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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

vortex2.71 Give 10 Judges Q Clearance (248 comments)

This is all such a joke and epitomizes the cat and mouse game that the executive office likes to play. Any idiot can see that the clear solution is to give all supreme court justices and several federal appeals court justices in each district Q clearances to review any top secret information pertinent to the cases that they are hearing. This would allow for proper judicial review rather than trample on the constitution's system of checks and balances. Further, ALL state senators should be given Q clearances also, so that they can properly perform legislative action. When you consider the number of people working at FBI, CIA, national labs, etc, adding 50 judges and 100 senators doesn't make much difference. If people were serious about democracy, this would have happened years ago.

about three weeks ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

vortex2.71 Auto Comment (187 comments)

This and all of my slashdot comments were generated by an automated commenter and I always get modded up!

about 5 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

vortex2.71 Spare Change (320 comments)

Yeah, but looking a homeless person in the eye and then giving them spare change is worse for them than donating to a charity on your computer since the spare change just goes to alcohol and drugs.

about 5 months ago

Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed

vortex2.71 New Resource Testing (105 comments)

People need to realize that this is not the government waste/quantum computing expose it is made out to be in this article. Whenever the supercomputing community comes out with a new resource, we test it and find the best algorithms for that resource. We have a long history of different algorithms working better for different resources. Take for instance, the transition from the Cray vector processors, to commodity Intel processors, then back to vector processors with the Earth Simulator, then back to Intel, then Cell processors, then CPUs. All of these required significant tweaking of our algorithms, which can take 5-10 years for the real work-horse codes to accomplish. In this case, the low hanging fruit lies in encryption, but other algorithms will find a niche in the quantum computing sector.

about 8 months ago

What Makes a Genius?

vortex2.71 e.g. Autism (190 comments)

This sounds like a trait list for having Autism Spectrum Disorder. No seriously

about 7 months ago

45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation

vortex2.71 Slashdot changing too... (625 comments)

On that note, Slashdot will not longer be taking submissions for stories or allow for user comments. Instead, machine learning bots will scan the web for content and natural language recognition bots will make witty comments and then debate them endlessly.

1 year,3 days

Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

vortex2.71 Not Much of an Engine (84 comments)

Did anyone actually read this story and notice that this is highly inefficient and not much of an engine. While it fits the definition of an engine thermodynamically, the process that they describe is not particularly useful. This is just an example of scientists doing their research and then noticing that they have met the definition for an engine and then promoting this fact in order to get press and increase their chances of funding down the road.

more than 2 years ago

Would the Developing World Use E-Readers More Than Laptops?

vortex2.71 If they reacted so strongly to the Kindle... (155 comments)

They would have gone absolutely crazy about the iPad! I'm only kind of joking. After checking out my inlaw's Kindle, I'm unimpressed.

more than 3 years ago

Android Phone Solves Rubik's Cube In 12.5 Seconds

vortex2.71 Total Moves Not Moves/second (76 comments)

The total moves required to reach a solution is usually more important than the moves per second. While the robot is slower to physically move the device, it is probably moving the cube more efficiently than many humans. For instance, I can solve the cube, but do so by only moving one square at a time. More advanced solvers can move several squares simultaneously... a good computer will come up with the most efficient moves to solve the puzzle.

more than 3 years ago

Major Security Holes Found In Mobile Bank Apps

vortex2.71 Chase Iphone App (107 comments)

I use the Chase iphone app and am perfectly happy with its security. I did not opt to store my username on the phone and therefor my security was never in a perilous state. People who chose to store their username on the phone have a SLIGHTLY less secure system, but probably chose to do so because their password is very secure or they just don't care. I think this is more about people than systems.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Buys a Private File Sharing Service

vortex2.71 Always interested in people not IP (87 comments)

FYI, Mark Zuckerberg says that he ALWAYS acquires companies for the people rather than the intellectual property.

more than 3 years ago

The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

vortex2.71 But what about the orbital distances? (380 comments)

Its great that these planets probably exist, but what distance is their orbits? While, planet size gives us a good idea of how much atmosphere the planet could have, the orbital distance gives us an estimate of the surface temperature. Also important is the rotational frequency and the angle of tilt. It seems like there are a lot more variables that need to be considered in considering these probabilities.

more than 3 years ago

The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale

vortex2.71 Stumps Required (167 comments)

Too bad you need to have stump hands and legs in order to fit into it. Would be worthwhile to buy it just to reverse engineer the prosthetics. I guess the voice synthesizer could help you get a bunch of voice over ad deals also.

more than 3 years ago

Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

vortex2.71 True to its name... (413 comments)

True to its name, the Segway provided a segue into the next stage of life.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap

vortex2.71 Re:To compute what? (238 comments)

The biggest national defense use for these machines is nuclear stockpile stewardship and theoretical development of new weapons capabilities. This is a pretty big deal and is why there are export controls on Intel chips to countries like Iran. This is why all of the fastest US machines only remain unclassified during the development stage and then convert to classified status.

more than 3 years ago

In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra

vortex2.71 Just a guess, but I think... (123 comments)

that false alarms will become more frequent :-)

more than 3 years ago

Security Lessons Learned From the Diaspora Launch

vortex2.71 IWMD (338 comments)

