top Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?
Going to war makes for some exciting news. But so does debunking senior officials. It's just a question of which one makes for better ratings.
about a year and a half ago
top Judge: Cops Can Impersonate Owner Of Seized Cell Phones
Are you talking about this comic strip?
top Man Who Protested TSA By Stripping Is Acquitted By Judge
top Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?
Organics in landfills produce methane, which is more potent than carbon dioxide. Also, there's no chance to reclaim the nutrients, as pretty much everything in a landfill ends up toxic.
As for the jobs claim, it might be silly, or not. The soil is sold, so there might be some relative value to those jobs compared to landfill jobs. And there are other positive externalities, such as reduced need for landfill space (which is a different ongoing cost than labor).
top The Mystery of Mars' Bizarre Plumbing
Crap, I've been going all the way to Arrakis for my spice. Those blue-eyed pilots must have been laughing all the way to the bank.
top Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses
I had a conflict with BC calculus first semester, so I sat in the AB calculus class. After a few weeks of listening to lecture, I sat in the back and worked the BC calculus homework, learning from the book. I loved it, and got a great grade in the class. Though I'm sure I did spend some time talking with the teacher (who was good) as well.
top US Wants Drivers To Test Wireless Auto Safety Tech
Well, that varies by cyclist, as you can imagine. Some cyclists obey the law, just as some drivers do. I can't control what other cyclists do, just like you can't control what other motorists do.
There's a lot of confusion between both cyclists and motorists about how to treat cyclists. Laws vary a lot by state (and city). And a lot of people (on both sides) just don't seem to understand that bicycles are vehicles and should obey the laws of vehicles on the road. And be on the road, not the sidewalk (by law in many jurisdictions)
I stop at stop signs and yield to traffic with right of way, and occupy the lane when it's necessary for safety (and get over to the right if not).
I do not stop completely at stop signs if no one is around and I have good sight lines. Bicycles are much slower, have much better visibility than cars (higher, no near-field distractions) and therefore get a much better view of intersection. And they've got a lot more skin in the game if they make a mistake. Coming to a complete stop with a bicycle is almost never necessary for safety reasons. Idaho allows cyclists to treat
stop signs as yield signs.
Probably 70% of drivers incorrectly yield to me when I approach a 4-way stop, though. Even after I come to a full stop, and put my foot on the pavement, they'll sit there and wait for me to go. Not to mention the aggressive, unsafe overtaking and other problems that drivers seem to have sharing the road with cyclists.
top Historic Pairing: Shuttle Docked To the ISS
Shot in aperture priority (@ f8, ISO 200) with a Nikon D3X with 24-120mm f3.5-f5.6 zoom. Looks like it was focused at infinity.
Full resolutions photos available via link in article, or
top Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?
Since it is our data, why can't we demand a cut of the profits?
Well, in theory, selling that data should allow your electricity provider to provide service for less money, but that's not a given by any means.
Also, while the data is about you, the data was collected by another party. (at the risk of bad analogy) If you participated in a study, you wouldn't expect to own the results, or even the data collected on yourself.
top Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
You can disable the automatic premium online without a tedious call. I'm actually being billed the $3.47 I expected.
The OP isn't clear on whether he wants mobile coverage or not, just that he only wants to pay 1 ISP and still have a phone number, and be able to connect with his phone and computer, both of which could be over wifi/wired.
top Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
I bought an ooma device, which allows me to hook up my phones to the internet over a VoiP connection and provides a telephone number with free domestic calls. There's a non-trivial up front cost ($120-$200), and a very modest monthly fee to cover taxes (~$3.50/mo). So far, it's been really easy, and I have no complaints.
I can get data only service from my provider (Frontier, was Verizon), though they don't seem to be able to bill me properly...
top First Ever HIPAA Fine Is $4.3M
I'm surprised that the first fine is due to the portability aspect of the law, not the security portions of the law. Of course, either is a win for consumers!
top Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'
Don't drink and craigslist!
top Online-Only Currency BitCoin Reaches Dollar Parity
A cow and a dozen chickens would be a vast overpayment for an iPhone. Cows cost something closer far to $1000 than $500, though chickens are pretty cheap. Unless of course, we're talking about a younger cow.
Maybe if you got a few months of service on that iPhone...
top 'Death By GPS' Increasing In America's Wilderness
Not that this story needs more anecdotal posts, but I was walking around in the Czech Republic wandering around small towns. My wife and I decided to check where we were on our GPS-enabled Nokia N810. Lo and behold, we were on a marked "road" that was no more than a wide footpath through trees. We weren't certain that an ancient cart would fit down the path.
Google Art Project Brings Galleries To Your PC
While I'm sure that Gigapixel images are great for pixel-peeping, they don't seem all that useful given the available real-estate on a standard computer monitor (around 1680 x 1050 these days). I'm not sure what great advantage the extra pixels do over a well-constructed JPEG or TIFF for viewing the artwork as a whole -- as it was intended to be viewed.
Not to mention that most computers would drag to a halt moving around an image that large.
top Stem Cell Research Running Into IP Brick Walls
Projects which accept federal grant money should require their products [patents, papers, etc.] to be placed in the public domain.
I'm not particularly happy with private companies patenting stem cell research, but if they're patenting actual functioning procedures, then I might rescind my objections.
"When I came to ACT to try to do it with stem cells I couldn't because the rights to use embryonic stem cells for diabetes had been exclusively licensed to Geron," he said."
I hope that this is a poorly worded quote. "Using stem cells to cure diabetes" doesn't sound patentable to me. Perhaps they patented using the most logical path to curing diabetes? If it was so logical, how did it meet the patentability criteria? If it was so vague, how again?
Lanza said his company has spent around 100 million dollars of investor funds on its research, and has had to play the game of securing intellectual property (IP) rights in order to compete. "I am coming from a company where we have blocking IP as well," Lanza said. "In order for us to get money we have to file patents to protect our rights otherwise we get prohibited from even pursuing our own technology.
That's not how it's supposed to work. Of course, it might be cheaper to patent than defend against infringement claims, but that's also not how it should work.
Are we hitting the point where patents are being held defensively here also? I hope that at the very least, cross-licensing will become common enough to not prevent research. Additional expenses will be passed onto consumers and move research overseas, which can hardly be good for the US.
top Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries
There will always be ideologues who value results over process. I would much rather improve the process so it's less inviting to game.
nonpartisan blanket primaries and instant runoff elections .
ASCIIpOrtal Has Been Released
ASCIIpOrtal is a 2D platformer that has a portal gun. It shares many of the same elements as the original game, plus a few others.
Here, have a demo:
top Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?
HIPAA only covers medical practitioners, insurance companies, and the like.
A little lower indicates that school nurses visits explicitly don't count.
According to the Supreme Court, FERPA doesn't allow individuals to sue.
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