Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless
Don't mod this guy down. He's at least going by the definition from wikipedia (or a similar reference material), which states:A planet (from Ancient Greek (astr plants), meaning "wandering star") is an astronomical object orbiting a star or stellar remnant that (1) is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, (2) is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and (3) has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals.
I'm sure what this article is calling a Planet meets these 3 criteria but do not meet the "circling a star or stellar remnant" apparent pre-requisite. What I cannot tell you is whether or not Wikipedia is wrong about that "needing to orbit a star" bit - I'm sure someone will respond with a reference defending or refuting that point.
Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
The link to nerd-dom is that the guy who jumped the fence was dressed in pokemon garb.
New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'
Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording
Here is an article from Lifehacker on how to record incoming calls on your smart phone. It looks hard unless you use Google Voice, and GV only records incoming calls (fear of grey areas around wiretapping laws it seems). Free Android apps seem to record all sound coming in the mic and end up being lower quality recordings.
Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory
So this site, which according to the article was behind schedule and missed every major milestone, is basically closed as soon as the Panasonic partnership was announced. Maybe this site (and its mismanagement) did not meet Panasonic's needs, as they are supposed to be contributing major amounts of capital and equipment, so much so that this site had to be scrapped. /end speculation
Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
This same version of Sims 2 DX was given to anyone who has registered any Sims 2 software on Origin. It, in fact, replaced any pre-existing Sims 2 version(s) you had as they were "no longer supported." As one of these people, this is basically bait-and-switch because my old version of Sims without drastic DRM is "no longer supported."
Or to use a car analogy, if the fact that it was given away to everyone else when I already owned it was kind of a slap in the face, the DRM was a slap in the face with a smelly fish that had a nail bat hidden in it.
Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun
Gomu Gomu no GATLING! :P
New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account
One one hand, I join in the mob rage that this warrant is obviously to broad / vague. On the other hand, as of 2014 in the US this data still need a search warrant to obtain. Let's see how this conversation goes in 2020. Maybe by then US will stand for Universal Surveillance.
Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia
They call it "The Door to Hell." Video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s
I see the plot of a new Micheal Bay (or maybe J.J. Abrams) movie: The US military, unable to get qualified recruits to fight the new Zombie wars, takes a cue from the Zombie playbook and develops the technology to bring life old soldiers. After a bit of a difficult start, the program exceeds all expectations until the previously dead soldiers revolt at being put back in the grave and bring Washington to it's knees by filing for Social Security benefits.
Hmm. Nice twist at the end, but too much plot, needs more explosions.
2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
80.7% of the US population lives in an Urban Area, as defined by US Census.
MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls
Batman has been way ahead of you guys for years. The Batcave is lined with lead just for this kind of thing!
Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo
Where are the control groups? Shouldn't there also be at least a few of these:
1) One group that showers daily and uses the spray.
2) One group that showers daily and sprays plain water.
3) One group that doesn't shower for 4 weeks and sprays plain water.
Number 3 is almost required for any accurate study and I would think it would
the other 2 wouldn't hurt either.
Reading the article, she was subject 26 of who knows how many. For all we know, she was in the control group, or there may have been separate control groups present. The article recaps her personal experience, not the complete conditions for the experiment. Maybe with the initial findings, they'll do multiple rounds with different variables as you suggest above.
Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)
They basically did this on The Big Bang Theory. The 3D printing of themselves part, not the make-your-own-better-resin-printer-out-of-scrap part.
Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement
Which it seems they basically had.
It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
Or OBLIG XKCD LINK: http://xkcd.com/936/
Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security
Pffft, you think that matters? Target had a high-publicity credit card hack theft thingy, Target installing "better" card thingys with "chips" in them, seems gadgety and high tech. Target gets its "we're improving our credit card security" headline. American people go "wooooo, high tech thingy! Problem solved!"
Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases
You kind of hit on the point. There are certain things that can be done to reduce sentences and overturn rulings. In theory, having multiple life sentences and 400 year punishments should effectively deter any of them from actually allowing certain criminals to get out of prison early. I would assume it would also give the prison wardens some sort of way to rank and prioritize attention paid to inmates, work release programs treatments and privileges, and so forth. The guy serving 10 years for killing his wife in a fit of rage for cheating on him may get to try programs that the guy who did multiple unmentionable things many times over and is serving 10 consecutive life sentences will not. Maybe I'm giving the system too much credit.
Also, who knows what medical breakthroughs we'll make in the next 400 years?
How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations
They had these in SimCity 2000. You built Microwave power collectors that collected energy from orbital space stations.
Why I'm bringing it up on Slashdot (aside from the hoped-for karma boost from invoking PC game nostalgia) is that occasional disasters happened if the orbital satellites were ever off by a fraction of a percent and they beamed the energy into the nearby residential population instead.
I'd be very interested to know more details of how they plan to transport the energy to the surface.
'weev' Conviction Vacated
Yeah, "Don't Make New Laws Unless You Have To" looks like copping out, but is actually something I completely support. When new laws are made, it usually just makes things more complicated, may create unintended/unforeseen consequences, and so forth.
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