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Comment: Re:The film sucked; the miniseries before it was g (Score 3, Informative) 39

by Inzkeeper (#48010179) Attached to: Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

Each mediam was made with the author who was well aware that they are different mediums, so the stories were adapted to each medium.

Bah! You are all wrong! For the REAL die-hard fan, get a hold of the radio scripts. They add a lot of commentary on how different things came about, how he was busy scribbling details right until air time, how he grabbed the janitor at the last second to play a part he just added in. The commentary is almost as funny as the script itself.
It describes how, at the end of one episode, he threw our heros out of a space lock and had the floating in open space with seconds to live.
He then goes on the discuss how he struggled for that next week trying to decide how to free them. Anything he came up with seemed to highly improbable.
So... he came up with the Improbability Drive (tm Sirius Cybernetics).

BTW: I agree, each medium was adapted as necessary. I enjoyed all of them. At first, the movie seemed a little too slapstick for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me. I think Douglas would have approved.

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Even after 10 years of being on Slashdot, I am left to wonder what the point of a Slashdot journal is.
Who would ever look here and why?
Perhaps if this was the graveyard of rejected submissions but otherwise...?
Hmmm....

Comment: Re:Someone's going to complain (Score 1) 208

by Inzkeeper (#47997449) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Its stale. I've got news for you Google Street View and Satellite images can be years old. If I were relying on it for up to date information then I'd be mistaken. My house on street view was taken in 2010. A lot has changed since then.

That may be true but...
This is a logical starting point:

1. The drone snaps pictures of undocumented development.
2. Now they send in an inspector to verify and, having done so, start the process of reassessing the property.
3. Send new taxation notice
4. PROFIT!!!

+ - Fuel Cell Innovations

Submitted by Inzkeeper
Inzkeeper (767071) writes "I remember years ago when I first ready about fuel cells as a possible alternative energy source.
This sounded great: using hydrogen to generate electricity without combustion. The exhaust is pure water. I was excited ...until I started reading about the drawbacks. Hydrogen is not easy to produce, store, distribute, etc. The cathode is made from platinum making it expensive.

Years after losing interest, I decided to check on recent developments in the field.
I discovered that research into the use of fuel cells is alive and well.
This may very well become the disruptive technology that we hope it could be.
Here are some of the many recent innovations out there:

April 9 2013: Burn scrap paper and aluminum, add cheap catalyst and water: "cheap" hydrogen on demand

Nov 25, 2013: CellEra creates a catalyst free of rare earth metals.

April 29, 2014: Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Labs create a process that uses 85% less platinum and has more the 30 times the catalytic activity.

June 24, 2014: UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council experiments with ammonia as a source fuel.
It is relatively easy to store, "cheap" to make, and can be stored at low preassure.

July 2014: GE has developed a process that uses stainless steel as a catalyst instead of platinum.
The fuel is natural gas instead of pure hydrogen. The exhaust, a mixture of hydrogen
and carbon, is then put through a combustion engine for further efficiency.

August 4, 2014: Anglo American Platinum is funding a study into the use of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology
as a means of storing hydrogen.

August 22, 2014: Stanford has developed an process for producing hydrogen from water using inexpensive materials and relatively little energy."

+ - Google's Doubleclick ad servers exposed millions of computers to malware->

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "from The Verge:
Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized the problem was coming from Google's DoubleClick ad servers and the popular Zedo ad agency. Together, they were serving up malicious ads designed to spread the recently identified Zemot malware. A Google representative has confirmed the breach, saying "our team is aware of this and has taken steps to shut this down.""

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Comment: Time is an illusion (Score 1) 2

by Inzkeeper (#45851161) Attached to: Searching The Internet For Evidence Of Time Travelers
Ok, well can we agree that if any of us discovers time travel in the future, we will come back to this point and post on this thread?
...unless, of course, the danger of altering the future is too great.
In that case, just go for the "Frist Post". We will extrapolate from there.

I read a fascinating article on the nature of time a few months ago.
Maybe the idea isn't so crazy after all!

+ - Searching The Internet For Evidence Of Time Travelers 2

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Here's an interesting paper by two physicists at Michigan Technological University who have come up with a practical methodology for finding time travelers through the internet. "Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. The first search covered prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. The second search examined prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms submitted to a popular astronomy web site. The third search involved a request for a direct Internet communication, either by email or tweet, pre-dating to the time of the inquiry. Given practical verifiability concerns, only time travelers from the future were investigated. No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date." Steven Hawkings' similar search also provided negative results."

Comment: Re:Shouldn't have to run oil by rail (Score 1) 199

by Inzkeeper (#45839109) Attached to: Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota
I did some work on software used for a corrosion inspection system. The basic idea is that any medium travelling through a pipe corrodes the pipe at a measureable rate. Pipelines have procedures in place to monitor corrosion over time with special attention given to "weak links". There is a lot of careful engineering that goes into building and maintaining a pipeline.

Regarding setting conditions for running a pipeline through a sensitive area:
A review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline approved the proposal in principle with 209 conditions.
But the public's reaction proves that, for some people, no amount of protection will ever be enough.

I am very concerned that the opposition to pipelines will result in more of these kind of accidents.
It seems to me, from following the Lac Megantic disaster, that the safety protocols on rail lines needs some review.

+ - Nobel Prize Winner Randy Schekman Boycotts Journals for 'Branding Tyranny'-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of this year's winners of the Nobel Peace prize has declared a boycott on leading academic journals after he accused them of contributing to the "disfigurement" of science.

Randy Schekman, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, said he would no longer contribute papers or research to the prestigious journals, Nature, Cell and Science and called for other scientists to fight the "tyranny" of the publications."

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