How a Shaking Stadium Is Helping Scientists Track Earthquakes
I've always been surprised by the Beast Quake phenomenon as I wouldn't imagine that fans screaming and stopping would occur at a frequency that resonates with the ground's natural frequency. If someone herw knows something about geology and earthquake harmonics, I'd be interested to hear a better explanation. Is it just that there is one rather large jouncing type event that is felt some distance away or is there a sustained resonance?
Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
I am a strong proponent of running a laptop as a dummy terminal that connects with both a high power desktop and a cluster/server/supercomputer. Various configurations work fine, but I've been happy with the speed/latency of using VNC over a VPN. The only issue comes in high latency (satelite) internet, which various regions of the country are constrained by. The cluster/server/supercomputer interface can either be through a batch scheduler, or SSH or whatever. Further, if the cluster and the high power desktop are co-located, data can be quickly transferred between them or they can both be served by the same data server.
How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe
I am personally doing my part to conserve galaxies and I hope that all of you are too. Please, please, please help do your part to conserve this valuable resource before it is too late. Not just for today because it's Universe Day, but for life.
The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch
Please have Sony remove all the copyrights on all of their music.
Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers
In the interest of due diligence, I must ask whether Mike Daisey is behind this investigation?
Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby
I've always felt that the Drake Equation is not worthy of the term 'equation' since its just a simple probabilistic estimate from multiplying a ton of other probabilities and instances together. Consider for instance, the Schrödinger equation, which has a differential formulation that provides solutions to so many physical situations that arise in quantum mechanics, or Maxwell's equations, which explain all of electrodynamics, including light, and were the inspiration for Einstein's theory of special relativity.
US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors
Really, they should just be recruiting an army of nerds to sit in a room driving avatars, whether they be drones, remote tanks, or humanoid robots.
How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab
Since all mass curves spacetime I can curve spacetime simply by existing and being a bit overweight. Its just too bad that I'll have to wait until 2015 for the nobel prize!
The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store
As Apple slowly looses market share in smartphones, how do you know the slow exodus isn't just due to the popularity of Android and Windows? I know that people are often unhappy with the games that Apple plays, but is there really an exodus due to unhappiness? Where is the proof?
Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?
1) Quitting a great job because of a conference is a really bad idea. Get some perspective, man!
2) You can't really learn much (anything) from a conference. It just gives you a good idea of the stuff you should learn when you get home. Instead just read the conference abstracts and study the subject areas that look interesting. Have your work buy you 2 books on the subject matter and spend one work hour per day working through examples.
3) Enjoy the job that you otherwise love.
US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process
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.
Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator
This and all of my slashdot comments were generated by an automated commenter and I always get modded up!
GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless
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.
Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed
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.
What Makes a Genius?
This sounds like a trait list for having Autism Spectrum Disorder. No seriously
45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation
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.
Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Open Source Jobs?
If not, then you should probably stick with the Microsoft job.
Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine
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.
Would the Developing World Use E-Readers More Than Laptops?
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.
Android Phone Solves Rubik's Cube In 12.5 Seconds
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.
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