Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
you'll have much less to archive.
Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.
World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.
The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)
--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
The Light Might Make You Heavy
From the abstract,
adjustment for potential confounders such as sleep duration, alcohol intake, physical activity, and current smoking
Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site
Safari 7.0.3 (9537.75.14) throws up a warning dialog and pauses the page load.
A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile
It's a virtual virtual headset!
No, it's literally a virtual headset. Virtuous (or righteous)
Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable
My prediction is the executives of any compromised oil rigs, refineries and power plants will assure us they will not stop until they bring to light any shortcoming that caused any resultant catastrophe. They will go on to say that no one could have foreseen this happening and they are laser focused on keeping our infrastructure safe.
Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware
This is embarrassing if true. For me the target of ire is much closer to home. It has been said that the free market will produce the best product. Isn't it also true that we should deserve the national defense that we buy? Haven't these transgressions happened often enough now that our economic institutions should have more secure systems that protect the consumer from intrusions? How about the money spent on government surveillance? Shouldn't they secure us from threats that compromise enterprise and privacy? We should learn from the laboratories of other democratic societies to inform our transition to a system of capital exchange that is more appropriate of a world superpower. Securing our boarders also means safe money transfers.
Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar
It's called picking winners and losers. Perhaps otherwise the next winners might happen in other countries first. Is capitalism the best path to making that choice?
Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts
And the reason I have a Twitter account devoted to emergencies.
Amazon Debuts Multi-Platform Indie Games Store
I feel your pain AC, even if you're being facetious. There is one Mac "game" listed, Second Life. If that isn't a giant middle finger then I'll go spit on Steve's grave ~Praise be the Jobs~.
2013 Nominees For Hobby Gaming's Top Prize
Now I've lost an hour watching Wil Wheaton's TableTop. Seriously, it was delightful. Funny thing is I saw his picture on the website (my first time seeing him in a while) and wondered why I was looking at Fawkes--a character, I was surprised to find out, he played in The Guild.
because sometimes law enforcement doesn't know there are other browsers.
Predicting Color Blindness, ADD, or Learning Disorders From Game Data
This "11-person team, primarily comprised of 20-somethings developers" contends they " can tell if you are a girl or buy, smart, dumb, old and youngcan tell if you’re a gambler or not, if a kid is color blind and confusing red and green. All this, just from a game." One has to believe that they have made numerous observations and reached conclusions but almost certainly they lack lengthy verifiable experiments to establish efficacy. I don't doubt that much they say can be shown to have value, there just needs to be more scientific rigor applied. The article is short on descriptions of what data they are seeing and how this relates to their assertions.
After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?
Just some thoughts and raw data. Respecting everyones' adulthood to discuss facts.
First from a Eurelectric PDF is the subject of compensation:
Compensation is paid after an application is filed by the customer. The compensation is based on the duration of the outage and the annual network fee.
Functional demands are defined for normal operating and weather conditions and three different categories of abnormal conditions. At normal operating and weather conditions, 99.5 % of the customers should be reconnected within 18 hours. Outages >18h give a compensation of £50 for households and £100 for other customers.
For unplanned outages more than 4 hours the network company has to compensate household customers €35, small
companies €910 and large industries €0.35 per kW subscribed power up to €91000.
For unplanned outages, the network company guarantees reconnection within 24 hours. Customers without supply for more than 24 hours are compensated with €65 for households and €135 for companies. For each additional 12- hour interruption, €35 is paid additionally.
According to a 2001 law, all customers have a right to compensation. From 6 hours outage and for each following 6-hour period the transmission and distribution companies pay compensation corresponding to 2 % of the fixed annual charge.
And next, on improvements. Here in the U.S. here is information from a PDF from Galvin Power.org
In the early 1990s, Naperville’s municipal utility was not performing well and the city council held a vote on whether to sell it to the larger, area-wide utility. At this time, three or four customer outages per year were common. The sale was defeated by onlyone vote in the city council and the municipal utility leadership decided instead to pursue perfect power reliability without raising costs. They started applying the concepts behind what is today known as Six Sigma or quality improvement. Over a period of almost 20 years, the local grid was transformed into one of the most reliable suburban grids in the country — without raising rates.
Primen. (2001). The Cost of Power Disturbances to Industrial and Digital Economy Companies. Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support a Digital Society. Madison: EPRI.
Galvin Electricity Initiative. (2010, April). Naperville Case Study. Retrieved from Galvin Electricity Initiative
The Second Moons of Earth
Great explanation. The relevent section is found in the PDF: 3.6 Orbit characteristics and residence-time distributions for temporarily-captured orbiters. Quoting in part
"A geocentric two-body orbit is not adequate for describing the motion of TCOs even for relatively short time periods".
Saving Gas Via Underpowered Death Traps
Please see the DOT document entitled TRAFFIC FATALITIES IN 2010 DROP TO LOWEST LEVEL IN RECORDED HISTORY. I submit that the disparity in vehicle length, weight and power has never been higher than today. In the past car sizes were more uniform as compared to today's Smart car/Escalade match up, not to mention double length trailers. The above document shows that fatalities have decreased over time. My question is, how are these data explained? Even if we started in the decade when seat belts and airbags appear it seems apparent that the difference in fuel economy won't automatically mean more deaths.