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Comment Re:The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 1) 163

I'll admit I haven't seen the move or read the book, but where in hell does he get the seeds and fertilizer to grow plants in Martian soil?

There is a plausible explanation in the book for this (the mission had neither fertilizer nor seeds as such). My recommendation is to read a book - it's not that long and quite enjoyable.

Even better are his short stories

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 169

It is a matter of principle - A british court has ruled the EAW to be valid . Assange has exhausted all his appeals and is now a fugitive from the law. If the government were not to attempt to enforce the court's order , the home secretary will find herself in hot water with the judiciary and in the parliament. By voluntarily submitting himself to the british courts and then refusing to comply once the decisions dint fall his way , assange has left the uk no option.It was a massive miscalcualtion by Correa that has led to this situation.

Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement 62

Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes. Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders' trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release.

Comment a moot point perhaps-- (Score 1) 386

From the article " This, in the very country where the majority of the population fights against government regulations, red tape and bureaucracy.".

So how do you explain in no particular order - TSA , Medicaid , Medicare ,Police and of course your legal system. I am afraid Americans like to believe they retain the pioneer spirit and the there are no rules ethos from two centuries ago but the fact is you say you hate bureaucracy and then embrace it so long as its packaged properly.

Submission + - Home Security Cameras 1

Insipid Trunculance writes: Having been burgled recently , I have been shocked out of my complacency and going all the way to secure my home. I am happy with the quote for the burglar alarm and going ahead ; I am not satisfied with the camera setup they have proposed , essentially its an old style cctv setup with a very clunky web accessible capability. What I have decided to have is Day/Night capable IP cameras which can email/text me whenever they detect motion. I didn't want to particularly setup a dedicated PC to record the video , so direct recording to a NAS and/or inbuilt storage is a requirement. I have been amazed at the number or solutions and the variability in their quality. What setup do fellow slashdotters have?

Comment Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (Score 1) 519

Actually , till that prize idiot Galtieri buggered it up by invading , the conservative government of Margaret Thatcher was considering adopting a hong kong style sale and lease back . The story then , as is now , was defense cuts and the absolute bonkers sums of money it costs us to keep those sheep farmers safe.The Argentine government finds it a convenient issue to deflect attention from its economic woes .And no UK PM will forego an opportunity to display his utter devotion to our peace and security by loudly professing the safety of the falklands while decimating our armed forces.

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus