top The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun
It might well be that extraterrestrial intelligence is already somewhere in our data. Re-interpreting certain star systems as macroscopic living things is one example.
I'd be interested to hear arguments that stars are
not intelligent life forms.
top The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job
The screenshot in that first link (
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/exercism/) appears to be a screenful of SML... Respect to whoever sourced that picture!
top Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines
Now, thanks to Google, bad news is no news! But, as no news is good news, we could conclude that bad news is good news. Is this good, bad or newsworthy?
top Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
That loo paper is also classed as software.
top Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
It's inevitable that the vehicle intranet will have a connection to the internet. Time to regulate the use of electronic systems for critical vehicle functions.
top Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops
Arizona Public is required to buy solar power from customers with rooftop panels, and the commission agreed with its argument that the policy unfairly shifts some of the utility’s costs to people without panels.
Come on, comrades, everyone should be supporting one power generation collective. What Arizona Public needs is some solidarity and loyalty from you people of the state. We don't want any individuals breaking away and spending money on fancy solar panels to make their own electricity.
I find it ironic that an American company is wheeling out communist-like arguments to protect their business.
top Japan's L-Zero Maglev Train Reaches 310 mph In Trials
The article is slightly confusing because, in some places, it cites the maximum speed in testing during development (where the world records are set) but appears to be ranking in order of maximum speed in service. In some cases the significance of the cited speed is not clear, e.g. "TGV Réseau 236 mph capability".
World record speeds are interesting but not particularly useful for passengers. The TGV that holds the world speed record for a conventional (wheeled) train operated under conditions that do not occur in normal use: it had larger wheels fitted and the overhead catenary had a higher voltage and a higher tension (to ensure that waves resulting from displacement due to the pantograph travelled faster than the train). An impressive feat, all the same.
top Invalidation of Eolas's Web Patent Claims Upheld
Actually, the University of California is 'owed' money.
about a year and a half ago
top Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks
No, just a batch of replacement batteries.
about a year and a half ago
top Russians Find "New Bacteria" In Lake Vostok
Well, it was entertaining to see Darwinism in action.
top Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins
There is no constitutional right to privacy, nor to work.
If you say so.
Therefore employers, including the government, have a right to know what you post on Facebook.
This is not a valid inference from the previous statement.
top UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards
Expect lawsuits...? How can a company sue a prospective customer because the customer is not asking for what they want to sell?
top A Conversation with Rob Malda - Part One of Three (Video)
The GP already made it CLEAR that the == operator is not a statement of equivalence.
The particular choice of operator for equality in a predicate cannot influence whether the predicate is being logically asserted, i.e. holds for all valuations, or is just a free-standing formula. To make it clear that it was an assertion, it should have been written with a turnstile in front:
|- RTFA == WTFV
top Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built
1999 South Dakota Learjet crash
Helios Airways Flight 522
Those headlines have done nothing to stop people flying, and they didn't even arrive into an airport.
top Web Exploit Found That Customizes Attack For Windows, Mac, and Linux
Apparently travel is expensive as those Coulombians are always charged...
top Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders
FTFA (first line):
How did a 78-ton boulder travel 17 miles above high water, 130 meters inland?
This is the start of an entirely different news article that I can complete in two words: it didn't.
top Swiss Solar Powered Catamaran Finishes 'Round the World Tour
500 kw/h per day is even more nonsensical. Energy over time cubed?
As a watt is a joule per second, isn't 500kW/h actually energy over time squared?
Maybe they meant kWh per day. That would almost make sense, but come on...
...just use (suitably scaled) kW!
top Studies Suggest Massive Increase In Scientific Fraud
You may want to start with
http://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1/ and generally search for 'WORLDCOMP'. At least some people have been taking a scientific approach to address potential fraud...
top F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex
(I only joke because there were no fatalities!)
How do you know? I cannot find an article saying all residents have been accounted for.