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Bone-Eating Worms Found In Antarctic Waters

StarfishOne These worms.. (38 comments)

.. are said to be b-b-b-b-bad to the bone. ;-)

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Gets $89M To Build Drone That Can Fly For 5 Years Straight

StarfishOne Re:SEE! (271 comments)

James May, a presenter on the BBC car show "Top Gear" did a documentary called "James May On the Moon".

In this documentary he took a ride on a U2 spy plane. And what an awesome view you get on those altitudes!


more than 4 years ago

I can see X LEDs as I fall asleep. X = __

StarfishOne Re:There are... (480 comments)

I love Slashdot. One of the few places where I encounter others with the same kind of humor. :)

Four lights was soo the first thing to come to mind after reading the poll. :D

Great episode indeed! :)

more than 4 years ago

Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

StarfishOne Re:Perverts! (330 comments)

Even worse.. Intel was also helping to create the "Plug & Play" standard... make you wonder eh?

more than 4 years ago

Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

StarfishOne Re:The truth about caffeine (506 comments)

I've removed the desire for soda by drinking fruit juice and smoothies. Lovin' it! :-D

Home made in large batches.. awesome, healthy and much much less of a sugar crash :-)

more than 4 years ago

Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

StarfishOne Re:A return to baseline... (506 comments)

Same here!

I quit caffeine cold turkey 3.5 years ago. First few days were not great, but not horrible either. Haven't touched coffee since that moment. Also heavily reducing refined sugars and most important of all: artificial sweeteners!

The sugar habbit is much more difficult to beat than the caffeine one IMHO.. you arrive at points that you can't believe you ever liked those very sweet soda's, pies 'n cakes*, etc.

* Now I make my own, much much better tasting and with farrr less sugar! :-D

Cake hacking FTW ;-)

more than 4 years ago

New Estimates Say Earth's Oceans Smaller Than Once Believed

StarfishOne Re:Evaporation? (263 comments)

That would be awesome!

Spice > Coffee! ^_^

more than 4 years ago

Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

StarfishOne Re:BIOS (462 comments)

And the fancy banks could give away iPads! ;D :D

more than 4 years ago

What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration

StarfishOne Time = Energy (578 comments)

According to the Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Aleksandrovich Kozyrev, who has done some very interesting research, time is a form of spiraling energy.


Which ties in to torsion physics (Tesla, Schauberger, etc), the zero-point energy field or (do I dare say it? yes!), the aether! **



Even seems to connect to the time-wave theory of Terence McKenna..


"Concerning the Silvertooth experiment: The Michelson-Morley experiment, which did not show any translational motion through an aether or other medium of propagation, was later shown to have a fundamental flaw: The standing waves that are reflected back onto a mirror become phase locked on the mirror, and hence to its motion through space. Silvertooth built a standing wave experiment that avoids the phase locking encountered in the Michelson-Morley setup. It uses a configuration similar to the Sagnac experiment, which many years ago did detect motion relative to an aether. Silvertooth's addition was a sensor capable of measuring the spacing between standing wave nodes.

    This spacing is dependent upon the orientation of the apparatus relative to the Earth's motion, and this fact made the Earth's motion measurable. Silvertooth measured the 378 km/s motion of the Earth in this experiment. Some references are: Silvertooth, E.W., "Experimental Detection of the Ether", Speculations in Science and Technology, Vol.10, No.1, page 3 (1987) In that same issue beginning on page 9, is an excellent "Plain English" summary by H. Aspden entitled 'On the Silvertooth Experiment'." [We are heading toward the Constellation Leo.]

more than 4 years ago

Lost Nazi Uranium Found In a Dutch Scrapyard

StarfishOne Re:Many boffins died ... (205 comments)

You might be interested in reading the work of Oxford-trained researcher Jospeh P. Farrell, especially if you're not yet familiar with him.

There's also plenty on YouTube and various radio stations, interview wise..

He goes into the strangeness of the U.S. never testing the uranium bomb before actually dropping it on Japan, how a German submarine was capture (or given away as decoy while some head honchos escaped) wit on-board two Japanese people .. and infrared

I cannot copy/paste from it unfortunately, but check e.g. this book:


If even a FRACTION of Farrell's work is correct, quite a few history books in school are missing some very, VERY big issues and a lot of high strangeness.

more than 4 years ago

It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

StarfishOne Re:The Sony (684 comments)

Not sure if the Sony device is the most open. Have you seen the BeBook yet?


