Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment: Another reason not to run Hillary (Score 1) 607

by Gliscameria (#49729947) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
Hillary has the support of a SOME people that were relatively grown when Clinton was in office, but in general the millennials don't seem to care for her. She's so obviously a career politician and a relic at that. I can't imagine many modern women supporting her; she basically let her husband run around fucking the help. Has she accomplished anything really significant in her long political career, other than generally seeming disgruntled and confused? The millennials want some sort of champion, not more of the same old shit. That's why Obama won. We wanted something new, we didn't care what - and it looks like we still got more of the same. I imaging the hunger for some real change could even get liberal dems to vote for the absolute craziest right winger at this point - just put a [I] in front of their name.

Comment: So they want to piss on the maker community? (Score 2) 59

by Gliscameria (#49676833) Attached to: New MakerBot CEO Explains Layoffs and the Company's New Vision
We went from these being open source tools for 'makers' to little boxes that you put coins into and they spit out DRM'd content? It even sounds like they've given up on the consumer hardware and now just want to sell files. There's about a million other startups and existing companies that could do the same thing with no clear disadvantage now that they've said "Meh..." to the printing hardware.

Comment: Re:"an emotional buffer for consumers as well." (Score 1) 278

Why process it to the point that it is safe for the reservoir when there are plenty of needs for grey water? Use it for irrigation and let the earth do the rest of the filtering. We're irrigating with drinkable water when we could process our waste a little and use that to supplement.

Comment: Re:"an emotional buffer for consumers as well." (Score 2) 278

Except that there's about a million other things they can use the processed toilet water for... Use the water from the aquifers for drinking, and use the processed water for irrigation, cooling, etc. The amount of water they are going to save by doing this still doesn't get them anywhere near being neutral. This is a silly thing to do.

Comment: No... NO IT FUCKING DOESN'T (Score 1) 2

by Gliscameria (#49597013) Attached to: Silver turns bacteria into deadly zombies
It does nothing of the sort. It just fucking kills the bacteria. It just happens to be so nasty to bacteria that it keeps on killing. If it somehow kept the bacteria alive and made it run smearing silver particles on it's friends, that would be zombie-esque. Instead, it just kills the bacteria and then leaks out and kills more. May the author's month be filled with mild inconveniences.

+ - The Apple Watch doesn't work with wrist tattoos?->

Submitted by Errorcod3
Errorcod3 writes: So I thought my shiny new 42mm SS watch had a bad wrist detector sensor. The watch would lock up every time the screen went dark and prompted me for my password. I wouldn't receive notifications. I couldn't figure out why especially since the watch was definitely not losing contact with my skin. also I couldn't find anything online with people experiencing this issue. I was about to give up and call Apple tomorrow when I decided to try holding it against my hand (my left arm is sleeved and where I wear my watch is tattooed as well) and it worked. My hand isn't tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I put it back on the area that is tattooed with black ink the watch would automatically lock again. Just wanted to give anyone a heads up about this issue because I don't see it mentioned anywhere in Apple's support documents. — guinne55fan
Link to Original Source

+ - Signs of Subsurface 'Alien' Life Found in Antarctica->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine writes: An airborne survey of a presumably dry Antarctic valley revealed a stunning and unexpected interconnected subsurface briny aquifer deep beneath the frozen tundra, a finding that not only has implications for understanding extreme habitats for life on Earth, but the potential for life elsewhere in the solar system, particularly Mars. The briny liquid — about twice as salty as seawater — was discovered about 200 miles underground in a region known as Taylor Valley. The aquifer is widespread, extending from the Ross Sea’s McMurdo Sound more than 11 miles into the eastern part of valley. A second system was found connecting Taylor Glacier with the ice-cover Lake Bonney. But the survey, which covered 114 square miles, may have just uncovered the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Don't build where there isn't adequate water (Score 1) 678

Except that Phoenix is literally under 3 cubic miles of water from the reservoirs in the mountains. Arizona has a 100 year water plan that they have to keep up to date so that it doesn't turn into California, not to mention various water recycling systems throughout the valley. There's plenty of reason to have a city where Phoenix is, mainly in that water runs downhill. There's a lot of dumber places to build a city, like say in hurricane/tornado areas, flood plains, below sea level next to the ocean, a swamp next to the ocean, Texas(kidding), some place where for months on end the roads don't work, etc. California wouldn't have a problem if it was just the city. Instead, they decided to build and industry that depends on one thing that they don't have a lot of - water. It takes incredibly huge balls to look at a giant swath of dry nothing and go, "We should totally farm here and make our economy dependent on it. Nothing native though. We should grow expensive stuff that can't exist in this environment without a lot of work."

+ - Large scale hack hits French TV Network-> 1

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: TV5 Monde, a TV Network in France, has been hit by a 'very powerful' cyber attack, purported to be by a self-proclaimed group of "Islamic State Militant" resulting in the company’s channels being knocked off the air globally

According to the spokeperson of TV5 Monde, their firewall has recently been checked but still that did not prevent the hackers from penetrating their system

The broadcaster, which airs French-language content on 11 channels in more than 200 countries worldwide and is indirectly owned by the governments of France and other French-speaking countries, said hackers penetrated the computer systems at its Paris headquarters late Wednesday evening, shutting down everything from company email and production facilities to the computer servers TV5Monde uses to send its television signals

At the same time, the hackers took control of the broadcaster’s social media accounts on platforms including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., posting terrorist propaganda in support of Islamic State, including some alleged personal details about French military personnel, a spokeswoman for the channel said

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: "“Those terrorists, as they are certainly terrorists—we are checking on the claim—are using the most advanced technologies, Everything is being done to find those who carried this out, punish them, re-establish the programmes and prevent cyberterrorists threatening freedom of expression in the future"

The hacking, which is now being investigated by French intelligence, offers potential evidence of the militant group’s growing capacity to conduct technological warfare. While hackers claiming allegiance to the group have been active in recent months in posting propaganda to websites and high-profile social media accounts—including one belonging to the U.S.—this appears to be the first successful takedown of a high-profile TV channel, experts said

Now that a French TV network has fallen prey to cyber-hacking, how long before CNN, or BBC or even PBS will be hacked?

Link to Original Source

"I think trash is the most important manifestation of culture we have in my lifetime." - Johnny Legend