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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

WormholeFiend If not black... (224 comments)

following the convention for naming stars that are not dense enough to ignite "brown dwarfs", we could name these new, less dense, singularities... "brown holes".

3 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

WormholeFiend I think this is only going to end (241 comments)

when everyone is on the list.

The probable good news is that, given the incredible computing power at play, this should not take a very long time, since the reasonable suspicion criterion make it easy to add names.

3 days ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

WormholeFiend If it works (50 comments)

I can see this tech also being used on Europa (and bombing doesn't count as "landing").

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

WormholeFiend Has anyone considered (435 comments)

making another Weekend at Bernie's sequel? This time, Bernie "drives himself" around!

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

WormholeFiend Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

All you have to do is change the legal definition of "ordnance" to that of "fireworks"

about two weeks ago
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Your Personal Data Is On Your Phone -- In the Form of Bacteria

WormholeFiend Re:I don't have a phone (21 comments)

But those phones that do make it to a person in jail is shockful of bacteria, and not all of it from the final user.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

WormholeFiend I wonder what the Mafia techniques are (244 comments)

for avoiding eavesdroppers. And is this a direction that non-criminal organizations are going towards?

about two weeks ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WormholeFiend Re:Wait a minute... (162 comments)

Tylenol is in high demand in Cuba. I always buy some as gifts to the hotel staff whenever I visit.

about two weeks ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

WormholeFiend Muto ate it? (104 comments)

Let's wake up Godzilla!

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WormholeFiend Re:How do you defeat dogs? (415 comments)

Don't hunters use activated charcoal liners to prevent being sniffed out by the animals they are hunting? It could also work with dogs.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WormholeFiend They didnt think their clever plan (415 comments)

all the way through.

What if the hardware contains information that is classified at a level above that of the police's security clearance?

about three weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

WormholeFiend Re:It's not illegal for Americans to travel to Cub (190 comments)

"Now what is illegal, thanks to President Kennedy, is for Americans to spend money there without prior authorization from the US Department of Treasury"

Does buying your all inclusive vacation package in Canada count as spending money there?

about a month ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

WormholeFiend Reinstate the Prohibition (454 comments)

It works so well with currently illegal drugs.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

WormholeFiend First of all (208 comments)

Solve the problem of motivating someone to do your will after you're dead.

about a month ago
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Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

WormholeFiend Does it come (207 comments)

in the form of a vaccine?

about a month ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

WormholeFiend Re:Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

"I think he was right, the leaks carry more weight with a name behind them"

I think he should have used a cool-sounding pseudonym, like Deep Throat

about a month and a half ago
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Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.

WormholeFiend Re:But do we want "better than human" prosthetics? (124 comments)

He was paraphrasing former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien:
"It's going to be really hard to purchase handguns. Why buy machine guns or nuclear armaments for pleasure? They're dangerous, and when they're lying around the house, children might get their hands on them."

about a month and a half ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

WormholeFiend I never thought (90 comments)

anyone would beat the Duke Nukem Forever record

about 2 months ago

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The Javabot - a walk-in coffee machine

WormholeFiend WormholeFiend writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WormholeFiend (674934) writes "The Javabot is the coffee machine of the future — completely next generation. It is the fully-automated system that runs the Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York and its design is illustrative of what can be achieved using new thinking and methodologies to something that was previously regarded as a black art.

The system is part of the experience because the coffee system runs throughout the shop — it's the first walk-in coffee machine in effect, and customers sit there and watch as their coffee beans rush past in pneumatic tubes, as they move from storage bins to staging, roasting station, grinding and a brewing machine where they are dispensed with the repeatable accuracy of a purpose-built machine. Customers can choose from any blend of seven different beans and every aspect of the process is controlled."

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WormholeFiend WormholeFiend writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WormholeFiend writes "Mechanical Engineering Magazine has an article about the challenges of trying to break speed and distance records using human powered vehicles. According to Fast Freddy Markham "we're about tapped out on development", but that doesn't stop geeks like Matt Weaver and Greg Kolodziejzyk to keep trying, using wind tunnel software, and electronic gadgets to achieve laminar flow."

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