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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

theshowmecanuck Re:What about long-term data integrity? (385 comments)

And then we can slowly pull the cards out of the slots while the computer sings Bicycle Built For Two in ever slower verses.

11 hours ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

theshowmecanuck Re:Shyeah, right. (225 comments)

Depends on your definition of state.

11 hours ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

theshowmecanuck Re:No Different. (411 comments)

Relatively speaking? Yes.

yesterday
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

theshowmecanuck Re:ATC (328 comments)

OK, I don't know much about those monitors, but you did say Sony. So my immediate assumption would be that they patented them (that's OK), but in addition made all connectors to it patented and everything had to go through Sony display drivers/cards. And they likely only accepted video data formatted in a patented Sony format that they would never open up, etc. etc. etc. bunch of Sony bullshit ad nauseam, all of which made anyone else who thought about using them say fuck that; why pay a shitload of money for something I can't use with any of my other stuff? And like a bunch of other rather good ideas Sony has had in the past, it died and withered on the vine of incompatibility.

3 days ago
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Android Botnet Evolves, Could Pose Threat To Corporate Networks

theshowmecanuck Root Your Device? (54 comments)

Is this a good reason to root your device so you can put a decent firewall on it? At the least block its communication if it installs itself. Or is it known to change firewall settings too?

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

theshowmecanuck Re:LOL! Firefox has 10% of the market! (395 comments)

The other thing I hate about the mobile version of Firefox is that it puts the page title in the location bar, so I can't really tell what site I'm on. Title's can lie, I want to see the actual address. On mobile, I use Dolphin Browser. It works pretty good for the most part, some minor issues, but I can still watch flash videos with it on the newer android devices. It also isn't Chrome, I agree about the privacy issue... they all might have issues, but phoning everything home to Google is too creepy for me.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

theshowmecanuck Re:Was impressed until.. (144 comments)

Bell Canada actively spies on what their users do on all their connections, internet and phone. They track you. They openly stated it a few years ago, 'for advertising purposes.' The major players have regional monopolies but have been transitioning to an oligarchy, with bit players allowed to piggyback if they behave. There is only one small very local company that has its own fibre backbone that is any good, and that is Novus in Vancouver. And they are only in high rise condos, which is too bad. Ten years ago they 10MB down AND up. And you only needed to plug into the wall, no modem required. And they didn't give a rats ass if you ran a server at home (and static IPs were pretty cheap). Now they are up to 50 and 100 MB. http://www.novusnow.ca/interne... I really wished I live in Vancouver still. Trying to move back right now.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

theshowmecanuck Re:Who cares (77 comments)

And then they make Windows 10 phone home with even more personal info than ever before whenever your PC is switched on. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say Microsoft made an OS so bad that everyone had to flock to the next one, even if it did sell all your personal data to the highest bidder and the NSA. At this point, I'll use Windows 7 till it hits end of life and just use Linux after that. I'll probably have an extra PC for games or recording but never use it.

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

theshowmecanuck Re:And yet... (47 comments)

The main Ebola drugs/vaccines that are in play were developed in Canada at the publicly funded National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some money came from private companies, but much was public funds; and who paid for the lab in the first place? (That's a rhetorical question if you didn't get it.) Level 4-containment microbiology labs aren't cheap, it's why there are only a handful in the world and why they are publicly funded, not privately... there is normally no profit in them. I am one who has no problem pointing out the folly and poor performance (it has hurt me personally) of Canada's "public only" healthcare system. I like the public/private funding paradigm that Europe seems to have and which Obamacare seems to be moving towards, and would like to see that adopted here (that is another topic altogether). But I am very against the "private only" healthcare system that many fake Christians in the U.S. want. I have seen it hurt too many people. And this is also a case where we can see that private isn't always better either.

Next question?

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

theshowmecanuck Global Warming (47 comments)

...Unfortunately, the past 15 years have seen everything dry up...

It's Florida, and they're on the coast. Global warming should fix this by the time a few decades are up. If I were them I'd sell everything now and get what I could, then move north to the hills in Georgia. It'll be beach front by the next century. At least their decedents can enjoy it if they can keep the property in the family.

