US Joins Google, Microsoft In "Brain Race"
First faction to discover Secrets of the Human Brain gets a free tech!
Stories like this one always make me want to play Alpha Centauri again. It always feels strange how much of the early technology in that game we've already discovered or probably will discover soon.
Ask Slashdot: How Long Do We Give an Online Service To Fix Issues?
Probably not. Funimation puts lots of their stuff on different outlets (Netflix,Youtube, Hulu, etc.), but I usually notice that the things other sites are a subset of what they have on their own site.
For the shows Funimation doesn't license, Crunchyroll has a good selection in the states (and actually has some stuff for Europeans to watch). Seeing as you probably already watched most of the (worthwhile) Funimation shows, CR will probably keep you busy for a while, if you don't mind that it's subbed.
Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums
If you must play this game(and you don't) please pirate it. Please.
I never like it when people suggest pirating software as a form of protest, if you think the DRM is too intrusive, don't buy the game at all. For the bad car analogy, Let's say you don't like On-Star because you think its too intrusive. You see a car you like, but it only comes with On-Star. So to protest On-Star you steal a car. That's not protesting it's an excuse to steal.
If you must play the game, buy it, feel guilty about not sticking to your morals, then attempt to forgive yourself by donating to the EFF or something.
My cumulative GPA, thus far:
However, being in Germany, that means my grades are very good. Anything above a 4.0 is failing,
Researchers Achieve Storage Density of 2.2 Petabytes Per Gram of DNA
I can't wait to see what happens when a video stored on DNA goes viral...
John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For "Real Killers"
So do we still get the $25,000 if it turns out he was the real killer?
Buckyballs Throws In the Towel
Well I learn a couple of things today because of this post. 1) A dragée is the name for that metallic decorative ball thing they put on cakes. 2) never accept candy from skipkent.
Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims
"Dressing up a fraud as a lawsuit does not immunize you from prosecution"
Then please explain patent trolls to me?
Well, Manhattan isn't in a certain part of Texas...
Goodbye, IQ Tests: Brain Imaging Predicts Intelligence Levels
I assume you haven't heard the adage that goes "A fool learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the fool's mistake"
Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed
I have to disagree. First, people who buys Nokia are not necessarily the same people who buy Android phones. Additionally, 'anyone' can make a (high end) android phone, so there's quite a bit of competition. From the developer's perspective, Android has the advantage of it being a pre-existing OS where most of the hard work is done already, but Nokia doesn't really need something like that. They already have the windows mobile OS and Symbian. Switching again would mean retraining everyone how to develop for Android. So if Nokia switched to android, they'dhave to learn about the new (but similar) market,they'd have more competition, and there competition will be better acquainted with the technology. Overall, Although switching once was bad, switching again would be even worse.
Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real
Correct me if 'm horribly wrong, but in Star trek, even though tricorders are multipurpose sensors, there are different types of them. Like engineering tricorders or just regular tricorders. Every story I see that says tricorders seems to only refer to medical tricorders. But really, if I was given a tricorder, I'd use it for determining the spectrum usage, what kind of radiation is around me, interfacing with computers, etc...
SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed
I know most people here could find a bazillion problems with SOPA, but in order to prevent a repeat of the bill, shouldn't we find a way to reduce piracy online that doesn't destroy the internet and/or or freedoms? That way only the people benefiting from counterfeit goods/blatant copyright infringement are negatively impacted, which I think most people can agree to a certain degree, probably needed to be cracked down on anyways. I don't think the RIAA/MPAA deliberately wants to destroy our freedoms, they just don't want to have people profiting from their work.
Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay
But did you use a different credit card as well? A user account for Amazon can easily be filled with fake info, but credit card info is harder to make up, so I wouldn't be surprised if the watermarking was done by credit card or something.
How the Year Looked On Slashdot
Only one I'm aware of is the japanese /. : http://slashdot.jp/
North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights
It was used against rebels in Colombia. And it worked (well somewhat). Suprisingly, North Korea is scared for a valid reason.
And the trees were equipped with motion sensors so when rebels walked by it would... light up.
The Physics of Wine Swirling
Sorry, this is slashdot. Only car analogies work here. :P Anyone have the car analogy?
Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...
Its encrypted and it's local. So I think a larger should have *technically* picked the 5th option.
Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?
I've always thought stocking stuffers should usually provide some instant gratification.
Since you're presumably giving these to less-tech literate people, there's a decent chance they won't immediately think the USB drives are awesome and wipe the disk without too much thought. Now if you tie some candy (like a candy cane) around the drive stick on a bow and make pretty, they will treat it more specially and might actually try out the software since they've already associated the USB drive as awesome, they'll see the FOSS on it as awesome too.
Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape
Especially for non-character based writing like Chinese.
Saying it's a non-character based language doesn't seem to be the way you want to phrase it. Most kanji have a couple of main pronunciations which you can pretty consistently figure out. The big difference from the Latin writing system and the Chinese writing system is that chinese characters also have a meaning assigned to them. (And words tend to be more compact) You can still write out things fully phonetically in Chinese Characters. But with the Harry Potter books, the translators went to some lengths to not only phonetically copy the names, but to also pick the right hanji to add additional meaning to the names. Eg Voldemort's chinese name includes the character for 'evil' in it, but still sounds similar to the english name (Fudimo).
A detail look at the name translation can be seen here.
French Power Company Fined For Hacking Greenpeace
Slightly OT, but just for kicks I calculated the deaths/TWh for nuclear if you included Hiroshima and Nagasaki (~250,000 deaths). I ended up with 6 deaths/TWh from the .04 deaths/TWh originally. Oil is 36 deaths/TWh and US Coal is 15. I think that nicely shows just how deadly Oil and Coal are.
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