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Comment: Re:Defense (Score 1) 238

by AdamTheBastard (#39667937) Attached to: University of Pittsburgh Deluged With Internet Bomb Threats

If they aren't clever enough to build one large bomb and do significant damage to the building, its occupants and the general morale of the community; they surely aren't clever enough to build a whole bunch of smaller bombs, wire them up and bury them in an open area with near constant traffic without getting caught.

Medicine

3D Displays May Be Hazardous To Young Children 386

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-look-at-me-that-way dept.
SchlimpyChicken writes "Turns out 3D television can be inherently dangerous to developing children, and perhaps to adults as well. There's a malaise in children that can prevent full stereopsis (depth perception) from developing, called strabismus or lazy-eye. It is an abnormal alignment of the eyes in which the eyes do not focus on the same object — kind of like when you watch a 3D movie. As a result, depth perception is compromised. Acting on a hunch, the guys over at Audioholics contacted Mark Pesce, who worked with Sega on its VR Headset over 15 years ago — you know, the headset that never made it to market. As it turns out, back then Sega uncovered serious health risks involved with children consuming 3D and quickly buried the reports, and the project. Unfortunately, the same dangers exist in today's 3D, and the electronics, movie, and gaming industries seem to be ignoring the issue. If fully realized, 3D just might affect the vision of millions of children and, according to the latest research, many adults, across the country." The Audioholics article is a good candidate for perusing with Readability — the pseudo-link popups are blinding.

Comment: Re:offensive, isn't it? (Score 1) 142

by AdamTheBastard (#32608330) Attached to: Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball

This problem could be offset somewhat by assigning a player points for taking control of the ball from the other team. It wouldn't be perfect, but it's an improvement.

You could also scale the points you award to the defensive player based on the number of points awarded in the current 'play' as well as the points of the passing player and potential receiving players. The idea being that the more touches on the ball one team has, the more progress the ball has made towards the goal and the skill level of the last opponent on the ball, the skill of the players who may have received the pass; all contribute to the importance of taking control of the ball.

Comment: Re:outrageous! (Score 1) 96

by AdamTheBastard (#32286886) Attached to: Novell Changes Enterprise Linux Kernel Mid-Stream

Most of the distro's I have used include a file in /etc which tells you what version you have installed. I also use a distro that thinks it's cute to name their releases after animals. On that machine I can run the following to get the info I need.

> cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=9.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=karmic
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 9.10"

On another system based on some hatted fellow's distro I can run the following to get the info I need.

$ cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.4 (Final)

On other systems you could start with `cat /etc/*-release` and see where that gets you.

Comment: Re:For a start fine, but then - solar! (Score 1) 424

by AdamTheBastard (#29099431) Attached to: NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

You can compress gas to store energy, but where are you going to find that on the moon?

Maybe the next mission to the moon could take a really long hose. Just before they break atmo an astronaut could start reeling the hose out. Then the moon people could just pump some of earths atmo.

Easy.

Comment: Re:Reactors a better solution than solar panels? (Score 1) 424

by AdamTheBastard (#29099365) Attached to: NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

A solar system on the moon gets no light for 14 days at a stretch.

Perhaps if that solar array is only on one face of the moon.

If you doubled (well tripled, to account for losses) the amount of panels and took enough cable (and transformers) to transfer the power ~5KM (half the circumference at the equator) you could have power stations on both sides and wouldn't need to store more power than would be used to smooth out the feed.

Clearly I have no idea about the maths involved in this but it solves the storage problem, I'm sure it adds many more problems though.

Comment: Re:Limitations of Dead Tree (Score 1) 198

by AdamTheBastard (#28950297) Attached to: xkcd To Be Released In Book Form

The book will have 150 to 200 of strips out of more than 500 so far published online and is expected to sell for $19. The selection was made by a fan who is also doing the layout for breadpig. âoeI took a few off and added a few others,â he said.

Two things from this.

a) It removes the possibility of page-number<=>comic-number relation. Which means we miss the 404 joke.

b) The list is being selected by _one_ fan. There's no consensus there! I demand a vote! Pit comic against comic! First 200 in the ranked pairs result make the cut!

Comment: Re:Should be obvious why FF devs use to flame peop (Score 2, Informative) 273

by AdamTheBastard (#27175267) Attached to: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Released

* No multiple profiles

--user-data-dir='path/to/profile'

You can even simultaneously run two instances using different profiles. My partner and I use this on our shared desktop so we can stay logged in to all those sites we don't care if the other person sees.

http://www.chromeplugins.org/tips-tricks/how-to-create-profiles-in-google-chrome/

It's funny.  Laugh.

Joss Whedon's "Doctor Horrible" Set To Launch 245

Posted by kdawson
from the we-all-need-a-hobby dept.
Ololiuhqui writes "During the writer's strike, Joss Whedon came up with a musical idea. Now his diabolical plan is about to be unleashed in the form of a streaming-only release, with a DVD shortly to follow. The three-part Doctor Horrible series stars Neil Patrick Harris as the eponymous doctor, Felicia Day as the woman of his dreams, and Nathan Fillion as the doctor's nemesis, Captain Hammer. Reportedly made for 'less than six figures,' the series has already received rave reviews and will no doubt showcase Whedon's musical facility, as well as his proven ability to squeeze the most out of a budget."

Comment: Re:Probably Not (Score 1) 633

by AdamTheBastard (#24112561) Attached to: Linguistic Problems of GPL Advocacy

In the case of the GPL, the 'end user' is the recipient. Anyone that gets the binary built from GPL derived code must also (be able to) get the full source under the GPL. The *recipient* of the GPL derived work gets the freedoms provided by the GPL.

In the case of the BSD license, the end user of derived code may or may not get the source from the third party. The *producer* of the BSD derived work has the freedom to decide if the end user gets the source.

The Internet

"Anonymous" Takes Scientology Protest to the Streets 740

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the watch-out-for-the-hit-squads dept.
This past Sunday members of the group "Anonymous" that has been running an attack on the church of Scientology took their battle from the tubes of the internet to the pavement of real life, staging a protest outside the central Phoenix Church of Scientology. "The protesters said they gathered Sunday in lieu of the birthday of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist once cared for by church staffers. Her 1995 death sparked media attention and a civil wrongful death suit against a branch of the Church of Scientology. A wrongful death suit by her family was a public-relations nightmare for the church for years until it was settled in 2004. The Church of Scientology declined to comment on the Phoenix protests. It did provide a news release calling members of Anonymous cyber-terrorists."

MySpace CoFounder Says Purchase Was A Scam 214

Posted by Zonk
from the missing-a-few-pennies-here dept.
Jonathan writes "Brad Greenspan says he's the real founder of MySpace, not Tom, and the sale of MySpace to News Corp. was a criminal act. In a nine-chapter report, he describes how this was accomplished by hiding the value of the site from Intermix Media's shareholders." From the article: "How was News Corp able to turn $327 million into $20 billion or more of value within a year? The Myspace/Intermix transaction was so low compared to other internet transactions that it is raising eyebrows by analysts and media everywhere. Everyone seems to be asking how News Corp. got such a good deal. It seems too good to be true! After signing the transaction to buy Myspace & Intermix (but prior to the closing), News Corp. itself even showed how strangely little it had paid for Myspace by immediately paying $3.99 per monthly page view for slow growing comparable IGN. News Corp. paid only .03 cents per monthly page view for the hyper fast growing Myspace. Therefore, we can conclude that the fair value of Myspace was 100x or more what News Corp. paid! "

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