Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

What's After Big Data?

olsmeister I read it wrong (87 comments)

looking to find and prep corporate data

I read as "looking to find and grep corporate data"...

5 days ago
top

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

olsmeister Take it for what it is. (441 comments)

Business lobbying for what what will be best for them. News at 11.... Hopefully, voters make this an issue.

5 days ago
top

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

olsmeister Insurance rates (239 comments)

I wonder whether your insurance company would demand to know how you have set your car, and adjust your rates accordingly?

about two weeks ago
top

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

olsmeister Re:Cotton Gin (304 comments)

You may have a point here. Rather than having robots manufacture more and more of our products, perhaps we should just build bigger and bigger things. Floating cities? Death Stars?

about two weeks ago
top

Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror Aka 3.16 Released

olsmeister Re:Linux 3:16 Says... (63 comments)

Yeah. Or Chuck Norrux.

about three weeks ago
top

Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

olsmeister Re:Hoth (34 comments)

Or Tatooine (due to the fact it orbits a binary star system, not the climate).

about 2 months ago
top

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

olsmeister Re:Get it right (102 comments)

Before we sent a generation ship, we would need to know a hell of a lot more about what's going on than just a sneaking suspicion there may be a planet and it may be in the habitable zone. At a minimum, we would want to have directly imaged the planet and verified from its spectra that it has a decent atmosphere and hopefully already has life.

about 2 months ago
top

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

olsmeister Re:Wonderful car analogy! (255 comments)

It's really not a very good analogy. For the analogy to hold, the courts would have had to rule that a company that manufactures a computer that was used as an exit node is liable. This ruling is more akin to saying that it's illegal to leave the keys in your ignition because someone could take your car and commit a crime with it.

about 2 months ago
top

Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

olsmeister Re:Hmmm .... (73 comments)

Maybe put some in the Toronto water too...

about 2 months ago
top

Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

olsmeister Re:What? (68 comments)

When I purchased Amazon Prime.

about 2 months ago
top

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

olsmeister Re:What about escalation? (875 comments)

"Wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone."

about 3 months ago
top

Heartbleed Bug Exploited Over Extensible Authentication Protocol

olsmeister Re:Should have upgraded Openssl (44 comments)

Maybe it's the phone and not the OS. My Galaxy S3 has received many updates over the years.

about 3 months ago
top

NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

olsmeister Re:failure of scope... (136 comments)

Oddly enough, they often do.

about 3 months ago
top

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

olsmeister Re:Why can't it be both? (362 comments)

For the same reason existing car companies don't refine oil.

about 3 months ago
top

Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

olsmeister Re:Don't the subscribers get to choose? (154 comments)

They are selling their infrastructure which passes by said customers. The customers can choose to subscribe, or not. They don't really have another option.

about 4 months ago

Submissions

top

Samsung Galaxy S4 Security Vulnurability

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 8 months ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The Samsung KNOX enterprise security system (presumably a play on Ft Knox, the location of the United States Bullion Depository) contains a security vulnurability that could put both personal and business data at risk. This is according to a discovery by a Ph.D. student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. This is the security system used in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone, which Samsung hopes will allow it to compete with BlackBerry in government and enterprise applications. The flaw could allow attackers to access secure data, as well as load malicious applications."
Link to Original Source
top

New All-Solid Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about a year ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The new all-solid battery design uses solid sulfur and lithium, and outperforms existing lithium-ion batteries with four times the energy density. The battery can maintain a capacity of 1200 milliampere-hours per gram after 300 charge-discharge cycles. More work needs to be done, but one would think this new technology could have applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars, and consumer electronics."
Link to Original Source
top

Low Levels Of Toxic Gas Found To Encourage Plant Growth

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about a year ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Hydrogen Sulfide is a toxic, flammable, foul-smelling gas that some theorize may have been at least partially responsible for some of Earth's mass extinctions, including the Permian-Triassic event, which killed well over half of the species on the planet. Now, thanks to a fortuitous accident, doctoral student at the University of Washington seems to have discovered that very low doses of the gas seems to greatly enhance plant growth, causing plants to germinate more quickly and grow larger. The finding could have far reaching implications for both food and biofuel production."
Link to Original Source
top

Is the Universe a Simulation?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Ever wonder if the universe is really a simulation? Well, physicists do too. Recently, a group of physicists have devised a way that could conceivably prove one way or the other whether that is the case. There is a paper describing their work on arXiv. Some other physicists propose that the universe is actually a giant hologram with all the action actually occurring on a two-dimensional boundary region."
Link to Original Source
top