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

theshowmecanuck Re:Bring back the shuttles. (47 comments)

I think part of the problem was that instead of treating it more like an experimental craft, learning from it and implementing changes based on those teachings, they treated it like a final every day working product. Like it was the end goal. There is no way you build the first 'reusable' space craft ever and it actually meets that goal. That is not wishful thinking, it's stupid. But in all the years I haven't seen or heard of much if anything that they say they could do better to improve on it. Maybe because they would have felt obliged to actually do something with it.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

theshowmecanuck If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

Cheat your customers, cover it up by suppressing reviews, and then lie about whose fault it is. Has nothing to do with properly testing your product and releasing quality software.

about two weeks ago
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'Dark Magma' Could Explain Mystery Volcanoes

theshowmecanuck New Madrid Seismic Zone (77 comments)

I wonder if they can apply this to why New Madrid Missouri had one of the biggest recorded earthquakes in US history while not being very near any fault line.

about two weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

theshowmecanuck Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (91 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood that some aspects of visual processing happen either in eye itself or the optic nerve. And part of this fellow's experiment involved visual recognition. Would the visual pre-processing before the signals reach the brain throw off some of the 'results' as well? It it also my understanding that the spinal column also does some pre-processing, so to speak. I'm wondering if at the least, his simple experiment didn't really 'stress-test' the system, so he might be missing a lot.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

theshowmecanuck Re:Sadly, not surprising. (182 comments)

I used to think Australia was pretty cool. But with their seemingly ever increasing big brother government and internet restictions, I don't think it is all that great any more. I think it is acting like what American big brother advocates would like to get away with. Worse even than Britain's snoop on everyone approach.

about three weeks ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

theshowmecanuck Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

Save the children, live in a cave, give them a bible.

about a month ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

theshowmecanuck Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

Why do you think every website, from Facebook to Twitter to the crappy newspaper down the street, is trying to get a way to show video ads? It's because they make a lot of money off those things.

That is because most people don't pay to visit a web site. Other than their ISP fees.

about a month ago

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Alleged Satellite Photograph Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about two weeks ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A group calling itself the Russian Union of Engineers has published a photograph, picked up by many news organizations (just picked one, Google it yourself to find more), claiming to show that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane. The interesting thing is the very quick ad hoc crowd sourced debunking of the photograph using tools from Google maps, online photos/data, to their own domain knowledge backed up with the previous information. It would be interesting to understand who the "Russian Union of Engineers" are and why they in particular were chosen to release this information."
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iPhone 6 and 6+ Drop Test on Video.

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 2 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A mobile review website, phonebuff.com has posted a drop test video on YouTube featuring the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. This was done outside on concrete. When dropped on their backs, both were OK. Dropped on their edges, the iPhone 6+ screen had significant breakage in the bottom corner area. When dropped on its face, the iPhone 6 screen shattered completely. The video is pretty straight forward."
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Newly Discovered Asteroid Passing Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 3 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A newly found asteroid the size of a house will give earth a close flyby this weekend. It will pass just below satellites in geostationary orbit, and above New Zealand around 14:18 EDT / 18:18 GMT / 06:18 NZST this coming Sunday (Monday morning in NZ).

"Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal on Maui, Hawaii," NASA officials said in a statement.""
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Blackberry Passport Specs "Leaked" Synopsis: Powerful, more than expected

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 3 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Digital Spy says:"BlackBerry's square-shaped Passport smartphone will be more powerful than first thought if a specs leak turns out to be accurate. N4BB has posted a page of what they say is the full specification sheet for the new device."
It is set to be released in September, so time will tell. N4BB says it will include:
  • 4.5-inch 1,440 x 1,440 display with a pixel density of 453dpi. possibly a higher resolution than the iPhone 6.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core CPUs (MSM8974-AA)
  • Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
  • 3GB of LPDDR3 800MHz RAM
  • 32GB Flash storage
  • micro-SD support (hot swappable) to 64 GB.
  • 13 MP back camera, 2 MP Front
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps (back)
  • image stabilization front and back
  • USB 2 support out of the box
  • USB 3 support with optional (as in buy separately) BB cable
  • etc... see the N4BB link for more detail
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Private Data On iOS Devices, Not So Private

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 4 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.

Users are not notified that the services are running and cannot disable them, Zdziarski said. There is no way for iPhone users to know what computers have previously been granted trusted status via the backup process or block future connections."

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Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 5 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes " Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it."
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Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 8 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Remember the safety issue with Toyota vehicles causing them to accelerate uncontrollably while not allowing the drivers to turn them off? The one caused by killer firmware? Seems they have now been dinged for $1.2 billion for lying about it. From this article on the CBC:

Under the agreement, announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2-billion financial penalty under a "deferred prosecution agreement."

The article also said, "the payments are unlikely to hurt Toyota's finances much." It seems even if the government has decided to punish Toyota, the consumer hasn't."

