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Huge Pool of Ice-Free Water Discovered Under Greenland Ice

thered2001 Re:Slipping and sliding (135 comments)

I came to post this exact thought. It's all the ice piled up above the water-line we need to worry about. Greenland and the Antarcticshould a big slide happen, well, we'll have a bit more water in the oceans. (I was going to say something more snarky but it's not needed, is it?)

about 9 months ago
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Fire At Hynix FAB May Bump DRAM Prices

thered2001 This is not... (77 comments)

...a repeat from 1992.

1 year,18 days
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Have We Hit Peak HFT?

thered2001 Vonnegut would be amused (476 comments)

Hocus Pocus "Microsecond Arbitrage" - traders must not read good fiction.

about a year ago
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Apple Reportedly Heading Off iPhone 'Glassgate'

thered2001 Glass on both sides? (255 comments)

Are the iPhone backs made of glass too? (Description says "back".)

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Outlines Plan For Next-Gen Space Robots

thered2001 Maybe not so good an idea (89 comments)

"When the astronauts get out and begin their work, they can flip a switch to turn the vehicle into an autonomous robot that goes off to undertake projects on the planet." Hopefully, not the kind of projects which might leave the astronauts stranded.

more than 4 years ago
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UMG To Price New CDs Under $10

thered2001 What's the first thing you would do with a CD? (362 comments)

If given a music CD, what would be the first thing you'd do with it? Play it or burn it? (Or give it back with an apology of "this is not a format I support any more"?)

more than 4 years ago
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Lego Creating Multiplayer Online Game

thered2001 NetDevil??? (99 comments)

Parents are gonna LOVE that! LEGO is now consorting with Satan?

more than 4 years ago
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LackRack Makes Home Colocation More Affordable

thered2001 My wife would kill me... (4 comments)

...if I put that in the living room! Also...most rack-mounted servers loud and heavy. They would likely break loose from those wooden legs.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Math For Programmers?

thered2001 What? Math for programmers? (466 comments)

I always thought it all boils down to simple arithmetic. Add, subtract, bit shifts...etc.

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Teams Up With Scientists To Monitor Climate

thered2001 Re:Industrial behavior has climatic effects, so... (417 comments)

I agree. Climate change, in general, has many socio-political effects...right up the CIA's alley. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but at one time they employed more economists than field agents.

more than 4 years ago
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Royal Society Releases Historic Science Papers

thered2001 This might have saved... (83 comments)

...Neal Stephenson a trip. Does the site contain any papers about the benefits of drinking mercury?

more than 4 years ago
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Africa's Albino Exodus

thered2001 I sincerely wish... (4 comments)

...that I had the money and time to mount a posse of albino hunter hunters. Killing would be too good for these hunters.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Create Artificial Meat

thered2001 Varley's meat trees... (820 comments)

...can't be too far off. Let's hope he isn't right about the Invaders.

more than 4 years ago
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Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear Engine

thered2001 I don't believe it (297 comments)

I highly doubt that "engine" in the photo in the article is real. It looks like some sort of industrial fluid control device onto which they painted the radiation symbol. Or maybe some sci-fi set piece they bought off of a Hollywood back lot.

more than 4 years ago
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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

thered2001 Re:I guess this article had its intended effect... (762 comments)

This was covered in Car & Driver a couple months ago (before it passed.) At the time, I seem to recall it was only going to be required for dark-colored cars. Or was it that dark-colored cars were also going to be banned or surcharged? (Damn, it sucks to get old and have an afternoon vodka-drinking habit.)

more than 4 years ago
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China Strangles Tor Ahead of National Day

thered2001 I'm getting old (297 comments)

After reading the headline, I thought China was doing harm to my favorite book publisher. "How could they be a threat to China?" I wondered. "Sure some of their books are thought-provoking, but really!"

more than 4 years ago
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Stockholm's Bunny-Fueled Heating Plant

thered2001 "The main problem" (11 comments)

