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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

WiglyWorm Re:Yeah, no... (323 comments)

Pretty sure he didn't mean we should start doing this tomorrow.

about 2 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

WiglyWorm Misleading (557 comments)

The vote had 30% turnout. ~50% voted to be annexed. Thus 15% of the population voted yes, but ~50% of the VOTE was for annexation. Of course, going to go vote no while the russians are sitting around in your country with guns and amassed on the border couldn't be an easy decision.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion

WiglyWorm Re:First "Me too"? (103 comments)

Hey, man, ever put a CD in a microwave? It's good fun.

more than 2 years ago

The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown

WiglyWorm Actually (170 comments)

The DMCA does not require that Flickr take the images down. Only that they respond appropriately to the DMCA takedown notice. A perfectly reasonable response would be to pass on that notification to the user, and allow them to challenge it BEFORE you take it down.

more than 2 years ago

State Dept. Employee Investigated For Linking To WikiLeaks

WiglyWorm What classified information? (172 comments)

Can anyone honestly pretend that information which has been leaked and posted on the internet still qualifies as classified?

Also, hasn't the Govt. ever heard of the streisand effect?

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

WiglyWorm Re:It's prison time (361 comments)

Sounds like you hate America, son.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now

WiglyWorm Re:Ridiculous (199 comments)

People have been forever. Shakespeare was a pirate. As were most playwrites of that age. They would literally sit in the audience and copy the play down as it was being performed.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now

WiglyWorm Re:I Can Has Subject Title? (199 comments)

I get enough pun threads on Reddit. I come to slashdot because there's usually some semblance of intelligence.

more than 3 years ago

Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

WiglyWorm Then again... (384 comments)

The openness of Android is a big part of why Android has better marketshare than iOS, so maybe they shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

WiglyWorm Just be careful with that (520 comments)

It can get you in to trouble

That said, I leave my wifi router open as well, but if you're going to do it you have to do it knowing the risks. Being accused of kiddie porn, for instance, is going to stick with you forever, regardless of guilt or innocence.

more than 3 years ago

Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors

WiglyWorm Re:This is just not true (249 comments)

I'm pretty sure it's safe to presume they didn't use a typewriter to post to the message board.

more than 3 years ago

The Hobbit Filming at 48fps

WiglyWorm Wait... (423 comments)

The hobbit is being filmed in 3d? Ugh...

3d is a gimmic and it is helping to further ruin cinamatography. There are very few exceptions.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet

WiglyWorm Re:I'd like to take a minute to say (195 comments)

And why shouldn't NASA, like practically everyone else, report to the electorate? We've all heard the "science first" routine and then seen the internal positioning and squabbling result in unbelievable cost overruns, a la Livermore and the DOE

Is this somehow better or worse than spending billions on W.'s launch vehicle only to have it scrapped and sent back to the drawing board by Obama?

more than 3 years ago

NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet

WiglyWorm I'd like to take a minute to say (195 comments)

NASA needs to be given autonomy... they need to be given a long term goal (a generic one like "set up a moon colony as a dry run for a mars colony, then get to Mars", or "set up a mining outpost in the asteroid belt") and then left alone to decide the best way to achieve that. Having every president wanting to leave their mark on outer space like Kenedy did is irresponsible and leaves them with ever changing goals and a rotating set of tools to do the job. We've changed what vehicles they're supposed to be using two or three times now since they declared the end of the space shuttle. At this rate, an American vessel may never lift an astronaut in to space again. That's not even bringing congressional funding issues in to the mix...

more than 3 years ago

Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

WiglyWorm Wasn't this Microsoft's business model? (272 comments)

Seems that this just becomes the standard when you have a stranglehold on the market. Maximize global profits by squeezing every dime out of the rich countries while poorer nations are the wild west.

more than 3 years ago

US Government Domain Seizures Failing Miserably

WiglyWorm Re:tl;dr (132 comments)

The censorship in Egypt proved him wrong. They shutdown the internet to local citizens completely, just by telling the ISPs to go offline.

Really, that's only half true.,egyptians-turn-to-tor-to-organise-dissent-online.aspx

more than 3 years ago

Google Faces Privacy Audits For Next 20 Years

WiglyWorm Smack their knuckles with a ruler for good measure (112 comments)

This basically amounts to "now don't you do that again, Google!" I don't know why I'm constantly surprised by how infective our corporate oversite is.

more than 3 years ago



NASA changes search for life forever

WiglyWorm WiglyWorm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WiglyWorm (1139035) writes "NASAs highly anticipated press conference, which many have speculated will be an announcement of the discover of life on Titan, may not be as exciting as little green men. It is, however, just as exciting.

At their conference today, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe Simon will announce that they have found a bacteria whose DNA is completely alien to what we know today. Instead of using phosphorus, the bacteria uses arsenic. All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest microorganism to the largest animal, share the same life stream. Their DNA blocks are the same.

The discovery of a life form that differs so completely from what we are used to opens up a huge swath of new territory in the search for extraterrestrial life. The original source can be found here, in dutch or here translated by Google."
Link to Original Source


Your bed is giving you cancer

WiglyWorm WiglyWorm writes  |  about 4 years ago

WiglyWorm (1139035) writes "Scientific American has an interesting article on the occurrences of various types of cancer in western and eastern nations, and has a very interesting theory as to their cause. Their hypothesis? That your bed is a giant cancer-causing antenna the saturates you with radio waves while you sleep, causing the cell damage that causes cancer.

as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. Asleep on these antennas, our bodies are exposed to the amplified electromagnetic radiation for a third of our life spans. As we slumber on a metal coil-spring mattress, a wave of electromagnetic radiation envelops our bodies so that the maximum strength of the field develops 75 centimeters above the mattress in the middle of our bodies. When sleeping on the right side, the body's left side will thereby be exposed to field strength about twice as strong as what the right side absorbs.


Link to Original Source

House passes bill to allow RIAA to sieze your home

WiglyWorm WiglyWorm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WiglyWorm writes "The House has passed H.R. 4279. This bill would allow the RIAA to seize any and all property used in the act of copyright infringment. Computers, iPods, even the house you were sitting in. They would be able to seize these assets even if you settle. Since the cost to fight the RIAA is almost always more than the cost to settle, this is a very dangerous bill.

Even though the bill is having a hard time getting out of committee in the Senate, now might be a good time to blow up your senators voice mail and in-box and remind them that this bill needs to fail."

EMI Says Online File Storage Illegal

WiglyWorm WiglyWorm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WiglyWorm (1139035) writes "MP3tunes' CEO Michael Robertson sent out an email to all users of the online music backup and place-shifting service, asking them to help publicize EMI's ridiculous and ignorant lawsuit against the company. EMI believes that consumers aren't allowed to store their music files online, and that MP3tunes is violating copyright law by providing a backup service."
Link to Original Source


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