top Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds
Cheerios are by far the best in the cereal aisle at growing chemically productive fungi
Cheerios discovered to harbor a wide range of funguses
top Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests
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.
top Prosthetic Hand Capable of Delivering Texture Sensations
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.
top Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research
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.
top FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
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.
top DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service
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.
top Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
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...
top CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?
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.
1989-1990 about a month and a half ago
top Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can
"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.
top US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?
Truly spoken like a user with no concern for someone operating a lab with little to no budget.
top Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails
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 . . .
top House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary
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?
top Project Un1c0rn Wants To Be the Google For Lazy Security Flaws
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...
top It's Time For the
Descent Games Return
It was especially fun to go head to head against new players who failed to look up. You know kinda like Khan vs. Kirk.
top The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence
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.
top Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets
Driverless is not very accurate description of what is going on. Semi-autonomous seems a bit better but lacks marketing flash.
I'd suspect that no matter what the 'driver' is going to be given the ticket, maybe the 'car' gets a copy too. Some investigation will have to be done (
and laws updated) to determine fault ( what is you live in a no fault state). Was the car in autonomous mode? Was the firmware/software current? Did the driver ignore a warning?
The expectations of the driver will also have to be defined. Can the driver fall asleep? How much attention must the driver pay to the vehicle's operation?
Lot's of questions, not problems
top As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card
Hmm, what part of the male anatomy does a rocket resemble?
top Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware
Chances are you'd get a faster response from
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