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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

cstacy As God is my witness, I thought birds wouldn't fry (521 comments)

I'm here with hundreds of people who have gathered to witness what has
been described as perhaps the greatest solar energy event in Earth Day history.
All we know for sure is that in a very few moments there are going to be a lot
of happy people out here...

about a month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

cstacy The Same Thing We Do Every Night (105 comments)

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Alternatively, is the mouse named Caesar?

about a month ago
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Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

cstacy Re:Ode to past: (71 comments)

It's "Beowulf", not "Beowolf", you silly guys.

Bad Wolf

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

cstacy Please go on (102 comments)

Earlier you said something about your Mother Russia.
Please go on.

about 2 months ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

cstacy Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

Torpedoes and depth charges are much worse and no-one asks for permission to fire those...

Well this is a very interesting point. However, is it correct that those are worse? Are there some numbers to support this idea?

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

cstacy You Could Already Make The Case (564 comments)

By 2045? How about already today.

Put your hand into the box.

about 2 months ago
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EDSAC Diagrams Rediscovered

cstacy Documentation vs. Implementation (37 comments)

Since microelectronics, people don't re-wire CPUs anymore...well, they do if it's FPGAs and such. But even in the late 1960s computers were constructed with discrete electronic parts on PCBs. We got a lot of milage out of those vintage machines. I remember hooking up a primitive (by today's standards) logic analyzer to trace signals through the CPU, replacing components such as pulse amplifiers and flip-flops that comprised machine registers. In a research lab setting, it was not uncommon to modify the machines -- for example, new circuits to support dynamic paging (memory bus modifications, associative memory tables, etc.) So I am sure the working EDSAC machine must have had modifications that were not even recorded on these diagrams they have recovered. The story reminds me of a logbook entry that another hacker wrote when repairing the PDP-6 at the MIT AI Lab around 1982. It simply read, "Found wiring here not on schematic. Repaired circuit."

about 3 months ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

cstacy Don't See Any Problem (195 comments)

By Ford, without monitoring, however else will you sort the Betas from the Deltas?
Question, though: In the 15 minute forced socialization breaks, do they pass a Loving Cup?

about 3 months ago
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Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.

cstacy Re:Robot overlords (124 comments)

It doesn't matter what engineers want. The question is, what do the robots want. Once they want to replace us, they will, because at that point they're advanced enough to be able to do that.

Kill all humans

about 3 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

cstacy Zazzle.com (264 comments)

Zazzle.com. A web site that I've never heard of before, but won't ever be visiting...

about 4 months ago
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Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

cstacy (oblig.) One Word (136 comments)

"Plastic."

about 4 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

cstacy Re:Does it give you a position on the globe? (298 comments)

The use of laying a map on a flat surface or holding it in the air and making use of visual clues on at least one side of it to determine your position is a "system".

Driving over to the USPTO in Alexandria right now!

about 4 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

cstacy Re:Is It Objectification...? (81 comments)

It's objectification only if you think it adds any accessor methods to them.

I prefer functional girls.

Yeah, they don't have any side effects or hidden state.

Enjoy your tail calls!

about 4 months ago
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Court Orders Marvell To Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B For Patent Infringement

cstacy Obviously a front (85 comments)

This transaction is obviously a cover for S.H.I.E.L.D. to fund certain research at CMU.

about 4 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

cstacy It Makes Perfect Sense (179 comments)

The exploit has been known -- to SOMEONE -- for a while. So why did it come out of inventory all the sudden right now? Afraid that too many valuable targets would switch off XP or install new protection? Hardly likely that XP users will really switch this year. And where did it come from anyway? Transmitted from secret MS operatives to the bad guys? NSA wants to scare people into switching? Stupid bad guys just decided to use it while it was still fresh? There are many conspiracy theory variants on this episode.

Microsoft had to issue the patch for XP, otherwise the timing might look too suspicious (whether they were involved in promulgating the exploit, or not). Regardless, MS has mitigated the impact and can now say with a straight face, "See! We told you this could happen!" Next time, regardless of who may or may not be behind the exploit du jour, they really really won't be patching XP. Microsoft is now in the position they wanted. They have tried to help as much as possible, everyone has had not only a warning but a credible scare, and needs to upgrade to a new version of WIndows.

