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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

ctrl-alt-canc In a related news... (405 comments)

..Apple sued NFL for having called "Ipad" a Microsoft Surface tablet.

about two weeks ago

AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

ctrl-alt-canc Re:Time to cut prices (98 comments)

They do. AMD will sell you just a core for only $28.625. Isn't it a ripoff ?!?

about three weeks ago

What's After Big Data?

ctrl-alt-canc Big Mac (87 comments)

How do you want it ? Rare, medium or well done ?

about 1 month ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

ctrl-alt-canc Don't know why, but... (170 comments)

...I find the concept of "German intelligence" an oxymoron.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

ctrl-alt-canc Beer! (208 comments)

Remove the unused CPUs and disks, fill the free space with beer bottles, and take advantage of the cooling capabilities of the rack!

about 2 months ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

ctrl-alt-canc We should act quickly! (219 comments)

Or the markets will soon be invaded by cheap made-in-China Higgs bosons. Although swiss-made Higgs are known to be by far more precise and accurate, the cheap chinese bosons will send CERN factory into bankrupt, unless some kind of duty is introduced to slow down foreign particles.

about 2 months ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

ctrl-alt-canc In a related news.... (45 comments)

...poorly preserved traces of cambrian little animals were found in the predator's stomach!

about 2 months ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

ctrl-alt-canc It decayed (104 comments)

They stored their plutonium stockpile carefully (also because packing it too tight is a very bad idea), but they were not aware that it was made of Pu-233. This explains why the stockpile they bought was sold at such a bargain price on the market...

about 2 months ago

Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

ctrl-alt-canc I wonder if... (299 comments)

they will use this method to clean up the site.

about 3 months ago

The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden

ctrl-alt-canc I love gardening but I am very short of time... (66 comments)

...I think I will continue mowing the grass by myself, rather than wasting twice the time fixing network interfaces, rebooting controllers, changing batteries, etc.

about 3 months ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

ctrl-alt-canc This remembers me what happened years ago... (358 comments)

When car started to be equipped with electronic spark control, it was found that a particular UK car brand was very prone to RFI from CB stations. Whenever the RF field was strong enough, the car engine stopped due to EM interference.
CB radio drivers, whenever they spotted this car type in the London traffic, drove close to it, honked at the poor driver to get his attention, and then showed him their hand pressing the push-to-talk button of the transceiver...

about 3 months ago

Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

ctrl-alt-canc I don't trust this, indeed. (72 comments)

IAAP (I am a physicist), and my work field concerns also geophysics. TFA is very suspicious for several reasons. I just list the simplest points to understand

First, there are way too much self references: take for example the first sentence "Rocks, especially igneous rocks, behave as semiconduc- tors under certain conditions". They connect this sentence to four papers previously published by one of the authors (Freund). Nobody else in the scientific world ever verified that rocks are semiconductors ?!? This does not make a good start for the topic they are going to discuss.

The authors claim that it is more than 50 years that the boundary between earthquakes and VLF emission has been established. Unfortunately this is not true: if it were, seismic network would be composed of radio receivers, they are way cheaper than seismometers. The existence of a connection between VLF emission and earthquakes is still an open question, and there are no conclusive proofs supporting it.
What we know is that earthquakes are usually not associated to a simultaneous VLF emission, so a theory explaining how earthquake precursors can trigger a VLF emissions should also justify why earthquakes have no VLF emission as well.

Figure 1 of TFA is a masterpiece of deception: please look at the value range in the graphs showing the computed and measured events: do you still think that the numerical predictions estimated by the authors and the field measurements can be defined "similar" ?!? They only share the same shape, when drawn on very different time and amplitude ranges!

Summing up, I am afraid that this paper isn't going to be of any help with earthquake prediction...the next, please!

about 4 months ago

Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

ctrl-alt-canc In a related news... (191 comments)

...General Motors announced that they want to motorize your computer. They plan to install a diesel engine and a steering wheel in every laptop. So far, no computer maker has done so well in providing fast-spinning hard disks and easy to use GUI, and some have seriously damaged their reputation (e.g. Windows 8).

about 4 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

ctrl-alt-canc PERL code to debug (199 comments)

but this probably could be in violation of Geneva convention, isn't it ?!?

about 4 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

ctrl-alt-canc C:\ (611 comments)

Seriously. I use a DOS shell on Windows [XP | 7 | 8] for doing a lot of tasks.

about 4 months ago



Android 4.0 upgrade for Sony Xperia smarphones opens a Pandora box

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "The udpdate to Android ICS offered for free by Sony to the Xperia smarphone users has caused plenty of troubles. Not only the decision by Sony of not updating Xperia Play phones to ICS caused rage among customers, but those who were lucky to get an upgrade for their smartphones discovered that WiFi connection did not work anymore. Up to now, the only suggestion proposed by Sony to fix the problem is to turn off the encryption, and reboot the smartphone and the access point."

Latest XKCD strip stirs up debate at Wikipedia

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "Yesterday the popular XKCD comic strip showed a comic strip about a not so well known neologism, and its corresponding description on Wikipedia. The strip apparently upset several Wikipedia editors, so that the description was promptly dropped from Wikipedia, and there is now a strong debate if to reinstate the entry, or to permanently delete it. Maybe it is time to file a petition for having the definition of malamanteau back on Wikipedia."

Equation for perfectly parking your car found!

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "An english mathematician, Simon R. Blackburn was asked from Vauxhall Motors to study the math beyond car parking. The problem is not new, since some cars appeared on the market years ago with a self-parking option.. Dr. Blackburn recently published a paper that gives a complete solution to the problem of perfect parking. I wonder if his research will bring to more room for cars in our crowded parking lots. Who will write the first Iphone application for perfect parking ?!?"
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