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International Organization To Assess Earth Defense From Space Dangers

digitaldc DSO (93 comments)

I, for one, welcome our Dangerous Space Overlords.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

digitaldc Favorites (368 comments)

Which is your favorite Star Trek enemy of Kirk?
Which is your favorite Star Wars movie?
What is your favorite music band?
Thanks for all the years and places we have never gone before...

more than 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

digitaldc Thank you Rob! (1521 comments)

Thanks so much for /. and for all the thoughtful articles, comments, and unique points of view over the years.

Hoping for more good things in your future!

Good luck Rob!!!

more than 3 years ago
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New FBI Operations Manual Increases Surveillance

digitaldc They are watching... (189 comments)

They are always watching you. No matter what you type, text, or tweet, they can and will read it and you will never even know.

After facebook facial recognition technology comes to fruition, your behavior patterns will be analyzed and recorded, and you may be 're-programmed' to fit back in to society nicely. If you fail to comply with the surveillance overlords, you must be prepared for the inevitable consequences.
The 'land of the free and the home of the brave' thanks you in advance for your cooperation.
Have a nice day.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Puts Righthaven Cases In Colorado On Hold

digitaldc Wronghaven (36 comments)

It's a haven of wrongdoing!

But seriously, if we are going to sue every website and blog for re-posting photos found on the web, the internet is going to have to shut down due to widespread copyright violations.

more than 3 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round

digitaldc Does anyone even use these any more? (301 comments)

I remember being FORCED to buy a TI graphing calculator in order to pass a college mathematics course. I remember all we needed it for was to plot graphs, which could have been (and probably should have been) done on paper. I didn't really learn anything by using it, except how to use the calculator. I used it for a couple months and then promptly sold it when I was done with the course.
What a scam by my college and TI.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans

digitaldc Apple is a religion (636 comments)

Just like any other one, you have to pay to truly 'belong' and you must never, ever take the Jobs name in vain.

more than 3 years ago
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'Homeless' Planets May Be Common In Our Galaxy

digitaldc Lazy Stars (181 comments)

"the researchers estimated that there are nearly two free-floaters for every star in our galaxy."

Someone really needs to tell these stars to remember to flush when they are done with their solar discharges.

more than 3 years ago
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Academic Publishers Ask The Impossible In GSU Copyright Suit

digitaldc Cost / benefit analysis of monitoring everything (221 comments)

"...the publishers also want access to all computer systems on the campus network, to monitor compliance and copying."

Okay so the publishers are going to hire a small army of people to enforce this monitoring provision? Sounds like that cost will outweigh any losses incurred from anyone copying more than 10% of their material.
Sounds pretty stupid to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Records Hold Key In IMF Head's Sexual Assault Case

digitaldc Funny, I heard the same thing about their cameras (252 comments)

I heard on the radio the other day that hotel and city surveillance cameras were going to be the key to prove his innocence or guilt since they are virtually EVERYWHERE in New York City.
The other interesting tidbit of information is that DSK said that he would be set-up in some sort of entrapment sex scandal a few weeks before he arrived in the USA.
Makes you wonder...

more than 3 years ago
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Kaspersky Calls For 'Internet Interpol'

digitaldc Privacy concerns (136 comments)

I understand his concern, especially after Kaspersky son's kidnapping, but this would erode online privacy to say the least.

'described himself as an “optimistic paranoid” when it came to online security'
I guess an optimistic paranoid is hoping that the next security technology is better than the one before, but never really trusting anything or anyone.

more than 3 years ago
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Local Atmosphere Heated Rapidly Before Japan Quake

digitaldc No more dangerous plants on fault lines... (202 comments)

...or flood zones, tsunami zones, or any other areas where natural disasters are more LIKELY to happen.
Alternatively, we could fast-track the production and efficiency of green, renewable energy which sounds like the best solution since it is extremely difficult to predict an earthquake.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Demonstrates His New Bionic Hand

digitaldc Re:The Empire Strikes Back IRL (124 comments)

Who do you think you are? The President of the Constitutional Convention???

more than 3 years ago
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Man Demonstrates His New Bionic Hand

digitaldc The Empire Strikes Back IRL (124 comments)

Score +1 for George Lucas' foresight, further proof that 'The Empire Strikes Back' is the best move of all time...OF ALL TIME! ;)

more than 3 years ago
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US Preserves Smallpox For Defense

digitaldc For the Walking Dead (248 comments)

We need to stockpile these viruses in order to stop the spread of the imminent Zombie Outbreak. Just don't hit the self-destruct button at the CDC until all Zombies have been eliminated!

more than 3 years ago

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Apple doesn't love you, they just want your money

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "For years, OSX users have crowed about how they didn’t have to worry about viruses or malware, because mommy Apple kept them safe with an operating system that was immune to such things.

