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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Paul server guy Re:pics? (475 comments)

Non-sexualized nudity with genitals not emphasized or even visible does not exactly qualify as porn. For instance, a painting of a mother bathing a small child is not kiddie porn.

Acttually some guy was busted for having pictures of his infant daughter bathing on his phone. (Was posted on /., but I'm too lazy to look it up.)

about 3 months ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Paul server guy Re:People (481 comments)

Um, you might want to take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... .
Mrs. Vassilyev is said to have given birth to 69 whelps, and of course, there is Ismail Ibn Sharif who sired 860!

about 4 months ago

Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Paul server guy Re:OK Another one (89 comments)

Unfortunately, people on this site that specializes in technology, don't actually believe that generational spaceships are possible. Either now or in all of our future timeframe.

I tried to make a similar argument about 2 months ago, and got nothing but grief for postulating such an idea.

Not true, there are many people who believe generational spaceships are possible, in the near term. The problem isn't the tech, the problem is the same for /all/ space projects.

Who's going to pay for it?

about 4 months ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Paul server guy Re:Japan is still pretty backwards in some ways (144 comments)

most of them AOL-tier,

AOL-tier. On a +4 post. Is today the day that /v/ finally invades Slashdot?

OK, Will someone explain this to me?

about 5 months ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Paul server guy Re: Not Just Phones (281 comments)

Well, reason #1 would probably be a massive class action lawsuit that would destroy the coveted relationship that these companies have with their user base.

Class actions won't mean shit when there's enough {bribe} money on the other side. (Sony winning most of them for example. http://www.groklaw.net/article...)

And, based on consumer sales, not much of anythign will do anythign to these companies. All we can do as consumers is keep a ready supply of lube around.

about 6 months ago

Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

Paul server guy Re:ping rate (131 comments)

If you ever have extended occupancy a computer geek, and 8 lbs of discretionary cargo, there will be a game server on the moon. Maybe a few more pounds if you need your own power source.

Http:\\OpenLuna.org will bring them there when they build their outpost. http:\\Keplershipyards.com is already planning on integrating "Recreational software" into the computers that they are building for OL to run the outpost and to integrate into the suit. Since the suits have VR and remote control consoles for the rovers, (using VR gloves and such) AR full-body COD anyone?

about 8 months ago

Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

Paul server guy This piece misinterprets the research. (293 comments)

According to Stephen Braham This piece misinterprets the research. There's pretty much zero chance that Sag A* is a wormhole (and, given that I did my PhD on them, I'm biased to wanting wormholes)! The paper is about how you'd know if it was, and not on any evidence that Sag A* isn't a usual accretion-formed BH.

about 8 months ago

Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

Paul server guy Re:Does it really matter? (203 comments)

No he hasn't Only about a third of the way there.

about 9 months ago

Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered

Paul server guy Re: Can't wait until the merge (94 comments)

Difficult, but not impossible.

*sigh* ... *zip*

And if I didn't have a rule against up-modding ACs, this would have gotten a point...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Paul server guy :### - Original poster, Let me clarify. (478 comments)

OK, Obviously I wasn't clear enough...

And - I'm just as surprised as anyone that this hit the front page. (Seriously?! Wow - I've only done that once before! that's COOL!)

OK, No, the customers aren't being ass-hats, No, they aren't trying to sell pictures, no, there is not a sripper pole/orgy/druggie bus, and - No, they could care less about selfies, but, if you allow selfies, you have to accept all photos. There will be drinking. Lots of drinking...

What they don't want is pictures taken of them, nor of the other passengers riding along with them, in a - comprimising position. They are willing to lose their own cameras, because they prize their passengers privacy (NOTE PAX, NOT Customer people do NOT pay to ride, it is strictly by invitation only!) and they consider it rude to ask for phones. Not like it matters when you can hide a camera in a button, pen, whatever... The reason they /want/ to keep their own cameras is for no other reason than if some drunken ass-hat douch-bad, Beiber wanna-be decides to do something criminal to someone else on the bus. No more, no less. they not only have no intention of using the footage for anything else, they don't even plan to review it, unless there is a reported incident, and they'll probably just hand it to the cops.

