everybody know the status of the vehicle before it crashed. No big privacy change because most cars already have one, it's just a law change that requires there be standards,. rules, and such for these things in the future.

more than 2 years ago
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US and China Held Secret Cyber Wargames

LostCluster Re:SlowNewsDay (71 comments)

The more communication the US has with China

Who said this was communication? This was barely a "wargame" and not something worth our time.

more than 2 years ago
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iTunes' Windows Problem

LostCluster tanslation Error (332 comments)

This isn't a ""Windows Problem" it's a "PC Problem" because it's about both Mac too, which is both a type of PC. What happens to the user who's traveling or doesn't have their PC available or one at all? They should still be able to sync their music collection with iCloud and such. This "PC-Free" initiative should be the answer to that.

more than 2 years ago
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US and China Held Secret Cyber Wargames

LostCluster SlowNewsDay (71 comments)

What we have here is a pen-and-paper exercise between two groups of bigwigs where there were asked a few questions about what they would do, and we have no idea if they answered truly or not. What is this story doing here? We must not have anything to talk about today.

more than 2 years ago
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Court Rules Code Not Physical Property

LostCluster "Theft" of data isn't quite right. (125 comments)

This is as old as Napster and other file sharing technologies. The copyright holders would rather use the laws for "theft" than "copyright infringement" but that's just not going to work. Good lawyer work on the defense side I think.

more than 2 years ago
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Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

LostCluster Re:For Sale (49 comments)

Yep, and G4's AOTS did a similar thing when the show first started.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

LostCluster Oblig Comedy Centrail referenece (672 comments)

There's only one thing left to do when this happens, teach our kids how to play Crossballs. (Anybody remember that show?)

more than 2 years ago
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Appeals Court Rules TOS Violations Aren't Criminal

LostCluster Re:Ex post facto (120 comments)

They can't without permission, but continuing to use the service can represent permission.

more than 2 years ago

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How to get LostCluster out of the hospital

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LostCluster (625375) writes "If you're reading this on Slashdot, you likely know who I am. I need some support from my fans. I need you to file a Chapter 123 Section 9b letter under Massachusetts law. You don't need to be a lawyer to do this, just any person. Ttell them what a great Slashdot contributor I am. This should help me get out of the Worcester State Hospital psychiatric program."
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LostCluster: If they 8B me, there might not be me.

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LostCluster writes "I hate to be posting a suicide note on Slashdot, but I absolutely will not comply with forced psychiatry forcing me into a life where I'm under the rule of MA's over-controlling and unconstitutional guardianship program. Suicide is looking like the best option for me... can anybody here help me live?"
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Comcast drops neutrality, or is Level3 no peer?

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  about 4 years ago

LostCluster (625375) writes "Here's one that can go up for debate. Let's start with the typical coverage from CNET. Netflix hires Level3 to deliver its streaming movies, and now Comcast is sending them a bill. Now, that's a clear violation of net neutrality concepts... but on the other hand, if you push more traffic into a network than you get back, you don't qualify for peering agreements and have to buy your way into the network. Whose side are you on?"
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Massachusetts Unemployment Goes Down... IT-wise

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostCluster (625375) writes "No, it's not good news on the job front, it's the state employees not doing theirs right. The Boston Globe reports a hardware failure made it impossible for anybody to correctly file for unemployment on Sunday, and the backlog of people trying on Monday has lead to script timeouts and other load-related fails. Can't the state hire a grid-based computing resource to handle the load? The state is compensating by extending the hours people can file for the rest of the week."
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T-Mobile to offer free smartphones Saturday

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostCluster writes "If you've got a family (or at least a family plan for cell phones) and are thinking of switching to T-Mobile, you might want to wait for Saturday (6/20/10) because The AP is reporting that they're set to offer free smartphones including their latest Google phones, the Garminphone, and others with 2-year commitment to a plan of at least two lines. Most of the time, such phones have a three-figure price tag to go with the commitment."
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When a site goes down, what should go up?

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostCluster (625375) writes "I'm planning a database upgrade that's going to take down my website for a while. And, inspired by the Twitter "Fail Whale" I figured I should have something geeky/funny that should automatically go up whenever connection to the database fails. My question: What should this be? What should go up in place of a site to say it'll be back shortly?"
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CES to be televised, barely... and streamed a lot!

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostCluster (625375) writes "CES starts Thursday, but if you're looking for TV coverage of the new gadgets, you'll have to settle for just two hour-long episodes of AOTS, which is pathetic from what bought out TechTV. Much more video content will be coming from podcasters, including Leo Laporte taking most of his Twit.TV network, Kevin Rose's Revision3 teaming up with NBCU and streaming Tekzilla and other shows over all three days, CBS division CNET sending it's usual supply of bloggers and podcasts including Buzz Out Loud and Adan Curry's Mevio sending shows including GeekBrief and Cranky Geeks The consumer electonics revolution might not be televised, but it sure will be downloaded."
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Google could break some web log tools

LostCluster LostCluster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LostCluster writes "Here's a change that may slip under the radar and have website owners thinking that Google stopped sending them non-paid traffic. The URL format that Google uses in non-paid search results is dropping "/search" and replacing it with "/url". There's also some additional data fields that will have to be processed through. Of course Google Analytics will be ready, and Urchin has a patch coming. If you use other tools, you might want to check for an update."

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