No, it was never immune. It was simply never on the radar of malware authors because it wasn’t financially attractive enough to attack. With the hundreds of millions of unprotected Windows installations, it didn’t make sense to bother. Well, there’s enough OSX users out there now to make it worthwhile, and the attacks are starting.

Apple’s response? Sticking its fingers in its ears and shouting “LALALALA! I can’t hear you!”"

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Netflix is the largest driver of peak net traffic

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Netflix is the largest driver of peak period traffic on North America’s fixed access networks, accounting for almost a quarter of total bytes and nearly 30% of downloads.

With the rapid success of Netflix in (the US and) Canada, Internet providers worldwide, regardless of access technology and degree of mobility, must plan for a future in which on-demand video (whether provided by Netflix or another service) is a large proportion, if not the majority of, last-mile traffic."

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Boy (not Luke) demonstrates his new bionic hand

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Last year, Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. He lost the use of his left hand after being electrocuted at work.

Here he demonstrates the extra movement his new bionic hand has given him, opening a bottle and tying his shoelaces, and tests a prototype hand which will give him additional wrist movement."

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Lingodroid Robots Invent Their Own Spoken Language

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "When robots talk to each other, they're not generally using language as we think of it, with words to communicate both concrete and abstract concepts. Now Australian researchers are teaching a pair of robots to communicate linguistically like humans by inventing new spoken words, a lexicon that the roboticists can teach to other robots to generate an entirely new language."
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Microsoft claims 1 in 14 downloads are malicious

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "The next time a website says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem, think twice. There's a pretty good chance that the program is malicious.

In fact, about one out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users turns out to be malicious, Microsoft said Tuesday. And even though Microsoft has a feature in its Internet Explorer browser designed to steer users away from unknown and potentially untrustworthy software, about 5 percent of users ignore the warnings and download malicious Trojan horse programs anyway."

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Zero Touch: Invisible Touchscreen

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "A project, two years in the making, was revealed this week at the Computer Human Interaction conference in B.C. The device created by students from Texas A&M University is called ZeroTouch and looks like an empty picture frame. Don’t let the looks deceive you, though. It is equipped with infrared sensors and embedded LEDs which help translate human movement into computer commands."
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Anonymous has a heirarchy

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes ""We are Legion. We do not forget. We do not forgive. Expect us."

So goes the cartoon-villain tagline of Anonymous, the amorphous collective entity that started as an ad-hoc identity for Internet trolls and pranksters and, in the last year especially, has become an increasingly politicized engine of online agitation and digital "hacktivism."

"There is a hierarchy," said Ryan, singling out a core group of 10 fellow moderators who meet regularly in a private chat channel and, he claimed, effectively decide what sites and causes the group will take aim at next. "All the power ... it's in that channel,""

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Mysteries of Google Earth

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Since Google began mapping the world with Google Earth and Street View, an entire pastime--Google mystery hunting and debunking--has cropped up. From unidentified flying objects to people with horse heads, there's no shortage of weird things that have appeared on Google Earth and Street View."
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US sees massive drop in bumble bee population

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Weakened by inbreeding and disease, bumble bees have died off at an astonishing rate over the past 20 years, with some US populations diving more than 90 percent, according to a new study.

The findings are of concern because bees play a crucial role in pollinating crops such as tomatoes, peppers and berries, said the findings of a three-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)."

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Filthy #%^(*#@ PCs

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Well, you lovely people, it's time to pour yourselves a stiff brandy before entering the circus of horrors that is Ventblockers II.

Good work by all those readers who sent in evidence demonstrating that it really is a good idea to keep your computer spick and span. The consequences of poor PC hygiene can, as we shall see, be quite terrifying."

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Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I (Michael Moore) am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars."