I don't really think that we should really worry about conventional information weapons so much. What we should focus more of our fear and resources on are the infamous IWMD (Information Weapons of Mass Destruction). The development of these by axis of evil nations should be monitored and sanctioned.

more than 3 years ago



Amazon sues after ex-worker takes Google job

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  about 2 months ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Amazon is suing a former employee of its cloud services devision after he has taken a job with Google. The interesting aspect of the law suit is that Google is choosing to vigorously defend the lawsuit, so this is a case of Goliath vs. Goliath rather than David vs. Goliath. According to court documents, Zoltan Szabadi left a business-development position in Amazon Web Services to take a, partner reseller ecosystem manager, at Google Cloud Platform. Szabadi’s lawyer has responded by contending that Szabadi did sign a noncompete agreement, but he would only use his general knowledge and skills in sales at Google and would not use any confidential information he had access to at Amazon. He believes Amazon’s confidentiality and noncompete agreements are an unlawful business practice."
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Feds Indict Trio for WiFi Hacking and Burglary

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Seattle police detectives say they've unraveled a theft ring that operated both in cyberspace and through old-fashioned burglaries with a technological twist — breaking into a company with the sole purpose of installing malicious software to enable future thefts."
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Shadow Scholar Details Student Cheating

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "A "shadow writer", who lives on the East Coast, details how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed. In the course of editing his article, The Chronicle Of Higher Education reviewed correspondence he had with clients and some of the papers he had been paid to write."
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Scientist proposes one-way trips to Mars

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Invoking the spirit of "Star Trek" in a scholarly article entitled "To Boldly Go," two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue that it would be little different from early settlers to North America, who left Europe with little expectation of return.

"The main point is to get Mars exploration moving," said Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, who wrote the article in the latest "Journal of Cosmology" with Paul Davies of Arizona State University. The colleagues state — in one of 55 articles in the issue devoted to exploring Mars — that humans must begin colonizing another planet as a hedge against a catastrophe on Earth.

Mars is a six-month flight away, possesses surface gravity, an atmosphere, abundant water, carbon dioxide and essential minerals. They propose the missions start by sending two two-person teams, in separate ships, to Mars. More colonists and regular supply ships would follow."

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Katy Perry's cleavage pulled from Sesame Street

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "There is a minor war going occurring on YouTube regarding Katy Perry's cleavage on Sesame Street. The children's show says it won't air a taped segment featuring the "California Gurls" singer and Elmo. The pop star — who is known for her risque outfits — wore a gold bustier top as she sang a version of her hit "Hot N Cold." But some felt it was too revealing for the kid set, as reported by the Seattle Times and still available on youtube."
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Body fishing is a thriving business in China

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "From the Seattle Times — "Wei Jinpeng is a fisher of dead people. He scans the river about 18 miles from Lanzhou, China, for cadavers, drags them to shore with a small boat and then charges grieving families to recover their relatives' corpses. It is a thriving business. While some of the 80 to 100 bodies Wei gathers each year are victims of accidents and floods, he thinks most end up in the river after suicide or murder.""
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Best handheld for running xterm, vnc, and nx?

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "I'm a physicist who basically has two aspects to my job: writing code, running code, and analyzing results. The second and to some extent the later task are performed off-sight on US DOE supercomputers, which I usually access via xterm, ssh, and scp sessions and sometimes with vnc and nx sessions. My wife has a sweet part time job that lets her work seven days in a row and then have 3 weeks off, and we would like to take advantage of her schedule by making some aspects of my job more mobile, so that we can travel more. I would therefore benefit greatly from being able to do some work from a handheld device to augment my use of a laptop and an accessible wifi connection. I'm therefore interested to hear from the community what the best handheld device is for running these applications. I am interested in high functionality xterm sessions with vim, cat, less, CTRL-C, ssh and scp (small text files only) capability and to a lesser extent, vnc and nx capability would be great. I'm also interested in something that works over a cellphone wireless network effectively and of course it would be good if it also connects to wifi. Finally, I know and use linux but am not a "linux hack", so would prefer not to have to install a non-native OS on the device. Thanks for your advice."

Biofuels make greenhouse gases worse

vortex2.71 vortex2.71 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vortex2.71 (802986) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting that "Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse-gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies published Thursday have concluded.

The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production.

These plant-based fuels were originally billed as better than fossil fuels because the carbon released when they were burned was balanced by the carbon absorbed when the plants grew. But that equation proved overly simplistic because the process of turning plants into fuels causes its own emissions — for refining and transport, for example.

These studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, for the first time take a detailed, comprehensive look at the emissions effects of the huge amount of natural land that is being converted to cropland globally to support biofuels development.

The destruction of natural ecosystems — whether rain forest in the tropics or grasslands in South America — not only releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when they are burned and plowed, but also deprives the planet of natural sponges to absorb carbon emissions. Cropland also absorbs far less carbon than the rain forests or even scrubland that it replaces.

Together the two studies offer sweeping conclusions: It does not matter if it is rain forest or scrubland that is cleared, the greenhouse-gas contribution is significant. More important, they discovered that, globally, the production of almost all biofuels resulted — directly or indirectly, intentionally or not — in new lands being cleared for food or fuel.""

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