Amazon Bulk-Email Service Could Lure Spammers
The response rate for spam is very low (1 in 12.5 million according to http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/spammers-get-1-response-to-12-500-000-emails-483381?src=rss&attr=all), so a spammer would have to pay 12.5M / 1K * $0.10 = $1,250 to get a response by paying Amazon to send emails. Multiple responses will be required to make a sale. If they can't make $1,250 of profit per response, they can't make money by using Amazon to send their spam.
Goldman Sachs Says No Facebook Shares For US Investors
>... a "dollar" has no intrinsic worth, nor is it backed by anything of intrinsic worth.
My house mortgage is denominated in dollars. Dollars are backed by all the mortgaged real estate for which the mortgages are denominated in dollars.
Smartphone As Your Most Dangerous Possession
If the keys moved around randomly on the screen at the beginning of typing the password and after typing each character, the positions of smudges on the screen would not give any information about the password.
(Yes, this does have an obviously funny reply. Not sure how to upstage it from here. Go ahead and say it, then.)
Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines
Why attack twitter? http://www.twitter.com/wikileaks seems to be working fine, and the explanation at http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/06/why-wont-wikileaks-t.html#comment-958285 for why Wikileaks didn't appear in trending topics makes sense to me. Everyone seems to agree that #cablegate did trend. The issue of why Twitter should be attacked is not mentioned at all in the original article.
Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank
The article said AT&T's "dropped call rate is within 1/10 of a percent – the equivalent of just one call in a thousand – of the industry leader". So if the industry leader drops 5% of the calls, AT&T drops 5.1%.
British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
So he's spending 16 weeks in jail. At the end of those 16 weeks, can they ask him for the password again and throw him in jail again if he does not divulge it?
How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?
The article mentions "dark transistors", which are transistors on the chip that can't be powered because you can't get enough power onto the chip. This is the problem that reversible computing was supposed to solve.
Buried By The Brigade At Digg
Digg has a recommendation system. I browse digg starting at http://digg.com/all/upcoming/recommended. The bury brigade ought not to be on my "Diggers Like You" list, so they ought not to affect me, right?
If not, that's a bug in their recommendation system.
LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird
Well, that's generally true, except the temperature of your bread will go negative if the tachyon flux is too high. I agree that having a toaster that risks vacuum collapse (no Higgs bosons required!) is unwise.
In other words, I have no idea WTF you mean and I think you're spewing word salad. :-)
LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird
As I write this, the charts about their magnet temperature are
contradictory. The top one says the temperature of the warmest arc
magnet is back down to 2 Kelvins, but the lower right one says the
temperature of the warmest arc magnet is about 9.5 Kelvins. It almost
makes sense if we assume that the numbers at the lower right are the
maximum value observed over the last few weeks, but the maximum in the
upper chart is around 8 Kelvins and the lower right chart says 9.5
Kelvins, so it's still not right.
The URL from The Register is: ht tp://hcc.web.cern.ch/hcc/cryo_main/cryo_main.php?region=Sector81
(I have no clue what an arc magnet is.)
Hacking Nuclear Command and Control
I was a big fan of the Integral Fast Reactor as a potential solution and in a way I still am. But the reality is 3rd and 4th generation reactors are a pipe dream because our material science is not advanced enough yet to produce a reactor design that will last the thousands of years it will take to use that fuel.
Please provide figures saying how long it would take to consume the existing supply of plutonium. The Wikipedia article about the IFR says 700 years for existing depleted uranium stores. Surely there's much more depleted uranium than plutonium?
Nuclear power is energy intensive *after* the energy has been produced simply because said
technology (material sciences) are not adequate to produce a Nuclear reactor that has a life span that matches the geological time frames of the fuel.
The Wikipedia article says the waste would have to be
stored ~400 years. You don't have to store the waste in the reactor, of course.
What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines
...the dental industry doesn't want to even consider the possibility that the amalgam in your fillings might be bad for you (but nevertheless the dentist keeps taking his chelates for mercury)
I couldn't quickly find evidence for this via Google. Surely we have some real dentists around. Do you take chelation drugs to avoid harmful effects from the fillings you install?