People will be asked to not take pictures, but their may be some very famouse people riding along with some very attractive (non-professional) other passengers, and - well, people will be people. There is a "Guido" on board, but by then it's too late.

We have tried single source, high intensity (250W NIR and 125W IR LEDs) to the point where it was starting to become visible, and it works, only in the immediate area of the LED cluster. There are indeed mirrors all over the bus, and a white light (RGB, I know) LASER show device, and a fogger, but that won't be enough.

One (several) of the comments suggested strobing and varying the LEDs, We'll try that next. It seems to make sense. We also like the idea of selectively targeting the CCDs, but - well honestly, I have no clue how. I know in theory how, and that it does work in movie theaters, and on the occasional boat, but it's above my skill set. I'm that good, but, in other areas. (I'm good, not God.) I'm checking out a link that was posted.

They understand that they won't get every camera, but they obviously want as many as possible.

And for the losers who say "No, it can't be done, and you're an idiot for asking!" - well, let me quote Capt. Tagon "Never tell me what *you* can't do as if it's something *nobody* can do."

For the rest of you who are actually trying to help, one nerd to another, Thank you.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Paul server guy Re:You are on the right track just not quite there (478 comments)

You've tried ultra bright IR but you really need flickering ultra-bright IR strobing at different rates and levels. A solid IR just sets things up for a better photo. Providing the camera didn't have an IR filter and did photograph IR a flickering IR would cause differing light needs within the exposure window which the camera would be unlikely to adapt to.

If you are able to link the timing of the flickering in with your own cameras you'd be able to shut it off momentarily (electronically) and grab the photo.

I agree. This may be what we are looking for. We did use a single high intensity source, and what it took to bloom the CCD was - extreme. I'll play with several high intensity IR LEDs, fluctuating and strobing and see what happens. Thank you.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Paul server guy Re:Not Possible (478 comments)

Anti camera tech that blocks the taking of images, but allows the taking of images by certain cameras, but you can't be required to do or wear anything special/different. So, basically, we need a non-existent cloaking technology that we can see through with our own cameras.

Dude, it is clear that you work for complete fucking idiots. Unless you are also a complete fucking idiot, (which I think you might be since you posted this on Slashdot) you need to find another job with a better employer. What will you do when they demand that the limos be driven by Yetis and lead along the road by unicorns?

Actually not. For example, There are several theater protection systems that use active lasers, looking for CCD, but that's not real practical here.
Unless someone knows somethign I don't. Hence the reason I'm asking...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Paul server guy Re:Makes no sense. (478 comments)

Huh? Rock star is the owner. Duh.

Right, The Rock Star is the owner.
And, they would rather their own cameras didn't work, if that will prevent others from working. Confiscating them really isn't an option. (They're just too damn easy to conceal anyway.)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Paul server guy Re:Makes no sense. (478 comments)

I think that's why they want to prevent pictures, to encourage this kind of behaviour.

Actually, yes. That is exactly why they want it. And yes, they only intend to use their own cameras if there is a criminal investication, and the disc cycles every four days, and the passengers know this.

about a year ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Paul server guy Re:I found this on another forum (367 comments)

At the end of the day, Windows is good for two things nowadays: Games and SolidWorks. ; )

Don't forget Adobe Creative suite. $ per operation, I would so rather run After Effects, or any of the high horsepower Creative suite under Windows. (And I would pay even more to get a Linux version.) the Apple hardware just plain costs too much!

about a year ago

Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

Paul server guy Re:https (527 comments)

Damn it. I logged in just hoping that I'd have mod points for this...
Yes, we need to simply WRITE THIS STUFF THE RIGHT WAY!

about a year ago

Moon Mining Race Under Way

Paul server guy Um - Isn't this really old news? (150 comments)

Like 6 year old news? I was just about starting to think that none of the teams would even make it in time. They've already extended it twice.Now, Mind you, I really want it to succeed, and we are working with two of the teams, but - I'm just not seeing it happen - yet.

about 2 years ago

What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco

Paul server guy Re:How America has withered ... (416 comments)

Can someone please change the wording of the American national anthem ?

