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Spamhaus Calls for Fining Operators of Insecure Servers

goldaryn Yeah! (170 comments)

This is long overdue, and you know who else should be brought to bear? Organisations like Slashdot with their Slashdot effect! I, for one, thNO CARRIER

about 10 months ago

Spamhaus Calls for Fining Operators of Insecure Servers

goldaryn Re:As long... (170 comments) server operators can fine Spamhaus for false positives.

All these fines should go towards counselling for the servers to help resolve their insecurities


about 10 months ago

Google Launches Voice Search Hotword Extension For Chrome

goldaryn First search (54 comments)

"Google, where has my keyboard gone?"

about 10 months ago

At Long Last: IceCube Spots 28 High-Energy Neutrinos

goldaryn Great news. (109 comments)

You'd have thought someone would've thought to check the results?

Anyway, I bet they're glad; after 3 fruitless years, the project must have been on the rocks.


about 10 months ago

Project Rescue Expert Todd Williams Talks About (Video)

goldaryn Re:Me too! (276 comments)

A smart comment here beneath a snarky exterior. Profiteering created this this mess and I now can't help see this gentleman as anything but a dollar-bill eyed charlatan.

I would watch the video but, you know, this is Slashdot.

* I actually live in the UK but for once I'll refrain from the we have free healthcare, you obligatory insensitive clod joke. This site seems like a step in the right direction, all fingers crossed for my US brethren.

about 10 months ago

Bionic Eye Implant Available In US Next Month

goldaryn Re:Only thing we need to know: (102 comments)

Will it make that cool "boop-boop-boop-boop" noise?

Of course! That's why Picard always borrows it to save the Enterprise!

about 10 months ago

Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

goldaryn Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

You magnetically drop your device into place onto a block on a power cord.

Wow, that's cool. I drop mine using boring old gravity.

about 10 months ago

ISS Astronauts Fire-Up Awesome 'Cubesat Cannon'

goldaryn At last! (52 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new cuboid overlords and am jettisoning my tin foil head-wear as I speak

about 10 months ago

Electrical Grid Hum Used To Time Locate Any Digital Recording

goldaryn Re:O_o (168 comments)

Record this fridge?

about 2 years ago

Next-Gen Spacesuits

goldaryn Meh (123 comments)

Outer space is a hostile environment for humans, characterized by an airless vacuum, thermal extremes, ionizing radiation and speeding micro meteoroids.

Don't go there then.

Yes, subscriptions to my newsletter are available.

more than 2 years ago

Berkeley Scientists Develop Self-Assembling Nanorods

goldaryn Old (43 comments)

I've been turning a nanorod into a three dimensional structure for years.

Haven't yet worked out how to make it visible to the naked eye, though.

more than 2 years ago

DC Comics Announces "Before Watchmen"

goldaryn *Rorschach voice* (130 comments)

What are you waiting for... do it.. DO IT!

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Chooses Lua As Its New Template Language

goldaryn Re:Stop delaying the inevitable. (145 comments)

"the template system started turning into an ugly programming language" - ah, any sufficiently complex system eventually evolves to contain a limited, broken version of Common Lisp. Stop delaying the inevitable!


more than 2 years ago

Science Panel Recommends Censoring Bird Flu Papers

goldaryn Re:I think it's no coincidence (126 comments)

The green sickly pigs in Angry Birds were inspired by the Swine Flu epidemic

I like to imagine that the back-story is: the birds are angry because they are in biological warfare with their piggy enemies. Avian flu... swine flu...

more than 2 years ago

AMD's New Radeon HD 7950 Tested

goldaryn Re:Is the price really that horrible? (120 comments)

When Nvidia puts out a $500 card, it's attractively priced. When AMD puts out a faster card for 10% less, it draws complaints about the price from the same reviewer. What gives?

To be fair, that review you linked is from November 2010. Perhaps second-hand 580s are better value or something.

more than 2 years ago

AMD's New Radeon HD 7950 Tested

goldaryn But... (120 comments)

But does it run Linux?

No, seriously... last time I tried to install Ubuntu with an ATI card (a few months ago), I couldn't get dual monitors to work correctly.

The restricted drivers exist, but are unstable, awkward and painful. Linux and Nvidia - a bit better in my experience..

more than 2 years ago

Computer Program Reconstructs Heard Words From Brain Scans

goldaryn Re:What number am I thinking of? (147 comments)

69 dude!

This is odd, all the blood is draining out of his brain, and a small tent has appeared in his.... oh!

more than 2 years ago

Eye of Tiger Composer Sues Gingrich To Stop Campaign From Using Song

goldaryn Politics in a nutshell (452 comments)

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory

more than 2 years ago

Hijacked Web Traffic For Sale

goldaryn OMG (68 comments)

Today I learnt

1) There are hackers on the Internet

2) Foreign capitalists also engage in criminal activity

3) Noone cares about Australian click-throughs

more than 2 years ago



Microscopic plastic debris damaging marine life

goldaryn goldaryn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goldaryn (834427) writes "Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, the BBC reports.

In order to identify how widespread the presence of microplastic was on shorelines, the team took samples from 18 beaches around the globe, including the UK, India and Singapore.

"We found that there was no sample from around the world that did not contain pieces of microplastic."

Link to Original Source

Was there only one Big Bang?

goldaryn goldaryn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goldaryn (834427) writes " are running an interesting story about the work of Oxford-based theoretical physicist Roger Penrose.

Penrose has been studying CWB radiation and believes it's possible that space and time did not come into being at the Big Bang but that our universe in fact continually cycles through a series of "aeons". He believes that he has found evidence supporting his theory that the universe infinitely cycles, which contradicts current theory.

They thank Physics World , who ran the original story."

Link to Original Source

European company to harness orbital solar energy

goldaryn goldaryn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goldaryn (834427) writes "Word from the BBC today is that Europe's biggest space company is seeking partners to help get a satellite-based solar power trial into orbit.

EADS Astrium says the satellite system would collect the Sun's energy and transmit it to Earth via an infrared laser, to provide electricity. Space solar power has been talked about for more than 30 years as an attractive concept because it would be "clean, inexhaustible, and available 24 hours a day". However, there have always been question marks over its cost, efficiency and safety. But Astrium believes the technology is close to proving its maturity."

Link to Original Source

Meteorologists discover new cloud

goldaryn goldaryn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goldaryn (834427) writes "Several news sources are reporting that British meteorologists may have discovered a new classification of cloud.

Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to have the new cloud type officially added to the international nomenclature scheme used by forecasters to identify clouds.

The new cloud, a type of storm cloud, has been named "Asperatus" after the Latin word for rough.

The BBC also has a nice picture gallery."

goldaryn goldaryn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

goldaryn writes "The BBC have reported that the South Korean government are working on an ethical code for human/robot relations, "to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa"

The article describes the creation of the Robot Ethics Charter, which "will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007."

The article continues: "It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer."

"In the 21st Century humanity will coexist with the first alien intelligence we have ever come into contact with — robots. "It will be an event rich in ethical, social and economic problems."


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