Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
Wait, what? So if a mother miscarries, we should toss her in prison for murder?
Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox
Not the 1920s but that was a short story by Azimov called "Old Fashioned" published in 1976 I believe.
L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation
This is what I was thinking. Have the cameras doing the scanning, no problem. The camera scans a plate, then does a search for specific violations such as: Is the vehicle reported stolen, Has the vehicle been flagged as having received more than N parking or traffic violations, etc. Only a few select items to scan for. If it's a positive match, flag it and track it and notify an officer. If it's not, immedielty purge the record and move on to the next one.
To me, that does not sound wholy unreasonable.
How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan
the iphone is a non player here in japan. a good estimation based on what i see on the train is one in ten. the rest are a split between android and flip phones, which still offer more features than an iphone. things like saifu keitai, one seg, etc.. are considered necissary features here. the iphone just cannot compete.
Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible
Ahh, but say the ballast asteroid cut loose, or the cable was severed above the center of mass, the remainder of the cable would still be attached to the earth. The rotation of the earth would impart some lateral velocity to what was left. The end of the cable would immediately begin to accelerate and would either burn up in the atmosphere (which shouldn't happen at the strengths of materials needed to build such a cable) or hit the ground at hyper velocity speeds devastating anything within kilometers around the line of impact. On the positive side, we would get a nice line on the equator, kinda like what we have on maps now :)
Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2
Site doesn't seem to be accepting any connections to download this so here's a magnet uri:
Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
There's this program called bitsync: http://getsync.com/ which you each have a client on your computers. Share hashes with each other, and you get a distributed, synced in real time copy on each client running the software. It's free, secure, and no servers required. You each have a copy locally, and any modifications are replicated to each client.
Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?
Along the same lines, how about the "metadata" is put up on a public website immediately. For example, as soon as one of the police cameras start recording, there would be a log entry on a public website which would show activation time, officer who activated the camera, and termination time, plus a checksum for the newly completed video. That way, when evidence is needed, we can tell if the video has been edited/altered, and there is also a public record of who and when the camera was used. Then the officer can't simply say "we weren't recording during the altercation" or whatnot. You would also be able to see if the camera was activated while approaching someone, then switched off for 5 minutes, and then reactivated and now there is a guy bleeding on the ground. Any arrest made without a complete record, could be tossed out.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project
But. What could the costs really be other than what they paid for the site? Subtract that, and you got what? 5 "editors" at say $80,000/yr (which is insane for how little they do, should be $30,000) So $80k x 5 is 400k/year total. Hosting should be in house. Bandwidth costs are practically non-existent, and server maintenance should be done by the editors cause they're "geeky". If they couldn't handle something as simple as that, they shouldn't even be here. I don't see the issue. I ran a site that got millions of unique users per month for damn near nothing but my personal time and the cost of an internet connection (~$80/mo). If they're losing millions, they're doing it wrong. Way wrong.
Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch
Wow.. I totally forgot about those. And I HAD one. Timex Datalink. Talk about a walk down memory lane... Thanks! :)
200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove
Grover Cleveland "Cleve" Backster, Jr. (February 27, 1924 – June 24, 2013) was an interrogation specialist for the Central Investigation Agency (CIA), best known for his experiments with plants using a polygraph instrument in the 1960s which led to his theory of "primary perception" where he claimed that plants "feel pain" and have extrasensory perception (ESP), which was widely reported in the media but was rejected by the scientific community.
Rejected by the scientific community. Seems pretty definitive to me.
How Perl and R Reveal the United States' Isolation In the TPP Negotiations
Yah you know me!
25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last
Yah, except for my Western Digital Green which failed 3 days after the warranty expired. And similar accounts on newegg...
Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time
Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures
So what you're saying, is that people are the problem.
Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion
So don't bother unless you want to read a dry paper.
Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home
True. I am sitting in Japan right now, and we are having a typhoon. We expect another one tomorrow. (seriously, check the weather reports). No issues with buildings blowing down here. Steel reinforced concrete will stop any problems with wind you might have. Granted, it won't float during a flood, but at least after the waters recede your house will still be there :)
The house I am in is constructed of wood. We used 2x6s instead of 2x4s and 2x10s instead of 2x6s. Hurricane ties on the roof, asphalt shingles, fiberboard siding. House has lasted through at least 20 typhoons in 10 years with zero damage. Just build your house right and it will survive.
Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week
If this program was to replace all those heavy books, or give them access to the grand sum of human knowledge, then they should have gone for a kindle or sony ebook reader. Load the year's books onto it, and allow wifi internet access. Problem solved.
Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long
Exactly. I have completely gotten used to the 2 clipboard model. One on the right click copy, and/or ctrl+c, and one on the highlight then middle click mode which is good for more immediate uses. Would love it if Windows/OSX implemented something like that.
Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long
As much as I used CTRL+ALT+BKSP to kill X, CTRL+ALT++ or - were NOT to zoom in or out. Those keystrokes switched between desktop resolutions. From say, 1200x900 to 1024x760 to 800x600, etc... only switched between modelines specified in the config file. Yes handy, but they essentially redrew the screen but since most window managers couldn't handle it, things got messy quick.
I may be wrong, but I believe you can re-enable the C+A+B and C+A++ C+A+- by adding an /etc/X11/xorg.cfg file with the appropriate options enabled.
Open Source Cola
Looking for slashdot user TakeyMcTaker
In my submission, Where to go after a lifetime of IT, a slashdot user posted a comment saying to ask for information about working in IT for the entertainment industry.
I posted a reply to the comment but the user never got back to me. TakeyMcTaker, if you're out there, please reply to this with any information you might have :) or email me: pikoro AT glbb.jp
Or, if anyone has any info on how to reach TakeyMcTaker, please drop me a line.
Where to go after a life of IT work?
I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.
However, after working here for less than 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.
Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.
What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?