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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Rambo Tribble Amazing to think ... (303 comments)

... that the Ancient Greeks managed to do better at calculating Pi, all without shotguns!

2 days ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

Rambo Tribble And thou shalt ... (169 comments)

... revere the COBOL, for Holy is the COBOL. Thou shalt take no other language before it ...

about a week ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

Rambo Tribble Well ... (306 comments)

... people make mistakes. Then again, mistakes make people. At any rate, Sony is no stranger to making mistakes. All the good will they create with this stunt will surely bolster their flagging bottom line, like that wonderful rootkit they devised some time back. You really can't buy incompetence like that; you have to grow it yourself.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

Well, that's a reasonable point, but my question was specifically about the allegation which was made of it being a "fundamental right". Your point opens another can of worms, that of defining a "compelling reason".

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

No, you miss the point. Because prisoners get something doesn't reflect on any absolute determination of whether it is a "fundamental right", one way or the other. All you can conclude is that, in some societies, and only some societies, they are allowed to marry.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

Simply to show that prisoners have rights beyond what society apparently deems as fundamental.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

Even most liberals do not argue that free health care is a fundamental right, yet in recent history prisoners in the U.S. have generally been the beneficiaries of such, so I'm not entirely sure that is much of a proof, either way.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

"... we've been sliding down it for 126 years and counting." I find nothing in that observation with which to disagree, but I'd apply it in a much broader context than marriage.

Please, do not misunderstand, I appreciate and value your comments, but am somewhat unconvinced that social or religious constructs really deserve to be considered "fundamental". Particularly ones with so apparently malleable a definition as marriage.

Clearly, in the context of United States case law, you make an unassailable point.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

Well, I guess that settles it. Why, it may be even as sacrosanct at the right of money to influence politics.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

By the way, have you taken a Papal name? It wouldn't be L. Ron the Second, by any chance, would it?

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

I'm afraid I have to ask which church you are representing, in this contention?

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Re:Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

Well, it's hard to argue, Your Eminence.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Rambo Tribble Everything else aside ... (562 comments)

... considering marriage a "fundamental right" would seem a slippery slope. Does an atheist have a fundamental right to be ordained a priest?

To be clear, I think Eich was scapegoated, but am of the opinion it is unfair to deny marriage to gays. I am only concerned here with what seems to me to be excessively broad definitions and the fallout that may result.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Rambo Tribble Sadly ... (266 comments)

... things like this lend credibility to go-your-own-way efforts, like Mir. It's not just the display server, though. I have to wonder if Google's grip on Android isn't, at least in part, inspired by occurances such as this. Open source is like a incredibly diverse and richly dynamic orchestra, that sometimes lacks for a conductor.

about two weeks ago
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Wisdom of Crows Demonstrates Wisdom of Aesop

Rambo Tribble Correction (1 comments)

The quote is from Reuters, and is a slight paraphrasing of the researchers actual comments.

about three weeks ago
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JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Rambo Tribble An obvious and practical example ... (112 comments)

... of prototypical, and not class, inheritance. Which is not to say Brendan doesn't have class, in fact he is a prototypical classy guy.

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

Rambo Tribble It should be noted (48 comments)

There is also a significant increase in fraudsters posing as credit monitoring firms. People should be advised to be very, very careful when engaging such services.

about three weeks ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Rambo Tribble Don't you just hate ... (194 comments)

... regurgitated champagne?

about three weeks ago

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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about two weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters is reporting that the U.S. National Security Agency managed to have security firm RSA adopt not just one, but two security tools, further facilitating NSA eavesdropping on Internet communications

The newly discovered software is dubbed 'Extended Random', and is intended to facilitate the use of the already known 'Dual Elliptic Curve' encryption software's back door. Researchers from several U.S. universities discovered Extended Random and assert it could help crack Dual Elliptic Curve encrypted communications 'tens of thousands of times faster'."
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Mt. Gox Questioned by Employees for at Least 2-years

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about two weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters reports that Mt. Gox employees began to question the handling of funds at least two years ago. Although only CEO Mark Karpeles had full access to financial records, a group of a half-dozen employees began to suspect client funds were being diverted to cover operating costs, which included Karpeles' toys, such as 'racing version of the Honda Civic imported from Britain'. Employees confronted Karpeles in early 2012, only to be given vague assurances with a "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" ring. Unfortunately, since Mt. Gox was not regulated as a financial institution under Japanese law, it is unclear what recourse might be gained in pursuing this question."
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Wisdom of Crows Demonstrates Wisdom of Aesop

