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Comment: Re:Reminds me (Score 1) 93

by CXI (#34253706) Attached to: Most Detailed View of Dark Matter Mapped By Hubble
I have similar questions that make we wonder about how these types of calculations are made. Like you indicate, are the theories considering all the energy of all wavelengths inside and emanating from a galaxy or a cluster when calculating its mass? We only "see" a tiny fraction of that energy. Are they calling the rest of it dark energy (which to me makes it sound unnecessarily mysterious) instead of just regular energy we can't observe? It should be possible to estimate this energy and how its mass compares to the estimate of matter for the same object. I also wonder when dealing with such huge scales if time issues are included in the calculations. If you are mapping matter in 3D across millions or billions of years the matter itself is moving, making the map less and less accurate and more distorted the father out is it from us.

FBI and NYPD Officers Sent On Museum Field Trip 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the warrantless-permission-slips dept.
In an attempt to "refresh their sense of inquiry" FBI agents, and NYPD officers are being sent to a course at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of Perception hopes to improve an officers' ability to accurately describe what they see during an investigation by studying art. From the article: "Amy Herman, the course leader, said: 'We're getting them off the streets and out of the precincts, and it refreshes their sense of inquiry. They're thinking, "Oh, how am I doing my job," and it forces them to think about how they communicate, and how they see the world around them.' Ms Herman, an art historian, originally developed the course for medical students, but successfully pitched it as a training course to the New York Police Academy."

Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits 278

Posted by samzenpus
from the night-of-the-lepus dept.
It turns out the soy-based wire covering on cars built after 2002 is irresistible to rodents. Nobody knows this better than those unlucky enough to park at DIA's Pikes Peak lot. The rabbits surrounding the area have been using the lot as an all-you-can-eat wiring buffet. Looks like it's time to break out The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Comment: Re:More Information and Clarification (Score 3, Informative) 404

by CXI (#33437352) Attached to: Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown
The patent snippet you provide describes exactly the way that Windows 7 shutdown operates. You get a GUI listing all the programs currently still busy that are blocking shutdown with the option to force the shutdown anyway. Usually if you just wait things will finish their process and the shutdown proceeds. It's actually very poorly done as the pop-up of this window implies that something isn't working correctly. "These programs are preventing shutdown" makes them sound like they are hung. The wording and design could certainly have been improved to point out that things were *still in the process of closing* and not stuck.

Comment: I've reported errors myself, took forever (Score 1) 312

by CXI (#32962840) Attached to: Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View
I noticed a number of errors on my Garmin which I confirmed were also in Google and reported them via the NAVTEQ Map reporter ( I thought at first that it was great that I could help, but after a few months of no action on my entries I sort of gave up on the site. Finally a year and a few month later I got replies from them for all of my submissions all at once. I don't know if they lack the field staff to verify entries or what but it was a bit odd given that I didn't submit them all at the same time. I even provided GIS maps and satellite photos but it still took over a year for corrections. It's a perfect crowd sourcing opportunity even for the commercial vendors.

Comment: Re:Part of the decision... (Score 1) 289

by CXI (#32715462) Attached to: Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?
You might also have issues with connecting to the wireless network. Some schools have web portals which require you to connect with a browser and provide credentials to get connectivity. That's not going to work to well for incoming calls. Other schools require certificate based authentication which might not work with certain devices.

Comment: Nice headline, what about Apple, etc? (Score 5, Insightful) 539

by CXI (#31921574) Attached to: Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By Microsoft

I know we always want to bash Microsoft here at Slashdot, but did the submitter fail to notice Foxconn (Apple's supplier), Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Acer, Logitech and Asus all use this same manufacturing house? How about:

"Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By US Tech Companies"

I guess that just doesn't have the same bite? At least it's more accurate.

Comment: Re:What's with the snarky comment? (Score 1) 25

by CXI (#31455892) Attached to: Department of Education Purchasing 27 Shotguns

I think the attitude of the summary extends from the failure to imagine what possible use the department of education could possibly have for firearms. Can anyone clarify?

I believe I could imagine them possibly using them to shoot people. Perhaps because it's a federal agency with a law enforcement arm. This is the biggest non-story ever.


Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

Comment: Re:Film and digital (Score 1) 257

by CXI (#30366222) Attached to: One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption
You need to understand the trade offs between preservation and fidelity. I can put my film in a vault and without any additional work but to maintain the physical space, I can view my documents in a hundred years with nothing more than a candle and a magnifying glass. Can you say the same for digital? How much support equipment must you include? Do you have the proper power source? How many instructions on how to even operate it (in 50 years if someone found a perfectly preserved and operational mainframe with card input system and data on reel to reel tape, could they even use it?)? Candle and magnifying glass my friend. It's kind of like Blade Runner. You can have your high fidelity but at the cost of short lifespan. Anyway, my comment was just anecdotal until you choose to attack it as somehow not valid.

With your bare hands?!?