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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

RivenAleem Re:People like you... (598 comments)

Slashdot would die overnight if people were forced to wear cameras at work.


BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

RivenAleem Re:Daleks did it? (186 comments)

I can just imagine the Daleks trundling into the office screaming "D-C-M-A!"

4 days ago

Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

RivenAleem Re:The problem with simulation is ... (172 comments)

With AC coming almost as standard nowadays, I wonder if it will ever come to a point where you can't open the window if the car is going over a certain speed. It uses a lot less energy to cool the interior of the car using AC, than the cost to aerodynamics of having a window (or 2) open while travelling at speed.

I welcome the day when cars simply become a means of transport.

4 days ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

RivenAleem Re:a CATHOLIC university is talking about evolutio (185 comments)

Evolution, and most other science is fine with Catholics.

Well, there's also the possibility that if it wasn't caused by evolution, then God made us and everything this way. Would a loving god design us to have cancer?

about a week ago

Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

RivenAleem Re:Working from home (160 comments)

What about heating and electricity!

about a week ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

RivenAleem Re:Coming from Methane (303 comments)

This is close to a question I was going to ask, and will do so now.

Have we ruled out all possible natural methods of CCl4 production? Just like how volcano's spew out tons of CO2, there may be methods, like you post for natural production of CCl4 which has acted as an automated regulator of the biosphere. Increased animal population, increased methane production, increased Ozone depletion. This normally happens so slowly that it is more spread out around the globe, instead of fixed over the poles, so it would have a slower global impact, to increase UV pass-through which in turn increases plant growth etc or kills off animals to reduce the methane production.

Humans came along an introduced a massive imbalance, in both methane production and directly introducing CCl4 to the atmosphere. We may have reduced greatly the amount of CCl4 usage, but all the agribusiness is still producing excess methane.

about a week ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

RivenAleem Re:But is it really plankton? (117 comments)

And where there's Space Plankton, the must be Space Whales. Man the harpoons maties!.

about two weeks ago

Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

RivenAleem Danger Rating (69 comments)

I hear they would have given it the highest danger rating, but that would have involved changing the lightbulb. Since all those involved already knew, they didn't see the point.

about two weeks ago

Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

RivenAleem Re:Unfortunately (69 comments)

I don't understand the problem, you pronounce it exactly as it's written.

about two weeks ago

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October

RivenAleem Re:INTENSE shit! (67 comments)

My friend fell down that elevator shaft in "Unforseen Consequences" and his brain just about melted. An hour later, his real-world balance was still fucked up and he had to go to bed.

I don't know if this was your intention or not, but this may be one of the best unintentional advertisements for the product I've seen in a long while.

"My friend fell down an elevator shaft in game and had to quit and have a lie down to recover."

about two weeks ago

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

RivenAleem Re: Playback at 24 FPS. (94 comments)

My sex-life?

about two weeks ago

Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

RivenAleem Re:Knive are the problems. (146 comments)

No, give EVERYONE knives, so that if you try to go on a knifing spree, there's a good chance that you are going to come up against an angry mob armed with knives.

about two weeks ago

Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

RivenAleem Re:Old tech (146 comments)

For a split second I was thinking this tech would be useful in schools to spot people about to go on a murder spree, but then I remembered that a school would have an ungodly false positive rate. It would be interesting to see if it would be of much use to find people who are being regularly bullied, spot those who are under constant stress in school and reach out to them to provide assistance, long before they go on a murder spree.

about two weeks ago

Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

RivenAleem Re:Is there a way to cheat ? (146 comments)

Hyper = increased beyond normal range, like hyper-extension (joints) and hyperglycaemic.
Spectral = light emission range.

They are simply using UV or IR imaging (most likely IR, as increased oxygenation in the surface blood will alter the temperature of the skin) and since IR falls outside our typical range of visible light, calling it Hyperspectral imaging is quite correct.

You may be mistaking Spectrum and Spectre here and ending up with a ghost who's ingested too much sugar.

about two weeks ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

RivenAleem Re:A truly smart person ... (391 comments)

I had to wait years so I could sign up to /. and have a UID that's larger than my IQ.

about two weeks ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

RivenAleem Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Yes, tell that to all the Kenyans of West Africa. *sigh*

about two weeks ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

RivenAleem Re:What's a reboot? (252 comments)

I really liked Fringe :/

about two weeks ago

Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

RivenAleem Re:Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's (105 comments)

It's interesting you bring this up, because Terry has lobbied quite a lot for permission to commit assisted suicide due to his affliction. Will he/we thank those people who prevented him from doing so if they do come up with a cure?

about three weeks ago



Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct Warcraft Movie

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "The Hollywood Reporter released info on the new director for Legendary Pictures adaptation of the MMO World of Warcraft. Having directed low budget Moon ($1 million) and not so low budget Source code ($35 million) Duncan is expected to have upwards of $100 million to spend on the new movie.

Also, Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises and upcoming Man of Steel) to produce with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Production is expected to start Autumn 2013 with a 2015 release."

Link to Original Source

EA/BioWare Servers Hacked?

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?"


Seems China liked Avatar afterall

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "Despite a previous story of China pulling the 2D version of Avatar from cinema leading people to think that they were, in some way, making a statement of dislike of the movie's theme, China has given the movie quite an honour by renaming a mountain after it.

A photo taken by a Hollywood photographer of the Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province became the inspiration for Pandora's landscape, and will be renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

It is hoped that the renaming will boost tourism in the area on the back of the movie’s success."

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