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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

perbert Re:WTF? (795 comments)

Seriously, what the hell is this crap?

Further evidence that Slashdot jumped the shark long ago.

Sorry, was there too much jargon in my science there?

about 4 months ago

US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide

perbert Re:More than a fender bender, it seems (236 comments)

Apparently, reading comprehension isn't your strength. Did you miss the bit about "along with another vessel"?

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Breeding Super Bees

perbert Re:Already been done (248 comments)

Didn't they do this a few years ago, when they created the Africanized bee or "killer bees"? Well, by all means keep it up, what could possibly go wrong?

According to the article, they're working with Canadian bees. So---so long as the bees are kept away from the hockey games and alcohol---nothing will go wrong!

more than 3 years ago

Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

perbert Re:So, who's the "customer"? (556 comments)

Your users or world governments?


more than 3 years ago

High Severity BIND Vulnerability Advisory Issued

perbert Re:latest BIND not affected (144 comments)

Just upgrade to tinydns/dnscache and forget about security bugs...

Or to MaraDNS or powerDNS, with the same result, but no legacy DJB BS...

more than 3 years ago

The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet

perbert Re:Wall Street rules (299 comments)

Wait, so one person can't possibly effect a boycott, but one person not voting is legit? There seems to be a disconnect here...

about 4 years ago

Mystery of the Dying Bees Solved

perbert Re:Kill the fungus, fix the problem (347 comments)

Probably the same way that commercial beekeepers administer antibiotics: mix it in with some feed syrup.

more than 4 years ago

US Banks That Offer Transaction History?

perbert Re:Try your Credit Union (359 comments)

I second this idea. Not only are you supporting a locally owned business, but they're also supporting other locally owned businesses. And as a member, you can often get good rates for loans. Also, they're not responsible for all the financial woes in the USA. Well, OK, that last part is speculation, but it does sound good...

more than 4 years ago

Airbus Planning Transparent Planes

perbert Invisible jet? (488 comments)

Would they also require the pilots to dress like Wonder Woman?

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Not Welcome At Palm App Catalog

perbert Re:Dupe (174 comments)

Yes. Must be a slow news day. Here's some follow-up from the first time this appeared.

more than 5 years ago

Samsung's New Carbon Nanotube Color E-Paper

perbert Re:completely translucent (87 comments)

Actually, no. The e-paper itself is NOT translucent or transparent. E-paper is a reflective medium. It's the top electrode on the e-paper, being made of CNTs and acting as a replacement for traditional ITO, that is translucent. However, ITO is very transparent, whereas CNTs are not. Notice the display in the article is rather dark.

Also, ITO is not flexible, while CNTs are. That's why CNTs are being used to replace ITO in e-paper, which is meant to be flexible. At least, in principle.

more than 6 years ago



Hacking the Van Allen Belts

perbert perbert writes  |  about a year ago

perbert (241785) writes "From the IEEE Spectrum: Governments and businesses that regularly launch satellites into space have no appetite for the loss of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. Neither will the general public stomach the loss of astronauts when a mishap occurs. With those things in mind, researchers are considering whether it’s possible to eliminate the Van Allen radiation belts, whose abundance of protons and electrons can damage spacecraft leaving or orbiting Earth. Should we zap the belts? Is it really necessary? What might the consequences be?"
Link to Original Source

U.S. charges five in alleged insider-trading ring

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 4 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "In their most significant move yet in a sweeping insider-trading investigation, federal prosecutors charged four corporate managers with peddling financial details about prominent technology companies and with leaking secrets about popular consumer products such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone in exchange for cash."

Asteroid on track for possible Mars hit

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "An asteroid similar to the one that flattened forests in Siberia in 1908 could plow into Mars next month, scientists said Thursday. The scientists, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, put the chances that it will hit the Red Planet on Jan. 30 at about 1 in 75. The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to an object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb and wiping out 60 million trees."

Keeping Score in the IP Game

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "IEEE Spectrum uses a survey of patents awarded in 2006 to demonstrate the need for patent reform in the USA. FTA: "The data on U.S. patent awards for 2006 show that the patents in any given field still go to a few top companies, that there is little change from year to year among the dominant firms, and that big gaps yawn between the leaders and the runners-up. In almost all branches of electronics, computing, and telecommunications, awards made to the leading company jumped mightily from 2005 to 2006 — by as much as 48 percent in semiconductor manufacturing, 60 percent in telecommunications equipment, and 65 percent in electronics.""

Why International Space Station Computers Failed

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "During the first days of a computer failure in June, the station's atmosphere control system seized up and the autopilot system was knocked off line. Such a failure during a deep-space mission, such as a future trip to Mars, would likely doom the international crew onboard. Here's how it happened."

PHP 4 end of life announcement

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "The PHP development team announced that support for PHP 4 will continue until the end of this year only. After 2007-12-31 there will be no more releases of PHP 4.4. Critical security fixes will be made available on a case-by-case basis until 2008-08-08. For documentation on migration for PHP 4 to PHP 5, there is a migration guide. There is additional information available in the PHP 5.0 to PHP 5.1 and PHP 5.1 to PHP 5.2 migration guides as well."

Peer Review Starts for Software Patents

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "As seen in an interview in IEEE Spectrum: Qualcomm v. Broadcom. Amazon v. IBM. Apple v. seemingly everyone. The number of high-profile patent lawsuits in this country has reached a staggering level. Hoping to curtail the orgy of tech-industry litigation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is experimenting with reforming the way patents are applied for and processed. Launching on 18 June 2007 was an Internet-based peer-review program whereby anyone (yes, even you) can help to evaluate a number of software patent applications voluntarily submitted for public evaluation. The one-year pilot Peer-to-Patent program is a collaboration between the USPTO and New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, in New York City. The program's Web site allows users to weigh in on patent applications by researching, evaluating, submitting, and discussing prior art, which is any existing information, such as articles in technology journals and other patents, relevant to the applicant's claims."

perbert perbert writes  |  more than 7 years ago

perbert (241785) writes "Mark your calendars: Worldwide pinhole photography day is happening on Sunday, April 29th. This is an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. The basic idea is to take some time off from the increasingly technological world we live in and to participate in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph. Instructions on how to participate are provided..."


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