The one about "Land of the Free", "Home of the Brave", in more ways than one, no longer apply.

the Land of the Free-loaders and Home of the Slaves...

about 2 years ago



I need an anti-camera device for use in a small bus.

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  about a year ago

Paul server guy (1128251) writes "I am building a limousine bus, and the owners want to prevent occupants from using cameras on board. (but would like the cameras mounted on the bus to continue to operate. I think they would consider this optional.) They would also like to do it without having to wear any "Anti-paparazzi" clothing. (because they also want to protect the other guests on board.)
They would like to do this without destroying the cameras. (So no EMP generators please)
We've done some testing with high power IR, but that proved ineffective. Several active emitters would be fine.
Does anyone have any ideas that they are willing to share? We will pay for a functional device."

FOSS CAD and 3D Modelling software

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Paul server guy (1128251) writes "I work at an privately funded open source, manned, return to the moon mission.( http:\\openluna.org ) — Yes really, Yes, we really are going to put man (and woman) back on the moon.
Since we are Open source, we want all of our tools to be. What we are looking for is CAD software that we can feed into Blender (or the like) to do 3D modeling with. Many of the Engineers have tried working with Blender and Art of Illusion, but have not been pleased. They want to just draw the parts, then feed them to the art people who will run them through the 3D modelers for videos, illustrations and such.

What is your preference?"

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LRO Photographs Apollo landing sites.

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul server guy writes "

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.

"The LROC team anxiously awaited each image," said LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson of Arizona State University. "We were very interested in getting our first peek at the lunar module descent stages just for the thrill — and to see how well the cameras had come into focus. Indeed, the images are fantastic."

The satellite reached lunar orbit June 23 and captured the Apollo sites between July 11 and 15. Though it had been expected that LRO would be able to resolve the remnants of the Apollo mission, these first images came even before the spacecraft reached its final mapping orbit. Future LROC images from these sites will have two to three times greater resolution.

Although these pictures provide a reminder of past NASA exploration, LRO's primary focus is on paving the way for the future. By returning detailed lunar data, the mission will help NASA identify safe landing sites for future explorers, locate potential resources, describe the moon's radiation environment and demonstrate new technologies.

This probably won't shut up the "We never went there" crowd, but they are very cool to look at in any case!"
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Discovery: Even Tiny Stars Have Planets

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul server guy writes "From a story at http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090528-exoplanet-small-star.html — A Jupiter-like planet has been discovered orbiting one of the smallest stars known, suggesting that planets could be more common than previously thought.
"This is an exciting discovery because it shows that planets can be found around extremely lightweight stars," said Wesley Traub, the chief scientist for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "This is a hint that nature likes to form planets, even around stars very different from the sun."

Astrometry was first attempted 50 years ago to search for planets outside our solar system, but the method requires very precise measurements over long periods of time, and until now, has failed to turn up any exoplanets.
The technique involves measuring the precise motions of a star on the sky as an unseen planet tugs the star back and forth.
The discovery will be detailed in the Astrophysical Journal.

The newfound exoplanet, called VB 10b, is about 20 light-years away in the constellation Aquila (a light-year is the distance that light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers). It is a gas giant, with a mass six times that of Jupiter, and an orbit far enough away from its star to be labeled a "cold Jupiter" similar to our own.

In reality, though, the planet's own internal heat would give it an Earth-like temperature.

The planet's star, called VB 10, is tiny. It is what's known as an M-dwarf and is only one-twelfth the mass of our sun, just barely big enough to fuse atoms at its core and shine with starlight."

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What Star Trek episodes do I show GF before Movie?