Alaskan Village Orange Goo was Fungal Spores

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In a follow up to a report that was mentioned on Slashdot a week ago, the NOAA has determined that the orange 'goo' that washed up on the beaches on the remote Alaska village of Kivalina was not eggs of crustaceans, but rather spores from a fungus that creates rust on plants. It is not known whether the fungus is harmful to humans or not."
Link to Original Source
top

Webb Telescope In Crosshairs Of Budget Cutters

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "With cutting the Federal budget high on the list of priorities for most politicians, the James Webb Space Telescope has come into the crosshairs. The telescope is slated to be the successor to the very successful Hubble and will orbit the sun well away from the Earth at the L2 Lagrange point. With the telescope well over budget and behind schedule, it is being singled out as a prime example of government waste and ineptness. If you have an opinion on this, you should contact your representative and let them know your feelings on this program."
Link to Original Source
top

$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen From User

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Bitcoin user allegedly has had $500,000 worth of Bitcoins stolen from him. A hacker supposedly gained access to the user's home computer and managed to get the user's wallet.dat file, which contained the cryptographic keys that allowed him to drain the user's balance."
Link to Original Source
top

Sony to Offer Free Identity Theft Monitoring

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several weeks after having the Playstation Network hacked, and apologizing to users for the breach, Sony is offering $1 million dollars in identity theft protection for users who sign up before June 18th. The protection is being offered through Debix and is called AllClear ID Plus. This appears to be some kind of custom plan especially for Sony, as their normal offerings are called AllClear ID Free and AllClear ID Pro."
Link to Original Source
top

Titan May Have Ocean

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been a particular focus of attention because of its dense, complex atmosphere, its weather and its lakes and oceans.

Now it looks as if Titan is even stranger still. The evidence comes from careful observations of Titan's orbit and rotation. This indicates that Titan has an orbit similar to our Moon's: it always presents the same face towards Saturn and its axis of rotation tilts by about 0.3 degrees.

Together, these data allow astronomers to work out Titan's moment of inertia and this throws up something interesting. The numbers indicate that Titan's moment of inertia can only be explained if it is a solid body that is denser near the surface than it is at its centre."

Link to Original Source
top

Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In its December ruling, the FCC voted to prohibit broadband service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications. As expected, the ruling unleashed protests from an array of big service providers.

Verizon appealed the FCC ruling on Jan. 20.

"We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself," said Michael Glover, Verizon's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, in a statement accompanying the challenge."

Link to Original Source
top

RSA Servers Hacked; SecurID May Be Compromised

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several of RSA's servers were hacked into, resulting in the loss of data related to its SecurID products used for two-factor authentication. The Executive Chairman of RSA, Art Coviello, insists that the lost information will not enable a direct attack, but others say that there is a possibility that new tokens may need to be issued."
Link to Original Source
top

Netflix to Start Creating Original Content

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Netflix may be known for offering some of our favorite TV and movie streams, but the company is about to step up its game and begin offering original content. Netflix has allegedly outbid a number of major cable networks for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called House of Cards, and may be about to close a deal at more than $100 million, according to a report on Deadline.com."
Link to Original Source
top

Lost City of Atlantis Found?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A U.S.-led research team claims they have discovered the remains of what might be the mythical city in a swamp in southern Spain, according to Reuters. They theorize a massive tsunami sent the city to its watery grave thousands of years ago.

The site is 60 miles inland in an area of mud flats. The distance from the coast could be evidence of the tremendous destruction tsunamis can bring.

"This is the power of tsunamis," head research Richard Freund told Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about."

The team used ground-penetrating satellite images to discover the ruins buried in the swampy earth. The marshland, known as Dona Ana Park, is where the team believes they have pinpointed the ancient city."

Link to Original Source
top

NASA Scientist Claims To Discover Alien Life

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Dr. Richard Hoover of the NASA Marshall Splace Flight Center claims to have discovered fossilized life inside of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Many, however, dispute the idea, claiming that the meteorites in question have been on earth for too long and have been contaminated by terrestrial microbes. Dr. Hoover may be a bit biased, however, having just co-authored a book on the subject."
Link to Original Source
top

Cyanobacterium Produces Diesel Directly

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Massachusetts based company has developed a form of cyanobacteria that can take water, sunlight, and CO2, and turn it into diesel fuel. Not only that, but they claim they can do it efficiently and at $30 per barrel. They say they can be operating commercially in 2 years."
Link to Original Source
top

Amazon to Compete With Netflix

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Amazon today announced that it will allow streaming of movies and TV shows to Prime customers at no additional charge, in a move aimed squarely at competing with Netflix. Amazon's selection doesn't seem to stack up that well yet, but it has a cheaper yearly price and free shipping on purchases to boot. Let the competition begin."
Link to Original Source

Journals

olsmeister has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>