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Comment: Re:Voyage to the Bottom of The Sea?!? (Score 1) 237

by Jeff Duntemann (#32799968) Attached to: A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts

Not the pilot episode, but the feature film that introduced the concept, the sub, and most of the major characters who would later appear in the TV series.

Interestingly, the film appeared in 1961, which was before the test cited in TFA. And more interesting still, the "fix" in the film was exploding a nuclear device (launched on a missile from the Seaview) to "blow out" the fire in the belts. I'm guessing that there had been some discussion of the test in years prior, and Irwin Allen spun a script around it.

I was only nine at the time, but I remember thinking that the whole concept of the Van Allen belts "catching fire" was absurd because I knew that the belts were outside the atmosphere, and fire requires oxygen. It was the first time I can recall thinking that the science in SF movies was BS. It wasn't the last.

Software

Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell 361

Posted by timothy
from the such-pretty-pictures dept.
climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed F-Spot vs. Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much-needed change; F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on the other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with the GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."
Crime

Ukrainian Arrested In India For TJX Data Theft 40

Posted by kdawson
from the long-long-arm dept.
ComputerWorld reports "A Ukrainian national has been arrested in India in connection with the most notorious hacking incident in US history." "Sergey Valeryevich Storchark was one of 11 men charged in August 2008 with hacking into nine US retailers and selling tens of millions of credit card numbers. He was arrested in India earlier this week, according to a spokesman with India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In a statement, the CBI said they'd arrested Storchark in New Delhi on the night of May 8, as he deplaned from a flight from Goa, for layover before a flight to Turkey. US authorities had asked for his extradition via diplomatic channels. ... 'His extradition and prosecution would have been very unlikely had he reached his final destination of Ukraine,' the CBI said."
Handhelds

Asus DR-570 E-Reader To Bring OLED Display 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the oled-tech-is-trouble-for-my-bank-account dept.
MojoKid writes "Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 color eReader by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have a 6" screen, but rather than using e-ink like every other reader out there, this one will utilize a color OLED screen. Word is the unit will last a whopping 122 hours on a full charge. It should also be able to run Flash applications, download books over 3G to Wi-Fi, and most likely surf the web, unlike any other reader out there." Asus will be rolling out two other ebook reader models this year as well.
Image

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-you-never-wondered-why-I-drink-only-distilled-water-or-rain-water-and-only-pure-grain-alcohol dept.
Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment: Re:High-fat, but no carbs (Score 1) 379

by Jeff Duntemann (#29098287) Attached to: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise Performance

Taubes does not present a diet in his book. He presents a fairly measured discussion of the science and the history that bear on the whole issue of what a healthy diet actually is, right down to a very good layman's explanation of the metabolism of the various chemical components of food. I lost the weight in question before I ever heard of his book. The book was valuable because it explained why I lost that weight.

Good Calories, Bad Calories contains 118 pages of citations and bibliography from peer-reviewed journals and medical researchers in all parts of the medical science field, including (but not limited to) nutritionists. Even if I were a nutritionist, in the face of such a wall of references, I'd be hard pressed to call him a "quack."

Comment: Re:High-fat, but no carbs (Score 1) 379

by Jeff Duntemann (#29093401) Attached to: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise Performance
Please read the book Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes, for the backstory on the carb wars, as well as abundant research citations about the hazards of eating what I call "habitual carbs." I stopped eating carbs (sugar particularly) and lost 20 pounds, while feeling more energetic and alert than I have in some time. This effect may be age-related (I'm in my mid-50s) and certainly sensitive to individual genetic differences, but the science is not settled (hey, I'm a carb denier!) and the forces that bear on the issue are a lot more complex than most people think.

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