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about three weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Using New Caledonian crows captured from the wild, scientists have demonstrated the corvids' ability to master the task of retrieving food by displacing water, inspired by the classic Aesop fable of the "Crow and the Pitcher". Per the researchers: 'In their understanding of physics — how objects displace water — the crows were comparable to 5-to-7-year-old children ...' Reuters provides an approachable summation of the news, here."
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Computer Spots Fakers Better Than People Do

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about three weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Using sophisticated pattern matching software, researchers have had substantially better success with a computer, than was obtained with human subjects, in spotting faked facial expressions of pain. [Original, paywalled article in Current Biology] From the Reuters piece: '... human subjects did no better than chance — about 50 percent ...', 'The computer was right 85 percent of the time.'"
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast in 2012

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Coronal mass ejections, with severity comparable to the 1859 Carrington event, missed Earth by only 9 days, in 2012, according to researchers. The Carrington event caused widespread damage to the telegraph system in the U. S., and a similar occurrence would be devastating to modern electronics, it is thought. NASA's STEREO A spacecraft is responsible for detecting the event. From the Reuters article, 'Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have been tremendous.' The potential global cost for such damage is pegged at $2.6 trillion."
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Cosmic Expansion Marker Find Hailed

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Evidence for the Big Bang has received a remarkable boost from the apparent finding of the B-mode polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation. This event traces the origins of the universe's expansion back to "... first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second," of its existence. From the BBC article: "'Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today. A lot of work by a lot of people has led up to this point,' said Prof John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a leader of the BICEP2 collaboration."

Already there is talk of a Nobel for this research."
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Ultraviolet light flashes, or "corona", may be scaring animals and altering behavior. An international scientific team, first studying behavioral anomalies in reindeer near power lines, have found that sporadic flashes of UV from the lines are probably responsible. As most mammals can see into the UV spectrum, this has broad implications for the disruption of animal behavior. From the BBC article: "Since, as the researchers added, coronas 'happen on all power lines everywhere', the avoidance of the flashes could be having a global impact on wildlife.""
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Insurers Sceptical of Energy Industry Safeguards

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The BBC reports that insurers are denying coverage to energy producers because of weak defenses against cyber attack. Lloyd's of London reports a 'huge increase' in demand for such policies, but audits they commissioned found 'protections were inadequate'. To quote Ed Skoudis 'War games' expert, '... it's surprising no big incident has happened given how weak the infrastructure is. It's very hackable.'"
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Thinking With Your Gut: Can Bacteria Make You Smarter?

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 2 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "John Cryan, a researcher at the University College Cork, explains the relationship between the bacteria in your gut and your intelligence. It seems the flora in your intestines can influence brain development as well as aspects of health and nutrition which affect such things as hormones and neurotransmitters.

Note: Please hold the George W. Bush jokes until after the break."
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Supersonic Jet to Feature Screens, Not Windows

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 2 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Spike Aerospace, designers of the S-512 supersonic passenger aircraft, plan to replace windows with camera-fed viewscreens. Touted as giving passengers control over the view, it raises questions about keeping passengers in the dark, perhaps literally."
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Google Earth's New Satellites

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 2 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The BBC provides some insights into the next generation satellites being built for Google, by contractor DigitalGlobe in Colorado. The resolution of these satellites' cameras is said sufficient to provide clarity down to 10 inches. Unfortunately, the public will be allowed only half that image quality, the best being reserved for the U. S. military."
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Lithium Batteries Put Bang in Flying

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 2 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The commercial aviation industry is scrambling to get ahead of a new threat to air travel, burning or exploding lithium batteries. As portable devices have become more popular, improperly stored or defective lithium batteries have caused a number of incidents on airliners. The BBC article includes a short video showing the remarkably violent force even a small battery can produce. Important safety tip: this is one electrical fire you want to fight with water."
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Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 3 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Researchers from Virginia Tech are reporting they have uncovered the secrets behind the genus Chrysopelea's aerodynamic feats. These ophidians are capable of gliding some distance while appearing to slither through the air. The BBC's article on the revelations hosts a short video of the phenomenon. At the heart of Chrysopelea's feat is a remarkable ability of the snakes to alter their body's cross-section. Finally, snakes that don't need to be on no stinking plane."
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Cryosat Image Anomalies Prompt Icy Structure Insights

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 3 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Patterns appearing in images taken by the ESA's Cryosat program at first baffled agency scientists. Fearing malfunction, they poured over the data. It turns out that patterns in ice features known as sastrugi were affecting the reflection of the polarized radar used by the satellite. The sastrugi have been formed by Antarctica's prevailing katabatic winds. The BBC reports."

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