Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?
Watt goes around, comes around.
SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech
Bezos "on a computer" http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacg...
Bezos on the ocean [http://mashable.com/2013/03/20/jeff-bezos-nasa-apollo-11-engines/]
Elon on the ocean http://www.ibtimes.com/spacex-...
The beast of Tenagra http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1...
Elon, his sales (sic) unfurled http://www.teslamotors.com/blo...
Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
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...
Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Alternatively, is the mouse named Caesar?
Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer
It's "Beowulf", not "Beowolf", you silly guys.
Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews
Earlier you said something about your Mother Russia.
Please go on.
White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
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?
By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem
By 2045? How about already today.
Put your hand into the box.
EDSAC Diagrams Rediscovered
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."
Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common
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?
"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
I for one welcome our potassium-40 bearing fruity overlords....
Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.
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
Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property
Zazzle.com. A web site that I've never heard of before, but won't ever be visiting...
Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
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!
Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC
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!
Court Orders Marvell To Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B For Patent Infringement
This transaction is obviously a cover for S.H.I.E.L.D. to fund certain research at CMU.
XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch
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.)
Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
If your physical data is in the form of "fish", don't destroy it prematurely!