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djupedal (584558) writes "Yes, I get it...new data, [ "A team of researchers has found that the abundance of mesopelagic fish in the ocean that could be at least 10 times higher than previously thought" ] but when do we reach the point where we're unafraid to believe the new data over the old data? If we couldn't trust them before, why should we trust them now. Maybe I'm just suffering study-fatigue, but I'd like to see more info on why this time, and not just the usual 'better tech/tools' derp-mantra. And yes, if they'd have asked me, I could have told them that was the case, for no other reason than such existing stats are more often wrong than not — that, and it's a big ass collection of oceans. After all, we've been told for decades that we know next to nothing about ocean depths, so it holds that the majority of such 'studies' are nothing more than brain-dumped assumptions." Link to Original Source top
djupedal (584558) writes "USA Today (8.13.13) says "More women finding jobs in tech sector — According to the survey, the top tech positions for women — in order — were project manager, business analyst, other IT, quality assurance tester and technical recruiter, while men tended to hold job titles such as software engineer, systems administrator, project manager, IT manager and applications developer."" Link to Original Source top
djupedal (584558) writes "Chloe submits an app for approval...and runs right into the buzzsaw...
JB: "Chloe! I need that software! What's the hang up?"
Chloe: "All I know at this point is what the email says."
JB: "Read it to me..."
Chloe: "Dear CTU. Your app, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing', has been rejected based on what the reviewer has determined is objectionable content'.
JB: "Is that all?"
Chloe: "No, it gets worse..."
Also, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing' cannot be posted to the App Store because the small bundle icon does not match your large icon. This might be confusing to users.
iTunes Connect Developer Guide, pg 35 Large Icon (512x512) The small (57x57) icon that you include inside the binary will be used on the home screen, and the App Store when viewed from the iPod touch and iPhone. The large icon will be used to feature your application on the iTunes App Store.
Please resolve this issue and upload a new binary and correct metadata using iTunes Connect. Also please remove all objectionable content prior to resubmitting.
Regards, iPhone Developer Program"
JB: "Chloe! I need that app with the original icon and full content approved and in the store as soon as possible. I must be able to download it when my plane lands in iPhoneistan. If it's not up and running by the time I rendezvous with the really, really bad guys, we're going to have more trouble than just objectionable content and a recycled happy face logo."
Chloe: "I don't think I can, Jack. This isn't like the time you lost reception on your cell phone in Manhattan and 24 hours later AT&T announced that it would have more bars in more places. We're flying blind here. No one knows what the exact process is to get an app approved in the store. It could be anything!"
JB: "Listen closely. We don't have much time. I need you on this one! Find out who has the authority to approve that app right now. Tell them to get off their charging pads and flip the switch...their country needs them. Explain how I died for mine, and lived to tell about it. Use Kim's iTunes logon if you have to, but just get it done!"
Chloe: "OK, Jack, I'll keep trying. Maybe if I remind them that The Black Eyed Peas were just The Peas until you heard their music."" top
djupedal (584558) writes "In the recent article at the link, NASA types reportedly discusses yet another discovery the the 'Opportunity' rover. From that article: 'NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a peculiar rock on Mars that scientists think originated deep within the red planet. The stone could reveal new secrets about the makeup of Mars' interior. Dubbed "Marquette Island," the rock is a dark boulder not much bigger than a basketball that sits on a rippled Martian plain. "Marquette Island is different in composition and character from any known rock on Mars or meteorite from Mars," said Opportunity principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "It is one of the coolest things Opportunity has found in a very long time."'
The specific object in discussion is subsequently referred to using these words:
rock; stone; island; boulder; basketball-sized...
A boulder can be as small as 10" in diameter, but is typically thought of as something too big for a human to lift. A Men's Size 7 regulation basketball has a diameter of 9.39 inches. An island is any piece of land that is surrounded by water.
If NASA were to claim that a boulder was about to enter the atmosphere, or an island sized rock, what would the public be led to think about the size of such an object? What if NASA said a basketball-sized object was about to collide with earth? Or a rock or a stone?
NASA seems to think there is no issue calling a 10" rock an island by way of drama. Is 'island' used because NASA wants to find water so bad, that if they go on record as having found an island people will think it means an object surrounded by water, water everywhere? That would kill two birds with one stone, eh? "Love us! We found something very, very big AND it is in the middle of a vast expanse of water! An amazing two-fer! How's that for a return on your tax dollars!!!"
The lack of responsibility towards any kind of accuracy seems to reflect a stronger motive towards space-theater instead. The act of being fast and loose with such descriptions shows a lack of professionalism and respect for the public's need for clear feedback about what is really going on, not to mention their ability to estimate sizes on their own if given facts. In the absence of such respect, the public is being shortchanged on many levels.
Is NASA fearful that if they say 'small rock' instead of 'coolest thing', the result will be chastisement instead of support for their efforts? Are they concerned that the public may not want to have them out looking for trivia so they make things up to avoid being chided?
This isn't new. One rover was said to be exploring a trench...that was only dug 3" wide. It was also reported to be exploring an area named 'Sleepy Hollow' that was less than a meter wide.
If, as they say, the rover is headed for a 'crater', does that mean something smaller or larger than a sinkhole capable of swallowing a bus, or a mere pothole or perhaps a dip as small as a cereal bowl? Is a cliff the size of Yosemite's Half Dome or no more than the distance from your coffee table to the carpet? Is a plain the size of Alaska or small enough to fit in an overhead bin?
Using NASA's metrics, anything by name is free for re-definition at will, just be sure to apply 'tons' of drama so the public can oh and ahh." Link to Original Source top
djupedal writes "Rupert Murdoch, a proprietor known for having ink in his veins, has hailed the day when electronic reading devices will do away with the need for newsprint and the costs that go with it.
