Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus
I, for one, welcome our new virii overl...oh forget it, this meme is no longer funny.
Virii? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.
just like 'one bus, several buses' ('bus' from 'omnibus', but let's not go there). Apart from that, you would use a a nominative singular here: '... our virus overlords ...'
Buses? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.
The correct plural of bus is bi. (Unless you're talking about the London double-decker variety, in which case it's bii.)
Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service
Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor?
It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.
And no more defamatory then, either.
How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium
Hint: a cleric sitting in his office somewhere filing lots of reports
Thank goodness we have the separation of church and state in the US. It's only our Patriotic Paladins who get to fill out reports over here.
Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned
The reasons for the quotation marks would make for a very long rant about ionizing vs. non-ionizing radiation and their complete ignorance of what is actually going on.
If you really want to get the far right riled up about radiation, you could call something different than non-ionizing. Can you imagine if the public were exposed to unionizing radiation?
Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration
I'm trying to keep track of what kind of registries are acceptable for each (US) political party
No Fly Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty (D&R)
Gun Owner Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Legal-to-work-in-US Registry: Acceptable for (R), Unacceptable for (D)
National ID card: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Vaccination Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Superhero Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty
Mutant Registry: Ditto
Windows Registry: Can't run Windows without it, and what else would you run?
Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny
I still don't understand why the lethal injection isn't just a bunch of heroin that's been confiscated in the latest raid. People OD on heroin without being horribly uncomfortable.
"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. There are only a very few obvious prohibitions, namely against convicted felons and those declared mentally incompetent or ill.
I have yet to see any constitutional argument that supports these "obvious prohibitions". Either the 2nd amendment allows each citizen to keep and bear arms (including convicted felons and the insane) or there are obvious limits on the scope of the rights enumerated there.
And once you accept that there are obvious limits on the scope of gun rights, then you can't just say "the 2nd amendment allows me to carry whatever firearm I want wherever I want to"
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins
Find the people on your team who can be trusted to do the job well. Encourage them to do it. Work with them to build their skills as well as yours.
Find the people on your team who can not be trusted to do the job well, and replace them with shell scripts.
Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware
Yep, "Feature PCs" (like the Smartphone/Featurephone distinction)
Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware
Windows Live 8.1 Update 1 Service Pack 1 R2.
For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal
Let me see if I understand the process they've found:
1. Genetically engineer a mouse to respond to a drug
2. Administer the drug
4. Profit!^W Publish how you have discovered a cure for aging. (Non-GMO humans need not apply. Side effects may include premature death.)
How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?
How many people does it take to colonize this star system? Apparently more than the 6 Billion we have on Earth, since we haven't even bothered to get off this damn rock.
Send people to Mars first, then worry about Alpha Centauri (which is a terrible place to send people to anyway. The only thing there is a backwaters galactic planning council office)
Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans
Don't worry, there's 2048 other games to consume your time.
Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)
That, plus the fact that you need to find a buyer willing to pay for your item during the 7-day window that you've run your auction, and who's willing to wait until next Tuesday to get it.
eBay is terrible for low-volume items for this reason. (I personally flooded the eBay market for SGI Indigo workstations a while ago -- the first two sold, the rest of them never did)
AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub
In related news...
Google suggests you don't post your username & password to GitHub.
The locksmith's union suggests you don't tape your key to your front door.
The TSA suggests you DO write your combination on your luggage.
FTFY. Or at least that you use the same key that everybody else does.
Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?
Feel free to continue open access, but place a social stigma on using the equipment without recording your use.
For example, imagine that when you sit down at the desk, a light goes on that says "Thanks for logging in" (if you have). Now, tomorrow, you find three other people in the lab who don't have the sign lit. You say "Hey, I can see that you didn't sign in to indicate that you're using the system-- here, let me help you"
Another way to encourage self-policing from the users is to tie maintenance or upgrades to the logged use of the system. Say "Sorry, we're not going to upgrade that oscilloscope because nobody logs that they use it. We're going to spend grant money on the bench power supply in room 6B that has lots of log entries."
Put these two things together, and the people who care about using the equipment will help you keep the other users under control.
Water Filtration With a Tree Branch
Water-borne pathogens in the kingdom Animalia are usually called "predators" rather than "pathogens". But yes, pathogens such as A. Mississippiensis can be filtered from the water with an appropriately-sized tree branch.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
The one feature I wish it had was a USB-HID (I'd even settle for a BT/HID) emulator so that it could act as a USB keyboard to type when I have my phone plugged in. Unfortunately, none of the phone platforms will allow you to do that (easily)
First Liquid Machines Presage Soft Robots
"The technology behind the T-1000 assassin in the Terminator movies might as well be science fiction"
Might it? Might it really?
Or it might be pop-media drivel written to draw money from moviegoers without any actual science or fiction (much less both)
Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
I hope this does[n't] end up like the last debate between science and creationism:
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My New Word of the day
I've created a new word for today:
Home Cussprovement. It's when you take a simple home repair, start it and end up cussing the previous "handyman" for doing such a half-assed job at it the first time that it takes you 5x longer to unfix his crap and do it right.
Everything's perfect with the lightswitches in the room, except for the one that turns "up for off" (everything else is down for off) A simple turn of the switch body should fix that: a couple of screws, a twist, and everything's happy, right? Except that the previous bright spark of an electrician used six wire nut junctions feeding just-too-short bits of cable (in such an entertaining variety of colors) so that loosening any of the switches causes at least two wire ends to pop out of their former homes with such an amusing brownout* that ensues. That's a Home Cussprovement.
Or today's discovery that the bathroom vent fan is not exactly installed correctly. it was making noise when the fan was on, so i think "motor bearing or vibration in the shaft". These are fairly simple systems: hole in ceiling, wired to switch, vent to outside... I should be able to knock this problem out quickly. Guess which of the three components our previous handyman had gotten wrong? I'll give you a hint: All of them. The hole in the ceiling is 2" too long in one direction and 3/4" too short in the other. The wire from the light is not marked as switched (blue rather than black, but I can forgive that one) and is made of the wrong metal for the fixtures at both ends (both are Cu-only, the cable isn't). And the "outside" to which this great installation is vented simply means "above the ceiling drywall". Of course, none of these features were visible without removing the vent cover, which is what was really causing the noise in the first place (the motor shaft was hitting one of the cover fins), but now that I know about them, I have to do something about them.
* Since this is such an "easy" job, I don't mind doing it live, but when half the house goes dark after the first screw comes out, I get worried and pull the main breaker. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. NEVER WORK ON MAINS VOLTAGE LIVE. KEEP ONE HAND IN YOUR POCKET. TAKE YOUR PHONE/PAGER OFF VIBRATE! THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS, IF NOT DEADLY. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. EVER. NEVER WORK ON MAINS VOLTAGE LIVE. Seriously.