It supports:

[...] the most popular eBook formats such as: EPUB*, PDF*, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CHM, PDB, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF (*including Adobe DRM, compatible with Adobe Digital Editions)

Compared to formats supported by the Sony:

        * DRM Text : ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Book (PRS DRM protected)
        * Unsecured Text : ePub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Micrsoft® Word, (Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)

more than 4 years ago

Robotic Audi To Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

StarfishOne Re:Explanation (197 comments)

"I'd say that's a far more appropriate reference than anything from Asimov"

Yes, Shelley or Walter Rohrl! :-D _O_

more than 4 years ago

STS-129 Ascent Video Highlights

StarfishOne Wonderful! Also recommended (117 comments)

Awesome video material, no doubt about that! It's great to see this amazing machine from these perspectives. Especially after the SRB's were disconnected with their jets still flaming while falling away.. jaw dropping!

Also I'd like to recommend to the Space Shuttle fans the videos you can find online with a launch from an airliner.



more than 4 years ago

Firefox's Awesome Bar...

StarfishOne Not my cup of tea (447 comments)

Personally I hate it. Some people love it, but I hate it..

Why? Probably because it tries to be too smart which somehow conflicts with the way in which I use a web browser.

For example when developing with url's for a production and a live system which are very similar I prefer to type the first few characters of a url and select the correct one that I need. Then the last thing I need is when I enter e.g. an 'o' in the location bar that I get 'slashdot.org' because there's an 'o' in the name _somewhere_. No, I don't want somewhere, I want a _starts with_ approach.

But I guess what frustrates me most of all is that this has been implemented without an EASY way to turn off/revert back to how browsers deal with entering an url since well, basically the start of the modern web browsers.

Just a single 'awesome bar? on/off' button would have been so nice.. that way everyone could have decided to use it or not depending on personal preferences. This instead of needing to tweak an about:config or installing add-ons which more or less return things to the 'not so awesome way of doing things'.

To be honest: it even almost made me switch back to IE, but it's the web developer toolbar that makes me stay.. that + the add-on which more or less removes the awesome bar.

more than 5 years ago

Are Software Developers Naturally Weird?

StarfishOne Re:From what I've discovered... (579 comments)

So familiar :)

E.g. something along the line of:

"Would you like chocolade or cake?"

"Yes!" ;-)

more than 5 years ago

C# and Java Weekday Languages, Python and Ruby For Weekends?

StarfishOne Re:I have a different conclusion (389 comments)

Sshhhh... don't tell our secret to too many people!

There was a Python instructional video which said: "Let the snake be your teacher!"

Just a few people, like you, got the double meaning of that expression ;-P

;-) ;-)

more than 5 years ago

C# and Java Weekday Languages, Python and Ruby For Weekends?

StarfishOne Re:Not all projects should be done in C# or Java (389 comments)

Nice addition:

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been using Python since 1998. This email from Thanos Vassilakis, then a programmer for NYSE, highlights the reliability, manageability, and ease of use enjoyed by Python programmers (not to mention family life!):

    On the New York Stock Exchange we use three languages in production to deliver serious trading services to the Specialists: c, C++, Python.

    Perl, tcl/tk, Java are used but for scripting, tools, and minor services where performance and memory foot print are not an issue. Yes, used correctly Python meets our performance, security and reliability requirements.

    We have had Java projects and launched Java services, they have all failed. We have many in the pipeline (thanks Big Blue) but NYSE's only serious internet based service is written in Python, and was launched in 1998. It is still up in it's sixth version, with no down time! The fifth version was rewritten in Java, 6 months overdue, failed, and replaced by python ( which took two weeks).

    Here at SIAC and NYSE Python is recognized by management to give results that other languages just can't achieve.

    For performance we have extended Python with our own specialized c objects, and we have used swig extensively to integrate to our legacy code, and middleware.

    Thanks Python, you let me get home to my kids.


NYSE has run Python since 1998, when it rolled out its first internet application. It has experienced no downtime and has enjoyed Python's significant backward-compatability character ever since.


more than 5 years ago

My sense of direction is ...

