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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

theshowmecanuck Re:Go write a global illumination algorithm (267 comments)

And IIRC Amigas were used on at least one of the Terminator movies. I think the second one where the reconstituting terminator appeared.

yesterday
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

theshowmecanuck Re: Of Course (114 comments)

Someone please explain to me why this would be flamebait? I am just pointing out facts that people here on Slashdot get modded up for all the time.

2 days ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

theshowmecanuck Re: Of Course (114 comments)

I had the same first reaction but after thinking, there is some merit to this idea. China has a fairly stable set of policies. North America and Europe often change policies based on election cycles and what the latest 'lobbyist' put in his political puppet's pocket. No judgement on what the best system is, but the point does have some merit. Both of course have even more back room deals.

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

theshowmecanuck Re:Useless Art Project (161 comments)

This idea has been used in several scifi and fantasy stories/books for how to transport people. In a few they expand a bit on the possible moral conundrums this can cause. This is just an applied science version of the same thing. Would you blast a post about a scifi story that this kind of discussion? Scifi is near and dear to most slashdot readers.

2 days ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

theshowmecanuck Of Course (114 comments)

Since most of their operations are in China (even if de facto), they are essentially a Chinese company. They have to agree.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

theshowmecanuck Re:No way! (506 comments)

No, they just wanted more money. Once the lobbyists line the pockets of those two, they will tell everyone they have come into possession of 'new facts' and change their stance to allow more off shoring and Indian and Chinese workers in.

3 days ago
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TWEETHER Project Promises 10Gbps MmW 92-95GHz Based Wireless Broadband

theshowmecanuck Disrupt to ISP's Gorilla Broadband?? (54 comments)

Could something like this could completely hose all the ISP's if open sourced and if it works well? Here's the concept: People like the dd wrt folks could customize router firmware to act as repeaters and whoever wants can set up relay stations with home type routers, weatherproofed and sitting on a pole outside if need be, creating a de facto municipal wireless broadband network without needing ISP's. I guess some question are: how to hook it up to the regular Internet's backbone, address space, etc. Could a Gorilla Internet be created with something like this?

3 days ago
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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

theshowmecanuck Re:Big Brother Is Expanding His Reach (122 comments)

One organization. How many businesses are doing the same thing, but because there is no oversight we don't see it. My guess is, as many as can get away with it. All the ad sense and analytics make what the NSA is doing look like a plastic kiddy pool compared to Lake Superior. Sure they're doing stuff we don't like. Businesses are doing it too. The one thing I will say on Google's side is we can see some of it.

4 days ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

theshowmecanuck Re:30 years? (222 comments)

developers cum cats who don't like being herded in the same direction; so you get 50 versions of something all half assed trying to do the same thing. That, instead of one or two versions doing it in a most excellent way if the same developers worked together and learned give and take instead of 'take my ball and go fork it'.

5 days ago
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Best Cube?

theshowmecanuck Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

Inhibitors wouldn't even blink as they took the borg apart.

about a week ago
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Props to Bill Maher

theshowmecanuck Re:Declaring victory too early, you are (76 comments)

Maher points out that suppression of free speech is absolutely anti-liberal.

What he said is that people who want to shut down Limbaugh's site or block free speech are part of the problem because, "You're not even a proper liberal, because you don't get free speech." He didn't say that liberals who play the race card are anti-free speech (necessarily, my word), but that they are BULLIES for playing the race card. I included the word 'necessarily' as I believe it was implied; not everyone who uses it is anti free speech, or to quote Mahr again (properly), "everyone can always come up with a reason why the thing that bugs YOU should get a waiver, but free speech only works if there are no waivers; no waivers, including for religion." Or for calling down a-holes who always play the race card.

And no one said the first response of a liberal was to play the race card. Just that when people do, they are bullies. "Playing the race card" means using race where it doesn't belong. And it is used way too much. And it IS bullying. If you don't like it, that's your problem, and a sign that maybe you ARE part of the problem.

And who was talking about Lawn chair administration?

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

theshowmecanuck Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

Presumably if they manage to make something to go to Mars it will have to be a closed loop system since they won't have a way (or an easy way) to top up many types of consumables. I can see getting the idea of landing with these fins to work, but I would think if they wanted to keep it for a long voyage, they'll have to figure out how to make it closed loop at some time.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

theshowmecanuck Re:People forget about people. (81 comments)

The rhetoric and crazy gets dialed up to 11 straight out of the gate.

Same reason I stay away from churches and religion in general. Each have their own agenda, whether the people who belong realize it or not.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

theshowmecanuck No (481 comments)

Self inflected wounds cannot be blamed on the weapon. The American people did it to themselves by electing these assholes. If the people who don't like this wanted to avoid it, they would have either voted or voted for someone else. You can't say both parties would do it, because an active electorate would have ensured someone who met the needs was on the ballot. If you are Democrat, make sure a Democrat who don't do this gets nominated. Likewise, Republican. Or find an independent.

about two weeks ago
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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

theshowmecanuck Big Brother Is Expanding His Reach (122 comments)

We know Google really isn't into the whole "don't be evil" thing anymore as they have become a giant corporation like all others. And while I like the idea of something like this being freely available, the first thing that came to my mind was that now they will have access to people's actual conversations, not just search queries. I've thought for a long time that 'big brother' will not come from governments, but from corporations. Maybe it comes from watching the original 1975 Roller Ball movie and it's basis around the 'corporate state'.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

theshowmecanuck Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

The reality is the cartels will legitimize and become legal corporations. Then the current cartel bosses will become legitimate respectable businessmen, just like the owners of many major liquor companies did after American prohibition in the 1930s. As an example, review of the Bronfman family of Montreal and their company, Seagrams, at one point the largest distilling company in the world. As an aside, it is also a good example, and a sad one, of the descendants completely fucking things up. Regardless, legalizing marijuana will create another case of history repeating itself.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

theshowmecanuck Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

I'd imagine some of the cartels might if they use this network to resist them.

Ha! You could use the same phrase to describe the situation in Canada and the USA wrt the phone companies.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

theshowmecanuck Harper has to go (172 comments)

Even if you have to hold your nose, Vote NDP next time. At least the leader has half a brain more than no brain Trudeau. I'd normally vote Conservative (they use to be like Democrats in the US). But I can't do it now. Too many reasons to count why.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

theshowmecanuck Re:It may not be a lie. (172 comments)

America holds foreign nationals guilty and/or accountable to American courts for crimes committed outside the United States all the time.

about two weeks ago

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Alleged Satellite Photograph Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 2 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 10 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  |  about a year ago

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  |  about a year ago

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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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 and a half 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  about 3 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  |  about 3 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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