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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Rambo Tribble As fashion statements go ... (110 comments)

... this hardly has the cachet of tinfoil.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Rambo Tribble But, wait a minute. (656 comments)

Isn't this what is allowing these economists to justify their jobs?

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Rambo Tribble *Sigh* (138 comments)

I guess, on a story like this, one can expect most of the comments to bite.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Rambo Tribble Just to be clear ... (187 comments)

... it will be sprawling multinational oil corporations that will profit most off the oil. Nation-states will get crumbs, albeit very lucrative crumbs.

4 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Rambo Tribble I'd be surprised ... (130 comments)

... if there weren't some jurisdiction in which Sony could enlist a proxy to do the deed, without blowback.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Rambo Tribble Slashdotters, do your part! (1050 comments)

If we all got vaccinated, at least we'd have a measure of "nerd immunity".

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Rambo Tribble In a related note ... (515 comments)

... it might be pointed out that the ACLU has an app for the live recording of police for forensic purposes.

about a week ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Rambo Tribble Re:While his argument has some merit ... (368 comments)

What you say is true, but I fail to see the point. There are still those who hold Calvinist-like beliefs who identify themselves as Christian, and the central tenet of the divinity of Christ, (Filioque aside), remains the same across Western Christianity. Some details of belief and observance may vary, but the Bible remains the central thesis. What's more, there is a remarkable consistency across denominations in what is touted and what is ignored. Try to find, for instance, a congregation whose leader has informed it of the full ramifications of Luke 19:27.

I might add, little has changed since Ambrose Bierce defined a Christian as, "An individual who believes the Bible is a divine text, perfectly suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor."

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Rambo Tribble While his argument has some merit ... (368 comments)

... it perhaps overreaches. Some 2,000 years later, most Westerners still idenitify themselves as "Christian". Over a century-and-a-half after John Tyndall demonstrated that changing the composition of a gas affected its ability to absorb energy, many in the public deny any anthropogenic contribution to global warming. Oh, and where are the flying cars?

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Agency Drops Cases Rather Than Deal With New Requirements For ISP Info

Rambo Tribble Sadly ... (29 comments)

... there is nothing new about law enforcement, or the corrections industry, serving and protecting itself before any considerations of the society and its citizens.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Rambo Tribble If the power company pays for the installation ... (327 comments)

... they can point them west. When the homeowner pays, they are free to maximize their financial benefit from the installation.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Rambo Tribble Re:Ignored? (574 comments)

You're basically assuming AI would be governed by the biological imperative of replication. Silly hooman.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

Rambo Tribble Re:How silly! (128 comments)

Ether way.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Rambo Tribble Here we go again (409 comments)

News flash: the media profits from stoking controversy; the nuclear industry profits from convincing the public it's as safe as mother's milk. Neither can be truly trusted, so it is only wise to err toward the side of caution. And, please, discount the shrill, "But I know best", lamentations of the partisan.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Rambo Tribble Re:In an industry where ... (289 comments)

Seriously, there's a rating lower than "X"?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

Rambo Tribble How silly! (128 comments)

Everyone knows the most abundunt material is phlogiston!

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Rambo Tribble In an industry where ... (289 comments)

... a flesh wound from a .22 causes gallons of blood to splash across the surround, you expect realism? How realistic is that?

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Rambo Tribble Coming soon, to an inbox near you ... (134 comments)

... a petition to demand Wikipedia sign on to Net Neutrality. You heard it on Slashdot first.

about three weeks ago

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Boeing and Blackberry Make Self-Destructing Phone

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  6 hours ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It sounds like a "Mission Impossible" scenario, but aerospace company Boeing is teaming with Canadian phone maker Blackberry to produce an ultra-secure mobile phone that "self-destructs". The phone uses encryption on calls and is aimed to serve the high-security needs of government and industry. As Blackberry CEO, John Chen, said, "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say."

No word yet if you'll need the services of the bomb squad when you go over your minutes."
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Geoengineering Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  yesterday

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could increase their reflectivity and produce a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but side-effects might include such things as wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster."
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  3 days ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It was long thought that gamma ray bursts were the exclusive province of deep space sources. More recently it was found that storms could produce such emissions, but such occurrences were thought rare. Now, data from NASA's Fermi satellite suggest such events happen over a thousand times a day. Per Prof. Joseph Dwyer, from the University of New Hampshire, "These are big, monster bursts of gamma rays, and one would think these must be monster storms producing them. But that's not the case. Even boring-looking, garden-variety, little storms can produce these.""
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Ask Slashdot: Greenhouse Gasses; Horse v. Auto

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  3 days ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "There is a certain tendency for people to long for the "good old days". I am curious if anyone has done the math on that for greenhouse gas emissions comparing horses to automobiles. Since horses emit carbon dioxide and methane even when they aren't being used, it would be most reasonable to compare ownership over a time period, say a year. At the same time, the differential in the greenhouse effect of methane versus carbon dioxide would need to be taken into account. Finally, the relative load-carrying and distance-covering capacities of the two transportation modes would need to be compared. So, it isn't a simple prospect, but has anyone tried to do it?"
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Tapping Social Media for Conservation Insights

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a week ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It has been proposed that the pervasive use of social media to document our lives could be used to mine useful information about how the public interacts with nature. Speaking at the joint annual meeting of the British Ecological Society and Société Française d’Ecologie in Lille, France, researcher Daniel Richards from the National University of Singapore outlined a study that investigated such a possibility. Although the techniques described sound labor intensive, they seem to show that images posted on social media could give meaningful insights to those managing conservation efforts and providing public access, as well as establishing the value of such programs. According to Richards, "We wanted to try to create an indicator... that you can quickly and easily get information on a very small scale on the use people get from a habitat.""
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about two weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A new report claims that almost a quarter of the "clicks" registered by digital advertisements are, in fact, from robots created by cyber crime networks to siphon off advertising dollars. The scale and sophistication of the attacks which were discovered caught the investigators by surprise. As one said, "What no one was anticipating is that the bots are extremely effective of looking like a high value consumer.""
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Bogus Apps Found In Apple's Store

