Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?
I was buying a lock-cable in a computer store (ironically) and put my heavy laptop down on a table to reach into wallet to pay. Within a 5-second window someone had taken it out from under me...
I ran outside, chased him down, got him in a headlock and yelled out for the police and arrested the guy!
Moral of the story, never ever let it go. I was incredibly lucky and learnt my lesson.
Fond Memories of Nerd Camp
"Genesis Science and Technology Forum" / "Geek Camp" In New Zealand. It was an amazing experience, highly recommend to kids should do to inspire social connections in science + fun science. http://www.genesis.co.nz/Overview/COMMUNITY+PROGRAMMES.html
Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)
See C#. All the good bits, with all the cruft skimmed off.
Australian-Built Hoverbike Prepares For Takeoff
Its a sad day when 90% of the comments I've read here are from trolls and doubters. Slashdot posts a fascinating article about a really cool new invention and if there is anywhere he should find support it should be here. If everyone says its "snake oil", "don't listen", "don't try", "go away" we'd never have the Wright Brothers who would easily be discounted as inventors tinkering in their workshops today.
He's already facing tough odds and breaking ground. An innovative technology community should understand that.
I know this will probably be marked trolling; just check yourselves. Support instead of heckle.
PS I'm a kiwi. I have no reason to support this team, but damn, tip of my hat to them. Bloody good job Aussie.
Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment
Its well known politics not shortage are the reason for famine. The reason we don't feed the poor is because if they stop paying for it the price will diminish and industries will collapse. We've had enough to feed everyone for years.
GMO keeps it value added so they can charge a premium, using suicide seeds keeps it in the control of Monsanto. Its pretty much all an evil-empire sort of reality but life in a capitalist world without sufficient regulation.
I support GMO research but also support choice, we need to keep GMO's super tightly regulated & in labs to preserve the rights of people to choose organic food. In the US GMO is everywhere - its virtually impossible to choose not to eat it.
The Challenges of Tapping Blood Flow For Power
One internship I did developed highly efficient wireless power specifically for this purpose... 4 years ago.. not sure why this is news. Similar to SplashPad but for biomedical devices, its quite easily done. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2005/10/1401.ars
Is Sugar Toxic?
As usual on Slashdot people post without actually RTFA at all...
His point is that Fructose is 10x worse than Glucose, because it inhibits satiation response meaning you eat more, as well as cross linking compounds in the liver (sclerosis) leading to liver failure. Also that compared to glucose; 10x more fructose reaches the liver that needs to be processed, and that because of the specifics of fructose processing reaction - It isn't processed, leading to build up, generation of high density LDL protein (heart attacks), insulin resistance, diabetes.
Its a toxin! Simple! And much more toxic than water.
How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?
It was a misleading summary, actually people liked it more when they thought it was cleaning!
"Although Cody touched the subjects in exactly the same way, they reacted more positively when they believed Cody intended to clean their arm versus when they believed Cody intended to comfort them."
See the original:
National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches
I see it as the prisoner-guard dynamic that is seen in so much of psychology. And we all know how that ends! US needs to restore sane levels as fast as possible.
The passengers are customers, not criminals.
Google Challenges Facebook Over User Address Books
hear hear! Same with Facebook and Twitter, its one way.
TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use
Good post, just a thought re:cancer - the radiation flying on the plane itself is 100x more than the backscatter. You leave the protection of the ozone.. its the wild west up there.
Looks like I'll be avoid USA now on my travels.. the options are pretty terrible. Groped or photographed naked. Surely this won't stay for long?
When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook
"...further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G.."
Instillation is... "the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop"
I never thought of connecting a modem like that.
Introducing the Invulnerable Evercookie
I'm sure this logic could be applied to the atomic bomb?
Are we really better off having it?
Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables
Who ever tagged this "!causation" obviously didn't watch Pop Eye growing up. It definitely influenced my vegetable intake. I remember thinking about Pop Eye when sucking up the strength to eat more steamed broccoli.
How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?
When I was young we had a rule - 30min of computer time a day - with the exception of programming. The only way I was allowed to use the computer past 30min a day was in QBASIC.
Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You
Its not like this everywhere thank goodness. In my school I had the same situation - and regularly stood up for myself and the school only punished the guy that started it (3 of them, 2 got expelled)
Go to New Zealand for common sense =)
Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...
Santiago! Amazing city for expat's.
Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit
Apple is turning evil.. what is happening?
- Theora Lawsuit,
- Raise Ebook Prices,
- Shut down Laja,
- Battling Flash,
- Nailing the Engineer who dropped the iPhone,
Where is their PR department?
Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit
The same *misinterpretations* are regularly applied * misinterpreting* the old testament, sacrifice and stoning, gay ministers and hard-right-zealot Christian towns in the US. Christianity really should remove its log before picking the dust,
Mainstream in Iraq or Mainstream in Europe? My basic argument still stands, poverty and extremism go hand in hand. All the religions are founded on love.. not hatred. Individual agendas twist religion and poverty to acts of hatred - in all religions
Simply saying - don't believe ALL Muslims are extremists, its blatantly incorrect, just like I don't believe all republicans are nut-jobs ;)
Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit
Yep! Factor in poverty and lack of basic necessities, I bet the proportionality would still stand. Extremism is born from poor education => from poverty.
5% was for illustration purposes only. Obviously the actual percentage would need to be looked up somewhere. My point was its people that are extreme! Not islam!