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Graphine Condom Proposed By Bill Gates

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  1 year,4 days

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Well it's not exactly carbon fibre, and might not be bullet proof, but scientists at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester are working on blocking another kind of shot. According to the BBC, "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded scientists $100,000 (£60,000) to create stronger, thinner condoms from the new 'wonder material'." Perhaps they might even provide an enhancement so that you can broadcast some 'getting in the mood' music at the same time?"
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Putin Beats Chuck Norris

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  1 year,12 days

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "In a true news for nerds flash, Slashdot's favorite ass kicker Chuck Norris has just been eclipsed by Vladimir Putin in the realm of Taekwondo. It seems our man Vlad has just been granted a 9th degree black belt, one better than yesterday's news Chuck. The king is dead, long live the king. Now to start rewriting all those old Norris jokes. Let's see, Chuck Norris^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HVladimir Putin is the only person that can punch a cyclops between the eye."
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  1 year,20 days

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From the 'Think Of The Children' Department: OK, so this isn't a tech article. But it is about something that is so messed up I just had to post it. A school in British Columbia (the province that now even California can call flakey) has just banned elementary school students from touching each other during recess. You know, one of those times for play and more importantly learning how to socialize (which itself includes touching). CTV News reports: "A ban on touching during recess at a B.C. elementary school has shocked parents, who call the new no-touch policy "ridiculous." For most kids, recess is a chance to run around and goof-off with their friends, but a new ban on touching at a school in Aldergrove could put a damper on playtime. School administrators at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in B.C. have banned kindergarten students from touching each other during recess.""
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Bell Canada Will Begin Tracking All Customer Online Activity

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A report in the Financial Post says: "A move by BCE Inc. to track its cellular customers’ every move and use that information for marketing purposes has prompted public complaints along with an investigation by Canada’s privacy regulator. ... BCE plans to change its privacy policy on Nov. 16 and begin using account and network usage information to serve up personalized advertising it says will be more relevant to users. ... BCE’s policy states it will collect network usage information including: web pages users visit from their mobile devices or home Internet, search terms used, location, app usage, television viewing and calling patterns." BCE == Bell Canada Enterprises. Granted Google and Facebook do this already, but you have a choice to use them or not. With limited competition in the mobility market, when your service provider gets in on the act, it gets increasingly hard for people to opt out of corporate bother's ever watchful eye. Is VPN (or similar mechanism) for all mobile users the answer? Or do we just have to learn to eat whatever they feed us?"
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CDN Gov Security Concerns - Egypt Accelero Barred from Buying CDN Telco Division

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that:

Manitoba Telecom Services says the federal government has rejected a deal for it to sell its business unit Allstream to Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital Holdings due to "unspecified national security concerns." ...

The Winnipeg company said late Monday it is "extremely surprised and disappointed" by the decision to not approve the deal, which was announced last May. At the time, the company valued the sale at $520 million.

The company said it and Accelero, which is owned by Egyptian telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, have offered to "take whatever actions are necessary" to address Industry Canada's concerns, but have been rejected.

Sawiris is an original investor in small wireless company Wind Mobile, which operates in Canada. ..."

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Gore Site Operator Arrested for Posting Video of Murder

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "

The owner and operator of a well-known “real gore” website is charged with corrupting morals for posting a video allegedly depicting the murder of student Jun Lin by Luka Magnotta.

Magnotta, 30, is currently in custody charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 33-year-old Chinese international student, who was killed in Montreal in May 2012. The victim’s severed limbs were then mailed to political parties and elementary schools, and his torso found inside a discarded suitcase.

A news interview with the detective in charge of the case, airing on CTV as I type this, says he believes the web site hosts a lot of racist content and unimaginable violence. You should note that Canada has less free speech than in America (we have 'hate crime laws'), but there will likely be some arguments in this vein. The charge against the operator is quite rare and no-one so far remembers it ever being used before."
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Ask Slashdot - Node.js vs JEE/C/C++/.NET in the Enterprise

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "I'm working at a small to medium sized company that creates software for mobile devices, but came from a 'large enterprise' world before. I see node.js being used increasingly in smaller companies (including ours) or in web/mobile related software. Meanwhile we see languages like Java/JEE, C/C++, and .NET continue to be used for medium to large enterprise corporate software. Compared to the status quo in the enterprise (JEE/C/C++/.NET ... and yes, maybe even COBOL) maybe Slashdotters can chime in on how they see Node.js in this role. I'm thinking of things like complexity of business logic (dependencies, workflows, linear processes, etc), transaction support (for processes in general and database support), messaging services, etc. etc. etc. Also what is the state of Node.js in terms of paradigms like application containers, where much of the 'plumbing' is already set up for your (one of the main benefits of JEE application containers). But there is also the question of maintainability, deployment, and ongoing operations. What say you, Slashdot?"
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Electrolyzer Discovery Could Boost Use of Fuel Cells

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year and a half ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "(Despite the misleading headline in the article) Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada have discovered how to make highly efficient electrolyzers using common metals instead of rare earth metals. I think the key quote from the article is this:

Electrolyzers depend on rare, difficult-to-work-with and sometimes toxic metals, but the method developed by Chris Berlinguette and Simon Trudel uses metals as common as rust. It delivers results comparable to current techniques but costs about 1,000 times less.

