heptapod writes "Harvard roboticists are close to mimicking cephalopod camouflage in a lab. This latest bit of bio-mimicry involves soft, silicone-based robots with a web of tiny channels flowing through their silicone skin. Going further, incorporating the muscle structure of cephalopods opens up an entirely new world of flexible, self-camouflaging robotics. More can be found at Harvard's website." Link to Original Source top
heptapod writes "The long anticipated port of the popular video game distribution service Steam is finally coming to Linux. Michael Larabel shares an email sent in of a reader's exchange with Gabe Newell, and Mike confirms he already knew but was asked not to announce it. Since Valve won't be announcing Half Life 3, it's a strong possibility this will be their presentation at E3." Link to Original Source top
heptapod writes "Smartphones are changing the way people interact with each other and a recent survey shows some brands are indicative of one's lifestyle. Not only are Android users more likely to put out on the first date, iPhone users have more sex overall. Also discovered is frequent tweeters tend to have relationships shorter than 140 characters." top
heptapod writes "In the midst of one of Leonardo's treatises upon the mechanics of the flight of birds, a nose was discovered. With the help of free software Amelia Carolina Sparavigna has teased a face from the pages of history. ArxivBlog has the summary for art majors. Her methods and all the details are freely available at arxiv." Link to Original Source top
Scientists Report Second Sighting of Faster-Than-L
heptapod writes "This week Opera became the first non-native browser available through the Mac app store. Apple has gone ahead and given it a 17+ rating for "Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes". Jan Standal at Opera was ">quoted "I'm very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18."" Link to Original Source top
heptapod writes "The Supreme Court unanimously decided (PDF) Monday that AT&T can't keep embarrassing corporate information that it submits to the government out of public view; “personal privacy” rights do not apply to corporations. “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally” concluded the ruling." Link to Original Source top
heptapod writes "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. "According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments."" top
Stolen Kindle? Amazon won't help you find the thie
heptapod writes "Laurence Peter once stated "All new members in a hierarchical organization climb the hierarchy until they reach their level of maximum incompetence." Now it's been proven to be unavoidable and has a negative impact on the world economy by adversely affecting efficiency. Fortunately Alessandro Pluchino, the author of the abstract, has suggested possible approaches as solutions to avoid decreased productivity." Link to Original Source top
heptapod writes "New Scientist is reporting that Bill Gates is donating $50 million USD to circumcise more than half a million men in Swaziland and Zambia. The goal of the project is to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in one of the global hotspots for this epidemic." top
If one treats someone as a troll then a troll they will forever be.
It's a vicious cycle where the situation is exasperated tenfold when someone attempts to contribute to a system in a productive fashion rather than tear it down and show that the emperor has no clothes.
Let me moderate and let me do your new faggoty tags.
Firefox 220.127.116.11 and MS's Service Pack 4 do not play nice. Since I work for a living, getting everything fixed took forever but I didn't have to ask questions of anyone like a dumb girl. Only needed to borrow someone's broadband access.
Also posting with karma bonus is fucking pathetic. The only real use for posting with a karma bonus is to troll Slashdot.
heptapod writes | more than 7 years ago
Maybe this will get posted, maybe it won't but it was worth a shot. I thought it was an amusing site.
With the rise of everyone's OSS browser Firefox there's a rising backlash. Promoting the browser that everyone loves to hate is the website Spreading Internet Explorer promoting all the unintentional features which make for a richer web browsing experience. You'll be surprised to learn that Firefox kills seals.
I have excellent karma and Slashdot has accepted four stories from me but I'm unable to post.
So what is it? Posting that Digg is going to undermine Slashdot's ad revenue or the post about problem posters like Piquepaille and Beatles^2? Judgement of an old moderation on the The first Slashdot troll post investigation which deprived me of moderation privileges?
Not even sure if I'll be able to update my journal.
Long ago and far away, I lived in a region in the United States of America known as New Jersey. When I came online I realized that TV news was usually a week behind online news. Now I notice that with my morning teeth grind while listening to NPR. The same thing is happening to Slashdot. Digg is blowing Slashdot out of the water. Kuro5hin is not even a contender being an effete LiveJournal with pretensions of being a tech oriented website. Today, December 12th 2005, I opened up Slashdot and saw half of the stories on the front page were the same things found on Digg a few days ago. If you read at -1 this would be old news. I'm a bit disappointed but Slashdot, regardless of its Open Source philosophy and liberal bent, has become the establishment and rests upon its obese laurels. Hell, Slashdot isn't even 'News for Nerds' or 'Stuff that Matters'. It's full of Roland Piquepaille and **Beatles Beatles submitting stuff that they posted at their respective 'blogs' and submitting it to Slashdot in order to get a windfall from Google Adsense.
Fact: Slashdot is dying.
Slashdot: Come for the dupes, stay for the trolls.
For a site that touts itself as "news for nerds", one would presume Slashdot knows its audience may have a tendency to be smarter than the average bear. My words are chosen guardedly. From reporting on spurious pandemics and egregious misunderstandings regarding the Torino scale and apocryphal global warming, Slashdot joins traditional media with scare tactics programming.
I suggest a new subject, chicken little. Don't reference the horrible Disney movie. Whenever these pop culture disasters rear their ugly heads during slow news seasons then they should be noted as Slashdot crying "The Sky is Falling!"
After five years of playing NetHack, two of those spent playing it religiously, I have ascended a character. Kuresu the Samurai achieved demigodhood on 10/13/05 around 5:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Reckon the game took at least sixteen to twenty hours. Here's a grain of salt, most likely it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the early wand of wishing.
Recently there was some diary entry at K5 about roommates which made it to the front page. K5 is LiveJournal. Supposedly K5 is supposed to be the alternative to everyone's News for Trolls site. Even worse, they delete comments outright much like the vaunted Rustina pic. I posted a rude comment about K5 being LiveJournal, Slashdot is quaking in its boots and is now posting sixteen year old girl shit instead of astroturfing teh open sores. It was punctuated by a comment directed at LocalRoger for his spurious apocrypha about being cold cocked by Robert Adams (of Horseclans fame) because Robert Adams is Orson Scott Card's GAY BOYFRIEND. Good god, at pretend you were roughed up by Heinlein or Ellison thought you were worthy to spit on or Cory Doctorow made a pass at you in the men's room at WorldCon. Anyway, at best on Slashdot I'd be down four points of karma but the comment would be visible for those who browse at -1. Right now I feel like Michael Sims. I left America because it was allegedly curtailing my freedoms and now I realize in Canada things are a whole lot worse under their frozen, socialist regime. Here's hoping Elinor chokes on your micropenis while you play ohbutyouwillpet, Rusty.
MIT is currently developing $100 computers for children growing up in third worldcountries. Nicholas Negroponte, of the MIT Media Lab, enthused, "When the kids bring them home and open them up, it's the brightest light source in the home". Mr. Negroponte was uneasily silent when questioned about things which are more essential to living like food, clean water, freely available and affordable medicine he could only weakly respond "It comes with linux pre-installed!"
CNN/Money has a piece on web logs paving the way towards gettingfired. This isn't just a trend in the IT industry but other fields. Common sense in a world with sensitive corporate secrets. But where is the line drawn between telling stories out of school after work at the local bar and publishing your employer's dirty laundry on the net on a site most people wouldn't know about in the first place?