"Devices such as Amazon.com's Kindle and Sony's Reader could take 20 years to displace newspapers..." the News Corp chairman told Goldman Sachs annual media conference, "but I do certainly see the day when more people will be buying their newspapers on portable reading panels than on crushed trees".
"Then we're going to have no paper, no printing plants, no unions", said Mr Murdoch, who battled printing unions at his Wapping plant in London more than 20 years ago. "It's going to be great."" Link to Original Source top
djupedal (584558) writes "BBC News says "A virtual book of all life on Earth is being created by UK and US scientists. The online reference work will create a detailed world map of flora and fauna and track changes in biodiversity. The database, dubbed a "macroscopic observatory", will be populated with data about local species gathered by members of the public. Early elements of the giant database, such as automatic species identification systems, are already under construction."
Might 'elp a wee bit if we finish learning about the 3/4's of the planet we haven't seen much of yet...eh...y'a think? Because the phrase 'A virtual book of 25% of all life on Earth' might not get you into the local bookstore." Link to Original Source top
djupedal (584558) writes "Been told that Apple has sent an email to developers asking for volunteers to test the upcoming 3.0 feature 'Apple Push Notification', by downloading an Associated Press app for iPhone 3.0 from the iTunes store (7-day expiration redemption code provided), "...to create a high-volume test environment for our servers."
The app is to be installed on a dev device running iPhone OS beta 5 (only)." top
djupedal (584558) writes "Dell launches 'Della,' a Web site geared to women and 'cute' netbooks. Netbooks for sale, of course, along with recipe, shopping, diet and exercise tips galore. Everything a modern on-the-go tech-amazon could wish for, all at one url. Buy now....swoon later.
"There was certainly no intent to offend anyone and if we did, we apologize," said Dell spokesman Bob Kaufman. "Many people do see their laptops and netbooks as a style statement, and we want to be part of those conversations."
Researchers are studying who sends mail to whom to explain the hidden maps of influence and collaboration that spring up inside organizations. The maps reveal which groups are actually getting on with work, which people have become leaders or project managers and those people who are the opinion formers inside companies. The research technique could also be used to identify leaders of tech-savvy criminal gangs or terrorist groups.
Astronomers have identified a type of galaxy that represents a "missing link" in our understanding of the Universe.
Spiral and elliptical galaxies used to be known exclusively as "blue" and "red", respectively. But two studies, published in a Royal Astronomical Society journal, show that one in five galaxies is a red spiral. It is now thought the red spirals occur when spiral galaxies grow old without any violent collisions, such as with other galaxies.
(No word if GalaxyZoo has been updated accordingly)" top
djupedal (584558) writes "Nuclear power is normally associated with gigawatt-scale facilities costing billions of dollars and run by armies of scientists and engineers. But some in the nuclear industry have long argued that much smaller, unmanned reactors could play a role too. Such reactors, which would have power outputs of only a few tens of megawatts, would be particularly suitable for people or companies in remote parts of the world.
"There is a strong humanitarian bent to these reactors," said John "Grizz" Deal, Hyperion's CEO. "This was invented to provide electricity and hot water to remote locations, where people might not have electricity or clean water."
Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books.
The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe back in the very early 1500's."" top
The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered. Ann Dunwoody was shown in front of the US flag but it later emerged that this background had been added.
The Associated Press (AP) news agency subsequently suspended the use of US Department of Defense photos.
"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography." top
djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/A.P.: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27676244/
"Booming like a 1980s video game, the Howler can even make liquids ripple — Oklahoma's largest ambulance company will become the first ambulance service in the nation to outfit its entire fleet with new Howler sirens, designed to emit low-frequency tones that penetrate objects within 200 feet — such as cars — to alert drivers."" top
djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/AP: "Magnets may pose a problem but experts say there's no need to overreact " 11.09.2008 — NEW ORLEANS — Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck — even when they're disconnected. A study finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held very close to them." Link to Original Source top
djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/Discovery Ch.: "The 700-ton Caterpillar 797 is getting a hi-tech upgrade thanks to technology developed as part of the DARPA Urban Challenge. The goal is to improve efficiency and reduce risk of injury to people in the dangerous business of high-capacity mines."" top
Impossible? Perhaps not, according to a team of French and British physicists that has devised an 'invisibility cloak' that could, in theory, hide susceptible platforms or coastlines from ocean waves such as tsunamis.
The cloaking concept is based on positioning multiple rows of pillars at specific intervals within a cylindrical pattern, so that the pillars and intervening spaces resemble a round checkerboard from above. In the lab, a small aluminum cylinder was subdivided into 50 precisely spaced rows of pillars radiating out from a flat center. The columns essentially dissipate oncoming waves so that anything behind the structure is hidden from them."" top
"A Japanese businessman who trained for a 10-day flight aboard the international space station has sued to get his money back, claiming he was defrauded of $21 million by the U.S. firm that arranged the venture.
Daisuke Enomoto, 37, had completed training in Russia and planned to fly to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule in September 2006. But he was pulled from the three-member crew a month before liftoff, opening a seat for Dallas businesswoman Anousheh Ansari to fly instead."" top
"Google co-founder Larry Page turned up on Capitol Hill today to boost the company's "Free the Airwaves" campaign, and he had some strong words for those who oppose their bid to open more of the airwaves for high speed Internet access. Google, Microsoft and others in the tech world want the FCC to allow the unlicensed use of "white spaces" — the gaps in the spectrum between television channels — as a means of making broadband Internet access widely available in the U.S. But broadcasters fear that their use could cause interference with television stations and other devices, such as wireless microphones.
Page said some of the tests that have been done to determine whether new devices using the white spaces would interfere had been "rigged." A Google spokesman said later he was referring to tests held in August at FedEx Field.""