Yes, it's shocking they're not dealing with the main problem: shrubberies. Or rabbits with an appetite. Clearly the Swedish government needs to either, (a) rip all the greenery from the Stockholm parks and public areas in a preemptive strike (resulting in lots of starved rabbit carcasses for fuel) or, (b) set up a research program to develop rabbits which don't eat. I think it's obvious which would be best and benefit all mankind...but will they have the nerve?

more than 4 years ago
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High-Temp Superconductors To Connect Power Grids

thered2001 This is when... (332 comments)

...we find out we aren't all exactly running 60 HZ after all.

more than 4 years ago
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Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

thered2001 When?!? (203 comments)

I presume these scientists put these spiders in while I was sleeping. Or are they responsible for the Alfa Romeo Spider in my garage? This might just be a big "Three's Company" misunderstanding!

more than 4 years ago
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Alabama Wages War Against the Perfect Weed

thered2001 The Cogongrass website is interesting (360 comments)

There's an aerial photo section which is kind of creepy. It depicts outbreaks of the stuff which occur as circles dotting the landscape. It really does resemble an alien invasion. cogongrass.org

more than 4 years ago

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Google Maps-to-Panoramio links broken

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "The link between maps.google.com and the photo hosting website Panoramio.com seems to be broken. Wikipedia links also seem to be down. The linking is enabled by choosing the "Photos" and "Wikipedia" options in the "More..." popup. The condition seems to have begun Saturday evening. Hard to imagine something like this being down for more than 24 hours!"
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Earthquake test using world's largest shake table

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "A cool photo showing a seven-story building constructed indoors atop the "world's largest shake table" accompanies this interesting article. The test will be conducted on July 14th and will be streamed live.

From the article:

'[A] multi-university team, led by Colorado State University, has placed a seven-story building — loaded with sensing equipment and video cameras — on a massive shake table, and will expose the building to the force of an earthquake that hits once every 2,500 years. '"

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Stem cells used to fight corneal disease

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "This could mean a lot to sufferers of this blinding condition!

From the article:

In a world-first breakthrough, University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical researchers have used stem cells cultured on a simple contact lens to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease.

Sight was significantly improved within weeks of the procedure, which is simple, inexpensive and requires a minimal hospital stay."

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Nanoelectronics and nanophotonics breakthrough?

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "Graphene nanoelectronics may be one step closer to reality...

From the article:

"Having no bandgap greatly limits graphene's uses in electronics," says Feng Wang of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is a member of the Materials Sciences Division. "For one thing, you can build field-effect transistors with graphene, but if there's no bandgap you can't turn them off! If you could achieve a graphene bandgap, however, you should be able to make very good transistors."

Wang, who is also an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, has achieved just that."

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Twitter to suppliment 911?

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "From an article in today's AJC: 'Could tweeting be the answer to Atlanta's seemingly overwhelmed 911 center? Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall said it's worth exploring. On Friday he used the social-media tool Twitter to obtain assistance for a woman who suffered a seizure at the intersection of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Jackson Street.' I'm sure Twitter will prove to be a very reliable way of summoning emergency help!"
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FIrst large-scale malicious PDF?

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "Received in my inbox this morning was an item with the subject line "FW: Madeleine's McCann's uncle — Please forward (NEWPOSTER)". I vaguely recalled this news item from a couple years back and looked further.

The e-mail had been sent to everyone in my company's directory by one of our employees...not something one would do if they wanted to stay out of trouble. The message had been forwarded from someone in England to *a lot* of people. The only attachment was a PDF (which I didn't open.)

So, is the first usage of the malicious PDF problem reported by Adobe?"
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Protection for older internet users

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "I'm going to be setting up a new(ish) computer for my mom to replace the 13-year-old Windows 98SE machine she's currently using. I would like to know what you have found to be effective with regard to spyware and virus protection on home Windows XP machines which do not benefit from corporate-grade measures.

