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Black Hole Plays Pool With Plasma 41

Posted by timothy
from the always-bet-on-the-black-hole dept.
the monolith writes: The Hubble Space Telescope is revealing that there is a pool game in progress, with a long shot being played out on a cosmic scale. It appears that the first recorded shot was observed in 1992, while subsequent canon shots were recorded between 1994 an 2014. In actuality, the shots are plasma, the current player is a black hole, and the playing surface is galactic space itself. The BBC has a story on the observations and interpretations, while the journal Nature has the paywalled in-depth article. The current score is unknown, and one can only hope that there were no life forms involved in the collision.

+ - A new bionic lens implant could give you permanent 20/20 vision->

Submitted by Kristine Lofgren
Kristine Lofgren writes: Contacts and eyeglasses are so 2014. Researchers have revealed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a painless implant that can correct your vision for the rest of your life. In recent trials, patients walked away with perfect vision after a quick 8 minute procedure. The process is safer than LASIK and even protects against cataracts in the future.
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+ - How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage->

Submitted by CIStud
CIStud writes: The advent of solar power and home batteries from companies like Tesla will force the reinvention of home wiring from primarily AC high voltage to DC home-run low voltage to reduce power conversion loss. To avoid the 20% to 40% power loss when converting from DC to AC, home wiring will have to convert to home-run low-voltage, and eventually eliminate the need for high-voltage 110V electrical wiring.
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+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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+ - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link: http://gizmodo.com/this-ad-for...

Comment: Re:No Wonder (Score 1) 153

by KermodeBear (#49785307) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

And the numbers don't seem particularly significant either. 1,100 people out of 1.2 billion, when 2/3 of those people don't have access to electricity and therefore air conditioning?

If anything, the news story should be, "Holy crap, there's a serious heat wave and only this many people died. That's amazing, how does this population manage to deal with this kind of weather so well?"

Me, anything over 70F is too hot. 117F? That's insanity. I'm glad I'm here and not there.

Comment: Re:Former Charter employee here (Score 1) 187

by KermodeBear (#49776533) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

I have Time Warner here in Ohio and I don't have any complaints. Service interruptions are very rare, speed is great for a semi-rural area (I have neighbors with goats, alpaca, chickens, geese, and horses - I'm not in a metro area at all), and on the occasion that I've had problems I've had a truck out, with a technician that knew what he was doing, the same day.

It's a little pricey, but then again, I'm in a semi-rural area. I'd be surprised if TWC breaks even doing business here.

Comment: What Behavior Am I Expected to Change? (Score 1) 113

by KermodeBear (#49770929) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

What exactly is it that I'm supposed to do?

Sure, I use SSL when it is available, I use AdBlock et al., I stay off of the social networking sites, but c'mon: What exactly is it that I'm supposed to do? If the government wants to snoop on me then it will. There's really nothing I can do about it.

"Encrypt all your email!" Mmhmm. Yeah, okay, sure. That will work out great when I want to send a message to my technologically normal friends and family. Web-based encrypted mail is a farce anyway - you're still relying on a Java applet, or some JavaScript, and you're trusting that it isn't leaking your keystrokes.

"Use SSL!" Great idea. Let's all use SSL. Except the NSA has the resources, reportedly, to break TLS / SSL. So... Back to zero once more.

"Use Tor!" Sure. Okay. Aside from the fact that it is slow, there have been plenty of articles here about how it's possible to track individual users on Tor - using the resources of a university computer lab. What do you think the government can do?

Basically, we're boned. These technologies are great against your neighbor next door or the 1337x0r h4x0r in the next country, but when it comes to the resources at the government's disposal, there's really very little you can do on the Internet, if anything at all, that can be kept private.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 3, Interesting) 742

I'm not rooting for the whip master. I'm rooting for being responsible and reaping the consequences of failing to be responsible.

I'm also rooting for this example of extreme, heavy handed socialism to fail in a spectacular fashion so that it can be used as a warning to my country, which is also surviving on massive deficit spending. It's bad. It shouldn't be done. Do you want to collapse like Greece? No? Okay, then stop, set up a real budget (not the "we balanced the budget because we borrowed money" bullshit), and be responsible.

Cloud

A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video) 39

Posted by Roblimo
from the doo-wop-is-now-de-dupe dept.
This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva started in Pune (near Bangalore) and ended up moving to Silicon Valley. We hear plenty about American software companies moving to India, but not a lot about Indian software companies moving here. Druva had good reasons for the move, the chief one being a financing deal with Sequoia Capital. Aside from that, though, Jaspreet says the talent pool -- not just developers but software marketing people and other important staffers -- is more concentrated in Silicon Valley than almost anywhere else in the world. 'It's like Hollywood for geeks,' Jaspreet says. This doesn't mean business is necessarily easy in the USA: Jaspreet ended up laying off his entire staff. Twice. And he made other mistakes as a young, new CEO bringing a company to life in a crowded field.

Those mistakes, which Jaspreet shares freely with us, are like a business school 'Start-Up Pitfalls' class. You may never want to do your own startup, but if you're a developer or otherwise involved with the software industry, there's a good chance that you'll have a chance to work for one at some point. And if you have that chance, you'll be glad you watched this video (or read the transcript) before you take the startup plunge.

Comment: Re:Republicans could... (Score 1) 609

by KermodeBear (#49727257) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

And it would make sense for them to do it, too. The Republicans always promote themselves as the "small government party that wants to get government out of your life," so the legalization of marijuana and backing of non-traditional marriage should fall right in line with that.

So, you know, put up or shut up. Do they believe in the freedom to live one's life as one wishes, or do they not?

Comment: Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 609

by KermodeBear (#49727167) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

So with that information in hand, if one were to be conspiratorial about it (don your tin foil hats people), one might worry that the political left might want to encourage poor economic policy and dependence on the government in order to capture the vote for a long time to come.

No, no, no, settle down, geeze, I'm not saying that there is some great grand conspiracy, but I have no doubt that there are in fact some people who think that way.

Comment: Re:Gerrymandering (Score 1) 609

by KermodeBear (#49727071) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

The media did a great job of smearing Romney, and he himself didn't do a great job of handling it. I'm not surprised that some districts had zero votes for Romney, and I'm not surprised that he lost. The guy was too passive to stand a chance against the very aggressive Obama campaign.

What should raise eyebrows, however, are the voting districts that had more votes than registered voters.

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