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul server guy writes "OK, My Girlfriend wants to go see the new Star Trek movie with me. Here is the problem, She has never seen any Star Trek before! I've done a good job on getting her started w/ SF. She is a huge Firefly/Serenity fan, and is ripping through my Farscape DVDs, is an avid Dollhouse fan, and is really looking forward to Stargate, loved Iron Man, and the original three Star Wars movies, and hated the Anakin Trilogy, has read (and loved) a bunch of Heinlein and other books, and is very open to any SF I can feed her. (And she really does exist, and is actually hot, not some beer/caffeine poisoning induced fantasy.)

So, Here is my question — Should I show her any Star Trek before we see the movie, and if so, what show/episodes/movies?

My initial thought was to show her a few select/classic episodes from all of the TV shows and movies, just to give her a feel for the story, but now that I think about it, I am thinking that I should let her see it unfold in the movie for the first time.

Could anyone who has seen the movie shed any light?"

Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators D&D, dies

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul server guy writes "Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-play game, has died of cancer at 61 in a hospice in St Paul, Minnesota according to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7994444.stm.

His two-year battle with the disease ended on Tuesday when he passed away peacefully, his daughter said.

Arneson developed many of the fundamental ideas of role-playing: that each player controls just one hero, that heroes gain power through adventures and that personality is as important as combat prowess," said a statement from Wizards of the Coast, which produces D&D.

We will all miss him, and the tears of virginity that he and Gary helped us keep..."

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Looking for video rendering software for Linux

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paul server guy (1128251) writes "I am building a NAS for my local community media/TV station. (Think "Wayne's World".) Right now I am using CentOS 5.1 over a 5Tb hardware raid5 array.

What I need is some way to render Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, and Apple Final Cut videos on it. Does anyone know of a FOSS render engine for them?"

First use of a Stirling engine to cool a MoBo!?

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Paul server guy (1128251) writes "MSI presents the "Air Power Cooler" chipset cooler with ECO concept at CeBIT 2008!

The "Air Power Cooler" transfers the chipset heat into air momentum, when the air becomes hot, the air will expand then push the fan to rotate and In doing so cooling the heatsink immediately. After the air moves from the bottom to top of the piston, the air will become heavy to push the up piston down. The better air piston design can transfer over 70% heat power and transfer to air power, that's great efficiency transfer from Stirling engine theory. In a comparison with solar power the transfer rate is only around 20~30% requiring more surface and as a result cost.

All I have to say is WOW. I really wish I'd have thought of it, and can you believe it?"

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Crew ends 100 day long Mars simulation in Arctic

Paul server guy Paul server guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paul server guy writes "According to Wired Science http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/08/four-mo nth-mars.html and MSNBC "Cosmic Log" http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/20/ 325220.aspx the seven person F-XI LDM crew that has been stationed at the Mars Society's FMARS station has completed their unprecedented 100 day simulation. (it is actually 101 days, because for 37 they lived on "Mars time" adding 39 minutes to each day and losing a day to the rest of us.) According to the mission's remote science principal investigator Chris McKay, of NASA Ames. "Their pioneering simulation of crew operations on Mars time is by far the best work on this topic ever done. It sets the standard for future Mars mission simulations."
Crew Commander Melissa Battler, a Canadian geologist, commented in her blog that one of the biggest challenges of shifting to Martian time was not when to fall asleep (which they had no trouble with) but when to eat! "Several of us were hungry very frequently during our first 10 days of Mars Time, but our bodies seem to be adjusting now." Melissa adds that the extra 39 minutes does make a difference, "[you] feel like [you're] getting more work done."
Several "MarsEd" events took place where the crew would send a video presentation and then hold Q&A sessions with various Children's classes. For a major send off, as part of a MarsEd event the today the crew spoke to the NASA Ames Academy, and on the 22nd, the "Foxi" LDM Crew will be 'meeting' with Astronaut Clay Anderson, who is currently in orbit aboard ISS!
Following the mission, the crew will mothball the FMARS (Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station) hab and travel to the International Mars Society's annual conference in LA Aug 30 — Sept 2. This and more information can be found at http://www.marssociety.org/portal
My Summary? It was a fantastic mission, doing world class ground breaking science in extremely hostile conditions, and every one came through it in high spirits. A complete mission success. You should look at http://www.fmars2007.org/ to see all of the details."

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