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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls 501 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-against-the-wall dept.
meghan elizabeth writes: Temple physicist Rongjia Tao has a utopian proposal to build three massive, 1,000-foot-high, 165-foot-thick walls around the American Midwest, in order to keep the tornadoes out. Building three unfathomably massive anti-tornado walls would count as the infrastructure project of the decade, if not the century. It would be also be exceedingly expensive. "Building such walls is feasible," Tao says. "They are much easier than constructing a skyscraper. For example, in Philadelphia, the newly completed Comcast building has about 300-meter height. The wall with similar height as the Comcast building should be much easier to be constructed." Update: 06/28 04:14 GMT by T : Note: originally, this story said that Tao was at Drexel rather than Temple -- now corrected
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Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-so-fast dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news that Michael Devine, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing tech firms including Apple and Google of conspiring to keep salaries low, has asked the court to reject a $324 million settlement. "Apple has more than $150 billion in the bank, eclipsing the combined cash reserves of Israel and Britain. Google, Intel and Adobe have a total of about $80 billion stored up for a rainy day. Against such tremendous cash hoards, $324 million is chump change. But that is what the four technology companies have agreed to pay to settle a class action brought by their own employees. The suit, which was on track to go to trial in San Jose, Calif., at the end of May, promised weeks if not months of damaging revelations about how Silicon Valley executives conspired to suppress wages and limit competition. Details of the settlement are still under wraps. 'The class wants a chance at real justice,' he wrote. 'We want our day in court.' He noted that the settlement amount was about one-tenth of the estimated $3 billion lost in compensation by the 64,000 class members. In a successful trial, antitrust laws would triple that sum. 'As an analogy,' Mr. Devine wrote, 'if a shoplifter is caught on video stealing a $400 iPad from the Apple Store, would a fair and just resolution be for the shoplifter to pay Apple $40, keep the iPad, and walk away with no record or admission of wrongdoing? Of course not.' 'If the other class members join me in opposition, I believe we will be successful in convincing the court to give us our due process,' Mr. Devine said in an interview on Sunday. He has set up a website, Tech Worker Justice, and is looking for legal representation. Any challenge will take many months. The other three class representatives could not be reached for comment over the weekend."

+ - Latest victim of Gov't Shutdown: Bill Gates

Submitted by Dr. Tom
Dr. Tom (23206) writes "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Festival, an annual event scheduled to be held next week, has been canceled. Bill Gates was to have delivered the opening keynote speech tomorrow (Monday):

http://researchfestival.nih.gov/
http://researchfestival.nih.gov/2013/schedule.shtml

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture
Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Masur Auditorium (Videocast Overflow in Lipsett Amphitheater)

Many of us at the NIH were looking forward to attending the lecture, which was to have been videocast across the NIH campus, and are also saddened that the actions of a small minority have been able to disrupt this celebration of medical science and research."

Comment: Re:Disgusting anus (Score -1, Flamebait) 161

by Dr. Tom (#44015905) Attached to: Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

I marked this as offtopic stale troll spam under submissions, but they posted it anyway. You don't have to be a genius to predict exactly this kind of response, but noooooo, somehow Mr. Soulskill thought it'd be a laugh. Yeah, look, lots of posts! Ad revenue! I'm going to disable ads now. Thanks.

+ - SPAM: Retina Support

Submitted by steve_mark66
steve_mark66 (2952741) writes "Along with responsive support for website layouts I have also seen a dramatic rise in people building for retina devices. Apple first engineered this idea with the iPhone 4 and has since applied this screen display onto their other devices, including the iPad and some MacBooks. Retina screens are basically twice as dense as any average LCD. So they are the same number of physical pixels, but digitally twice as many pixels can be fitted into the same physical space.

This means pixel-perfect web designers supporting retina devices will need to create two sets of images. First you need to sample your image at double the resolution, then save a “standard” version at half the size. The larger image will be scaled down to the standard resolution and will look very crisp on retina screens.

One of my favorite tools for responsive web design is retina.js. This is a JavaScript library for automatically displaying at 2x retina copies of image whenever your user is browsing on a retina device.

Although this won’t detect CSS background image, it is still the most handy resource as opposed to coding everything in media queries."

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+ - Photographer Builds an Amazing DIY Digital Camera Stabilizer->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Videographer Tom Antos developed an advanced DIY camera stabilizer which can hold almost any DSLR or mirrorless camera steady for video photography. Although this surly isn’t as sophisticated (and super expensive) as the professional MVI M10 handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, its still quite impressive especially when you consider it only cost a few hundred dollars rather then tens of thousands — that is if you feel like building it yourself."
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+ - New 10.1" Android Tablet ships with root access->

Submitted by LeiraHoward
LeiraHoward (529716) writes "I ran across this on the internet today. A startup company called Tronity has a new 10.1" Android tablet ready to go. The tech specs are pretty impressive, and the devices will ship in August. The model is the "Root 101", and here are the tech specs, pulled from their website:

Tech Specs

The Root 101 has everything you need for a great tablet experience. A great screen, long battery life, a dual core processor and all the connectivity options you want...WiFi, Bluetooth, Micro USB and MicroSD slot. It even has a Mini HDMI out so you can output up to 1080P video from the tablet to your TV. Here's the full list:

  • -10.1” IPS HD screen with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • -Multi-touch capacitive screen
  • -AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual Core 1.5GHz CPU
  • -Mali-400 Dual Core GPU – up to 1080P video
  • -1GB RAM
  • -16GB Internal Storage
  • -MicroSD slot – up to 32GB
  • -Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • -Bluetooth
  • -VGA Front camera and 2MP rear camera
  • -9 hours battery life (7000mAh)
  • -Mini HDMI slot – output up to 1080P to TV
  • -Micro USB slot
  • -3.5mm headphone jack
  • -Microphone
  • -2 Rear speakers
  • -Rear aluminum shell for strength and durability
  • -Dimensions: 260mm x 173mm x 9.9mm
"

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+ - Google floats balloons for free Wi-Fi

Submitted by BrokenHalo
BrokenHalo (565198) writes "Google has revealed that it has 30 balloons floating over New Zealand in a project to bring free wi-fi to earthquake-stricken, rural or poor areas. Eventually, as the balloons move across the stratosphere, consumers in participating countries along the 40th parallel in the Southern Hemisphere could tap into the service. The technology will be trialled in Australia next year, possibly in Tasmania. If the latter happens to be true, then you'll probably hear the telcos' screams in New York."

+ - NY's Bloomberg and SF mayor announce tech summits->

Submitted by Clarklteveno
Clarklteveno (2952209) writes "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his San Francisco counterpart, Ed Lee, said at a news conference Friday that they are sponsoring a pair of technology summits over the next year. The mayors said the "digital cities" summits — one in New York in September and another in San Francisco early next year — will seek to find ways to use technology to solve problems the cities face. The mayors made the announcement after touring the office of San Francisco-based mobile payment company Square with co-founder Jack Dorsey, who also helped found Twitter. Bloomberg pointed to power outages and dangerous winds and flooding from Hurricane Sandy as examples of issues the summits would seek to address."
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+ - Astronauts Must Deal with Perchlorate (piosonous soil) on Mars->

Submitted by Thorfinn.au
Thorfinn.au (1140205) writes "The pervading carpet of perchlorate chemicals found on Mars may boost the chances that microbial life exists on the Red Planet — but perchlorates are also perilous to the health of future crews destined to explore that way-off world.

Perchlorates are reactive chemicals first detected in arctic Martian soil by NASA's Phoenix lander that plopped down on Mars over five years ago in May 2008.

It is likely both of NASA's Viking Mars landers in 1976 measured signatures of perchlorates, in the form of chlorinated hydrocarbons. Other U.S. Mars robots — the Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity — detected elemental chlorine. Moreover, orbital measurements taken by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft show that chlorine is globally distributed.
  Smith said microbes on Earth use perchlorate for an energy source. They actually live off highly oxidized chlorine, and in reducing the chlorine down to chloride, they use the energy in that transaction to power themselves. In fact, when there's too much perchlorate in drinking water, microbes are used to clean it up, he said.

Furthermore, seasonal flow features seen on Mars may be caused by high concentrations of the brines of perchlorate, which has a strong attraction to water and can drastically lower its freezing point, Smith told SPACE.com.

Devilishly dangerous

The high levels of perchlorate found on Mars would be toxic to humans, Smith said."

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