(People who are running XP or DOS on embedded systems that can't be upgraded have worse problems; that's a whole other discussion.)

about 4 months ago
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E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

cstacy E.T. in 1983 (179 comments)

Back in 1983, your games didn't "Phone Home".

about 5 months ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

cstacy Successful Glasses (56 comments)

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.

about 5 months ago

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LG Phone Giveaway Leaves 20 Injured

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about a year ago

cstacy (534252) writes "As a publicity stunt, LG attached vouchers for free smartphones (852$US) to 100 helium balloons for people to catch at a promotional event widely advertised on social media. Customers showed up with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools. With only about two dozen security guards, the frenzied crowd surged, the guns fired, the blades were wielded, and at the end of the day 20 people were injured; some had to be taken to the hospital.

A spokesman for LG was reportedly overheard to say, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly...""

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Google deletes Nav app from Android phones, customers bewildered and pissed

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about a year ago

cstacy (534252) writes "Google has removed the Navigation app from the Android smartphones, and released a new version of Google Maps (which they think replaces Nav). Customer response seems to be universally negative.

Maps is not an in-car navigation app like Nav. It doesn't have a UI suitable for use in a car, and lacks most of the significant features such as traffic alerting, ETA, alternate routes selection, plan/turn view toggling, and much more. Moreover, the new version of Maps apparently crashes all the time.

It's a breathtaking move on Google's part. Many people, like me, purchased their devices (mine's a Samsung Note 2) specifically because of the excellent Nav app provided on the ROM. People are really upset. No word from Google."

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Lax SSH key management a big problem

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cstacy (534252) writes "Tatu Yionen, inventor of SSH, says he feels "a moral responsibility" to come out of retirement and warn that a "little-noticed problem" could jeopardize the security of much of the world's confidential data. He is referring to the management (or lack thereof) of SSH keys (i.e. "authorized_keys") files. He suggests that most organizations simply allow the SSH key files to be created, copied, accumulated, and abandoned, all over their network, making easy pickings for intruders to gain access.

Do you think this is a widespread problem?
How does your company manage SSH keys?"
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No more "Asperger's Syndrome"

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The American Psychiatric Association is dropping Asperger's Syndrome from the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
It's symptoms will be included under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes everything from severe autism such as children who do not talk or interact, to milder forms of autism. Asperger's disorder is impairment in social interaction and repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, activities and interests, without significant delay in language or cognitive development. Often the person has high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lacks social skills. DSM-5 comes out in May and will be the first major rewrite in 19 years."

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NASA: Nothing to see here...yet

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "NASA has announced that there is no announcement — the supposed tease of an amazing discovery, "one for the history books", was a quote taken out of context. Geographical evidence of water has already been found, but perhaps evidence of organics will still be found. Curiosity continues, at home and on the red planet."
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Confidential Police Confetti at Macy's Parade

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The Nassau County (New York) Police Department is "very concerned" about reports that shreds of police documents (with social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, incident reports, and more) rained down as confetti in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The documents also unveiled the identities of undercover officers, including their SSNs and bank information, according to WPIX-TV. Macy's has no idea how this happened, as they use commercial, colored confetti, not shredded paper."
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Ivan Sutherland wins Kyoto Prize

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The Inamori Foundation has awarded the Kyoto Prize to graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland, for developing Sketchpad in 1963. The award recognizes significant technical, scientific and artistic contributions to the “betterment of mankind, and honors Sutherland him for nearly 50 years of demonstrating that computer graphics could be used “for both technical and artistic purposes.”"
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Apple Patent Invalidated

cstacy cstacy writes  |  about 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "Apple's "rubber band" scrolling patent has been provisionally invalidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent was part of Apple's recent billion-dollar win against Samsung. The patent includes a number of touch screen gesture features (such as rotation); all 20 claims have been invalidated. Many of the claims have been ruled "obvious" and "anticipated". Is the PTO getting a clue?"
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Linkedin Passwords Breached

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "A Russian hacker has posted 118MB of (unsalted SHA-1) hashes for about 6.5 million Linkedin accounts, and people are finding theirs on the list. Linkedin says they are investigating but have found no evidence of a breach. According to Computerworld, the hashes are being cracked now. http://blogs.computerworld.com/20272/hackers_crowdsource_help_to_crack_nearly_6_5_million_leaked_linkedin_passwords?source=rss_blogs

  http://www.dagensit.no/article2411857.ece"

