top Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney
Sudden Jihad Syndrome, it could happen to anyone.
top Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site
Please explain to me how a rake is going to discriminate between the lighter colored sand the normally lays under the surface and the thin, dark layer that is on top so it can separate them and redistribute them back in layers to cover the damage? Sand trap rakes are used to remove the impressions in the surface of a sand trap that is basically uniform in color, which is NOT the problem caused by the Greenpeace foray into Nazca which disturbed the upper layer exposing the lighter layer underneath...which is pretty much how the lines themselves were created. Given that the lines have not been obscured by natural forces for approximately 1,500 years we can assume that evidence of Greenpeace's ignorance will last at least as long. Like Greenpeace you seem to have proposed a action without first understanding the problems it could cause because a rake would simply cause more damage.
top US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
Trenton council rejects expansion of 'ShotSpotter' gunshot detection system
“That body was shot there in the head and it stayed there for five hours with ShotSpotter being only a few blocks away. This product does not work, at least not for Trenton.”
Shotspotter gun sensor technology halted in Birmingham after failed trial
Gunshot detection system in Delaware comes up blank
600 reports of shots fired, 175 actual shootings, shots detected only five or six times, a camera only turned toward the shooting once and it was unable to see anything due to foliage in the way.
Broward sheriff dropping gunshot detection system
"the system was picking up noises such as firecrackers or a backfiring car and registering those sounds as gunfire. The sensors were also triggered by helicopters and the roar of downshifting trucks from nearby Interstate 95...the problems at BSO with the gunshot detection system mirror findings of a 2008 report...called the system useful but took issue with an apparent high rate of false calls."
top Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake
One would think that the quakes would be on the faults where the fracking sites in Nevada are rather than a completely unrelated set of faults 400 miles away where they aren't.
top Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking
It seems down for me as well.
They probably just forgot to turn the cloaking device off.
top New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla
If you think commerce across state lines is required for the Interstate Commerce Clause to be invoked, you certainly haven't looked at the 1942 Wickard v. Filburn decision by the Supreme Court and similar rulings. Federal limits for production had been put in place to bolster wheat prices during the Great Depression and Farmer Filburn assumed that because he was growing the crops for use on his own farm, which did not have a state line running through it, he was not obligated to abide by interstate commerce controls. The Supreme Court ruled that his overproduction meant he was not buying wheat on the open market to feed his animals and since wheat was sold across state lines his lack of purchasing had an effect on interstate commerce. So, essentially, Filburn was fined for NOT engaging in interstate commerce...
top Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales
I cranked the numbers for Australia about a year ago. My start point was 1995, before one of their big gun banning sprees. The latest figures that I could find were for 2007. All crime data came from an Australian government web site. I adjusted for population, but the population numbers came from Google. My "crime" figures includes: murder, robbery, assault, and sexual assault. I excluded tiny categories like kidnapping since the numbers were so small. Here is what I found..
In 1995 the murder rate was 17.7. The overall violent crime rate was 7223.5 (once again, per million).
In 2007, the murder rate was 13.3. The overall violent crime rate was 10126.1.
In 1995 the US murder rate was 8.2 with a violent crime rate of 6845, in 2007 it was 5.6 and 4718...all while firearms sales soared to all time highs and evil black rifles became the most popular gun sold.
top Read Better Books To Be a Better Person
...or reverse causation. It wouldn't strike me as odd at all if people who have already developed the qualities espoused by a certain type of literature would enjoy reading that sort of literature. In fact, it makes a hell of a lot more sense than the reverse.
top Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS
I didn't have hot chick posters on my wall in high school, I had Beagle Bros posters...
http://beagle.applearchives.com/the_posters/poster_5.html ...there was plenty of time for girls when I was at the arcade, my bedroom was dedicated to hosting a BBS and coding!
about a year and a half ago
top Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years
1980s? Heck...the logo Apple adopted in 1976 had two more colors than the new Microsoft logo!
top RIM Manufacturing Partner Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Phones
What manufacturer would intentionally stop building devices at contract volumes and rates?
A manufacturer that has determined that the volume of manufacturing being requested no longer justifies the base cost of tying up resources in light of opportunities to contract with other clients whose outlook isn't as bleak as RIM's currently is. Also, if they aren't one of the companies that RIM is contracting to produce their last gasp BB10 handsets or they lack confidence in BB10, they are MUCH better off repositioning themselves to work with other companies now rather than riding RIMs decline even farther. If they have ANY opportunity to enter into production for someone else right now I'd imagine they'd jump given RIMs positively slothful response to changes in a market they once dominated.
top Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO
The numbers that were available BEFORE the IPO made it look like a terrible investment. The market valuation being projected was WAY too high for even the unadjusted income figures...did these people learn nothing from the IPOs of the dotcom bubble? Apparently not.
top Schematics and Circuit Simulation In the Browser
Same combination here (10.6.8 and 5.1.2) and no problems at all.
top Fake Raspberry Pi Shops Pop Up
I not only follow
/., I follow a few other tech sites...and Raspberry Pi is one of the most OVER reported stories out there. I'd be extremely happy if I didn't see another mention of it until it's released since the scads of articles out each week simply remind me that I can't have one yet.
top StreetScooter: The $7000 Open-Source Modular Electric Vehicle
Yes, I do. And it's still about triple what the market will be able to bare in 2013.
Really? Is that due to the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calender or some other supernatural event? And what does it say about the $40,000 Chevy Volt? Although, I will agree that the Volt is easily priced at twice what the market would bear (not bare) to actually make it a consumer item (were it not for
.gov agencies being forced to buy these things it would make the Edsel look like a genius move.)
In reality, if you could get the same tax break individuals get for buying the craptastic $40,000 Chevy Volt you'd actually MAKE $500 for buying a StreetScooter. Thanks to the "Cash for Clunkers" debacle 10-year old used vehicles are now running around $5k-$6k making $7k for a NEW vehicle pretty attractive. Even if after bringing it up to US standards the price is in the $10k-$12k region, it still looks like a winner in a market where it's only competition would be the "Smart Car" which gets worse mileage than my brother's 15-year old Honda he paid $3.5k for 5 years ago.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
...and thank you for pointing out why the protesters should be in front of the White House, the Capitol, and choking off K Street. The behavior of companies is not the pressing problem, it is the government reinforcing those behaviors and making them viable and repeatable that causes the serious harm.
Quis Custodiet, ipsos custodes.
top Micro-SD Card Slot Abused As VGA-Port
Don Lancaster did a pretty good job explaining raster-scan-generated-by-cleverness-of-using-main-CPU in the
Cheap Video Cookbook. Back in 1978.
So slashdot is about, oh, 33 years late
"Don Lancaster"...wow! There's a name that brings back memories of delving into 6502 machine coding in my high school years...or are they nightmares?
top Assault Weapons Ban
I'd be the third well armed moron on this thread...and a latecomer because I spent the weekend at a machinegun shoot. All I have to say to the "moron" who bought a bunch of guns right before the ban is that has he sold them earlier this year before it was clear that the ban was going to sunset they would have been an EXCELLENT investment...I made on average about $800-$1000 on each pre-ban weapon I had owned simply because they could be modified in ways that post-ban weapons couldn't. Call me a moron...but i made out better than all the "smart" people who spent the 90's buying tech stocks!
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