At home, I've been happy with Zone Alarm + Anti-Virus. But it's a bit complex and, by default, is pretty restrictive. People have a tendency to click through many of its messages when they don't understand what they mean. Plus, it likes to throw some pretty serious-sounding warnings.

Additional data:

- My mom is 70 years old and resides in North Carolina. Regular on-site visits are not an option. She is good with following instructions but her computer knowledge is a bit dated.

- Her internet connectivity is DSL provided by Verizon and the computer is left typically on.

- Month-to-month expenses should be kept to a minimum for her. I can cover expenses as long as she is unaware of my participation. (In other words, solutions should not regularly present dialogs or messages reading 'you owe' or 'you have paid'.)

- Non-Windows operating systems are not an option. She'd be lost in Linux or OSx.

So, folks, what protection strategies would you recommend? Viruses are probably less of an issue than 'bots and other web-nasties."
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Nanogenerator could lead to self-powered devices

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "An interesting tid-bit about a completely new method of electricity generation:

"In a small step toward making electronics that can power themselves, researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Dayton in Ohio have discovered how to generate electricity just by bending tiny wires back and forth.

"By embedding the wires in a thin film covering, they could be sewn into the sole of a shoe or woven into clothing, generating juice with each step and every movement.""

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Super Soaker inventor's JTEC is a Breakthrough

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "We've discussed Lonnie Johnson before (http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/09/2310232) but his latest invention has received even higher praise winning a Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Award. He's an amazing man who has faced adversity and persevered. The attached link provides an excellent synopsis of one of the most intriguing inventors practicing their craft today. It is highly likely his "Johnson Thermo-electrochemical Converter" will be showing up ubiquitously in years to come. The article sumarizes it in a paragraph:

Most electricity is generated using heat to power a mechanical device, such as a piston or a turbine. The JTEC uses heat to force ions through a special membrane. "It's a totally new way of generating electricity from heat," Paul Werbos told Popular Mechanics. The JTEC includes two closed hydrogen cells or "stacks" attached to pairs of electrodes. One is a low-temperature stack, the other is high-temperature. Current compresses hydrogen in the low-temperature stack, ionizing the hydrogen and forcing its protons through the membrane to the high-temperature stack, where the hydrogen expands. Current is generated as electrons are freed. The high-temperature end generates more power than the low-temperature end uses — creating an excess that can cool beer or run TVs and washing machines. Hydrogen is neither burned nor added, and emissions are zero.

His story is the best example of the great things which can happen when brilliant people obtain commercial success and are free to pursue their interests — in this case, cheap energy. I've always imagined there must be a way to recover waste heat directly as electricity. He might have done it."

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Smokers premium at work

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "While this question is a little off-topic, I'm posing it here as a) I'm in IT and work for a tech company, and b) Slashdot has some really insightful and knowledgeable readers from whom I'd like to get opinions.

My company has just implemented a policy which places a 'premium' on people who smoke. It's not a whole lot of money, so most employees are basically cool with it. The company has not been specific about how the money is being spent, however. I'm fairly certain our health insurance provider has not raised rates specifically on smokers because everyone's premiums are going up in a similar fashion. It is possible that our 'free' life insurance policy rates are an underlying issue.

So my questions are: has anyone here witnessed this at their workplace? Is this new policy legal? (It all strikes me as a bit unfair as I know of several 'closet' smokers who don't smoke at work but make like a chimney after-hours.)"
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Mysterious "Dark Flow" discovered by NASA

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "Something new from the dark side. Quote from the article:

"The clusters show a small but measurable velocity that is independent of the universe's expansion and does not change as distances increase," says lead researcher Alexander Kashlinsky at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "We never expected to find anything like this."

Kashlinsky calls this collective motion a "dark flow" in the vein of more familiar cosmological mysteries: dark energy and dark matter. "The distribution of matter in the observed universe cannot account for this motion," he says."

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Astronomers find planet collision

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "From the article:

"It's as if Earth and Venus collided with each other," said Benjamin Zuckerman, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and a co-author on the paper. "Astronomers have never seen anything like this before; apparently major, catastrophic, collisions can take place in a fully mature planetary system."