StarfishOne Re:My upbringing means I don't get lost (520 comments)

I also grew up in a rural area and somehow I've just got a built-in compass. Even when not directly seeing the sun in large cities, it's for me very easy to see what north/south is just by the type of light. Light in the north is more clear and white then light in the south. I've always had a bedroom with a window exactly north, perhaps that's why. :) But even in windows and staircases, I can usually just keep track of which is north. For navigation to streets I don't know in a city, I take e.g. a Google Maps print out, spot the general direction compared to $current_location and move towards it. Somehow it just doesn't matter to be if I go left-right or straight-left..etc. I end up where I need to go almost perfectly time after time again. :) And at night: the stars (Big Dipper/Cassiopeia/Orion are easy to spot). Also the moon can be useful: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/true-north3.htm

more than 5 years ago

Computers Key To Air France Crash

StarfishOne Re:Irresponsible headline, summary (911 comments)

"Due to the magic of software when one flight computer knows how to handle some situation, they all do."

Why... do I suddenly have this mental picture of Star Trek' Borg adjusting their shields instantly to phasers being fired at them. ;-)

The first goes down, the rest keeps walking towards you...

more than 5 years ago



Saboteurs may have cut Mideast telecom cables

StarfishOne StarfishOne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StarfishOne (756076) writes "Damage to several undersea telecom cables that caused outages across the Middle East and Asia could have been an act of sabotage, the International Telecommunication Union said on Monday.

"We do not want to preempt the results of ongoing investigations, but we do not rule out that a deliberate act of sabotage caused the damage to the undersea cables over two weeks ago," the UN agency's head of development, Sami al-Murshed, told AFP.

"Some experts doubt the prevailing view that the cables were cut by accident, especially as the cables lie at great depths under the sea and are not passed over by ships," Murshed said on the sidelines of a conference on cyber-crime held in Gulf state of Qatar."

Link to Original Source

Dark Energy: Is The Theory Of Gravity Wrong?

StarfishOne StarfishOne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StarfishOne (756076) writes "Ten years ago, astronomers made the stunning discovery that the universe is expanding at a faster pace today than it did in the past.

"Explaining why the expansion of the Universe is currently accelerating is certainly the most fascinating question in modern cosmology," says Luigi Guzzo, lead author of a paper in this week's issue of Nature, in which the new results are presented. "We have been able to show that large surveys that measure the positions and velocities of distant galaxies provide us with a new powerful way to solve this mystery."

"This implies that one of two very different possibilities must hold true," explains Enzo Branchini, member of the team. "Either the Universe is filled with a mysterious dark energy which produces a repulsive force that fights the gravitational brake from all the matter present in the Universe, or, our current theory of gravitation is not correct and needs to be modified, for example by adding extra dimensions to space.""

Link to Original Source

StarfishOne StarfishOne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StarfishOne (756076) writes "DailyTech reports the following interesting bit of news today:

" Cold fusion, the ability to generate nuclear power at room temperatures, has proven to be a highly elusive feat. In fact, it is considered by many experts to be a mere pipe dream — a potentially unlimited source of clean energy that remains tantalizing, but so far unattainable.

However, a recently published academic paper from the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (Spawar) in San Diego throws cold water on skeptics of cold fusion. Appearing in the respected journal Naturwissenschaften, which counts Albert Einstein among its distinguished authors, the article claims that Spawar scientists Stanislaw Szpak and Pamela Mosier-Boss have achieved a low energy nuclear reaction (LERN) that can be replicated and verified by the scientific community."

NewScientist is also running an article on this subject, but that article is only available for subscribers."

StarfishOne StarfishOne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StarfishOne (756076) writes "(I'm very sorry, but personally I don't have the time at the moment to send in a more worked out scoop.. hence why I add some snippets below to give an impression of the news item.)

The world's first commercially viable quantum computer was unveiled and demonstrated today in Silicon Valley by D-Wave Systems, Inc., a privately-held Canadian firm headquartered near Vancouver.


"D-Wave's breakthrough in quantum technology represents a substantial step forward in solving commercial and scientific problems which, until now, were considered intractable. Digital technology stands to reap the benefits of enhanced performance and broader application," said Herb Martin, chief executive officer.


D-Wave overcame this challenge in part by using the processes and infrastructure associated with the semiconductor industry. This and components such as a new type of analog processor, one that uses quantum mechanics rather than the conventional physics associated with digital processing, to drive the computation.


http://www.dwavesys.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt0 1,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=4&cntnt01origid=15&cnt nt01returnid=21"


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