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Comment: Re:Think again. . . ."zombies" aren't what you thi (Score 1) 337

by Essellion (#44864689) Attached to: DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

Try Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain or Richard Matheson's I am Legend if you want to go back to as original source as I can come up with.

A little earlier is 1949's Earth Abides, haven't read it in years, but I recall it as being very good. No zombies though.

+ - Excavating for E.T.

Submitted by Essellion
Essellion (669297) writes "In the early 1980's Atari was rumored to have discarded an oversupply of games and possibly prototype hardware in a landfill and cemented it over. Now a company has the go ahead to excavate in that landfill and recover those items. Among the games that legend has it are there is the Atari 2600 E.T. game, infamous for how bad it was.

However, an excavator of another kind has cast doubts on how bad it was by exploring in depth the E.T. ROM, how it played and why, and designing some bug fixes for it."

Comment: Re:No harm done (Score 1) 630

by Essellion (#42371381) Attached to: Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest
A comment on that article claims "That image is from a Palestinian bomb factory" and includes an image link, but that seems broken at the moment. Using TinEye I found no hits on the image.

Ah, found it:

First two images on the list, different angles.

Comment: Don't run, Go Public (Score 1) 789

by Essellion (#41091221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?
In this case, stay put, go public. Shadow organizations don't like the light.

If you run, you are separated from people who can support you. You lose access to your resources. If you run, you can be disappeared and no one will know, because you're on the run, right?

Since you're a witness - Let people know, tweet, do a blog about it. "Hey Joe, I saw the damnedest thing..." By doing this you have already accomplished the thing they wanted to prevent - your talking about it. Taking you out then is counterproductive. Taking you out would increase scrutiny of whatever you saw.

At this point you can sit back and wonder if they were really out to get you, or were you just paranoid. Hopefully you'll never know.

Comment: Re:Partially Blocked View (Score 4, Insightful) 378

by Essellion (#39691243) Attached to: The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws
By his graph, it looks like he's saying that he waited until almost at the stop sign, sneezed and slammed on the brakes, came to a stop of zero duration while obscured behind another car stopped at the stop sign, then gunned it to cross the intersection.

And that the officer totally missed the difference in position between a car that sails through an intersection as opposed to one that both decelerates to a full stop and accelerates fully up to speed over a period of about 3 seconds,

Hmmm. Maybe...

But I'd really like to see this demonstrated. It would make an interesting project. Mythbusters?

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic 615 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the truth-is-out-there-in-that-filing-cabinet dept.
Newly released secret files show that Winston Churchill ordered a cover-up of an alleged encounter between a UFO and a RAF bomber because he feared public panic. From the article: "Mr Churchill is reported to have made a declaration to the effect of the following: 'This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church.'"

Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-perhaps-in-some-senses dept.
Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.