"If any life was present on either planet, the massive collision would have wiped out everything in a matter of minutes: the ultimate extinction event," said coauthor Gregory Henry, an astronomer at Tennessee State University. "A massive disk of infrared-emitting dust circling the star provides silent testimony to this sad fate," said Henry."

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The Most Dark Matter-Dominated Galaxy

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  about 6 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "A nearby galaxy has been found to be the darkest yet discovered. From the article:

"A team led by a Yale University astronomer has discovered the least luminous, most dark matter-filled galaxy known to exist.

The galaxy, called Segue 1, is one of about two dozen small satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy. The ultra-faint galaxy is a billion times less bright than the Milky Way, according to the team's results, to be published in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). But despite its small number of visible stars, Segue 1 is nearly a thousand times more massive than it appears, meaning most of its mass must come from dark matter.""

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Doppler on Wheels Deployed at Hurricane Ike

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  about 6 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "An interesting article about a courageous mission to study the winds surrounding the eye of a hurricane. From the article:

The only scientific team to successfully brave Hurricane Ike's knock-down winds and swells in Galveston was the DOW, the Doppler on Wheels mobile weather radar operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colo.

"The DOW mission to Ike provided, for the first time, high-resolution radar data collected from the ground of the inside of a hurricane eye strengthening during landfall, and from a hurricane that directly impacted a large urban area," said scientist Josh Wurman of CWSR."

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Michigan Tech uses GPUs to model TB growth

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  about 6 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "In a release titled "From Xbox to T-Cells: Michigan Tech Researchers Borrow Video Game Technology to Model Human Biology" come these interesting statements:

"A team of researchers at Michigan Technological University is harnessing the computing muscle behind the leading video games to understand the most intricate of real-life systems."

"In particular, the team aims to model complex biological systems, such as the human immune response to a tuberculosis bacterium."

"'With a $1,400 desktop, we can beat a computing cluster,' says D'Souza. 'We are effectively democratizing supercomputing and putting these powerful tools into the hands of any researcher. Every time I present this research, I make it a point to thank the millions of video gamers who have inadvertently made this possible.'""

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Clayton Co. (Georgia) Schools lose accreditation

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  about 6 years ago

thered2001 (1257950) writes "A rare event indeed...readers might want to take note if relocation plans are in your future:

The Clayton County school system has lost its accreditation, the first in the nation to lose accreditation since 1969, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced today.

Link to an article is attached.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/clayton/stories/2008/08/28/clayton_schools_accreditation.html"

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No mod points?

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Very strange. Like clockwork each week for many months were the mod points. Now two weeks with none. Am I being singled out for my odd views? In this place? (Unlikely in the extreme.) Guess this is my /. vacation time.

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eMusic = cutouts

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Someone managed to grab a great TLD like "eMusic." Too bad they couldn't get connected to the major labels in a major way. After the (minor) media launch, they might want to reconsider their dot-com marketing plan.

If you're looking for stuff which didn't sell well, they've got it @ US$0.25 per.

If in the unlikely event you want my opinion, they should have auctioned off the TLD last year to Amazon or Microsoft. (Apple did/does not need it.)

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Custom-made music video DVDs

thered2001 thered2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Online resources like youtube.com and, most especially, mtvmusic.com allow you view many music videos but the quality is seriously lacking when compared to broadcast quality. The same goes with other short material like TV Shows and commercials (like the funny ones broadcast during the Super Bowl -- these can seem even funnier years later).

What I would like to see is a web-based on-demand DVD compilation service where a user can select from short content material and have these items rendered to DVD for a reasonable fee. Imagine iTunes combined with Netflix.

Wouldn't you pay 10 or 20 dollars for a permanent, high-quality collection of you favorite music videos and other shorts? With the automatic clearing of IP between services and copyright holders, this shouldn't be too hard to arrange.

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