This seems like it could make the use of fuel cells common place with an economical fuel source. If this pans out, what other hurdles might need addressing to get a fuel cell into every home?"

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Island's Historic Hotsprings Dry Up After Earthquake

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The National Post newspaper in Canada reports: "Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida. ... A Parks Canada inspection party set out to investigate and stepped ashore to find that the island’s three main hot spring pools, which once bubbled with water as warm as 77 Celsius, were bone dry. “Not even a small puddle,” said Mr. Gladstone. Surrounding rocks, once warm to the touch, were cold." The earthquake measured 7.7 on the Richter scale."
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Toronto City Council Bans Plastic Bags

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A CBC radio news item just in reports that at the end of council debate today, the council rather than passing a resolution to discontinue the current 5 cent tax per plastic bag imposed on shoppers a couple of years ago, instead the council imposed a complete ban on plastic bags. The mayor had initiated the debate in order to have the tax rescinded. However, at the end of the day, the council of the city of 2.5 million people voted for a complete ban on plastic bags from stores. It was close, 24 to 20 voting in favour of the ban. It comes into effect January 1rst, 2013. Along with an earlier rebuff to his effort to add subways to a system that sorely needs them (they voted for surface transport), this latest push back from city council might make Mayor Ford reconsider what he wishes for. The mayor is politically right wing, the majority of councillors are on the left. The metro area has 5.5 million people but the ban applies only to the city itself. If this carries through, we will see a strangely retro look in supermarkets and stores next year, baggers with paper bags. What's next, government imposed bell bottoms?"
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Text Messages Suspected of Leading to Accident Death Released

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From TFA: "A series of heartwrenching text messages is being used by the boyfriend of a car accident victim to warn people to pay attention when driving. Mathieu Fortin has created a Facebook page (fr-ca) to get the word out in memory of Emy Brochu, who died Jan. 18 when her car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck as it merged with traffic near Victoriaville, Que...." Hopefully getting the word out will help... hopefully. Too bad humans aren't as well programmed for pro-action as we are for re-action."
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Ohio Quakes Caused By Fracking Waste H2O

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A series of small earthquakes in Ohio (largest Saturday Dec 31, 2011, Magnitude 4.0) may have been caused by briny fracking waste water being injected into the ground close to a fault line. The waste water comes from one of the processes used in fracking natural gas. The company involved agreed to stop pumping the waste water in that location (but the activity is still ongoing elsewhere, further from the fault)."
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No Security At Russian Rocket Plant

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Reuters reports that there is little or no security at one of the main factories in Russia responsible for military and Soyuz rocket manufacture. Blogger Lana Sator was able to walk right into the empty (off hours) facility through huge gaps in the fences that no-one bothered to repair, and there was no security to stop them aside from some dogs that didn't bother them either. In fact Lana even has one picture of herself posing next to an apparently non-functional security camera, another of her sitting on what looks like to be possibly a partially assembled rocket motor (someone who knows better can fill us in), and has about 100 photos of the escapade all told on her blog about this (it's in Russian... which I don't speak... any translators out there?). Russian officials are said to be deeply concerned. I wonder if this has any bearing on why Russian rockets haven't been making it into space successfully, or whether it and the launch failures are all part of some general industrial malaise that is taking place."

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SA Scientist: Dolphins Smart As a Bag of Hammers

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 8 years ago A scientist from South Africa (Paul Manger from Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand) is basically saying that the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy got it all wrong. Dolphins are stupid. Or more succinctly, they are as smart as a bag of hammers. In fact says he, Goldfish are smarter. It seems the size of the Dolphin's brains are due to an overabundance of glia, and well, an underabundance of neurons. The neurons do the thinking (so to speak), and the glia have the support roll, feeding, making connections, and most important in Dolphins, providing heat in cold environment. Here are a couple of links to check out. To the Dolphin's defence, one scientist says that their complex social behaviours tend to refute Manger's claim.

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