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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

chrism238 Re:Perspective. (84 comments)

Imagine how we must look from their perspective. Like gods peering down on them from the heavens with magical devices that grant us powers.

Erich von Däniken would be extremely happy to read your comments.

about 3 months ago

Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

chrism238 It'll be a vehicle (155 comments)

If it's sanguine to place bets, my money's on an Internet accessible, or controlled, car killing its driver or targeting a pedestrian.

about 4 months ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

chrism238 Why is this story on Slashdot? (231 comments)

I can't seem to find its technical relevance anywhere.

about 5 months ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

chrism238 2 legs versus 4? (306 comments)

If dragons are mythical creatures, who's to say that they have 4 legs and not just 2, anyway?

about 6 months ago

Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

chrism238 There's an easier way with O'Reilly (82 comments)

I note that with BitLit the 'price' of an eBook from O'Reilly is $4,99.

However, if you sign up with O'Reilly (free), determine the ISBN of any of their physical books (which is on the physical copy that you bought, and O'Reilly keep a 'backup' copy of the ISBN on their website), you can receive an eBook copy of that book for - wait for it - also for $4.99.

about 7 months ago

Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

chrism238 My vote for Amy Farrah Fowler (208 comments)

I wonder if enough requests could influence Lego's decision?

about 8 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

chrism238 Re:Auto Comment (187 comments)

Well, not this time buddy!

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

chrism238 Re: Bose Wave Radio (702 comments)

Sure, but only 15 years? Wake me at 40.

about 9 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

chrism238 Re:make my day... (453 comments)

"big iron" That's funny!

about a year ago

Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

chrism238 All hail Apple's new storage technology! (158 comments)

"The actual emails added up to about 2MB of actual disk usage," So the 1,2, or 3 million emails occupied just 2MB of storage? Wow, Apple should be widely lauded for being able to store each email, including its header, in just one byte!

about a year ago

Man Trying To Fly Across the Atlantic On Helium Balloons

chrism238 On helium balloons? (92 comments)

I'm sceptical; I think you could do it on LSD, but helium would just give you that floating feeling.

about a year ago

Researchers Infect iOS Devices With Malware Via Malicious Charger

chrism238 Re:Power-only cable... (201 comments)

So the real issues is that these guys found a way to inject software onto it - less a charger security hole and more a regular iOS USB security hole.

So wonder if this could be a new jailbreaking vector?

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Infect iOS Devices With Malware Via Malicious Charger

chrism238 Re:Physical Access (201 comments)

I'm not sure what point you're trying to argue, but it sounds like you're a perfect candidate for a charger that distributes malware. How would you know if your current charger is not sending your data back to China?

Mine certainly isn't, as I always wear my tin-foil hat while charging.

about a year and a half ago

Coursera Partners With Chegg To Offer Gratis, DRMed Textbooks for Courses

chrism238 No, not without cost (91 comments)

Free for students to use means that the students' page-by-page use of the textbook will be tracked by Coursera, with the analytics flowing back to course instructor and the book's author. "If something is free, you're not the customer, you're the product."

about a year and a half ago

450 Million Lines of Code Can't Be Wrong: How Open Source Stacks Up

chrism238 Re:Code quality (209 comments)

I think software development should eventually follow the model of academic research. There is scientific research done by the universities that have no immediate application or exploitation potentials. The tenured academic professors teach courses and do research on such topics. Then as the commercialization potential gets understood, it starts going towards sponsored projects and eventually it goes into commercial R&D and product development.

It sounds like you have a very 1980's appreciation of university research.

about a year and a half ago



Video of Britain's Taranis supersonic drone

chrism238 chrism238 writes  |  about a year ago

chrism238 (657741) writes "ABC News (Australia) is presenting vision of the of a state-of-the-art drone touted as the future of British warfare, showing it soaring over what is thought to be Woomera in remote South Australia — "'Australia's Area 51". The Taranis drone is a joint project between UK defence and BAE Systems. The test drone cost 185 million pounds ($AUD336.5 million). It is designed to carry a payload of guided bombs and missiles, travel at supersonic speeds, and fly undetected by radar. The UK military says the Taranis will be operable via satellite from anywhere in the world.

The first test flight is being hailed as a "major landmark for UK aviation". The vision shows the sleek Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, making a seamless take-off and conducting a number of manoeuvres over red desert during its first test flight. The British Military of Defence (MoD) will not confirm where the footage was shot, but in a submission last year to a UK parliamentary hearing, revealed that the Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator had indeed conducted initial test flights at the Woomera test range."

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CS Education established as a National Priority

chrism238 chrism238 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chrism238 (657741) writes "From the press release of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) — "ACM has joined with several partners from the computing community to commend the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a resolution to raise the profile of computer science as a transforming industry that drives technology innovation and bolsters economic productivity.

The resolution, H. RES. 558, designates the week of December 7 as "National Computer Science Education Week" in honor of Grace Murray Hopper, one of the outstanding pioneers in the field of computer science, who was born on December 9, 1906.

ACM is partnering with Microsoft, Google, Inc., and Intel as well as the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and the Computing Research Association (CRA) to build awareness of computer science education as a national priority.

Citing the influence of computing technology as a significant contributor to U.S. economic output, the House resolution calls on educators and policymakers to improve computer science learning at all educational levels, and to motivate increased participation in computer science.

Read the resolution at:

Read the ACM news release at:


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