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about two weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Simon Phipps has done a little sleuthing after finding a slew of support requests for Apache OpenOffice coming from iOS users. Problem is, there is no version of OO for iOS. Phipps soon found that a fraudulent app was being offered on the Apple App Store website. In short order he found more such phony offerings. So, what does this say of Apple's vaunted vetting of App Store apps?"
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AK-47 Gets The Designer Treatment

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about two weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In a bid to make the venerable AK-47 assault rifle more appealing to a wider segment of the market, Kalashnikov has given its cornerstone product a makeover. No longer the exclusive province of Communists and revolutionaries, the AK-47 is now found in the sporting market, worldwide. Kalashnikov's move, which includes a new logo, is said to stem from a desire to appeal to more foreign buyers. As Kalashnikov CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said, "The US market was very important for us." The new look was rolled out in a glitzy event in Moscow."
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Hawking Warns AI Could Threaten Humanity

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about three weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In a departure from his usual focus on theoretical physics, the estimable Steven Hawking has posited that the development of artificial intelligence could pose a threat to the existence of the human race. His words, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Rollo Carpenter, creator of the Cleverbot, offered a less dire assessment, "We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can't know if we'll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it." I'm betting on 'ignored'."
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South Korea Bans Selfie-stick Sales

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about three weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "South Korea has instituted large fines for selling unregistered "selfie-sticks". The problem arises because many of the devices are using Bluetooth radio spectrum, and must be certified to do so legally. Expressing doubts that the regulations and stiff fines will influence sales, one official said of them, "It's not going to affect anything in any meaningful way, but it is nonetheless a telecommunication device subject to regulation, and that means we are obligated to crack down on uncertified ones,""
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Edsac Goes Live

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about three weeks ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was brought to fruition on Wednesday. As project lead, Andrew Herbert, is quoted as saying, "We face the same challenges as those remarkable pioneers who succeeded in building a machine that transformed computing." A remarkably shaky video of the event, replete with excellent views of the floor at the videographer's feet, can be found here."
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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Using machine learning techniques, Google claims to have produced software that can better produce natural-language descriptions of images. This has ramifications for uses such as better image search and for better describing the images for the blind. As the Google people put it, "A picture may be worth a thousands words, but sometimes it's the words that are the most useful...""
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The commissioners at the FCC are expected to vote, on December 11, on a proposal by Chairman Tom Wheeler to increase the funding for the nation's largest educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent. The proposal is intended to be paid for by higher fees on phone service. The increased cost is pegged at $1.92 a year, per telephone line. Support for the proposal, or lack thereof, appears to be falling along partisan lines. To quote Wheeler, however, "Almost two-thirds of American schools cannot appropriately connect their students to the 21st century." National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García adds, "Today's announcement will go a long way to help level the digital playing field for our country's students and ensuring equity.""
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The commissioners at the FCC are expected to vote, on December 11, on a proposal by Chairman Tom Wheeler to increase the funding for the nation's largest educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent. The proposal is intended to be paid for by higher fees on phone service. The increased cost is pegged at $1.92 a year, per telephone line. Support for the proposal, or lack thereof, appears to be falling along partisan lines. To quote Wheeler, however, "Almost two-thirds of American schools cannot appropriately connect their students to the 21st century." National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García adds, "Today's announcement will go a long way to help level the digital playing field for our country's students and ensuring equity.""
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Groupon Backs Down on Gnome

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about a month ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Groupon has announced they will work with the GNOME Foundation to come to a satisfactory resolution over the recent naming controversy that had the open source community up in arms. Their statement is appended to this Engaget article. Bottom line, "... if we can't come up with a mutually acceptable solution, we'll be glad to look for another name."

My question is, does this represent Gnu thinking on the part of Groupon?"
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Boeing Told to Replace Cockpit Screens Affected by Wi-Fi

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 3 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing to replace Honeywell-built cockpit screens that could be affected by wi-fi transmissions. Additionally, the FAA has expressed concerns that other frequencies, such as used by air surveillance and weather radar, could disrupt the displays. The systems involved report airspeed, altitude, heading and pitch and roll to the crew, and the agency stated that a failure could cause a crash.

Meanwhile, the order is said to affect over 1,300 aircraft, and some airlines are baulking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents "a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators"."
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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 3 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Researchers, at the University of Rochester, have developed a remarkably effective visual cloak using a relatively simple arrangement of optical lenses. The method is unique in that it uses off-the-shelf components and provides cloaking through the visible spectrum. Also, it works in 3-D. As one researcher put it, "This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking, which works for transmitting rays in the visible spectrum." Bonus: The article includes instructions to build your own."
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Widespread Chernobyl Radiation Risk From Forest Detritus

Rambo Tribble Rambo Tribble writes  |  about 3 months ago

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It is being reported that forest detritus, contaminated in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster [abstract], is decaying at a much slower rate than normal, building up and creating a significant fire risk. This, in turn, is creating a real potential for the residual radioactive material to be distributed, through smoke, over a broad area of Europe and Russia. Looking at different possible fire intensities, researchers speculate, "20 to 240 people would likely develop cancer, of which 10 to 170 cases may be fatal". These figures are similar to those hypothesized for Fukushima."

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