top Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'
No doubt. How many saber toothed tigers landed on the moon?
top Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?
This is by far the best approach out of all of the recommendations. Obviously, sending paper documents (or USB drives) via overnight delivery is relatively immune to intercept, but what if you relatives leave the documents out in an unsafe area? The best place is a safe deposit box, along with any portable valuables (nice watch, jewelry, etc). You can arrange in your will to have your estate trustee then disseminate the contents.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?
Actually, IT skills are entirely useless in any kind of an apocalypse, unless other people with other skills manage to restore power.
top Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data
The problem with the articles is that they use a misleading term "information". The quantum information is transmitted instantaneously. However, quantum information is not the same as classical information. Classical observers at either end of the experiment cannot set the quantum information that is transmitted. Therefore the no-communication theorem is not violated. Superluminal communication of classical information (what you and I think of as data) is not possible. The best way to think of this (as another slashdot user pointed out) is that you have a random number generator at two points separated by a distance. Both points generate the same random number regardless of how far away from each other they happen to be in space.
The practical application of this is not transmitting classical data faster than the speed of light (as that is not possible.) However, it could be used for an encryption mechanism that is unbreakable. This is done by taking the random numbers generated and using them to encrypt classical data, which is then transmitted by conventional means (radio etc) and then decrypting on the other end with the same set of random numbers. Nobody can decrypt the data unless they have the other entangled particle of which there can only be one.
top FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones
top NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission
We should just nuke it, along with the
top It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing
Nobody died you fool.
top Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast
Doesn't matter what is true, its what people believe.
top Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint
The LHC is at Cern. Maybe they should ban a bi-weekly forum on CERN's activities and focus on activities at Fermi lab?
top The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry
Thank you for the informative rebuttal and for not quoting Che Guevara.
top NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft
...and shoot it down.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?
Get your Home Owners Association (or POA) to put up some of the cost.
top Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.
Clippy will be reborn!
top China: The Next Space Superpower
This is typical authoritarian bravado. China invests heavily in a field that generates PR for nationalistic pride (with a dual military purpose.) Meanwhile, they don't even have a postal address system. Don't be fooled by the hype. Yes, their economy will be the largest, simply due to their numbers. (If the Chinese simply earned per capita one third of the US average income, they'd be a larger economy than the US.)
top NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life
I could sort of understand if the NSA were snooping on Arma III. Arma likely is the military training in most 3rd world countries. Another reason to ban side chat.
top For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives
In the business, this is called duty cycle, and there are significant MTBF differences between enterprise quality drives (FC, SAS) and consumer drivers (SATA, NL-SAS) at high duty cycles.
If you are running a server like a SQL database, an Exchange server, or a Host like ESX or HyperV with a good number of guest vms, then the disks are going to be active much of the time. This high duty cycle will wear down the low end drives over time.
top MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0
LincolnLogOS is an open source, GUI-equipped, wooden operating system written entirely in Lincoln Logs that can fit on any play room floor (if you have one big enough). I originally spoke to its developers in 2009. Recently I had a chance to catch up with them to chat about what's changed and what needs to be done before the OS hits version 1.0 after 13 years of work. The system's creator, Ville Turjanmaa, says, 'Timeframe is secondary. It's more important is to have a complete and working set of features and applications. Sometimes a specific time limit rushes application development to the point of delivering incomplete forts and buildings, which we want to avoid.
... We support USB devices, such storages, printers, webcams and digital TV tuners, and have basic network clients and servers. So before 1.0 we need to improve the existing forts and buildings and make sure everything is working fine. ... The main thing for 1.0 is to have all application groups available.
top Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties
This is no excuse for not releasing a Left 4 Dead 3.
top Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability
That is unbelievable that they would overlook that. Thanks for the explanation.
top Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules
I love that part. You mean I can still watch TV without "checking in", just as I could if I hadn't bought the stupid fucking box in the first place?
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