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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

tiberus Re:8 disintegrations/sec per cubic meter. Nothing. (114 comments)

Maybe it's a slow news cycle . . .

In terms of reporting a danger, you may well have a point but, you can also look at it in terms of reporting that once it crosses the ocean the radiation is at a very low level and does not present a threat . . . In which case you may still have a point. Well at least now we have a benchmark for how long it takes radiation to get to the U.S. from Japan, might come in handy someday.

about two weeks ago

Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

tiberus Re:Bennett on Tor and exit nodes (126 comments)

Thanks, now I'm having flashbacks of Chuck Norris jokes in the Barrens on Drak'thul.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

tiberus Re:non profits are run like for profits. (104 comments)

Of course now that I want it, I can't find a reference for it . . .

On of the issues in doing a project like this for free, is that many customers equate the cost of an item or service with its value. In the case Anonymous Coward mentioned above the system/website has no cost so some will feel that is has no value. It can also extend to the persons time to develop/maintain the system. As the system grows, change requests are submitted that 'cost' the developer but, add no cost or value in the eyes of the customer.

Several companies that offered support for 'free' services discovered that customers from the free service were much more demanding and intolerant that those that paid even a nominal fee for the same or a similar service. A few companies even discontinued their 'free' offerings as the cost to maintain those services became too burdensome.

about a month ago

Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

tiberus Next 24 Hours News Cycle (77 comments)

Scientific Community

Cheerios are by far the best in the cereal aisle at growing chemically productive fungi

Blue Press

Cheerios discovered to harbor a wide range of funguses

about a month and a half ago

Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

tiberus Re:What right do they have anyway? (144 comments)

On one side you have Google as it was, everything it finds, indexed categorized and available to be found. The other end of the spectrum would be a world without search engines. A vast array of options exist between those two points. Yes, Google is judge, jury and executioner for now as it is their %$%$ search engine and they haven't been forced to do otherwise. Who would you have sit in judgement instead? Who should bear the cost? Honoring no requests is not an available option for Google any longer, it has been decided for them this can not be the case. In regard to honoring all requests, that's not a workable solution either. Would have have it so that I could request that all positive information about you be removed from search results? No, then someone has to arbitrate. Why foist rules upon a new system in the midst of its infancy? If you don't like the results of your request, you can appeal or avail yourself of the courts.

about a month and a half ago

Prosthetic Hand Capable of Delivering Texture Sensations

tiberus Re:Not a medical professional, but: (30 comments)

There is also a side-show like display where a persons hand is hidden behind a partition and a fake hand (placed where there hand 'should' be) is struck with a hammer causing the subject to flinch and act as their hand had been hurt. Brain Games mucked about with this one on of their shows. While this may just be triggering a fight of flight response, it interesting the note that the irrational portion of the brain seems to override the rational part (the one that 'knows' your hand is safe). After reading BringsApples post it struck me that these two cases may be opposite sides of the same coin.

about a month and a half ago

Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research

tiberus From NPR (33 comments)

Heard about this on NPR during the morning drive and how the "place cells" were found 30 years ago and how that researcher's students found "grid cells" recently to complete the picture. The most intriguing part of the story was the expectation of the impact that this discovery will have on the world of philosophy, as it now it know that our brains have a physical (mathematically based and similar to a computer) mechanism for knowing where we are in 3D space. They also discussed while no practical use or 'cures' are on the immediate horizon, this is apparently the first brain function to go with the onset of Alzheimer's and may lead to greater understanding.

about 2 months ago

FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

tiberus Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Is it a question of worth watching or of worth watching in a stadium for $XXX? I'll never understand why someone pays that kind of money to sit in bad seats in the cold, wet etc. when they should be able to watch it from home. It's hard to fathom that ticket sales are worth more than TV rights any more. IMHO, all blackouts do is punish the fans who weren't going to buy a ticket anyway.

about 2 months ago

DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

tiberus FAA and Commercial Drone Use (92 comments)

According to a story I heard recently on NPR, the only currently legal use of drones in the U.S. is in the film industry. The story added that the FAA is expected to take a few years to sort out the rules for commercial drone use. Pilot training programs, certifications and the like will need to be developed and put in place, don't recall any mention of autonomous drones. The air-ways should be truly interesting once Google brings it's ala Jetson car to the mix.

about 2 months ago

Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

tiberus Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

Okay, so apparently I'm the only one that was left confused after reading the headline, which gave me a Detective Thorn ala Soylent Green flashback, and the summary, after-which I had that look dogs get when they're confused...

about 2 months ago

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

tiberus Re:What is going on? (280 comments)

I can't find a proper reference at the moment but, I have heard several comments about the funerary practices in some of the affected areas. Some cultures still practice ritual washing as part of the burial process. If this is in fact the case, it's a very bad news when pared with a bug like Ebola. While much of what I've read above seems to be hype or "fear of the white man" syndrome (full, disclosure, yes I'm white) the effects of Ebola are horrible bordering on the horrific and it has generated a lot of fear. Marry that with areas that aren't comfortable with modern (western) medicine and see that the treatment, which is mostly comfort measures and preventing the spread of the disease, doesn't cure anyone and, well let your imagination run a bit and you should be able to paint a pretty picture.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

tiberus Botball (115 comments)

I'd startup a conversation with these folks www.botball.org. My son and several of his friends have participated and it was a great experience for them. While the kits are a pricey, the setup they use for competition isn't. Once you have the kits it shouldn't take that much effort to let the vets do their own thing or even organize botball-esque events within the VA.