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Smithsonian Honors Inventory of Email

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The Smithsonian is honoring V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who invented email. The museum is launching an online exhibit of documentary materials showing how, as a 14 year old in 1978, he invented email and wrote the first software (including features such as the header lines To, From, CC, and BCC)

Numerous people have contacted the Washington Post, which ran the story last Friday, to inform them that email already existed before this. The paper has clarified that in addition to his story of being the inventor, "Ayyadurai holds the copyright to the computer program called 'email', establishing him as the creator of the 'computer program for [an] electronic mail system' with that name. (However, the Smithsonian itself still appears to be clueless.)"

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USPS ending overnight letters

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The United States Postal Service will be closing half of its processing centers this spring. Currently, 42% of first-class mail is delivered the following day for nearby residential and business customers. But that overnight mail will be a thing of the past, with delivery guaranteed only for 2-3 days. About 51% will be delivered in 2 days. Periodicals may take up to nine days. (Additional delays beyond this may come into play when Congress also authorizes USPS to close operations for some days each week.) Stamp prices will be going up in a few weeks. How long before the post office is a footnote in the history books?"
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French Nuclear Company Used Malware

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The head of security and his aide at Électricité de France, whose 66 nuclear power stations produces 22% of the electricity for the European Union, have been sentenced to prison for three years for spying on Greenpeace using trojan malware. Also, EDF is being hit one of the largest fines ever imposed by a court on a French corporation for any reason, 1.5 million euros.

In 2006, the power company employed Kargus Consultants to steal 1,400 documents from the computer of Yannick Jadot, the head of Greenpeace campaigns against nuclear power in France.

Meanwhile, the head of Kargus, Thierry Lorho, was also sentenced to three years in jail, while his technical expert and former secret service man, Alain Quiros, was given two years suspended. Earlier this week, Quiros was sentenced to six months in prison in a separate case for using the same malware, involving a French anti-doping lab, Floyd Landis, and the Tour De France in 2006."

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John McCarthy has died

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "John McCarthy, who coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" and helped found the field, invented LISP, garbage collection, time-sharing, and made other seminal contributions to computing, has died at age 84."
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Is A Bad Economy Good For Social Networking Sites?

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "In the present economic jobless "recovery" with rising unemployment, and many unemployed professionals no longer even being counted in the gloomy statistics, are more people turning to social networking to make job connections? Personal networking has always been the best way to find good jobs. This Mashable article http://mashable.com/2009/10/14/linkedin-50-millon/ cites a huge recent growth spurt in social networking, and this McKinsey article http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Organization/Talent/When_job_seekers_invade_Facebook_2317 also notices the trend. In the last few months I've had more people connecting to me on LinkedIn and Facebook, and a lot of them are recently unemployed. Do you see more people using SN for job seeking? And does it work? Or is it just more people giving away their personal info so that they can play Mafia Wars and Farmville?"
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Is A Bad Economy Good For Social Networking Sites?

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "In the present economic jobless "recovery" with rising unemployment estimated at 10-17%, and many unemployed professionals no longer even being counted in the gloomy statistics, are more people turning to social networking to make job connections? Personal networking has always been the best way to find good jobs. This Mashable article http://mashable.com/2009/10/14/linkedin-50-millon/ cites a huge recent growth spurt in social networking. In the last few months I've had more people connecting to me on LinkedIn and Facebook, and a lot of them are recently unemployed. Do you see more people using SN for job seeking? And does it work? Or is it just more people giving away their personal info so that they can play Mafia Wars and Farmville?"
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"Terrorist" Hacker To Be Extradited from U

cstacy cstacy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cstacy (534252) writes "The United States has been trying to extradite Gary McKinnon from the United Kingdom. He admits hacking into 97 military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002. He insists he was looking for evidence of UFOs. Prosecuters say he committed the "biggest military computer hack of all time" and faces up to 70 years in prison. Today the High Court agrees he should be extradited, calling it "a lawful and proportionate response to his offending". His latest bud comes after unsuccessful appeals with House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. He can still appeal to the UK Supreme Court. His lawyer argues that the extradition treaty is for terrorists, and "Gary McKinnon is no terrorist." However, McKinnon did leave a rant on one of the computers he hacked: "US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days? It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year...I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels.""
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