Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian
So your answer is to live more luxuriously in the aim of causing starvation. Nice.
Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet
No, the $561,000 should be compared to the cost of smashing the botnet. What the botnet arseholes make is of purely idle interest.
NASA's 'Inspirational' Mars Flyby
This only begins to make sense when you don't have to lift all the raw materials out of the gravity well anyway.
Think asteroid mining. Then think refining, manufacturing, assembly, QA, and everything else that needs to be done before the parts for your spaceship can turn up at the dry dock.
BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic
More like Apartheid.
If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:
I chose mine because going into space is on my bucket list.
With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:
Or if I can clone from dead tissue, maybe Einstein.
Chuck Schumer Tells Apple and Google To "Curb Your Spy Planes"
I dunno exactly, but it's bigger than 4 inches.
Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App
Nah, go with Cristopher Walken.
Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014
I reckon if they had to put one in every bloody car made they could do it for less than $200.
Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050
Why would they build a fire escape as stairs? Obviously they would make it a slide.
Syndicate Reboot Coming Next Year
I hope they put in some chest-high walls.
South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog
The restaurant will sort out the lighting and provide filtering glasses. Done!
Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps
While I'm not a big fan of app censorship generally, I don't see the objection to having Apple, Google etc block apps which have no purpose other than letting people drink-drive.
Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland
If the wi-fi fails, you just fall back to the data gathered by your own vehicle and drive more conservatively.
("you" in this case presumably being the program driving the car)
Ebooks Now Outselling Print Books At Amazon
I just made a decision on what format I was happiest with, and the rest came from there. Having decided that ePub would be best for books and PDF for magazines/other stuff, I also chose to specify that both must be unencrypted and looked for a store that sold them in the UK and a device that would read both.
WHSmith sells ePub books, but they're encrypted: so I buy them there and decrypt them myself, and keep them backed up on my PC and online. I went with the Sony Reader PRS-350 as the reader, and have been pretty happy with it. When I eventually replace it, I'll probably just be looking for something else that can read unencrypted epub abd pdf files.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?
I picked up a printer/scanner combo with a document feeder, and I scan everything and (save for anything I think I might need for legal reasons) shred the originals.
I file the docs in folders by company name and with a YYYYMMDD-whatever image name or subfolder (for multiple pages). And I upload a backup to my server.
This has worked really well for me; paprework used to be a nightmare to find as I was so bad at filing it. Now I can find anything easily, and even email someone what they're asking for directly from my phone. It's awesome.
10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year
Quote from "Zodiac":
"They claim that this junk was going to become a habitat for marine life. You don't buy that?"
Bless her, she did know how to blow my lid. "Rebecca, goddamnit, since the beginning of time, every corporation that has ever thrown any of its shit into the ocean has claimed that it was going to become a habitat for marine life. It’s the goddamn ocean, Rebecca. That's where all the marine life is. Of course it's going to become a habitat for marine life."
50% of Tweets Consumed Come From .05% of Users
Twitter is such a shit social tool I actually started unfollowing all my friends; it's still great for following news feeds, though.
Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic
Despite THREE engineer visit their 50Mbps product only works intermittently anyway. I plan to ask them to cancel my contract early, just as soon as I get a BT phoneline back in and I can get regular DSL. I won't miss the speed if I can have some actual goddamn reliability.
It doesn't help that they only offer non-geographic numbers for tech support, which mobile networks charge up to 50p/min to call, on a product which doesn't need the customer to own a landline. Maybe if I called them more from home they'd do better at troubleshooting my problem, but the calls would cost a lot more than the (shitty) service!
Secrets of a Memory Champion
1. Evolution *is* memory. (Some of) what works and what doesn't gets wired in.
2. Have we really been transmitting information across generational boundaries using language all that much longer (in evolutionary terms) than we've been writing?
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