U.S Army
Medical Hold

about 3 months ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

tiberus Dumn Idea Stories (163 comments)

"This is, without a doubt, a really stupid thing to actually try. So don't."

Hmm, wow. Nope the really stupid idea is posting a story on the InterWeb about a really stupid idea and warning us that it's "a really stupid idea". Road & Track should be ashamed that many Slashdoters are now searching E-Bay, CarMax and the trades for an S-Class to try this out in or texting their friends (hopefully not while driving to see them) with S-Class' to try this out. Responsible media, right! Telling geeks about a hack, is like giving crack to a junkie. Tomorrow's lead, dozens die recreating S-Class hack.

Oh, yeah, please PM me your findings.

about 4 months ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

tiberus Re:Vaccine is coming (409 comments)

I heard the same interview with Tom Frieden, Head of the CSC, that xylo36 did. In the interview he stated that Ebola has not really changed since it was first discovered, they have been monitoring the viruses DNA. It's just a nasty little bugger.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

tiberus Re:You don't have a problem (98 comments)

Truly spoken like a user with no concern for someone operating a lab with little to no budget.

about 4 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

tiberus Re:why? (346 comments)

Granted it all seems reasonable, the issue I see is that it's not practical. You can't un-send an e-mail, not really. I have to control my desire to chuckle, in that sad sort of way, every time we get this sort of request internally. Unless the message was just messed in some way that keeps it from being sent, it's gone pretty much as soon as you hit send. We don't have a practical way to pull it off a system that isn't running Outlook (and even then if it's been read, it's a no go) and if the recipient has a Blackberry, pretty much all bets are off. I'm left wondering what real result or final state Goldman thinks they are going to achieve, the damage is already done. P.S. Wondering why anyone at Goldman ever sends anything to a GMail address . . .

about 5 months ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

tiberus Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Open primaries go both ways, so I really don't see how you can complain. It's also rather odd to think that just two parties can represent the depth and breadth of political views in the U.S. How about we junk the primary system and simply have run off elections in the case where no candidate gets more that 50% of the vote?

about 6 months ago

Project Un1c0rn Wants To Be the Google For Lazy Security Flaws

tiberus Usefullness Factor . . . (43 comments)

Okay, so I want to visit a site. So I have to go search Un1c0rn to see if it's on the list? What about all the ad, video and other sites this sites gets content from? Seems like a plugin that uses data from the "your site is in a poor state" database would be much more practical. It could replace at risk content with a big WHOA! graphic...

about 6 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

tiberus Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

It was especially fun to go head to head against new players who failed to look up. You know kinda like Khan vs. Kirk.

about 6 months ago

The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

tiberus Re:your premise is wrong (255 comments)

The legal issue comes after the moral one. The questions posed is a classic choice of "sacrificing one to save more than one" an ethical dilemma, not a legal one. Laws may be written to codify the ethical decision that has been made but, the ethics must be resolved before laws can be created to uphold those morals.

Thanks for giving me the opening for this thought (Charliemopps)... While reading the article, I was again amazed by the lengths that some individuals will go to in order to avoid answering the moral question before them. In the case presented someone is going to die; either the driver or the two bystanders. It doesn't matter why the situation exists, it exists, we've gone past why. You must choose who will die as the dilemma dictates someone must die.

Stopping the car isn't an option that is available or putting it another way, stopping the car results in either the death of the driver or the two bystanders.

about 6 months ago



Man walks after nose cells repair spinal cord

tiberus tiberus writes  |  about a month ago

tiberus (258517) writes "A 40-year-old paralyzed man from Bulgaria can now walk again with the aid of a frame after breakthrough surgery transplanted cells from his nose into his spinal cord, which had been severed in a knife attack.

After undergoing surgery to transplant cells from his nose to his spinal cord, a paralyzed man from Bulgaria is able to walk again. The procedure effectively provided a "bridge" over the injury site so nerve cells — encouraged by the special nose cells — could regrow across the scar tissue."

Link to Original Source

Aurora Borealis Substation Style

tiberus tiberus writes  |  about 2 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "It's wasn't even 12/21/2012 yet:

So much for the bubble that has often protected our state capital from storms much of this year. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it did scare quite a few people the eve of the Winter Solstice in Annapolis, MD and central Anne Arundel County. A strong storm is moving through with heavy rain and high winds. This is the warmer part of the same system the brought blizzard conditions to the Mid West and even into western Maryland. Even BGE made the public aware they might expect power failures in this event."

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The Giant Bite - Discovery of Leviathan melvillei

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "Christopher Joyce writes:

Rarely do scientists get to publish a research paper that begins with the words "The Giant Bite." On Wednesday, fossil hunters from Europe did just that. They've discovered one of the biggest predators that ever lived: a whale — one that devoured other whales and probably anything else it had an appetite for.

The scientists call the creature Leviathan melvillei. "Leviathan" means sea monster, and "melvillei" refers, of course, to Herman Melville, who wrote the greatest of whale stories, Moby-Dick. Paleontologist Olivier Lambert says he's read that book — several times.

"I love the book," he says. "So, it was the reason why we selected that species name."

Lambert is with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and you might call him a modern-day Ahab, though what he's after are the whitened bones of extinct whales. Two years ago in a Peruvian desert, his team found some from a sperm whale that lived and died some 12 to 13 million years ago — when the desert was underwater."

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Long Distance Remote Access

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "How do you support remote users in truly remote locations? We are a small U.S. Company with offices on the East Coast and one in Hawaii. Now we are being asked to provide remote access to e-mail and file services to employees supporting our products in Iraq. Without blackberrys and with slow or high latency connections, how do you support these users? Personal satellite dishes?"


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