top Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed
...going to RETURN TO breaking into your homes...
top A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today
With all due respect to the accomplishment, recall that transcontinental telegraphs had been operating for over half a century prior to this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Telegraph), and the transcontinental telephone was strictly a wealthy person's luxury at the time, with a 3-minute call costing USD $20.70 at the time (worth something on the order of USD $400 in today's currency)...
top President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars
"Kibbitz" (or "kibitz") is a Yiddish term meaning, "to offer unsolicited advice". Until very recently, this is the only meaning i'd heard for this term, but lately people appear to be using it to simply mean, "converse" (or perhaps more precisely, "engage in small talk"). I understand that language evolves and word meanings change, but if this is indeed the case with "kibbitz" it would be a real shame, because the word in its original sense is useful for conveying a concept concisely that otherwise cannot be conveyed in English using a single word...
top UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts
250 km of seabed, with 50 miles between islands...i suppose consistency of units would be a lot to ask for...
top Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone
Recent studies have elucidated the importance of a creature's microbiome (especially gut flora) to its digestive capabilities and overall health. How healthy can an animal whose microbiome is extinct be (unless it inherits a suitable microbiome from its surrogate elephant mother)?
top Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report
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You used to rob limos?
top 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning
Could such animals possible be healthy in the absence of the gut flora & other micro-species that evolved along with it?
top Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
I removed Facebook from my Android device when I discovered it wanted permission to take photos without even notifying me
top Scientists Invent Urine-Powered Robots
If the robots require us to be around for their fuel, perhaps they'll refrain from wiping us out...
top Building Melts Car
Don't forget snow globes! (There actually was a recall over this -
top Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew
I spent two seasons in the mid-1980s excavating at Nohmul, and can put a rest to some of the speculation here.
Nobody in this region is unaware of the nature of these ruins, nor their significance. This part of the country is flat limestone plains, and it is generally understood that any small hills are in reality ancient ruins.
The site draws almost no tourists whatsoever (it is almost entirely unrestored), so liability is not a concern. While not amongst the better known sites, it had much historic value nonetheless, which is why it was the subject of numerous investigations by Cambridge and Rutgers Universities, National Geographic, etc. The destruction of one Nohmul's primary structures for road fill is indeed a tragedy. The gentleman who owned the site when I excavated there would never have let this happen, but I suspect that ownership changed hands in the interim.
about a year and a half ago
top Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life
It is estimated that bacteria alone (only one component of our microbiome) far outnumber human cells. I'm not totally up on my modern biology, but i suspect that the situation with birds is comparable; could any species be resurrected successfully in the absence of its associated microfauna?
top Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'
Or is it more like this?
top Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1
So Facebook, you want to be the preeminent social media site, but you want me to pay for every message sent to my non-FB friends? Let me know how that works out for you...
top NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works
...something amateur ("ham") radio operators have been using since the 1980's...
top Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads
Opting out at choice.live.com requires registration, including providing an email address. [sarcasm]I'm sure i'll never receive unsolicited emails from them! [/sarcasm]
top 15 Years of Stuff That Matters
I would have expected mention of what may be Slashdot's most profound contribution to the Internet: The Slashdot Effect!
top Your Moral Compass Is Reversible
This would seem to fall under the frightening rubric that, "by definition 50% of people are of below-average intelligence"...
top PayPal Unveils Mobile Payment System
...that an ad for Squareup (served by ad.doubleclick.net) appears at the top of of my browser window when viewing this article...