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'Jeopardy!' to pit humans against IBM machine

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "The game show "Jeopardy!" will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence.

Two of the venerable game show's most successful champions — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter — will play two games against "Watson," a computer program developed by IBM's artificial intelligence team. The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16, the game show said on Tuesday.

The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997."

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Geminid meteor shower TONIGHT!

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "For sky-watchers willing to brave frosty winter temperatures, more than a hundred meteors an hour may fall overnight on December 13 and 14, the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower.

"The quarter moon will obscure the first part of the show, but once it sets after midnight [your local time], the conditions should be ideal," said Geza Gyuk, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois.

"If you can't stay up that late, then after 10 p.m. is okay too, but the later the better."

The missed sleep may be worth it: The Geminids have been rising in intensity and brightness, and the upcoming show may outshine the more famous August Persieds as the best meteor shower of 2010."

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'Minority Report' Interface using the Kinect

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Not to denigrate the numerous fine hacks that Kinect's undergone since its launch, but it's always nice to see the professionals come in and shake things up a little. A crew from MIT's brain labs has put together a hand detection system on Microsoft's ultra-versatile cam, which is sophisticated enough to recognize the position of both your palms and fingers. Just as a demonstration, they've tied that good stuff up to a little picture-scrolling UI, and you won't be surprised to hear that it's the closest thing to Minority Report's interactive gesture-based interface that we've seen yet. And it's all achieved with a freaking console peripheral."
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LimeWire back from the Dead

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Less than a month after its "permanent shut down," LimeWire has been resurrected by an anonymous dev team--and it's better and more powerful than before. Or, well, something like that.

According to the site TorrentFreak, a "secret dev team" stayed loyal to the Gnutella-based file-sharing client, even after its creators closed their doors indefinitely, thanks to that pesky little thing known as copyright law.

An anonymous source gave TorrentFreak the following quote:

"On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company's servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off.

"Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.""

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First Nanosatellite Ejected in Earth's Orbit

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "On Dec. 6 at 1:31 a.m. EST, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite. NanoSail-D ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT, demonstrating the capability to deploy a small cubesat payload from an autonomous microsatellite in space.

Nanosatellites or cubesats are typically launched and deployed from a mechanism called a Poly-PicoSatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) mounted directly on a launch vehicle. This is the first time NASA has mounted a P-POD on a microsatellite to eject a cubesat.

FASTSAT, equipped with six science and technology demonstration payloads, including NanoSail-D, launched Friday, Nov. 19 at 8:25 p.m. EST from Kodiak Island, Alaska. During launch, the NanoSail-D flight unit, about the size of a loaf of bread, was stowed inside FASTSAT in a P-POD."

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Google opens Chrome Web Store

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Google Chrome releases a web store today with utilities, games, editors...something for everyone.

"We believe it should be easier for users to discover web apps and for developers to reach a large audience. That’s why today at Google I/O, we announced the Chrome Web Store, an open marketplace for web apps.

Google Chrome users who find web apps in the store will be able to create convenient shortcuts in Chrome for easy access. Also, developers will have the option to easily sell their apps through the store using a convenient and secure payment system.""

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Zeppelins may be back

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "A start-up company is planning to offer tourists rides in a 250-foot zeppelin over the San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Airship Ventures said Thursday that it plans to begin passenger flights in a German-made Zeppelin NT airship, to be based at NASA's Moffett Field airstrip about 40 miles south of San Francisco, in mid-2008.

Until Thursday's announcement at Esther Dyson's Flight School conference here, Airship Ventures had been in something of a stealth mode. Now it's disclosed details about the project, which will use a massive NT07 airship made by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik that's a full 10 feet longer than the new Airbus 380."

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Mt. Everest covered with toxic heavy metals

digitaldc digitaldc writes  |  about 4 years ago

digitaldc (879047) writes "Following in Edmund Hillary's footsteps? Don't drink the water on your way up. Dangerous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been found in snow samples from mount Everest.

Both heavy metals were found at levels higher than those the US Environmental Protection Agency considers acceptable, says Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Langley-Turnbaugh's student Bill Yeo climbed most of the way up Everest in 2006, taking soil and snow samples every 300 metres between 5334 and 7772 metres up. All the snow samples had high levels of arsenic and cadmium, and all the soil samples had high levels of arsenic."

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