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Comment Sugar Daddies? (Score 3, Insightful) 466 466

Hey, any of you Slashdot geeks won the lottery lately and have lotsa money you don't know what to do with?

Just think, you could be the new hero riding in on your shining horse to save us all! (Until we all become disillusioned with you, and we'll flame you like we have everyone else. :) )


Windows 10's Automatic Updates For NVidia Drivers Causing Trouble 316 316

Mark Wilson writes: One of the features that has been removed from Windows 10 — at least for home users — is the ability to pick and choose when updates are installed. Microsoft has taken Windows Update out of the hands of users so the process is, for the most part, completely automated. In theory, this sounds great — no more worrying about having the latest patches installed, no more concerns that a machine that hasn't been updated will cause problems for others — but an issue with NVidia drivers shows that there is potential for things to go wrong. Irate owners of NVidia graphics cards have taken to support forums to complain that automatically-installed drivers installed have broken their computers.

Comment Meth Hype is Common: (Score 4, Insightful) 98 98

Take things with a grain of salt. Many of these "high tech meth lab" cases are someone using a couple of soda bottles and plastic straws to make meth with ingredients they bought at Walmart.

It may have been a random building worker doing this. If it were one of the scientists, I'd be surprised they'd be using drain cleaner as the sodium hydroxide rather than just getting some out of the lab. It's one of the most common lab chemicals.

Comment Re:Tired of anti-nuclear editors on Slashdot! (Score 1) 242 242

I suspect this isn't about anti-nuke so much, as their Dice bosses pushing it because the posts using Counterpunch and The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists get lots of replies.

Just wait till the Dice PHBs figure out that posting articles from Worldnet Daily get even more outraged replies.

Comment So *many* mistakes in your post: (Score 1) 242 242

So many more mistakes:

Tritium is indeed radioactive with a half life of about 12.5 years (That's why it's great for making glow in the dark dials that require no light recharging or electricity. Only a tiny amount is needed, but a 12.5 year half life is pretty darn "hot" in the vernacular, and if you have a lot of it, you get a lot of energy release. It emits beta rays (high energy electrons) which aren't as much of a problem as gamma, but do cause surface burning, etc.).

U238 is indeed radioactive. It's an alpha particle emitter with a half life of 4.5 billion years. (Agreed, it's not highly radioactive, but it certainly is radioactive. U235 is more highly radioactive.)

I'm hardly an alarmist about nuclear technology and am a strong supporter of nuclear power, but blatant mistakes in your post don't help the argument in favor of it.


First Human Colonies Should Be Among Venus' Clouds 256 256

StartsWithABang writes: When we talk about humans existing on worlds other than Earth, the first choice of a planet to do so on is usually Mars, a world that may have been extremely Earth-like for the first billion years of our Solar System or so. Perhaps, with enough ingenuity and resources, we could terraform it to be more like Earth is today. But the most Earth-like conditions in the Solar System don't occur on the surface of Mars, but rather in the high altitudes of Venus' atmosphere, some 50-65 km up. Despite its harsh conditions, this may be the best location for the first human colonies, for a myriad of good, scientific reasons. NASA proposed something similar last year and released a report on the subject.

Comment The Problem of Democracy: (Score 1) 213 213

They often change their policies on a turn of an election or public opinion.

In fact, less democratic forces often embolden their followers by saying that the democratic countries will lose interest or determination and give them a victory by default. They're often right.

Absent some sort of very strong constitutional guarantee, Assange would be one election (or one cabinet meeting) from being deported.

It's unlikely that the Russians will be making up with the US any time soon even if Putin died or was replaced, so he should stay there.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.