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Comment: Article is short sample from book (Score 1) 363

by JigJag (#49469525) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

For the sake of completeness, I would like to let you know that the fine article is by Lewis Dartnell, the author of the book "The Knowledge". What you have read in a short sample from the book, which is an excellent read. If you are into knowledge to restart a civilization (think food, chemistry, electricity, clothes), then you probably will appreciate the book.

Science

Corporation Investigates Spurious Signal -- What They Found Will Shock You 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-chest-will-swell-with-pride dept.
Mother_01101 writes: The Weyland-Yutani Corporation announced today one of the most fantastic discoveries in human existence: alien life! Colony LV-426 made first contact, and one of W-Y Corp's long-term research vessels, Nostromo, has gone to provide assistance and bring these life forms home to engage in peaceful learning and negotiation. Initial reports from Nostromo indicate all has gone well, though they're now under radio silence for security purposes. W-Y Corp says they will, of course, honor all quarantine procedures and do everything they can to make sure the transition goes smoothly. Their CEO reminded us: "Safety is paramount!"

+ - Leonard Nimoy passes at 83

Submitted by JigJag
JigJag writes: Actor and director Leonard Nimoy, known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of the character Spock, has died. He was 83.

The newspaper reports the actor died at his home in Bel Air, Calif., Friday morning.

Comment: Re:Language is not truly unique to humans (Score 1) 154

by JigJag (#48810843) Attached to: Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

The summary highlights that humans are very special: no other species can communicate as sophisticated concepts as humans can.
What you say makes sense and in a way I agree with you, in the same way that an abacus and a microchip are alike since they can both do calculations.

Comment: Re:permanent death? no save points? (Score 1) 222

by JigJag (#48574291) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I'd love to find an RPG with the depth and detail of rogue/nethack/angband/etc but with the same learn-as-you go vibe, where everything has more depth than it seems at first. (Wait - you can eat your kills? And there are so many different effects depending on what the critter was? Now I have to try every one! Everything was like that.)

Try Ultima 6 or 7.

Comment: Re:...and also not true (Score 1) 249

by JigJag (#48309179) Attached to: New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

"Perfect means zero error"

Years ago, I used to think like you, but now I disagree with this statement. For me, perfect means meeting the requirements. Zero error is a requirement but not a reasonable one. My life got much more pleasant when I realized I should aim for meeting reasonable requirements instead of an elusive zero error target.

Security

Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the hitting-you-where-you-live dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Security researcher Mordechai Guri with the guidance of Prof. Yuval Elovici from the cyber security labs at Ben-Gurion University in Israel presented at MALCON 2014 a breakthrough method ("AirHopper") for leaking data from an isolated computer to a mobile phone without the presence of a network. In highly secure facilities the assumption today is that data can not leak outside of an isolated internal network. It is called air-gap security. AirHopper demonstrates how the computer display can be used for sending data from the air-gapped computer to a near by smartphone. The published paper and a demonstration video are at the link.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS

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